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Make 2023 the Year You Write Your Book with Ashley (Online)

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Whether you’re bursting with ideas, have a personal story to tell, or want to finally give writing a go, this workshop will help you kickstart your project and give you guidance for making 2023 the year you write your book!

Learn about the process from a published author – everything from first drafts to editing to feedback, and get tips for relieving the anxiety and uncertainty that can come with new creative projects.  

This is a workshop for novice writers who are in the early stages of a novel or memoir, or are keen to start one.

What will we cover?

  • How to get that first draft onto the page 
  • Where to start with revision
  • How to know when it’s time to get feedback – and where to find it 
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • You’ll have a chance to discuss your challenges and ask lots of questions. 

By the end, you’ll feel confident about tackling your novel or memoir project. 

What to bring 

  • A notebook and pen work best, though you may prefer to write on your device. Whatever works for you!


  • Closed Captions
  • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreters Upon Request

Who will be teaching? 

Ashley (she/her) is the author of Dark Mode, a psychological thriller. Her earlier books are How to Be Australian, a memoir, and My Name Is Revenge, a novella and collected essays, which was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Her writing appears in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, Australian Book Review, Overland, Griffith Review, Sydney Review of Books and more.

Ashley is a Moth StorySLAM winner and has appeared at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Story Club, and the National Young Writers’ Festival. She co-hosts James and Ashley Stay at Home, a podcast about writing, creativity and health.
Find her at and at @AKalagianBlunt across social media.

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