Novel Writing Workshops

Youth Project Officer 27 July 2007


With Louise Wareham 

(SATURDAY) The most important person in your novel is your narrator. Is yours strong enough to carry your novel? This workshop will look at both your narrator and at unmistakable narrators in literature – from Benjy in The Sound of the Fury to Jane Eyre, Tristram Shandy and Holden Caulfield. What makes them alive? How are they unique? Can you tell an author by his or her narrator? Each session will include an exercise to create new voices and strengthen those we have. Students are asked to prepare 1-10 pages for presentation to the class and to submit these pages first to Louise at

(SUNDAY) Success comes to those who write their own way, in their own voices. This workshop looks at why it makes sense to break the rules. Writers are encouraged to write the way they want to – not, perhaps, the way they think they should. We look at new styles, trends and possibilities in the novel and prose-poetry: from unmistakable voices to new formats, structures and ways to present stories and narratives. Handouts are from suggested course books Great American Prose-Poetry and Best Australian Short Stories. The workshop includes a brief writing session and encouraged sharing of new work.  

Do one day or do them both! 

Venue: Workshop Room, ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House, Ainslie Ave, Braddon. Cost per workshop: $70each concessional members and member early bird bookings by Fri 27 July, $75each members plus non-member concessions, $120each non-members. Payment by cash cheque or credit card at time of booking, on 6262 9191 or online at 

Louise Wareham is the author of two novels: the bestselling Since You Ask (2004) and the forthcoming Miss Me A Lot Of. Raised in Sydney and New York, Louise has worked and studied with writers including Jonathan Franzen, Charles Baxter, Bill Manhire, Amy Hempel and Melanie Rae Thon in places as diverse as Columbia University, The Poetry Society of America, The Frost Place, The Vermont Studio Centre and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Since You Ask won America’s James Jones Literary Society Award for Best First Novel, and Louise was shortlisted for this year’s $65,000 Prize in Modern letters. Louise has extensive experience editing and mentoring in fiction and non-fiction. She was trained in workshops by the late great teacher and poet Kenneth Koch, and uses his methods of imitation and classroom critique in workshops that foster new and diverse approaches to fiction

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