Creative Writing Workshop with Julian Leatherdale

Katoomba Library | Saturday 22 Sept | 10am to 3pm | $25 book and pay at any Library Branch | Age 16+

Don’t miss out on a unique chance to meet and learn writing techniques from Julian Leatherdale, the acclaimed author of Palace of Tears and the 2018 follow-up, The Opal Dragonfly.  Blue Mountains Library is offering Julian Leatherdale’s all-day creative writing workshop as part of its Mountains of Stories series.

Julian, who lives in the Blue Mountains with his wife and two children, will deliver a workshop focusing on creating character, looking at plausibility, motivation, dialogue and voice. There will be set readings, group discussions and short exercises.

Julian’s first love was theatre and, on graduation from a theatre studies degree, he wrote four comedy cabarets and a two-act musical. In 2017, he wrote A Life in Ten Meals for theatre project Breaking Bread and in 2018 his play The Man Who Became Santa was shortlisted for the Mountains Voices project and produced by Weatherboard Theatre Inc.

He discovered a passion for history as a staff writer, researcher and photo editor for the Time-Life’s Australians At War series. He later researched and co-wrote two Film Australia-ABC documentaries Return to Sandakan and The Forgotten Force and was an image researcher at the State Library of New South Wales.

His first novel Palace of Tears was published by Allen & Unwin (A&U) in 2015 and HarperCollins Germany in 2016. His essay on the Hydro Majestic and Mark Foy was published on the Dictionary of Sydney website for the 2015 Blue Mountains Icons project and The Opal Dragonfly published by A&U was released on 1 March 2018.



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