Intro to Novel Writing: Finding Joy In Your First Draft with Ashley (Online)

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Whether you’re planning to complete 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or you’re drafting your first masterwork at your own pace, this workshop is a gift basket of tips and tricks to make the process easy, efficient and fun. 

Learn how to tap into your creativity to get the words flowing, how to separate drafting from editing to make your writing process more efficient, and how to know if you’re on the right track. 

This is a workshop for novice writers who are in the early stages of a novel or memoir, or are keen to start one.

What will we cover?

  • The top ten tips for both finding joy in writing and drafting effectively. 
  • How to get started and how to keep going. 
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them, so you can focus on writing a book that excites you!  

Plus, we’ll get our words flowing with an easy writing exercise, and have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. 

By the end, you’ll feel confident about tackling your novel draft, whether you’re taking on NaNoWriMo or working at your own pace.   

What to bring 

  • A notebook and pen work best, though you may prefer to write on your device. Whatever works for you!


  • Closed Captions
  • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreters Upon Request

Who will be teaching? 

Ashley (she/her) wrote four unpublished manuscripts and spent nearly 20 years writing before her first book was published. 

She is the author of How to Be Australian and My Name Is Revenge, which was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her writing appears in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, Australian Book Review, Overland, Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books and more. 

She co-hosts James and Ashley Stay at Home, a podcast about writing, creativity and health. Find her at and at @AKalagianBlunt across social media.

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