Dip your toes into creativity

Geelong author Emma Greville and her daughter Ettie. (Ivan Kemp) 349736_06

A Geelong author is hosting free writing workshops at the Boronggook Drysdale Library to help recognise different stories across the region.

Emma Greville’s first workshop, Short Story Essentials, on Saturday, March 16, from 2pm to 3.30pm, will focus on helping people learn the art of crafting compelling tales.

Ms Greville said she wanted to “offer something for everyone” through the workshops and help people feel supported along their writing journeys.

“Everyone has a story that they want to tell in some form or other. So, I wanted to just do something that’s really fun and casual, helping dip your toes into exploring your creativity,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve never written a word before, you’re a writer coming back into writing, or you have had some success in writing and would like to explore new creative ideas.

“I’ll do my best to guide them through some really fun creative exercises to explore different ways that they can tell whatever stories they’ve got brewing in their heads.”

Ms Greville said writing courses could be expensive and time-consuming, but libraries were a great place to go and try things for free.

“I think it’s really important that we support our libraries so that they are there for our communities… and (writing is) great for people’s self-esteem,” she said.

“There are a lot of adults who’ve got really important things to say and, in Australia’s multicultural society, there are fascinating stories absolutely everywhere.”

Ms Greville will also host a Writing for Children workshop on April 20 and an Effective Editing workshop on May 18 from 2pm to 3.30pm at the Boronggook Drysdale Library.

Bookings are essential and can be made at events.grlc.vic.gov.au/event/9752959