At New Zealand Mountain Film Festival in Wanaka, 4-8 July 2014
So you’ve had your high adventures, survived to tell your tales and now you want to write them up, perhaps for a magazine article, a book or as a film script. Don’t hammer out reams of prose just yet, come to our Adventure Writing Workshop first. “Stories are like jokes: you can ruin a good one by telling it badly,” says the Workshop’s tutor Derek Grzelewski. “We all can write but story-telling requires an entirely different set of skills, and these are universal, regardless of what medium you’re are working with.” Sharpen your writing pen and unleash your creativity in the relaxed informal space of this unique workshop. Learn about narrative structures, suspense and pace, what to tell and what to withhold and when, how to read as a writer, and how to make your stories compelling, satisfying, un-putdownable. Whether you are a never-ever or a published pro you will get a lot out of this time with one of the most experienced adventure writer in the industry. Above all, you will be shown directly how to make your pursuit of creative writing into an adventure itself, a lifelong climb towards excellence where each step is as important as any goal and achievement you bag along the way.
Details and registration here
For the past 20 years a Wanaka local Derek Grzelewski has been a writer and photographer for top-end magazines like New Zealand Geographic, Australian Geographic, Smithsonian and GEO. He has completed over a hundred major assignments on adventure travel, extreme outdoor pursuits and natural history, and his books THE TROUT DIARIES and THE TROUT BOHEMIA, both about fly fishing in New Zealand, are international bestsellers, considered among the best in their genre. Derek’s latest book, GOING TO EXTREMES, Adventures in Unknown New Zealand, which is a collection of his best magazine stories, is being launched at the Festival.
GOING TO EXTREMES, Adventures in Unknown New Zealand will also be launched at the Festival