WITH JACK HEATH
Jack’s back! Jack Heath returns for RWR22 in this fast-paced and intensive full-day masterclass to guide you through creating the genre that has gone through a huge resurgence in popularity recently—choose your own adventures. These stories read almost like a game, where you can change your ending over and over again. During the workshop, you’ll get to write out scenes and work collaboratively to produce a story in one day. Jack will also be encouraging your best writing by providing several activities for you to use to fill your pages.
Jack Heath is a best-selling author with many books for young readers, including his popular ‘Minutes of Danger’ series and his engaging choose-your-own adventures. He is also the author of the grisly, nail-biting, page-turning, breath-sucking, check-the-wardrobe-before-you-go-to-bed Hangman series, an international crime best-seller with a cannibal as the protagonist. Only Jack could make you root for the monster.
Jack’s presentations are energetic, engaging and inspiring. Be prepared to learn from the master! Find out more about Jack and his works at www.jackheathwriter.com.
WITH DEBBIE LEE
Self-publishing is a thriving business and continues to grow in popularity. But what happens after you order your print copies? Debbie, representing Ingram Spark, will take you through the steps for preparing your book proposal and planning/executing your own marketing strategy. This masterclass will include preparing a one page ‘Advance Information Sheet’ that covers your title, blurb, author bio, special features/key selling points; endorsements, price and ISBN. You will also look at costing out your book project and appointing/working with professionals (editors, designers etc) in a self-publishing capacity.
Debbie Lee is the Senior Manager, Content Acquisition and Business Development of Ingram Content Group. Debbie began her career as a sales rep in the trade publishing market some 30 years ago. She then moved to educational publishing, becoming a Publisher of academic and professional texts. In 2014 Debbie joined Ingram and now provides print-on-demand and global distribution solutions to publishers large and small, from multinationals to local presses and self-published ‘authorpreneurs’. You can find out more about publishing with Ingram at: www.ingramspark.com
WITH LAUREN ELISE DANIELS AND PAMELA JEFFS
Let this team of experts show you how to polish up your short fiction for open calls and competitions. Lauren and Pamela offer multiple perspectives—literary judge, editor, author—for this action-packed, two-hour workshop. With lots of experience, and fun writing exercises to inspire, this team will share the skinny on success in the short story market.
LAUREN ELISE DANIELS
Lauren Elise Daniels is co-author of the bestseller, Winning Short Story Competitions: Essential Tools for the Serious Writer (along with Cate Sawyer and Hawkeye Books). Lauren has also authored essays, short stories and her novel, Serpent’s Wake: a Tale for the Bitten. She holds a BA and an MFA in Creative Writing and has edited 100+ fiction/non-fiction titles. Lauren is a speaker for GenreCon, QWC and Whistler Writers Festival of Canada. She’s a literary judge for the Society of Women Writers QLD, Hawkeye Books, and Interactive Publishing and directs Brisbane Writers Workshop: www.brisbanewriters.com
Pamela Jeffs is an Australian speculative fiction author. She has published three short story collections and has 70+ short stories featured in various national and international magazines and anthologies. Pamela has been shortlisted for multiple awards throughout her career, including numerous Aurealis Awards and honourable mentions in the Writers of the Future Competition. She is also a regular Retreater at RWR. For more information, visit Pamela at www.pamelajeffs.com.
WITH SHAUN SUNDAY
Table-top games are bigger than ever and offer writers a new avenue for publishing. Shaun Sunday of Brainbeast Studios will take you through the planning and creating of your own RPG. In this fun and creative masterclass, Shaun will have you collaborating with your fellow creatives to plan a group adventure in a danger-rich landscape laden with enemies and treasures. He will also provide you with all the steps you need to produce your own printed/digital download RPG and where and how to publish successfully.
Shaun Sunday is a comic book writer, illustrator and game developer from Brisbane. He is the host of the comics talk show, No Capes and the creator of the 5e player screen (an aid for new and neurodiverse players to navigate Dungeons & Dragons). Shaun is the creator of the RPGs, The Hunger of Firspeak and The Shifting Spire.
WITH CHARMAINE CLANCY
Every story needs a hero and in this structure masterclass, Charmaine will show you how to apply Joseph Cambell’s theory, The Hero’s Journey, to your own narrative. Find the key elements every good adventure shares and learn to analyse stories for this structure.
Charmaine Clancy is the founder and host of the Rainforest Writing Retreat. She writes fiction for young teens and mystery short stories for the grown-ups. Charmaine publishes through Hot Doggy Press. She has a Masters in Creative Writing and enjoys teaching storytelling to both children and adults.
'Fantastic effort, organisers and presenters.Very well done, indeed.'
Frank Prem (poet & Retreater)
'The presentations by Charmaine and Anthony were packed with useful information, and the interaction of those involved made me feel so lucky to be part of this talented group of writers. Huge thanks to the amazing Christine and Charmaine for organising this!'
Robin Thomas (Author & Retreater)
'As a newbie to RWR it was such an enjoyable experience. I learnt so much and everyone was so welcoming. It was very well put together and I look foward to the next one!! Big thanks to Charmaine and Christine!'
Sarah Tegerdine (Author & Retreater)
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