Broken River Writers’ latest Discovery Workshop — Get it right from the start — will be held this Friday night.
Thalia Kalkipsasis (pictured) — published children’s and teen author — will be presenting participants with advice about where to actually start your book.
The three-hour workshop starts at 6 pmin Gallery 2 at NEA, 122 Bridge St.
BRW co-ordinator Carla Gardner said the workshop was free and a supper would be available for $5.
Ms Gardner said bookings were essential to assist with catering (the supper includes gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free) and they can be made to brokenriverwriters@gmail. com or 0413 002 007.
She said it would be a valuable workshop for anyone with an interest in writing.
‘‘Thalia Kalkipsasis has 20 books published and also works as a freelance writer and editor,’’ Ms Gardner said.
‘‘She is Wangaratta based, so she knows all about living in a regional hub and it hasn’t impacted on her success as a writer, or held her back from having an international audience.
‘‘This is her first workshop with us and it will be a real highlight and great way to start the year — she is a real professional and knows her stuff.’’
Talking about her presentation Ms Kalkipsasis said picking the right point in the action to begin a piece of fiction could feed tension throughout the rest of your story.
She said people would learn the ingredients that would set up a tight plot from the beginning; then apply these concepts to their story as a whole.
‘‘By the end of our workshop, participants will have a basic plan and opening lines for a short story that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end,’’ Ms Kalkipsasis said.
‘‘I am currently working on the final instalment of the Lifespan of Starlight trilogy, where three teenagers discover the secret to travelling through time.’’
Ms Kalkipsasis has sold books into the US and Canada and been translated for readers in Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Italy and China.
She will also be bringing some of her books to the workshop for anyone to buy and get autographed.