Need a little inspiration?: A Writing Workshop with Amelia Beamer

Where do you find inspiration? Legendary SF novelist Larry Niven once said that everything he did was tax deductible because it was all related to his work. Every experience he had was something he might write about. Even going to the dentist was grist for his writing mill.

Everybody knows something that most people don’t. Perhaps you went skydiving once, or competed as an ice skater when you were a kid. Perhaps you’re learning how to make cheese, or lived in Japan for a year. The trick is in identifying that knowledge, and turning it into a story.

Join award-winning novelist Amelia Beamer for a three-hour workshop designed to write, talk about writing, and get inspiration from the things you already know. Amelia will take you through the process of turning your knowledge into characters and storylines that highlight your unique, individual storytelling voice.

Amelia is the award-winning author of the novel The Loving Dead (2010) as well as fiction and poetry in Interfictions 2, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Red Cedar Review, and The Living Dead 2 amongst others. A former program assistant for the highly-respected international Clarion East writing workshop, Amelia has also as an editor, reviewer, and photographer for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field. As an independent scholar she has published papers in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, on topics including John W. Campbell’s Astounding, the TV series Lost, and the works of Peter Straub (written with Gary K. Wolfe). She has spoken at many conferences and conventions on various aspects of publishing. Born in Michigan, USA, Amelia now lives in Australia after stints in California and the UK.

WHEN: 1-4pm, Saturday 11 August, Gary Holland Community Centre, cnr Kent St & Flinders Lane, Rockingham

COST: Free.

Bookings are essential. To book a place, contact Lee Battersby, Coordinator Cultural Development & the Arts, City of Rockingham on 9528 0386 or

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