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.
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.
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!
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!