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We Love Workshops

Workshops on the craft of writing and storytelling have always been a feature of the Willy Lit Fest program and sell out early as spaces are limited to provide for interaction and instruction. This year is no exception – we have seven fantastic workshops and one has already sold out, but you can still get tickets to these:

True Tales, Told Live: Before there were books, there were storytellers. Led by Kate Lawrence, True Tales, Told Live will appeal to anyone who longs to develop their skills at finding and crafting stories from their life, and telling them orally. In 2015 this wonderful workshop sold out so don’t delay getting your tickets. Saturday 18 June, 10.30am – 11.30 am.

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So you Have an Idea for a Book? Now What?: You have an idea for a book. So how do you get started putting words to paper? How do you keep going? How many drafts should you write? Maybe you’ve started, or even finished, a first draft. Now how do you structure it? How best to tell the story? All these questions and more about fiction, non-fiction and poetry writing will be answered by the team from Writers Victoria. Saturday 18 June, 2.00pm – 3.00pm.

Pathways to Writing: Join Sherryl Clark and Enza Gandolfo for a lively and informative discussion about where and how to start your writing. Sponsored by Victoria University. Saturday 18 June, 2.00pm – 3.00pm.







The Writer’s Journal:  A journal is a great way to gather your thoughts and keep a collection of inspirations for your writing.  From the blank page to inspiration, Anna Brasier will give you tips on how to nurture your creative seeds in this mini workshop on how to keep a writer’s journal.  Notebooks will be provided to all participants. Saturday 18 June, 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

Anna’s other workshop ‘Interviewing Techniques for Memoir and Family History’ has already sold out, so don’t miss out on the Writer’s Journal.

Writing and Illustrating Picture Books with Leigh Hobbs: In this in-depth, two and a half hour, hands on workshop, adults will have a chance to work with author, illustrator, artist and Australian Children’s Laureate 2016-17, Leigh Hobbs, to develop their picture book ideas. Sunday 19 June, 10.30am – 1.00pm.

The Sense in Nonsense: Willy Lit Fest is delighted to bring you a very special workshop with multi award winning author of fifty books – the very wonderful Claire Saxby. Why are stories like There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly and others so perennially popular?  Because young children love nonsense!  The rhythm and repetition in these stories also help to engage young readers and propel them along the path to literacy. Join Claire Saxby, author of Seadog, My Name is Lizzie Flynn, Wild Pa and many more to learn how to make sense in nonsense and create your own stories. Aimed at adults who want to write for children. Sunday 19 June, 3.30pm – 4.30pm.