Start to Write: Fiction

w/ Kristina Olsson

You’ve got a great idea for a story. What do you do next?

Start to Write is the writing series at the Faber Writing Academy designed to kick-start your writing life.

Sunday, 10am – 4pm,
14 November 2021



Avid Reader – Brisbane

Avid Reader
193 Boundary St
West End QLD 4101

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Course fee: $ 195/$ 165.75 alumni

This is a past course.

In this one-day program you’ll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing from acclaimed tutor and novelist Kristina Olsson.

• Discover the tools you need to start writing.
• Overcome common problems shared by emerging writers.
• Understand the fundamentals of fiction.

Writers you'll be working with:

Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. Her 2013 memoir, Boy, Lost, garnered multiple national awards. Her most recent  novel, Shell, is set in Sydney against the backdrop of the building of Sydney Opera House and Australia’s entry into the Vietnam War. It launched the legendary Scribner Australia literary imprint and was shortlisted…

Course outline

Course content:

  • Ideas: where do they come from and how are they generated
  • Starting with an idea: the first stages of writing with an idea
  • First thoughts: how to start when you don’t have a clear idea
  • Writing exercises focused on getting started
  • Speaking to books: what books do we love, and why?
  • All about story: some archetypal story structures to help you plan your writing
  • Momentum: how to maintain enthusiasm for a writing project
  • Writing exercises focused on constructing a story
  • What am I writing? thinking about where your writing fits into the broader picture
  • Revision: what to look for in the redrafting phase
  • Troubleshooting: some common structural mistakes early writers make
  • Writing exercises focused on revision

Praise for this course

‘Kristina is a passionate and inspiring teacher, with a warm, encouraging manner.” 2021

“Really practical tips to get started which was great, and what I was hoping for.” 2019

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This is a past course.