Last month, I received the very exciting news that StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops has been named a finalist in two categories in the Peninsula Business Awards.
The Peninsula Business Awards supports and recognises small businesses across the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Frankston Region. They celebrate the hard work business owners put in, and their contributions to the local community and the local economy.
StoryCraft Creative Writing Workshops is a finalist in two categories: Best Education / Training Service and ‘Rising star – Best new Business’. I couldn’t be happier!
StoryCraft was born from a dream to combine my passion for storytelling with my passion for inspiring and supporting writers of every age and ability, and it’s very satisfying and humbling to see it honoured in this way.
Believe in the beauty of your dreams, everyone. Woo Hoo! And thank you all from the bottom of my heart for supporting StoryCraft over the past twelve months. It’s been a heck of a journey 💞💞💞
Winners are announced at a Gala Dinner at the Mornington Racecourse on 2nd May, so keep your fingers crossed for me! Congratulations to all the finalists in the Peninsula Business Awards, and good luck!
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’.
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.
Big thanks to The Mornington Peninsula Leader for running a feature article on StoryCraft’s ‘Pirates & Princesses’ School Holiday creative writing workshops.
The Mornington writing workshops, aimed at kids between the ages of 8 – 11 (as a general guide), are proving to be a popular addition to the school holiday activities list as parent’s are increasingly seeking out fun and educational activities to keep kids busy and engaged over the school holidays.
I’m really excited to be presenting these workshops to budding young authors. I’ve had a lot of fun putting the content together – as you can see from the props in this picture – and I can’t wait to see what the kids come up with as they create their own characters and unleash them in their very own adventures!
To read the article by fab journo, Lucy Callander, click here.
The workshops will run between 9.30am and 11.30am at Mount Martha Community House, and parents have a choice of two dates: Wednesday, 27th October, or Wednesday, 4th October. For full details and to make a booking, click here.