8 May 2014

Commercial Fiction Workshop at the Emerging Writers' Festival

I'm excited to be invited back to the EWF this year to present a workshop on writing commercial fiction.

Titled To Market, To Market: Commercial Fiction with Alex Hammond I will be working through my own experiences with commercial publishing and the tips and techniques I have learned along the way.

I'm planning on running the workshop with lots of discussion around three key areas:
- Before you write: thinking about the target audience, doing your homework, originating ideas
- While you write: a toolbox of (hopefully) helpful considerations around narrative and character
- Getting your manuscript into the right hands: a few insights around approaching publishers

When talking about "commercial fiction" I'll be using the traditional (if problematic) literary/commercial split — that commercial fiction is more strongly geared to narrative (although I maintain character is just as important in commercial as it is in literary fiction). Also, although there are some exceptions, genre writing falls into the commercial camp (crime, romance, speculative fiction, horror, etc). I'll touch on this briefly at the start the session when looking in to target audience and marketing expectations —something I feel is critical to be aware of before you start writing.

It should be an interesting and lively hour and a half. I'm looking forward to it.

Event details are: 
6.30pm Thursday 29 May
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St
Bookings are open now

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