Writers Block Workshop notes – part four

This is part four of the Writers Block Workshop held on 9th May, 2015 at Robina Library.

After morning tea, Librarian Louise got up to explain about the Library facilities.

Online Library – What do you need?

Gold Coast Library offers research aids, newspapers and magazines are available from now and a previous era. Digitised history, writers can view headlines to get a feel for speech/style.

Gold Coast History images can help with research

TROVE is a great resource for writers – http://trove.nla.gov.au       

Scan old images, old newspapers, family history and describing clothing.

Steven King On Writing coverLooking for a book?  Louise then gave a rundown of how to go to the Catalogue page and narrow the search. Browse virtual shelves and find similar books.

Books not in the Library Collection can be sourced by 1 a request to purchase or 2 can access through inter library loan through universities. The Library does not pass that cost on. Rates pay for the Libraries.Elements of Style book cover William Strunk

As Isobelle Carmody still had not appeared, and David Burton was at the back of the room, he offered to continue his presentation. With a rousing applause the audience of writers eagerly awaiting knowledge gladly accepted his generosity.

dave burton bio picDavid started by saying two books every writer should read are:

The Element of Style by William Strunk – very concise style

Steven King On Writing

Synopsis writing is an entire skill

Critiques – if you can’t hear the criticism the story could be boring and needs more work.

Pick audience really carefully. Be specific with questions you are asking the reader to critique.

Take the jump!

Get critiqued, Manuscript appraisal and ask questions about the problems posed, is the story clear about what way it’s going. If it’s not OK, let’s get help or put it aside and re-edit with a problem solving voice.

Sit down, start writing, no excuses.  Brian O’Hanlon

You fail only if you stop writing!

I will stop here and continue with Dave Burton answering questions and discussing Writing a Synopsis, in my next post…


About jillswrites

I am a writer of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world'. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. Several of my short stories appear in a collaborative book for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales written in conjunction with my fellow members of The Ten Penners, this was a follow-up book to 'Shock, Horror, Gasp'. Fan-tas-tic-al Tales was released in 2009, now available in hard copy and on Amazon. We are currently in the completing our next adventure based anthology called 'Mystery, Mayhem & Magic' scheduled for release later in 2017. As a member of BookCoasters the Gold Coast Library blog, complementing my own blog, I enjoy blog being able to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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