Evernote – The Writer’s Besty

by Amanda on May 19, 2015

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I never thought I’d be the one to say that a mere app has dramatically changed my life – but it’s true.

When it comes to writing, I lean towards old school, not exactly back to the quill but inclined to be dismissive about specialist writing software programmes that purport to make it easier to write. Writing is difficult enough without having to learn some new fangled software. It might feel easier, but doesn’t make you a better writer.

Evernote doesn’t make you a better writer either but definitely a more efficient and organised one.
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NEXT Workshops…

by Amanda on May 18, 2015

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July 2015 School Holiday Workshop

Two day creative writing workshop for 10 to 14 year olds.

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Tramshed Arts & Community Centre – Narrabeen

Two day programme (10am-2pm) Tuesday 30th June & Wednesday 1st July 2015

Avalon Recreation Centre – Avalon

Two day programme (10am-2pm) Thursday 9th & Friday 10th July 2015

 Cost $90

Max participants: 10

BOOK HERE

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Berkelouw Autumn Fiction Workshop

by Amanda on May 18, 2015

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We had a great six week workshop series at Berkelouw Books in Mona Vale culminating in writerly drinks in Edison’s bar next-door. During workshop time we’re on task so finishing up with social drinks is a wonderful opportunity for people to get better acquainted beyond the shared writing aspirations. It’s generally quite an eye-opener, always a few surprises!

 

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Best gift for aspiring authors!

by Amanda on December 21, 2014

50 years on and ‘The Elements of Style ‘ –  more often referred to as ‘Strunk and White’ – is still the bible of good writing. It’s straight-forward, definite and endlessly entertaining.

Read it once, read it ten times and be a better writer for it.

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Productivity Tips

by Amanda on December 10, 2014

Writing that first word, first sentence is the hardest part – but once you push through and have 500 words, even if your genius has failed to shine through, at least you have something to work with. Some good ideas here.

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We made the papers!

December 1, 2014
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Berkelouw Workshops

November 16, 2014

It’s always a little sad when a workshop finishes, as this one did last week. Because these workshops are small and take place around a table (rather than classroom style) people always seem to bond and as a result writing groups and friendships are forged. Really such a privilege to be in the business of […]

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On the romance of writing

September 12, 2014

Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation’. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle’. All that matters is what you leave on the page. Zadie Smith

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Workshop @ Berkelouw Books

September 1, 2014

I’m thrilled to have been invited to run my ‘Memoir Made Simple’ workshop at Berkelouw Books in Mona Vale! Berkelouw are booksellers in the true sense of the word with a long and amazing history in the book industry. They realised long ago that it’s not good enough to sit around filing your nails and […]

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Final Workshops for 2014!

August 17, 2014

Want to write your life story or family history? Everything you need to know to write your story – move from procrastination to publication! Sydney Community College & Avalon Recreation Centre Details HERE

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Out in the Wilds

August 5, 2014

Things have been very quiet on the workshop front this year as I have been off on a completely different sort of adventure. For every writer there are times to write (much as we try to avoid those!) and times when you need get off the keyboard and get out and experience the world – […]

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Once, Only the Swallows Were Free – Gabrielle Gouch

December 6, 2013

Once, Only the Swallows Were Free by Gabrielle Gouch My rating: 5 of 5 stars Beautifully written, I found this memoir both compelling and moving. A real insight into the daily hardships of living under a communist regime. It seemed that refuge in Israel would be a relief but the harsh conditions of that new […]

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