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2021: The Year of the Novel (SOLD OUT)


2021: The Year of the Novel (SOLD OUT)


What better time than now to hunker down and write that novel? The Year of the Novel workshop series, facilitated by author Sarah Armstrong, will now take place as a combination of online and face-to-face classes.

The 12-week course is made up of three terms of four-week blocks, with a total of 36-course hours during which Sarah will give you practical guidance, tools and tips.

A long-term, structured approach to the often daunting task of novel-writing, this workshop series offers creative connection and support during a time of isolation. This course is designed for writers with a story in progress or an idea to develop.

Delivery mode: Hybrid format (online or in-person at the Byron Writers Festival office depending on your location).

Course Outline:

Wednesday 3, 10, 17 & 24 March 2021 from 5.30pm - 8.30pm.
Explore how to come up with ideas, planning, how to build a first draft, and some fundamentals of fiction: character, plot, point of view, scene and summary. Sarah will also talk about how to tackle procrastination and writer’s block.

Wednesday 2, 9, 16 & 23 June 2021 from 5.30pm - 8.30pm.
We drill down into narrative tension, character development, how character drives plot, secondary characters and structure. This is the term where you’ll get individual, written feedback from Sarah on 3000 words of your first draft.

Wednesday 1, 8, 15 & 22 September 2021 from 5.30pm - 8.30pm.
This term is all about how to tackle rewriting and editing: beginnings and endings, structure and themes, and a discussion about where to go from here. Course participants will be invited to a closed Facebook group where Sarah will post writing tips and answer questions, and where you can connect with each other between terms.

Cost: $950 Member / $1050 General