A Writer’s Journey: Getting it Sorted – Doing Research for Fiction and Non-fiction

Date and time: 8th April 2017 - 9th April 2017 All Day

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In 2017 our A Writer’s Journey program will cover both fiction and non-fiction, so we will be running workshops that focus on the challenges and rewards of a variety of writing formats. All workshops will be presented by leading journalists and writers. 

A Writer’s Journey: Getting it Sorted – Doing Research for Fiction and Non-fiction with Peter Timms

Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, knowing how to research is invaluable.

In this two-part event, Peter Timms will host a workshop about research, and the State Library reference team will guide you on a tour of its extensive resources and special collections. These experiences will teach you how to research efficiently and investigate the facilities and archives to set you on your journey into writing.

  • Saturday 8 April, 10am-12noon: tour of the State Library’s collections with inside information for writers (Peter Timms and the State Library team) (meet in foyer of State Library of Tasmania)
  • Sunday 9 April, 10am-1pm: Research Methods for Writers workshop with Peter Timms. Venue: Moonah Arts Centre

Research is exploration and we each explore in our own individual way. There are no right of wrong ways to approach it. Some people like to get it all over and done with before starting to write, while others muddle along gathering information as the need arises. The trick is to find the method that suits you best in light of the particular project you are working on, and to have your goal clearly in mind. Perhaps you aim to establish accurate facts for an academic paper or non-fiction essay. Or you might want to gain a general picture of a particular period for an historical novel.

In this workshop, we will look at internet and library research and other methods of gathering information, such as site visits and personal interviews. We will talk about how to record and organise your research and some of the best ways to use it in a finished book, essay or story.

Workshop participants will be invited to outline a research project they are currently undertaking or plan to undertake and to talk about the research methods they are currently using.

Peter Timms was born in Melbourne and from 1971 until 1988 worked in public art museums in Victoria and NSW. He has been a freelance writer since 1988, including periods as editor of Art Monthly Australia and art critic for The Age. He has published 11 books. His first novel Asking for Trouble was published in 2014 by HarperCollins.


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Details of the other workshops in the 2017 A Writer’s Journey program are online here.