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Carrie TiffanyGetting Started: Writing Fiction

with Carrie Tiffany

Maximum of 15 students

Have you often thought about writing fiction, but don't know where to begin? Do you have lots of stories you want to tell, but can't seem to translate them into words on the page?

Discover the tools you need to start writing and learn the basics of fiction, from creating memorable characters to finding your voice; plotting your story to making full use of your setting, with acclaimed novelist Carrie Tiffany.

This one-day workshop includes tips for finding and developing your story's heart, techniques for avoiding dead ends and wrong turns, and revitalising pieces you're stuck on. Participants will come away with renewed energy for their work, specific tools to readdress their own weak spots, and fresh enthusiasm to get back to the desk.

The course includes:

• A full day of intensive tuition from Carrie Tiffany from 10am to 5pm
• A copy of Animal People by Charlotte Wood
• Lunch, and morning and afternoon tea.
• A special discount on all books purchased at Readings – the official bookseller for the Academy


About the Course Director


Carrie Tiffany
is the author of Mateship with Birds which won the inaugural Stella Prize for fiction as well as the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Her first novel, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for a multitude of awards including the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and won the Dobbie Award for Best First Book and Western Australian Premier's Award for Fiction. Carrie Tiffany has taught at the University of Melbourne and RMIT and is a Course Director for Faber Writing Academy's Writing a Novel course in Melbourne. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Times, The Age, Australian Book Review, Overland, Penguin Summer Stories, HEAT and The Griffith Review.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, Course Directors and Guest Lecturers may be subject to change.