I guess most of you think that I have been hibernating for the Winter. In truth I have been so busy with the university course Research for Writers through Swinburne University that I haven’t had time to consider hibernation.
The end of my course coincided with the beginning of The Year of the Edit masterclass series which I’m participating in with RADF grant funding. What is a RADF grant you ask? For those of you that would like to find out I’ve included some links below.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Logan City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
Arts Queensland Website http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/index.html
Logan City Council Website http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/
The Year of the Edit series of masterclasses has so far taught me the importance of scene mapping, before this I used stationary cards and outlines which was and still will be a useful tool when creating the story however not so useful when it came to editing the storyline.
I had also put my first ten pages of my novel in to be critiqued by the group and found the advice given by the other participants was relevant to my story and a great help for giving me further direction.
If you are looking for a group to critique your work and for you to critique their work, you should first learn what critiquing is and what it isn’t. You can find this information on my How To page for Critiquing.
Once you know the basics it is best to test out a few groups and see which ones you enjoy and get the most out of. Instinct will guide you into the group that is most suitable for you for the level you are; whether that is beginner, intermediate or the more advanced writer.