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AN INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER

'Laurel has taught for Writing NSW for a number of years. Her courses are always popular and receive enthusiastic feedback from participants who note her expertise, clarity, and engaging teaching style. Laurel’s professionalism makes her a pleasure to work with.'

Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Program Officer
Writing NSW

 

The Memory Pool byTherese Spruhan, one of Laurel Cohn's clients

Therese Spruhan
The Memory Pool
NewSouth Publishing


I wanted to say thank you for your input to eventually getting a publisher and the crucial part your course on Nailing Your Pitch was to that. It was in that course that I realised I needed to hone my theme and the focus of the book to childhood memories of a pool and was when I came up with the title The Memory Pool. So thank you very much, Laurel!

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'I thought your workshop was one of the most valuable I have been to so far at the NSW Writer’s Centre. It was well structured and from the perspective of theory and scope there was a high correlation of relevance to where I am in my writer's journey.  I particularly appreciate the tools and strategies you provided to allow us to critique our own work and that of others.  Thanks to YOU – I feel empowered to take more focussed steps, look back and see what impression they made rather than furtively tip toeing  around my creative efforts.'
Melody Braithwaite

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'I wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your recent workshop on Writing a Synopsis. I have made dozens of attempts at nailing a good synopsis over a long period of time, and while my own efforts usually evolved things a little here and there, your expertise helped me take what is a very tricky document to an entirely new level literally overnight.'
Stephen Greenall

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'Laurel Cohn’s Understanding Story Structure was a truly exceptional workshop. For me, it was the way that she presented the theory - all of which I was thoroughly familiar with, as theory - and the exercises that she gave us to do that made today’s workshop so invaluable. I have been struggling for some time with seeing my story structure clearly. And reading and reflecting on theory on my own has just not been enough.  My expectations were exceeded.'
anonymous feedback via theorganiser

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'Thanks for a fantastic day. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to something that has been so well run, thought provoking and transformative. I got more out of it than perhaps you can possibly imagine. For me it was less a lightbulb and more akin to walking down the Las Vegas Strip at sunset.'
Simon Bennett

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'OMG, what a great session today. I LOVED it and learned soooo much. You are an excellent, knowledgeable, warm, and engaging presenter and I will be on the lookout for more sessions from you. The part I particularly enjoyed was the section about structural editing. You were very generous with your advice.' 
Elise Wackett

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'Thank you for the exceptional workshop Navigating the Developmental Phase. You spoke with precision, compassion, expertise, passion, humour and wisdom, and then some. Sensitivity in listening combined with so much practical suggestion, lectures blended with a taste of experiential learning, mixed and served as a delicious treat.' 
Dr George Halasz

 

 

Writing and Editing Workshops and Seminars

Laurel Cohn is a popular presenter of workshops and seminars on writing and publishing. Topics include structural editing, synopsis writing, pitching to publishers, story structure, the development phase and revision.

Laurel Cohn is a regular presenter at:
Writing NSW
Byron Writers Festival
Queensland Writers Centre
Writers Victoria
Society of Women Writers (NSW)

She has also presented workshops and seminars for:
Australian Society of Authors; Australian Writers Marketplace; Bellingen Writers' Festival; Coffs Harbour Writers Association; Gold Coast Writers' Festival; Hunter Writers Centre; Singleton Library

If you are interested in inviting Laurel Cohn to your centre, organisation or group, please contact us.

 

WORKSHOPS 2022

29 Jan, 26 Feb & 26 Mar: The Next Draft
Writers Victoria (via Zoom)

9 April: Balancing Backstory
Mid North Coast Writers Centre (Coffs Harbour, NSW)

28 April: Understanding Story Structure
Woollahra Libraries (via Zoom)

22 May – 26 May: The Art of Balancing Backstory as part of Plot and Character Writing Retreat The Art of Writing (Florence)

4 June: Balancing Backstory
Writing NSW (Sydney)

5 Jul – 18 Oct: The Next Draft (6 sessions)
Queensland Writers Centre (via Zoom)

5 Jul – 7 Jul: The Art of Balancing Backstory as part of The Essentials of Story Writing Retreat The Art of Writing (Florence)

5 Jul – 7 Jul: The Art of Balancing Backstory as part of The Essentials of Story Writing Retreat The Art of Writing (Florence)

17 Sept: Cooking Up a Synopsis
Writing NSW (Sydney)

9 & 30 Oct, 27 Nov: The Next Draft
Writers Victoria (via Zoom)

 

Feedback from workshop participants

Balancing Backstory:

The Next Draft – Structural Editing for Writers course:

Navigating the Development Phase:

Understanding Story Structure:

Structural Editing for Writers:

Cooking up a Synopsis: