Monday, August 24, 2015

Fleur McDonal Writer's Workshop

On Friday August 14, a small but enthusiastic team of creative writers attended the Outback Writer’s Workshop with Fleur McDonald, held at the Ravensthorpe CRC.
 
Fleur’s seminar and workshop was professionally presented and extremely informative.  The participants enjoyed creative writing exercises and were privy to stacks of information about the absolute do’s and don’ts of pitching a manuscript to the big Australian publishers, along with plenty of the tips for the mass market.

 With six best-selling novels under her belt, and a seventh getting ready to fly from her keyboard, Fleur was truly inspiring.  Having been one of the very first rural literature sensations picked up by Australian publishing giant, Allen & Unwin in 2009 with her debut novel, Red Dust, she’s been knocking out a tremendous read ever since.  Some of her titles have been translated into other languages and she’s now emerging as a great Australian writer on the American market.

 Fleur also had her books available for sale which were quickly purchased, and offered book signings throughout the day.

We were very grateful Fleur made the trip to Ravensthorpe to share her valuable knowledge with us; to RedbackOz.com for organising the workshop; the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council for generously providing some funding and the Ravensthorpe CRC for ensuring the day ran smoothly.

 Kay Pearson.

 


Photo: Searching for a story.

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