Scot Gardner

Scot Gardner has been writing for young people since last century. His books are mostly about misfits making peace with the world, death and love. He came to writing down a long winding path of careers including landscape gardening, massage and counselling, professional music, teaching, waiting tables and driving delivery trucks. Changing Gear is his eighteenth novel in as many years and his backlist includes award winning and internationally acclaimed books such as Burning Eddy, The Dead I Know and Sparrow. He’s a son and brother, father, stepfather, father-in-law, grandfather and husband with a bristling fascination for the natural world.

 

Tall Tales

A look at writing and the author’s life with Scot Gardner

 

Entertaining and provocative, Scot’s general presentations to students look at personal narrative and the oral storytelling traditions and how these things are tied to fiction. With humour and a pitch tailored to the audience, Scot’s presentations have been applauded across the country—from remote communities to big city auditoriums.

 

Writing like a Wild Thing

Scot will discuss with the students the idea of using personal narrative (our own stories) as a springboard into gripping fiction. Using the telling of real-life stories and brief timed-writing exercises, Scot will guide the students in the artful use of detail, showing emotion (rather than telling) and subduing the influences of their own internal editor to create strong personal voices on the page.

 

The primary focus of the workshop is to strengthen the student’s understanding and use of authentic detail in a piece, the ‘show, don’t tell’ axiom that drives good writing and separating the writing processes into creating the story and editing it.

 

The attendees will benefit by the fine-tuning of their ‘story radar’ – that intangible part of the storyteller’s arsenal that allows them to bridge stories back and forth between the real world and the worlds of their imaginations. A confidence in relating some of their own yarns is desirable because the nuances in language and expression are best learned through spoken story.

 

 

 

 

 

Appearing in:

 

Thursday 19 July

9.15am-10.00 am

Tall Tales

 

10.30am-11.30am

Writing like a Wild Thing

 

12.00pm-12.45pm

Tall Tales

 

Friday 20 July

9.15am-10.00am

Tall Tales

 

10.30am-11.30am

Writing like a Wild Thing

 

12.00pm-12.45pm

Tall Tales

 

 

 

PO Box 5025  MAROOCHYDORE  BC  QLD  4558