Note: this is part of my 100 WRITERS project.
I'll be conducting a story writing workshop at the All In! Young Writers Festival 2016. Details below. We'll be making up stories from scratch, and I'll show you ways to get your imagination going, so that you'll always be able to create stories from your heart. Do sign up if you think you'd like to be part of this session. Early bird rates are available until 31 January 2016.
Also, the festival organisers ran an interview with me on their Facebook page some time back. It's attached below. In the meantime, you can connect with me on Instagram, that's my new online haunt these days.
Fiction Writing – Short Stories: Developing Stories Through Unconventional Stimulus
Don Bosco, Super Cool Books
Short stories can be read in one seating, but can you write one in just three hours? This hands-on session talks about the elements of effective and impactful short stories, and how you can pique the reader’s interest through unconventional and witty methods.
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INTERVIEW WITH DON BOSCO
1. How did you start writing in your line of work/ writing field/ industry?
When I was younger, like most of my friends, I loved music. I enjoyed listening to it, and I played in indie bands, but I also loved to read about music history and music subcultures. I spent a lot of money buying music magazines. One day it occurred to me that I could try writing music articles. So I wrote for fanzines, small magazines and eventually worked as a music journalist and editor. That was how I learnt about the publishing industry. When I started Super Cool Books four years ago, to publish fiction for teens and kids, I really had to go back to my roots and apply all the stuff I learnt back then, about building a community around your shared passion and creating content that readers are really enthusiastic and crazy about.
Bonus: here's a very rare photo of me (extreme left) playing guitar on TV.
Very much younger then.
Very much younger then.
2. What convinced you to pursue a career that had something todo with writing – an event, an opportunity, a book, a friend etc.?
If you follow the global news, one big trend is that we're clearly moving towards a world with pervasive automation. Some experts predict that in five years or so, we'll have an economy driven by intelligent software, artificial intelligence, driverless cars, robot workers, drones, etc. What meaningful work will there be for us human beings? That's a scary question that nobody is able to answer right now. The only thing that these machines can't do is to make authentic art and create emotional experiences that are meaningful and fresh. And that's why I started Super Cool Books, to dream up stories that will help carry us all across the robot age.
3. What inspires you to continue doing what you do?
At this point there's a very strong and genuine connection with readers and industry supporters all over the world. It's something that I take very seriously, because it's quite a rare privilege. I hope I can help other writers develop this connection too.
4. What opportunities can young writers expect from your line of work?
The opportunity to dream up something, capture it in words and ship it around the world through the internet, so that other people can share this dream as vividly too.
5. What message can you share with aspiring young writers out there?
Use your imagination, share your feelings, have fun. Because everything else the robots will do better.
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