The Burdekin Library will host a free writing workshop with noted Australian author Dr Lindsay Simpson.
Dr Simpson, the author and co-author of nine books of which five are in the true crime genre, will host the workshop to be held on November 5 from 1pm-4pm at the Burdekin Library Ayr.
“Everyone has a story to tell,” she said. “I have taught students how to write at both the University of Tasmania and James Cook University where I designed two postgraduate writing programs.
“My passion has always been to be a writer, but I also enjoy the process of empowering people to tell their own life stories.
“I think of myself as the midwife delivering that story to the writer.
“Often my students will comment: ‘Where did that come from?’ And I have to assure them it came from them.”
Dr Simpson said her workshops focused on teaching skills from the literary toolbox such as dialogue, descriptive writing, setting scenes, building characters and structuring stories which could be easily applied to any kind of writing including fiction.
Her latest book, Where is Daniel?, was written with Bruce and Denise Morcombe about the search for their 13-year old son Daniel and published in 2014. She also co-authored Brothers in Arms with her best friend Sandra Harvey that was made into the mini-series Bikie Wars and screened on Channel 10 in 2013.
Dr Simpson said she had also spent many years teaching skills to people who had never written a short story before.
‘I find it helps if you learn how to write by writing about what you know – your own life. There is always something to write about. Often, it’s a matter of working out where to start,’ she said.
There are 16 places available at the workshop so bookings are essential. Please call 4783 9970 to book your place.
This workshop was made possible with funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Burdekin Shire Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.