Brian Falkner loves telling stories and this time he was telling us about writing stories. This award-winning and bestselling author conducted a workshop for the Helensvale Writers’ Group in October, 2017.
We all understand what a story is but do we appreciate the knowledge, techniques and time that it takes to weave settings, characters, actions, triggers and turning points into a good story? With 17 books for children and young adults and as the winner of the New Zealand’s Children’s Book Award for Young Adults, who better to tell us than Brian Falkner?
That “Stories come from anywhere,” may not be a surprising conclusion but it is profound. Regardless of where a story originates, it is an idea; an idea that is to be transformed into a story. That is not a simple transition. The story will need a structure. A structure or basic outline is however not a blueprint, it simply provides guidance. Guidance that should indicate or trigger desired actions, present problems or challenges, lead to some climax or key event and ultimately point to closure and resolution.
Mastering the writing of a story is not just about characters and their relationships. Can you convince readers that everything is real? Is there an underlying theme, an important message or is there a wakeup call or it is about hope? Like the hope that Brian had mastered in his book of stories – “That Stubborn Seed of Hope.”
Brian Falkner’s workshop was highly informative with many valuable “what and how” insights. His presentation was relaxing and entertaining. He showed us all a non-threatening path to write good stories. The Helensvale Writers’ Group was pleased that Brian was able to so competently answer numerous and specific questions after the workshop.
We thank Brian for his generous insights and wish him well.
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