Monthly Writing Hub
NEWC members are encouraged to come along to the second year of our free NEWC Monthly Writing HUB on the last Saturday of the month, 10am to 12:30 pm, at the Armidale Library
This is an exciting initiative for NEWC, an evolution of our drop-in workshops. The new format aims to mix information, learning, discussion and social interaction among members and potential new members. The free Monthly Writing HUB get-togethers will complement and support NEWC’s program of paid specialised workshops.
The new series will follow the 2016 University of Iowa ‘How Writers Write Fiction: Storied Women’ video talk series, which focuses on the characters created by women writers and the female characters created by all writers. University of Iowa is renowned for its International Writing Program and its MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses). Anyone can register for these free MOOCs and thousands do from across the world. Their class materials including videos, readings and writing exercises are posted online and made available for groups to use.
Three NEWC members will facilitate the HUB, Sandra Welsman, Janene Carey and Jane O’Sullivan. They plan to introduce the monthly topic, play videos of international authors speaking on the subject and to assist discussion and debate with reference to angles raised in the MOOC materials.
Starting at 10am, with videos taking 25 to 40 minutes, then discussion, there will also be time available for participants to attempt a short writing exercise based on the material presented.
When we meet...
All meetings will be held at the Armidale Dumaresq Library from 10am — 12:30pm.
25 March: Voice and Identity – including creating real characters through attention to speech patterns, movements, details, habits; on drawing on life; on cultural appropriation; on likeability.
29 April: Desire and Point of View – how you think a character should experience and act on a yearning or desire can determine what point of view you pick for your story or scene.
27 May: Cast and Plot – including establishing the interiority and social position of each character through description and dialogue in the present moment of the story and through description of offstage history and offstage relationships.
24 June: Immersion – including thinking about setting as a three-dimensional, full-world experience and building truly immersive settings through use of the characters who occupy them.
29 July: Narrative Experimentation – including methods to create unusual and striking narratives.
26 August: Review and Writing Resources.