Truman Capote famously said: "I'm all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil." In fact, many great writers refer to the editing stage as “where the real work happens.” The fine art of editing really can make good writing great and time and time again proves the old adage that less really is more. This workshop looks at distilling and crystallizing your writing to make it shorter, sharper and – most importantly – better. The workshop will include practical exercises and will teach you a number of tried and tested editing techniques. As Dr Seuss says: “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
Participants will explore and put into practice a variety of editing techniques and develop a new editing-focused approach to their work. If applied rigorously, this should result in noticeable improvements in the quality of participants’ writing.
Participants will be expected to bring along a laptop or tablet and a 1,000-word digital sample of a piece of writing they are working on. Please note a digital device is compulsory as pen and paper alone will rule out a large part of the workshop.
This workshop is suitable for writers of any experience level, from both fiction and non-fiction, who want to develop a disciplined approach to their work and gain an understanding of the importance and effectiveness of good editing.
About the trainer: Simon Clews
For nearly fifteen years now Simon Clews has overseen the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Engagement Lab program delivering professional development training in writing, communication and engagement to both graduate researchers and University staff. He in great demand as a writing coach and has delivered training around the world, including in Singapore, Canada, the UK, Thailand and Hong Kong. Prior to that he ran the Melbourne Writers’ Festival for fourteen years, as well as a slew of other literary events, including Writers at Como, Writers at the Convent, Stories Alive and Crime & Justice. He has also written widely for newspapers and magazines and is currently exploring digital publishing. Before becoming involved in writing and publishing, his background and original training was in theatre, dance and performance and he was one of the official British representatives of acclaimed Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski.
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Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.
Cancellation & Substitution
The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.
Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.
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