Upcoming Workshops

Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September – In-Person Workshops for River of Arts Festival

The South Coast Writers Centre presents a writing workshop as part of the River of Art Festival.

“The Festival theme is Resilience and Renewal recognising that we need to support our creative communities in recovery, widely promoting our fabulous artists, performers, musicians, venues and local businesses, within and outside our region.”

You know the feeling when you open a book or start a short story and are instantly taken in by the voice? Something about the narration jumps out at you from the page: it’s the elusive ‘know it when you see it’ that’s the hallmark of a story well told. Join Hayley Scrivenor for an interactive workshop centred on voice, character and point of view. Aimed at all prose writers, with short readings and discussion, as well as exercises to help you hone the internal voice (the way your character speaks) and the external voice (the way the story is told), you’ll walk away reinvigorated and ready to write.

Hayley Scrivenor is a writer, academic and former Director of Wollongong Writers Festival. Hayley’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in variety of contemporary Australian journals, and she was shortlisted for the Overland Story Wine prize. She was awarded the 2019 Ray Koppe/ASA Fellowship for her novel-in-progress The Push Back, about a young girl who goes missing from a small country town. In March 2020, this manuscript was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize and is currently shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

See more from the South Coast Writers Centre here, and check out the full River of Art program here.

This workshop will be run twice:
At Moruya Golf Club on Saturday 26 September, 2pm-5pm
At Narooma School of Arts on Sunday 27 September, 2pm-5pm

If an in-person workshop becomes unwise due to COVID-19, this workshop will be run online.

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=653235

Saturday 17 October 2pm-5pm – Online Workshop for Heroines Festival

Do your first drafts simply gush onto the blank page? Is it your greatest delight to put pen to paper? Well, friend, this is not the class for you!

By approaching writing as a layered process, with humour and empathy, Hayley will take you through some practical strategies for getting words on the page, as well as tips and tricks for developing and revising work. Learn to consider writing as a process of both ‘breathing in’ and ‘breathing out’ and gain insights into how established writers keep themselves returning to the work and the joys of the craft.

This 3-hour live-streamed session presented as part of the 2020 Heroines Festival is for those of us who find it hard to start, struggle to keep going, and don’t seem to be able to finish. You’ll be able to chip in, discuss, ask questions and chat with your teacher and classmates in real time. Writers of all levels are welcome.

Whatever kind of writing you do (from novels to pointed notes left on car windscreens), you’ll wrap up this session invigorated and with a better understanding of writing as an embodied process (i.e. something we do with our bodies, not just our minds!).


“Hayley’s ‘Write Like Nobody’s Watching’ workshop is an inspiring, encouraging, advice-filled boost for writers. Hayley used her journey and learnings to help me understand my own creative practice more and how I could find ways to persevere in times of doubt. She reminded me I’m not alone at a vital time for me. I came away with a renewed confidence in myself as a writer and the weighty fear of the page lifted.”

– Miranda Luby (YA debut forthcoming with Text in 2020).

This workshop will run entirely online. Participants will receive an invitation link to join the session after they have booked a ticket.

Runs on Saturday 17 October, from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets $85. Bookings close on Thursday 15 October 2020, at 11pm.

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BLDHY