This workshop series, with the previous winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, is for anyone ready to produce a polished, ‘publication ready’ version of at least one short story, or a solid narrative map from which to complete their longer form story, novel or novella. Participants will be taken through a number of key writing stages including, starting a new work, refining story outline, elements of story, writing as a long term journey, and editing and publication.
- Analyse a cross-section of extant stories [short and long] to see how they work
- Identify and analyse elements of theme, plot, structure, character, symbol, conflict, dialogue and setting.
- Draft their own story outline with attention to theme, plot, structure, character, symbol, conflict, dialogue and setting
- Develop their work through several successive drafts.
- Produce a polished, ‘publication ready’ version of at least one short-form story, or a solid narrative map from which to complete their longer form story, novel or novella.
Please note that participants will be expected to work on their piece outside contact times, and will be set specific tasks to complete in-between workshops in order to ensure their story reaches its full potential.
Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin based playwright whose play Broken took out the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Premier’s award for Best Drama in 2015. Broken also won the 2014 NT Literary Award for Best Script, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Theatre Award. The play premiered to a sold out season at Browns Mart Theatre [March 2015] with a 2016 Sydney season at Darlinghurst Theatre Company. It’s also been published by Currency Press.
Highway of Lost Hearts [Currency Press, 2014] premiered at the 2012 Darwin Festival to a sold out season, with a 2013 Browns Mart Theatre return season by demand, and 2014 three-month Australia-wide tour. In 2015 it was adapted to a four-part radio series for Radio National’s Radio Tonic. It was also published by Currency Press and was the co-winner of the NT Book of the Year Award in 2016.
Mary Anne is a 2014 Churchill Fellow, member of the Australian Writers’ Guild Playwrights’ Committee, peer advisor to the Australia Council for the Arts and co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre Company [Darwin/Brisbane].
Mary Anne is a qualified teacher of Drama, Theatre and English; currently registered with the NT Teacher Registration Board. She holds a Masters in Arts Education from UNE and a Master of Philosophy [Creative Writing] from the University of Queensland. She Lectured in Creative Writing Degree Course [2008-2010] and Film and Media [2013-2014] at Batchelor Institute. She’s run creative writing [short and feature film, short story, novel and plays] plus theatre making and grant writing workshops for over 20 years.