Writing Workshop with Amanda Curtin

filed12 Jul 2013 from Carmen Jenner CategoriesActivities

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Amanda Curtin

As soon as I entered the room, I knew I’d arrived. Sounds like an opening to a novel. Just as well since I’ve landed in the fiction writing workshop of esteemed author, Amanda Curtin. As she gently guided us through our writing exercises she set a reassuring and calming tone that all aspiring writers crave. The underlying theme throughout was the golden rule of writing, “Show, not tell!”

We began with a “wild writing” session where we’re encouraged to write anything for 10 minutes straight, even if it’s “I don’t know what to write.” Amanda provided a sensory prompt and promised something would evolve from the constant movement of our hands across the page; some of the ramblings were enlightening.

During the course of the three hour workshop, we created characters from artefacts, photos and emotions. We developed witty, if I do say so myself, dialogue and dramatically orchestrated all kinds of trouble and conflict between our characters. We did what writers love doing best, we devised worlds we would probably never encounter, and scenarios and characters you would only read about.

Although this was Amanda’s only class for the Perth Winter Arts Festival she couldn’t rave enough about Susan Midalia’s workshop running the following week named The Glint of Light on Broken Glass. Perth’s writing community may be small, but its nurturing environment produces outstanding results. If there’s any doubt, then check out Amanda’s blog http://amandacurtin.com/ where you can buy her books Inherited, The Sinkings and her latest Elemental, which I’m dying to get stuck into. So if you’ll excuse me…

 

For more of my reviews for the Perth Winter Arts Season please go to my blog

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