1% Inspiration (or Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?)

Sophie Cunninghamwith Sophie Cunningham

One of the most commonly asked questions published writers get asked is 'where do you get your ideas from?' This one-day workshop will certainly come up with some answers to that question . . . but that's just the easy part. This will be a day with a focus on the creative process (the inspiration) which doesn't forget the slog of writing a book (the perspiration).

Which ideas make for great conversational ambits but aren't going to work when expanded to 60,000 words or more? How do you know if the idea that is the focus of your work is going to engage you deeply enough to want to stick with the project for an extended period of time? Sure, the idea might be a commercial one, but is it one you want to live with for a year, or two or three or ten? Alternatively, is your area of interest so particular and strange that you may never find an audience for it—and does that matter?

While there are no hard and fast answers to these questions, there are some steps you can take to test the sustainability of an idea rather than just diving in and hoping for the best. A series of exercises will form the basis of discussions that will help the group explore, not just how to develop a list of ideas with potential, but how to alight upon the right one. To this end, we'll consider how to focus and refine an idea so that it takes on substantial form.

Suitable for both emerging and established writers of fiction and non-fiction, the course includes:

• A full day's intensive tuition from 10am - 4pm
• Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks
• A 10% discount on full priced books purchased at any Readings shop – the official bookseller for the Academy (not valid for online purchases, other offers, lay-bys or special orders)
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication

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About the Tutor

Sophie Cunningham has worked in publishing for twenty-five years and her journalism has been published widely. She is the author of two novels, Geography and Bird, as well as the non-fiction books Melbourne and Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy. Sophie has been the editor of Meanjin, the course director for Faber Writing Academy's Writing a Novel course in Melbourne and was, until recently, the chair of the Australia Council's Literature Board.

She is currently working on her third novel, This Devastating Fever, about Leonard Woolf's years in Sri Lanka, and a book of essays.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.