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World-building Workshop at Cleveland Library, Saturday 5 April 2014

Updated 10 March 2014


"Ever wondered why it was so easy to lose yourself in Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts or Fantasia? Careful world-building can pull a reader right out of their armchair and into a whole new world they can breathe, see and feel. In this FREE three hour workshop fantasy author R.J. Timmis will take aspiring fantasy and science-fiction writers through the three methods of world-building. Together we'll cover maps, languages, creature creation, and how to strike a balance between the amazing and the necessary rules of reality. Learn how to tap into the right side of your brain and unleash your creative side."

SATURDAY 5TH APRIL 2014: Cleveland Library, QLD @ 9.30am - 12.30pm

Bookings will be run through the library directly and are open now. Please book your spot by calling (07) 3829 8770.

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Logan Hyperdome Library, Saturday 16 June 2012

It's been just over a year since my first visit to the Logan Hyperdome Library, and this year I was more than ready for round 2! This year I spoke about 'breaking the rules of writing', namely; writing in present tense; in first person; and from the viewpoints of multiple characters. I used these techniques when writing 'The Brothers of Turoc' and felt it really helped me 'tell' the story in the most absorbing way. Through-out the morning we covered why we have these rules in the first place, the benefits of breaking them, and how it can be achieved.

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We also spent a little time talking about self-publishing and finished off with lots of chatting over tea and coffee supplied by the library. Overall it was another fantastic morning and I hope each attendee walked away having learnt something new!

Logan Hyperdome Library Visit

Logan Hyperdome Library, Loganholme

I was lucky enough to be asked to present an author visit at the Logan Hyperdome Library in June 2011 after the release of my first book, 'David and the Heart of Aurasius'. Once the initial excitement wore off the nerves set in... what on earth was I going to talk about for 90 minutes?

Hmm, as it turned out, a LOT! The presentation went well over time, and in the end we had to leave the room for the sewing circle ladies! It was a great morning with lots of questions about self-publishing and marketing, and of course, writing in general. Most attendees were writers themselves, with a few avid readers in the mix, which was great to see! I talked about my writing journey from concept to publication, the multiple re-writes of 'David', and the frustrating task of finding a publisher.

All who attended were enthusiastic and super friendly, which certainly helped with the nerves! The library team were fantastic and made me feel very welcome. All in all it was a lot of fun and I can't wait to go back again in June 2012, where I'll be talking about world-building and 'breaking the rules' of writing... stay tuned for more info!

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