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Writing Crime or Popular Fiction: one-day intensive with PD Martin

In Books, Crime & Mystery Writer, Tasmania, Writing on July 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

PD Martin

If you’re in Tassie in September, this Tasmanian Writers’ Centre workshop sounds worth attending…

“Blockbuster novelist PD Martin will guide you through some of the major elements of writing a popular fiction novel – genre, planning, research, character development, plot development, dialogue and the all-important writing process. The session will focus on take-home theory and practical tips, coupled with some exercises and workshopping to improve your writing skills.”

Phillipa Martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published in 13 countries. Her Sophie Anderson series has met with international acclaim. Her books are Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death. She’s also published an ebook novella, Coming Home. You can find out more about Phillipa at www.pdmartin.com.au

Details
Sunday, 02/09/2012 – 10am to 4pm

Meeting Room, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart TASMANIA

Email admin@tasmanianwriters.org or phone (03) 6224 0029

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Down the Rabbit Hole I Go…

In Books, Crime & Mystery Writer, Tasmania, Writing on June 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

The writing marathon starts tonight, at Hobart’s Salamanca Arts Centre. I’m going to attempt to write 30,000 words in about 30 hours – with a group of strangers. It’s a national thing, and is, like all my favourite things, COMPETITIVE!

We have an exciting weekend ahead of us! Teams in Melbourne, Brisbane and online will be watching the Tasmanian contingent closely! We’ve got a full house with a waiting list – so if you’re having second thoughts let me know early.

Participants in all states and online will be staying in touch via Twitter and Facebook. In these spaces you can update your word-counts as well as encouraging (or dissing) the other teams. If you tweet about the Rabbit Hole, don’t forget to include the #rabbithole and #ewf12 hashtags. To keep in touch via Facebook, join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/events/341870419210286/

Twitter? What’s that?

Anyway…

Here are two of my favourite posts on writing lo-o-ong…

How to Write 300,000 Words in 1 Year by Chris Guillebeau

How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford

30 hours; 30,000 words…

In Books, Tasmania, Writing on May 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

This weekend, I’ve committed to locking myself away with a bunch of other Tasmanian writers, and will attempt to write 30,000 words in a marathon 30 hours.

The weekend is hosted by Tasmania’s literary magazine, Island (and Islet: a free online journal of micro works from emerging writers and visual artists, an initiative of Island magazine)… The epic write-fest is connected to the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Here’s the lowdown:

“We start the weekend at 6pm on Friday June the 1st at the Meeting Room at the Salamanca Arts Centre and that is where we will be spending our writing weekend.
 
Island will supply you with a shared, yet dedicated writing space and some inspiring books. We will have some tea and coffee and cakes and we are working on a special (proper) coffee deal for you. You will have access to the entire range of Salamanca eateries and drinkeries to keep you fuelled for the weekend.You will need to bring sharpened minds and laptops or other writing devices. We’ll have intermittent internet access – bring yer dongles if you’d like.
 
The poets amongst you have asked about spending their time with poems, the novelists, the critics, the essayists amongst us have queried aspects that relate particularly to their practice of writing. The goal is to spend the weekend writing – and writing 30,000 words each. It is achievable – and it is going to be fun.”

And here’s what we’ve been given as inspiration – 9 Books on Reading and Writing – thanks to BrainPickings.

The weekend is going to be very challenging. But I’m going to use the 30 solid hours to write extra for my crime novel. I’m not necessarily convinced it needs the extra words, but I’m pretty excited about having a clear (child-free) run at the opportunity…

I’ll let you know how I go.

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