Andrew McDermott and his book, The Tiger Chase.
Andrew McDermott and his book, The Tiger Chase. John Gass

Authors tips for writing novels

ACE North Coast Community College Tweed Head campus is offering a class on how to write and publish a novel.

Campus manager Dianne Baxter said the class would give students the necessary skills to create a professionally written manuscript to submit to a publisher.

“This class is for anyone, whether you’re writing a book, thinking about it, or have written one,” Ms Baxter said.

Since it is a general-interest course anybody can sign up, young or old, male or female,” she said.

This is the first time the class has been taught by Andrew McDermott, author of The Tiger Chase.

Mr McDermott is also the author of three other unpublished books and the former president of the Gold Coast Writers’ Association.

“The class will cover the whole process from getting started to actually sitting down and writing,” Mr McDermott said.

“You need to get your ideas down when you first think of them, because ideas can come to you at the weirdest times.”

Another key principle of the course will be teaching students how to grab pub- lishers from the first paragraph, he said.

Mr McDermott explained it will not be a formal cre- ative writing class.

“To find your voice, you don’t always have to stick to the book,” he said.

Other general interest classes include tracing your family history and great travel writing.

The class begins Wednesday, February 16 and continues once a week for six weeks.



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