Moe Library: Saturday 17 February 9.30am to 3.30pm
A friendly introduction to writing life stories, suitable for writers of all levels of experience.
Memory, family and local history, and connection to place can help people find their own stories. Join us for a day of workshops and a panel to find your own voice. Our three amazing writers have used their experiences to shape compelling narratives and to help others tell their own stories.
You can attend one or all events on the day. The author panel is free to all. There is a day pass available at a discounted rate for GWN members. The day passes allow you to attend the two workshops and the panel on one ticket. Places on the workshops are limited so book early!
9.30am to 12noon: Writing Memoir Workshop with Sally-Anne Watson Kane
Understand the basics of getting your life story down on paper. With expert guidance, Sally-Anne will help you work out where and how to begin recording your memoir.
1pm to 2pm: Panel with Alli Parker, Scot Gardner and Sally-Anne Watson Kane
Listen to our three writers as they discuss how they’ve used their own experiences to create compelling stories.
2.30pm to 3.30pm: Writing Personal Narratives Workshop with Scot Gardner
This workshop is a perfect introduction for those considering drawing from their own life experience to write.
About our Authors
Alli Parker is a Japanese-Australian author and screenwriter, with a background in script editing and script co-ordinating. Her debut historical fiction novel, At the Foot of the Cherry Tree, is the novelisation of her grandmother’s true story as Australia’s first Japanese war bride. She co-wrote episodes of crime drama series Jack Irish, romantic thriller series Secret Bridesmaids’ Businessand mystery telemovie series Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries.
Scot Gardner is a critically acclaimed YA author, whose books have been shortlisted for several awards, including the CBC Awards and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. He lives in Gippsland, but regularly travels Australia for inspiration from the people and the lands he meets. Scot has written nineteen novels, has worked as a counsellor, a youth worker, and is qualified to handle venomous snakes and explosives.
Sally-Anne Watson Kane
Sally-Anne Watson Kane is the founder of On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading, specialising in editing, publishing and coaching for writers. She is a member of Institute of Professional Editors, Life Stories Australia, Oral History Australia and a mentor for RMIT’s editing course. Sally-Anne is also a prolific writer and editor of non-fiction, biographies and memoirs.
Books by the authors will be available on the day for purchase and signing.
Access and Parking
The workshop will take place in meeting rooms 4&5 at the Moe Library. The library is accessible, however, if you have particular access requirements, please contact email@example.com.
There is parking on George Street and in the CBD.
Refreshments and Lunch
Tea and coffee will be available for attendees during the day. However, you will need to bring your own lunch or buy something from the cafes or shops in the Moe CBD.
This event is made possible by a community grant from Latrobe City Council.