Writ­ing in­sights

Benalla Ensign - - News -

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.

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