Friday, March 4, 2011

Outrageous Fortune writers' masterclass

This masterclass was run in conjunction with the 'Outrageous Fortune' Exhibition at Auckland Museum - celebrating one of our most successful television series ever. Few people will not have heard of the outrageous West family who bluff and bonk their way through life ignoring every rule in the book. Gary Henderson took the class - and he has had some outrageous good fortune of his own - he is a New Zealand  playwright, screenwriter and directer, and a talented teacher of creative writing. His website has some entertaining advice for aspiring writers - a must read, in my opinion - because he counsels young writers to be bold and 'write something that might land you in jail' to 'become a shameless eavesdropper' and 'never to put off writing until you are better at it'.
Here's the link: www.rocketman.co.nz/articles/advice.html

    Henderson's workshop was interactive and uncompromising - he had us inventing characters five minutes after we entered the room.  Reassuringly, we learned that great fiction IS character driven and that good characters will always come to your rescue. An interesting afternoon with something for writers at every stage in their career. If you get the chance to learn from Gary - take it.