Writing a Winning Feature Article with Mark Dapin

Date and time: 5th December 2015 - 6th December 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Kick Start Arts, Building 1831, St. Johns Ave, Hobart Tasmania 7009

Mark was born in the UK in 1963, came out to Australian in 1989. He’s worked in almost every aspect of publishing and journalism – he’s been a proof reader, typesetter, subeditor, and the editor for a number of big time men’s magazines. He’s written for The Times and the Guardian in London, and pretty much every major daily newspaper in Australia, from The Sydney Morning Herald to the Melbourne Herald Sun. He was the first chief subeditor of The Australian Financial Review Magazine, and many years he was on contract to Good Weekend magazine as a features writer and columnist. In addition to his novels and many published short stories, he’s edited two anthologies of war writing for Penguin Books.

Mark’s many years in journalism feeds into his the style for his fiction work, and vice versa. The result is that his feature-articles are entertaining and his works of fiction are clear and believable. Having worked as a writer for so many media organisations in a number of countries, Mark is the perfect person to help you craft that feature and get it sold!

Participants will learn how to

  • Write long features for newspapers, magazines or websites.
  • Compose an arresting introduction, and keep the reader’s attention all the way through to a satisfying conclusion.
  • Set the scene and paint the characters.
  • Interview people to get the quotes you need.
  • Avoid the use of clichés and formulaic language, and come up with new ways to express your ideas.
  • Use the techniques of fiction to write non-fiction.


This artist appears as part of the National Tours Project and is assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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