Overcoming Writer's Block: Unlocking your Creativity

Sian Priorwith Sian Prior

You want to write. You have some great ideas and a strong desire to be published. You just need to get it all down. But why can it be so damned hard to move from impulse to action?

In this workshop we will look at some practical strategies for overcoming writer's block and turning ideas into stories. As Thomas Mann famously wrote, 'A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.' Writing requires stamina as much as it requires imagination, and fortunately stamina is something you can develop over time.

From fear of failure and inspiration deficit, to time management and critical self-talk, we will look at why words sometimes fail us, and how we can get them down on the page.

Using writing exercises and group discussions, we will cover: the value of scaffolding writing; converting fear into focus; using bite-sized word targets; planning self-rewards; discarding distractions; prioritising writing projects, and finishing what you've started.

Suitable for both emerging and established writers.

The course includes:
• A full day's intensive tuition from 10am - 4pm
• Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks
• A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication

Book soon to avoid disappointment.

About the Tutor

Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for twenty-five years. A former ABC radio arts presenter and Age columnist and an award-winning short story writer, Sian recently published her first book, Shy: A Memoir (Text Publishing). The Sydney Morning Herald described Shy as 'brave and beautiful' and The Saturday Paper called it 'a finely observed piece of writing'. Sian she has been teaching creative writing in RMIT's Professional Writing and Editing courses for a decade. In 2014 she completed a PhD in Creative Writing at RMIT University.

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