Short Story Workshop at Rosebud Library

Last week I had the great pleasure of facilitating a workshop at Rosebud Library on the Mornington Peninsula focusing on ‘How and Where to Get Your Short Stories Published’.

Short Story Workshop at Rosebud Library

The workshop was specifically targeted towrads writers who love writing short stories or poems, but don’t know how or where to get them published. A wonderfully engaged group of fifteen participants learned how to submit like professionals, as we explored the essentials for any writer who wants to be taken seriously.

My group had some terrific questions, and were such an enthusiastic audience. We covered a lot of ground, including how to:

  • Present and format your work to industry standards.
  • Find appropriate markets for your work.
  • Follow and adhere to submission guidelines.
  • Prepare a professional cover letter and author bio.
  • Handle the fundamentals of the industry – payments, contracts, networking, and more.
  • Deal with rejection.
  • Avoid publication pitfalls and traps, and rookie errors.
  • Build a list of publication credits.

For the beginner writer, or writer who is new to the submission process, this workshop is a great resource for your toolkit.

I received some generous feedback from my workshop attendees, including this lovely comment, “Thanks for a brilliant workshop on how and where to get your short stories published, Rebecca. I loved it! So much valuable information and detailed handouts. It’s taken me from a place of wishy-washy dreams and plans to a position of action. I now feel I have all the tools I need to get my work out there. And miraculously, the dread of rejection has become the desire to gain my writer’s badges of honour.”

Is it any wonder I truly love what I do?!

A big thanks to Rosebud Library and the Mornington Peninsula Library Service for being so warm and accommodating – I’m really looking forward to working with them again in the near future.

If you would like to learn more about ‘How and Where to Get Your Short Stories Published’, drop me a line at info@storycraftworkshops.com.au

Rebecca

 

 

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Creative Writing Workshops for Confidence and Creativity

Participation in creative writing workshops has a positive impact not only on children’s imagination and writing skills, but also their confidence and well being.

According to the initial findings of a research project by The University of Sydney commenced in 2015, and using participants of not-for-profit organisation, Sydney Story Factory, early findings are positive and include:

  • significant improvement in writing quality
  • increased engagement with writing, for longer
  • better planning, organisation and ideas
  • enhanced ability to reflect and self-evaluate
  • increased confidence to work with others, and
  • more willingness to talk to people, particularly adults.

Professor Robyn Ewing, who is overseeing the research project stated, “Strong creative thinking and learning skills are critical to students’ social and emotional wellbeing, academic achievement and lifelong learning.”

The team’s evaluation is underpinned by the five dimensions that research suggests are essential in fostering the development of creativity: inquisitiveness, imagination, collaboration, discipline and persistence.

To read more about The University of Sydney’s study and how creative writing workshops can boost confidence and creativity, read the full article here.

StoryCraft’s Mornington Peninsula creative writing workshops reflect the same values underpinned by Sydney Story Factory. We’re passionate about sharing our skills and knowledge with writers of every age and ability to foster creative thinking, improve writing skills, and increase confidence – all in a fun and engaging environment.

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