Workshops

Narrelle has developed three workshops for writers:

Fantasy Writing Building Blocks
(one-day course)

Fantastical places still need to convince readers of their authenticity to make a story come to life. In this one-day course, Narrelle M Harris – author of crime, fantasy and urban horror novels – takes writers through the building blocks of fantasy through discussion and writing exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring their works-in-progress for practical advice on their own stories.

Rates: Narrelle’s rate for the day is $650 (plus GST),
which covers the six hour course and breaks.
Download the One Day Fantasy Writing Workshop media release for further details.


Writing about Sex and Intimacy
(two-hour workshop or one-day course)

Scenes about sex and intimacy are an important tool for writers, but difficult to do well. There’s even an award for writers who get it horribly wrong – Literary Review magazine’s Bad Sex Award. Nominees and winners have included writers as diverse as Tom Wolfe, Lee Child, Christos Tsiolkas and Jean M Auel. With the success of 50 Shades of Grey, however, there is a whole new readership for tales of intimacy, erotica and romance. Even in books unrelated to romance and erotica, writers need to tackle the issue of writing effective scenes of sex and intimacy between their protagonists.

In this ninety minute guided discussion, Narrelle M Harris will cover:

  • What is the difference between sex and intimacy?
  • Why can it be difficult to write these scenes (especially if they are explicit) well?
  • What are the elements of a good (or bad) sex scene?
  • How necessary are scenes of sex and intimacy to your story?
  • How do you avoid nomination for the Bad Sex Award?

Download the  Writing Sex and Intimacy workshop media release for this workshop.

Rates: Narrelle’s rate for a two-hour workshop is $350 (plus GST),
which covers the 90-minute discussion and analysis and further question time.

This workshop is now also available as a one-day workshop,
at the rate of $650 (plus GST), which covers the six hour course and breaks.
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Killer Opening Sentences
(two-hour workshop)

How do you grab the reader from the first line? What are the different approaches to opening paragraphs?

In this workshop, participants compare a range of opening lines and discuss what makes a first sentence effective and engaging, discuss the different approaches and examine the difference between ‘active’ and ‘action’ as it applies to opening a story. Participants then have an opportunity to workshop their existing stories in progress or begin a new work as an exercise for discussion and feedback.

Participants should bring their own works in progress to workshop the opening of their story. If they don’t have a current WiP, keywords will be given to spark ideas for writing something.

Rates: Narrelle’s rate for a two-hour workshop is $350 (plus GST),
which covers the 90-minute discussion and analysis and further question time.

If you would like to engage Narrelle as a speaker for your library, school or organisation,
contact her on 0421 024 474 or narrelle@iwriter.com.au.

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