Dr Inga Simpson offers the following workshops:
Nature Writing and place making
Setting & Description
Writing Beautiful Sentences
Developing your Novel
Each workshop is also available as a masterclass, which includes detailed personal feedback on written work submitted beforehand.
Nature Writing, environmental writing, and place making
This workshop is ideal for professional writers in environmental fields and creative writers with an interest in the natural world. It focuses on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: effective description, use of emotion, and the importance of story. The workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with opportunities for discussion. Workshops and masterclasses can be tailored to suit your workplace or writing group.
The workshop is also a great focus for environmental groups and local placemaking programs, a way of bringing together like-minded writers to harness the stories of a community, ecosystem or region, celebrating its past and reimagining its future.
Setting & Description
This workshop is designed for writers seeking to develop their skills in the use of landscape and description in fiction or non-fiction. It focuses on capturing place on the page, and linking it to plot and character, as well as a range of techniques for mastering effective (and even evocative) description. The workshop uses a combination of instruction, examples and practical writing exercises, with opportunities for discussion. This workshop can be tailored to suit your particular writing group.
Developing your Novel: from manuscript to masterpiece
This workshop explores a range of practical techniques for structuring and mapping your next draft as well as some more creative ideas for developing your themes, characters and metaphors – finding the magic in your story. This workshop can be tailored to suit your particular writing group.
Crafting Beautiful Sentences
This workshop explores techniques for making your sentences more beautiful. Practical exercises and examples reveal how to pare back sentences to their most essential form, wield commas and semi-colons, dig deeper for that perfect image, write descriptions that climb off the page, and make every sentence tell a story. Bring one sentence from a writer you admire, and one of your own that you think requires work shopping.
Workshop: $1000 per day. Maximum 20 participants.
Masterclass: $2000. Maximum 20 participants.
Olvar Wood offers a ten per cent discount for writers centres and writing groups.
For enquiries about a workshop of masterclass tailored for your workplace or writing group, please email Inga@olvarwood.com.au