You all know the difference between someone who can tell you something in plain terms and someone who can weave a story that has you hanging on their every word. It’s the same with writing.
This one day course (with a follow up in November) will explore the principles of story writing and apply them in practical exercises to whatever form of writing you wish to do, whether it’s writing about your own life, family or business, in fiction, creative nonfiction, life writing or poetry.
Diane Brown specialises in running relaxed, supportive, fun workshops which will be useful for anyone who is keen to take their writing further or who is just starting to explore putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard.
Cost: $120, includes delicious two course lunch and refreshments
Tutor and poet, novelist and memoirist Diane Brown who has been teaching creative writing for twenty years and runs her own creative writing school, Creative Writing Dunedin.
Her publications include two collections of poetry - Before The Divorce We Go To Disneyland, (1997) - winner of the NZSA Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana Book Awards 1997 - and Learning to Lie Together, (2004); two novels, If The Tongue Fits, (1999) and Eight Stages of Grace, (2002) - a verse novel which was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards 2003; a travel memoir, Liars and Lovers (2004) and a prose/poetic work, Here Comes Another Vital Moment. Her latest book, Taking My Mother To The Opera, Otago University Press (2015) is an extended poetic family memoir, in part about post World War Two domestic life and the ageing of parents.
She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to writing and education.