Writing Other Worlds

Date: Saturday 4th September 2021

Time 10AM to 3PM

How does Tolkein make us care enough about his hairy hobbits to absorb all those details about Middle Earth?

How does Atwood get her reader past the brutal misery of the Handmaid’s Life to become completely caught up in Ofred’s plight?

Have you ever wanted to create your own world? A world where the wrongs of today play out dramatically in ways that are impossible in the here and now? Perhaps it’s a world that terrifies and disgusts, or one where the good guys actually get the bad guys in ways that never happen in real life? Perhaps all you really want is to escape the banal grind of daily demands? To go somewhere more beautiful, more fair or just plain fun?

Writing other worlds can offer us escape and give expression to our wildest imaginings but creating engaging stories takes skill and practice. To make your ‘speculative’ fiction come alive for the reader takes effort but the results are well worth it. 

Come on the writer’s journey with Justine Ettler as she illuminates the ins and outs of this exciting ever evolving genre.

This workshop will introduce the many genres of speculative fiction: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Dystopian /Utopian Fiction, Apocalyptic, Superhero and Supernatural via discussion of classic and contemporary texts by Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Wood, Ursula Le Guin and Phillip K Dick.

The afternoon will include a series of exercises to facilitate your story production whether you’re coming up with initial ideas, improving your technique or developing your existing characters and story.

Location: to be provided after you book

Date: Saturday 4th September

Time: 10AM to 3PM

What to bring: lunch, writing material. Participants need to bring paper and pen as this is an active workshop.

Justine Ettler - Author and course tutor

Tutor: Justine Ettler

Justine Ettler is the author of Marilyn’s Almost Terminal New York Adventure, the bestseller and winner of an Aurealis Award for The River Ophelia and Bohemia Beach (2018). She holds a Phd in American postmodern fiction, has taught at numerous universities in Australia and abroad, has worked as a journalist for The Observer, The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald, is due to fly to Paris post-covid to resume her writing fellowship and lives in Newcastle with her dog, Mister Pip.

Price

$66 for HWC members
$88 for Non-Members
 
 Become a member

Writing Other Worlds

Date: Saturday 4th September 2021

Time 10AM to 3PM

How does Tolkein make us care enough about his hairy hobbits to absorb all those details about Middle Earth?

How does Atwood get her reader past the brutal misery of the Handmaid’s Life to become completely caught up in Ofred’s plight?

Have you ever wanted to create your own world? A world where the wrongs of today play out dramatically in ways that are impossible in the here and now? Perhaps it’s a world that terrifies and disgusts, or one where the good guys actually get the bad guys in ways that never happen in real life? Perhaps all you really want is to escape the banal grind of daily demands? To go somewhere more beautiful, more fair or just plain fun?

Writing other worlds can offer us escape and give expression to our wildest imaginings but creating engaging stories takes skill and practice. To make your ‘speculative’ fiction come alive for the reader takes effort but the results are well worth it. 

Come on the writer’s journey with Justine Ettler as she illuminates the ins and outs of this exciting ever evolving genre.

This workshop will introduce the many genres of speculative fiction: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Dystopian /Utopian Fiction, Apocalyptic, Superhero and Supernatural via discussion of classic and contemporary texts by Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Wood, Ursula Le Guin and Phillip K Dick.

The afternoon will include a series of exercises to facilitate your story production whether you’re coming up with initial ideas, improving your technique or developing your existing characters and story.

Location: to be provided after you book

Date: Saturday 4th September 2021

Time: 10AM to 3PM

What to bring: lunch, writing material. Participants need to bring paper and pen as this is an active workshop.

Justine Ettler - Author and course tutor

Tutor: Justine Ettler

Justine Ettler is the author of Marilyn’s Almost Terminal New York Adventure, the bestseller and winner of an Aurealis Award for The River Ophelia and Bohemia Beach (2018). She holds a Phd in American postmodern fiction, has taught at numerous universities in Australia and abroad, has worked as a journalist for The Observer, The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald, is due to fly to Paris post-covid to resume her writing fellowship and lives in Newcastle with her dog, Mister Pip.

Price

$66 for HWC members
$88 for Non-Members
 
 Become a member