Jack Dann Writing Workshop

Continuum is proud to announce our new workshop:

What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction:
A No-nonsense Workshop with Jack Dann

Believe it or not, there is a secret to writing professional fiction; and it involves learning a bit of ancient cartography. (cartis = map and graph = write.)

This 2½ hour intensive with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award winner Jack Dann is a results-oriented workshop that can change the way you approach the craft of writing. It offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of speculative fiction with a writer of international renown.

This workshop will cover how to overcome the three(+) basic hurdles to writing saleable fiction It will also cover technical and thematic aspects of historical and fantastic fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magical realism. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about writing in the various genres (and the history of the genres); the essentials of writing cutting edge fiction and the nature of creativity; the workings of the Australian, British and American markets; the new e-commerce paradigms; how to get an agent (if necessary) and how to submit a manuscript. But most importantly, participants will learn how to overcome the basic mistakes that frustrate the inexperienced writer. They will also discover “the writer’s best friends”!

All participants will be given handouts of “The Keys to the Kingdom”, which Jack wrote for Writers Digest, an updated “Books For Writers: An Essential List”, and a fistful of other “essential” material that Jack has found helpful for writers.

This workshop will run for 2.5 hours on Sunday 8th June from 9:30am to 12pm, and will incur an additional cost of $70pp. Payment in advance is a must! To sign up, please email us at programming@continuum.org.au by Fri 23rd May.
Priority will be given to Continuum members.

If you’re wondering what you’re in for, here’s Jack’s tips for short story writing from the Queensland Writers Centre.