Aspiring scribes and those who dream of penning a bestseller could move closer to their goal by taking part in the Writer’s Workshop that is being hosted by Shari Wilson at Books and Books, beginning 1 May. The intermediate workshop concentrates on fiction writing and is aimed at those who completed the beginners workshop a few months back and people who have been writing for some time.
“It is also for anyone who is interested in being a part of a community of writers who are learning, creating and striving to add to their skill sets,” says Shari.
The first workshop covered the core elements of fiction: sources of fiction, plot, setting, character, dialogue and point of view.
“With this workshop, we will look to go deeper into each of the traits and apply them to a piece of fiction in progress,” she explains.
Shari is a literature, history and geography teacher and is working on a thesis for her Masters of Fine Arts, with a specialisation in short fiction. She had short stories and poetry published in small journals while at college and is working on a collection of short stories.
“New writers face many stumbling blocks. However, the block that is most pervasive and perhaps most destructive is discouragement. New writers become discouraged with many things about their story – the lack of an idea, not being able to move forward in the story, the story not being as good as they want to be and a myriad of other things. Discouragement most often compels the writer to stop writing. This workshop endeavours to equip writers with the abilities to use some of the core aspects in new ways to help them to never abandon the writing, but see it in new ways and make the fiction work,” she adds.
The workshop runs for six weeks, every Tuesday from 7pm to 8.30pm. The cost of the workshops is $50. For more details contact [email protected]