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A workout for wordsmiths

22 September 2009

Do you aspire to be a writer but need some confidence building? Already writing and need to bounce your ideas off someone with experience in the industry? Got a half-ready manuscript but need a push, or some tweaking? Sign up for a workshop and exercise your writer’s muscles.

There is something for everyone whether you are a beginner, emerging or even established. Workshops always sell out during festival time-immerse yourself in a safe creative environment full of people just like yourself. Highlights this year include  a surf writing workshop with Jaimal Yogis who’s a surf-writing journo and surfer dude. Jaimal says ‘Writing well about the surfing is a task that takes an intricate understanding of waves, unique vocabulary, and a deep reverence for the sea.’

Paul Sochaczewski returns to Ubud for a second time. His workshops are popular, and he is an established and highly respected travel writer. ‘Sharing the Journey: Travel Writing with Style’…Paul says ‘You’ve nibbled grilled grasshoppers in Isaan and had a life-changing conversation with a monk in Laos. If you want to share your journey, but aren’t too sure how to start, what to say, how to make it interesting for other people, this is the workshop for you!’

Want to prepare for the Poetry Slam? How to perform a poem-with a stellar cast of the world’s best performance poets will be more of a ‘Lab’ than a workshop.  Join Omar Musa, winner of the 2008 Australian Poetry Slam, Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers [Hong Kong] and Jeet Thayil [India] for 3 hours of fun, hilarity and action-packed tips. Viki and Kate have just published an anthology of womens poetry, and Omar is a legendary rapper! Gain confidence and big it up to the man!

There are more… cut the floss and dross with The Kindest Cut of All: Editing for Writers, learn about one man’s journey to getting published and travelling the world with his debut novel…The Unimagined Path to Publication by  Imran Ahmad. Imran says ‘If you think that all you need to do to get published is to write a good book, there are some valuable insights in this workshop. In the meantime: don’t give up your day job!’

There’s still even more… Writing as a journey: How to Un-Block with with highly commended poet Michelle Cahill; Poetry Kicks: workshop for aspiring poets on writing political poetry with Hal Judge and Joani Cornish; want to write about someone who you think is remarkable? Biography is one of the most demanding of all the genres… get the best advice from someone who used to be the staff critic for the New Yorker – do Writing Lives with Jamie James. Do you have an idea for film? An adaptation? A old script in a bottom drawer? Join award-winning UK filmmaker Asitha Ameresekere as he takes you on a journey from script to screen in Introduction to Screenwriting.

All the details and more are here: http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/program/workshop/

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