Do you want to hone your writing skills and learn how to craft compelling stories?

CopperLine is running a series of two-hour workshops aimed at helping people in our
community gain skills required to get their stories published.

Anyone from the Nillumbik and adjacent neighbourhoods is encouraged to sign up for these

The course comprises three workshops to be held in late April, May and June. They will
include many practical tasks to give you the confidence to submit your writing to the

‘Write like a journalist’ is supported by a community grant from Nillumbik Shire Council.

Topics covered include:
> where to find a story
> covering council news
> interview techniques
> writing structure
> feature stories
> balance
> ethics and media law
> transferring journalism skills to other careers

The course will be hands-on and you will be encouraged to “pick up your pen” and have a
go. No prior writing experience is assumed.

The course will be run over the following Monday evenings: 29 April, 20 May and 24 June.
Each workshop will be from 7 pm to 9 pm with a short break to recharge and meet other
participants. The venue is the U3A operated annex at the rear of the Eltham Court House,
728 Main Road, Eltham.

The cost is $20 per workshop or $50 for all three and half price for students and concession
holders. Anyone who submits a story that gets published by CopperLine can claim a refund.

Participants will each be given a workshop booklet take-away, so they can take full
advantage of what they have learned.

The course is being delivered by Jane Gillard, an experienced daily newspaper reporter who worked for six newspapers in Tasmania, England and Scotland, before running a suburban newsroom in Melbourne.

Jane Gillard

Jane has experience covering council, state politics, health, business, oil and gas and court
for print. She now works in communications and has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Register your attendance on our Eventbrite page here.

You can email [email protected] with any questions.