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COTA and Author Tony Birch invite you to his next writing workshop

The People’s Weather Report has begun – but it’s not too late for you to get involved in this arts project responding to the global threat of climate change.

 WRITING WORKSHOPS continue on 13 August

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The first creative writing workshop with acclaimed local author Tony Birch (in July) was a fantastic introduction to creative non-fiction, and included skills and tips for writing for a wide range of purposes.

If you are interested in attending the second workshop on Wednesday August 13th 11.00 – 2.00pm give the following homework (from the first workshop) a go and join the next workshop. This is a great opportunity to learn creative non-fiction writing with an inspiring teacher. You can secure your place by clicking here:

Homework for Workshop 2 with TONY BIRCH

1. Visit a place you love. Sketch (in words) some of your responses to that place. Then work this into a 250 – 500 word ‘place portrait’.

2. Think of one environmental issue you’re passionate about and that we all need to be aware of. Who is your reader? How can you use story to engage them in this issue? Write 250 – 300 words.

One of Tony’s tips from the workshop was to think “What can I say in 200 words that is valuable?” rather than trying to cram lots of ideas, facts and points in. Focus on a ‘marquee’ idea.

Tony has also attached two pieces of writing about weather as examples of creative non-fiction writing. Please right-click on the link to download the document.

Cherry tree season by Rebecca Griggs (PDF)
Starry Night by Adelheed Fisher (PDF)

If you want to find out more information about the workshop, please call Donna Swan on 9655 2139 or email Otherwise, to book online, pleas visit:

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