Author Nick Earls with (L) Julie Duke and Alison Taylor at a workshop at the Hervey Bay Library.
Author Nick Earls with (L) Julie Duke and Alison Taylor at a workshop at the Hervey Bay Library. Alistair Brightman

Award-winning author helps budding Bay writers

BUDDING writers from the Fraser Coast have been given some useful tools from Brisbane author Nick Earls.

The award-winning writer behind Zigzag Street and 48 Shades of Brown spoke to about 30 people at the Hervey Bay Library on Sunday afternoon, as part of a Homegrown Writers workshop.

"The cool thing about my job is I get to go to really interesting parts of regional Queensland for workshops like this" Nick said.

"I've heard a lot about this place but you also get to go to places you might not normally visit."

Nick helped the writers develop characters, draw on inspiration from the world around them and discussed the importance of context for their stories.

Workshop attendees Julie Duke and Alison Tyler described the day as "wonderfully excellent."

"He said the little details were important to a story and can make a big difference," Ms Duke said.

"The entry to the story should grab people's attention and doesn't have to be too significant to the plot."

Nick will be returning to Brisbane to work on his novellas which are expected to be released in 2016.
 



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