Gold Coast Writers’ Workshops is thrilled to announce the start of a series of programs aimed at developing the writing of novels or novellas, particularly among writers in the Gold Coast region.
The first of these Novel Development Programs (NDP-1) will begin in 2014.
NDP-1 is open to any writer starting a new work of fiction (novel or novella), but is primarily suited for beginning or unpublished writers. All participants will be encouraged to complete their manuscript by the end of the course with the purpose of pitching it to an agent or editor. The program will be led by international award-winning author Louise Cusack with the support of the GCWW.
Successful applicants will attend a series of workshops designed not only to improve their writing skills but aimed specifically at their own manuscripts. At the first workshop, the writers will be divided into smaller groups, or pods, with writers of a similar genre. The members of each pod will review and encourage each other throughout the course under the guidance of a coordinator appointed by the GCWW.
February 8-9: A weekend workshop designed to give the participants the skills they need to write novels.
March 8: A one-day workshop that completes the skills program and begins reviewing the manuscripts.
May 10, July 12, and September 13: Three workshops that focus on the writers’ manuscripts with activities and critiques.
November 8: A workshop that looks at editing and the realities of getting published but each writer will get the chance to pitch to an agent or editor.
All workshops begin at 9am and conclude at 5pm. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
Coordinators will be experienced writers but are volunteers and are NOT meant to be mentors. They will encourage, assist where they can, and liaise with Louise in order to develop meaningful workshops.
Submissions open on 1 September 2013.
While submissions are open to any writer beginning a novel or novella, writers should be aware that workshops and activities are geared to beginners or unpublished writers and that they will be required to attend the workshops. The course is not offered online.
For your submission, please focus on an unfinished manuscript, either just started or the idea for a manuscript with some of the planning done.
Applicants should supply a 500-word synopsis and the first 10 pages of their manuscript. Writers whose manuscripts are still in the planning stage should supply a rough 500-word synopsis and 5-10 sample pages of their writing, preferably in the genre of their proposed manuscript.
Applicants should be prepared to finish their manuscript by the final workshop.
Applicants should state the genre of their submission, any other genres they are interested in, and a rough history of their writing, if any. This information will be used to divide the writers into sub-groups.
Submissions will close on 31 December 2013.
While quality of writing will have some effect on selection, this program is primarily aimed at writers who will benefit most and there are a maximum of 20 places available. Early submissions will be given preference.
The course will cost $625 and a deposit of $325 will be required on application. The balance will be due by 15 January 2014. Any writers who are not accepted for the program will be refunded in full.
How to Submit
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following Word documents in .doc or .docx
Covering letter stating your name, address, phone number and email address, plus your the genre of your novel
A 500-word synopsis
First 10 pages of your manuscript or 10 sample pages of your writing
Proof of payment
ACCOUNT NO: 146029368
ACCOUNT NAME: KM Stewart and JG Clark
REFERENCE: Your Name
TO SUM UP
- Excellent value: 7 full-day intensive workshops for less than $90 per workshop, plus an extra 5 informal meetings with your co-ordinator and genre group to discuss progress and get feedback on your work.
- Open to any writer beginning a new fiction manuscript.
- The opportunity to exchange work and critique on-line with fellow writers.
- All workshops run by an international award-winning author and designed to guide you towards producing a well-written, completed full-length manuscript by year’s end.
- The opportunity to improve your writing skills, plus learn about editing, rewriting and publishing.
- A chance to practice pitching to an agent and an experienced editor.