Workshops and Courses

with Laurel Cohn

Cooking up a Synopsis

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In person
Brisbane
24 August, 10.30am–4.30pm
Queensland Writers Centre

Workshops

with Laurel Cohn

Cooking up a Synopsis

24 August, 10.30am–4.30pm
Queensland Writers Centre
In person
Brisbane

Cooking up a Synopsis

Date: 24 August, 10.30am–4.30pm

Most writers find writing a 500 word synopsis almost as daunting as producing an 80,000 word manuscript. But there is no way around it. If you want your work considered by a publisher, agent, commissioning editor, mentoring program or grants body, you need a synopsis. And if you are planning on self-publishing, you still need to be able to encapsulate your story in a way that entices readers.

Cooking up a Synopsis

Date: 24 August, 10.30am–4.30pm

Most writers find writing a 500 word synopsis almost as daunting as producing an 80,000 word manuscript. But there is no way around it. If you want your work considered by a publisher, agent, commissioning editor, mentoring program or grants body, you need a synopsis. And if you are planning on self-publishing, you still need to be able to encapsulate your story in a way that entices readers.

Writing a synopsis is also a valuable developmental tool to help you understand what your story is about and what you are wanting to say.

This full day workshop outlines the necessary ingredients of a synopsis and how to put them together to cook up a great result. We explore what works and what to avoid, with reference to synopses by published writers.

Learning outcomes:

  1. A clear understanding of what a synopsis is.
  2. Specific tools and strategies to write a synopsis.
  3. An idea of what works and doesn’t work in a synopsis.
  4. Inspiration to rework an existing synopsis, or write a new one.
  5. A well-worked draft synopsis.

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