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 From Inspiration to Publication

From Inspiration to Publication One Day Fiction Writing Crash Course.
Saturday 30 June 2018 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library
Cost: $35
Contact: Michael Botur 021 299 0984 or email

Fiction Writing Crash Course

​Northland indie author Michael Botur will be delivering a down-to-earth workshop on fiction writing.

The four hour workshop looks at how to get fiction writing completed and self-published, in particular looking at the workflow required to get a story polished on the page so authors can be confident publishing the work in a literary magazine or online.

The workshop covers voice, character, prose and editing, but the bigger theme of the day is understanding that words on the page are just the start and reaching an audience these days is about capturing inspiration, checking that the words are good enough to publish, then sharing it with the world online.

Things move so quickly in the writing world that publication options which made sense ten years ago may not be relevant today – however, the fundamentals of how to get difficult pieces of writing completed remain the same. So Mike will be offering realistic advice about how to make the most of those hours in front of the computer screen.

We’ll also look at the workflow required to get a piece of writing to perfection, then get it read by an audience online.

Whangarei-based Botur is author of several acclaimed short story collections and young adult novel, Moneyland, which has gained a cult following on the world’s largest publishing platform for teenagers, Wattpad – a site which has 65 million unique visitors per month.

Botur has recently blogged about how writers can have too much dependence on literary editors, whereas it is more rewarding to go online and put writing straight in the hands of the audience.

The workshop will include a brief introduction to Medium, Smashwords, Createspace, Wattpad, Bookfunnel, Goodreads and other online self-publishing and promotion platforms.

Registration is essential

To register, please send an email to

Mike will contact you to ask for details about your level of writing experience and give you some feedback on your writing to focus on for the day. He will also send you an invoice for the $35 course fee.


Updated: 1/06/2018 4:40 p.m.



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