How many writers can fit into a university cafeteria and how many words can they generate in two hours?
Those are the questions Victoria University's School of Creative Industries are posing with Write Out, an afternoon of intense writing games and exercises designed to break through writers' blocks and maximise word count. It will be held at the University's Werribee Campus on Saturday 17 July.
Professional Writing and Editing Teacher Margaret McCarthy said the event is aimed at "conquering doubts about being good enough made by our personal inner editors".
"There's no revising, no deleting, no careful crafting, no going back," she said. "The idea is to have fun with your writing and push through."
The event is designed for all levels of writers – from published wordsmiths to beginners. It will include writing sprints, story swaps and enough food to keep writing energy high.
Write Out evolved from another VU project, the Novel in a Month short course, a concept that originated in the US. Now in its second year at VU, writers try to produce a 50,000-word manuscript within a 30-day deadline.
"Research shows that 80 per cent of novice writers in this program finish their novels, but only 17 per cent make it on their own," she said.
Up to 100 people are expected to turn out for Write Out, with response already strong from local writers groups and individuals, she said.
Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or notepads and pens. The event is free and open to all. Register on 9919 2682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Margaret McCarthy on 0400 316 431.
What: Write Out
When: Saturday 17 July
Where: Cafeteria, Bldg 1A Werribee Campus. Victoria University, Hoppers Lane, Werribee
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