Gunnas YA Fiction With Nova Weetman

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Venue: La Luna Bistro, Carlton

Great people, delicious food, magnificent day. Gunnas Masterclasses are for all levels beginner, amateur and professional. This class is for people 18 years and over.

10am-4pm.

Nova Weetman wrote her first book at 12. A dystopian vision of post-apocalyptic, jelly eating children and the end of the world. Criminally ignored by the literati, it remains predictably unpublished. From there, she honed her story writing skills in the worlds of film and TV, before returning to the thing she loves most – writing prose.

Having published short literary fiction in magazines like Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Mslexia, Wet Ink, Island and Going Down Swinging, she published her first young adult novel in 2014 through UQP. Since then she’s published another five novels for young adults and middle grade readers, including The Secrets We Keep that has recently been shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Prize, the Australian Book Industry Awards and CBCA Notables.

Nova has wandered through various writing professions (starting with a brief time at Neighbours) before arriving back at the one she started so many years ago. Now armed to the eye teeth with frank and candid insights into the industry, getting published, having an agent, working with publishers, and what it’s really like to sit next to Andy Griffiths at a book signing.

This masterclass will focus on writing literary fiction, with an emphasis on young adult and middle grade. Find out how to know your product and importantly know your audience. The skills are adaptable though so if you’re more interested in writing adult fiction, that’s fine too.

The hardest book Nova’s written is a YA novel published in 2016. It took her a staggering 33 drafts to get right, mainly because the narrative unfolds in reverse. She’ll explain how to survive that, as well as the centrality of plot and dig into the down and dirty side of craft: world building, dialogue writing, character development, progressive action, and how to make sure your great idea is getting to the right reader.

One of the toughest things about writing is often getting started. With some great tips and practical suggestions, Nova will also set some exercises to kick-start your imagination.

As with all Gunnas classes, a sumptuous gourmet morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is included.

Great food, awesome people, brilliant day.

Full $290

Conc/student/artist/unemployed/anyone povo $250

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