Everyone has a story inside them longing to get out – and would-be writers from Boggabri to Bingara are urged to unleash their inner writer at a series of upcoming workshops for Australians in isolated communities.
Hosted by internationally acclaimed Australian author Stephanie Dale, and presented by Arts North West, the regional arts board for the New England North West, the workshop series is part of Stephanie’s new venture, The Write Road.
Inspired by Slim Dusty and Joy McKean, The Write Road makes Stephanie’s skills in writing, publishing, media and internet available to people in isolated areas.
“Slim and Joy took their music to the people, rather than expecting people to come to them,” said Stephanie. “The Write Road is built on a similar concept.”
Stephanie and Arts North West are hosting three different workshops across the New England countryside over nine days:
* crossing the bridge between thinking about writing and doing it
* information sessions on publishing and promotion
* a whole-of-town writing workshop in and about Barraba.
“I know better than anyone the lengths the human mind will go to avoid writing,” said Stephanie, who is the author of two published books. “It took me decades to find the courage to start. I also know how difficult it can be to source information about publishing, once a writer has completed a manuscript.”
Arts North West Executive Officer and Regional Arts Development Officer, Dr Jane Kreis, said the workshops were an opportunity for people in the region – especially those in isolated pockets – to access world-class writing support and information.
“It’s a real treat for the region to have someone of Stephanie’s experience willing to travel to our smaller villages and towns,” she said.
“l urge everyone in and around Boggabri, Quirindi, Gunnedah, Barraba and Bingara to make the most of this occasion.”
To book a place in a workshop call Arts North West on 6732 4988 or book directly by following the relevant workshop link from the Arts North West homepage at www.artsnw.com.au
In 2012, Stephanie’s travel memoir My Pilgrim’s Heart was launched in the US, followed by a three-month book tour. She was awarded the US Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Fiction (Aust/NZ) in 2011.
For more information about The Write Road visit www.thewriteroad.com.au