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Are you an aspiring author with lots of ideas but no idea how to craft an idea into a story?

What makes a good piece of writing? And how do you get published?

In this online workshop Melanie will share techniques for getting your ideas out of your head and onto the page, plus tips on how to edit your own work.

“Saward’s writing in Burn, like fire itself, is upfront. What you see is what you get.  But cleverly, there is also a deep hum of tension and complex secrecy simmering away throughout the book – every now and then the pop of an ember explodes. Saward clearly knows what she is doing.” ArtsHub

This online workshop is presented in partnership with Writers Victoria.

First Nations writers will be given preference.

Limited places, book now. 



Melanie Saward

Melanie Saward is a proud Bigambul and Wakka Wakka woman.. She is a writer, editor, and university lecturer based in Tulmur (Ipswich), Queensland. Her debut novel Burn was published by Affirm Press in September 2023 and she’s also had work published in Flock, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, and New Australian Fiction. In 2024, her first…