Monday, February 15, 2010

WORKSHOP -Historical fiction comes alive in North Queensland

Have you ever been told, “You should write a novel about that…”

Now you can with Queensland Writers Centre’s Writing Historical Fiction workshops in March. This workshop is great for people writing historical stories, family history, or who are just interested in researching their local area history. Historical novels and creative fiction are becoming increasingly popular and there’s a wealth of material from North Queensland ready to be used.

Nerida Newton (The Lambing Flat) will guide participants through re-creating times, events and places in history accurately and evocatively in writing.” Participants can expect to learn about what resources are available and the kind of methods they could use in researching the details of everyday lives,” Ms Newton said. This workshop will give participants a broad knowledge of resources to access historical facts, alongside number of methodologies that can be used to translate facts into compelling prose.

The workshops will be held Townsville on Saturday 20 March at Thuringowa CityLibrary and on Sunday21 March at Tropical North Queensland Tafe, between 10am-4:30pm.

Nerida Newton is an acclaimed Queensland novelist, whose first novel, The Lambing Flat, won The Queensland Premier's Award for an Emerging Author, the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for a Best First novel and One Book One Brisbane. Her second novel, Death of a Whaler, was published by Allen and Unwin in July 2006.She has taught a wide variety of creative writing workshops and has tutored at the University of Queensland.

For information on payment, contact Queensland Writers Centre Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm on 073842 9922, or www.qwc.asn.a

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