Yesterday I enjoyed what I think is the best part of the prizes for being a Redlitzer winner – The Redlitzer Writers’ Day.
The morning started with a solid lesson on writing, dealing with structure, voice, POV and great beginnings taught by Angela Slatter. Some was familiar, some was new and some made a lot more sense when explained that way.
The afternoon saw the shortlisted stories(including mine) being critiqued by Louise Cusack, Rowena Cory Daniells, Marriane de Pierres and Angela Slatter. The feedback was amazing. You know feedback is good when you love your story even more with the new changes!
With great advice and some compliments that will keep me smiling for a good few months the day wrapped up with a Q&A panel which I’m going to share some great quotes from with you.
“Do what is says on the can.” (In reference to being a writer, a great rewording of ‘writers write’)
“Every author needs a wife” which sucks if you’re a woman ;p
There was plenty more, but I didn’t manage to scribble them all down. I’m fairly certain I’ll expand on those with some more posts shortly.
I want to give a huge thank you to the Redland Libraries (especially Jo-Anne, the co-ordinator) for hosting the day and creating the event, and say thank you to both Angela Slatter and Marriane de Pierres for their coaching. You were both wonderful and so helpful and I look forward to talking again soon.
The Redlitzer 2013 Anthology will be released in October 2013, I’ll keep you updated when more details become available.