ASPIRING poets looking to improve their writing skills will be able to get expert help at a special event this weekend.
Varuna the National Writer's House, based in the Blue Mountains, is bringing a poetry workshop to Bathurst's Tremain's Mill this Saturday.
The workshop will be led by Blue Mountains-based poet and writer, Mark O'Flynn.
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He has published six collections of poetry in addition to novels, with his most recent, The Last Days of Ava Langdon, winning the Voss Literary Award and being shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award.
Open to everyone, participants in the workshop will delve into practical approaches to generating and progressing their work, as well as gaining insight into Mr O'Flynn's creative process.
People will have the opportunity to receive feedback on existing work, as well as to generate new ideas.
The three-hour workshop also includes afternoon tea.
To purchase tickets, visit www.varuna.com.au/programs.
Numbers are limited and bookings ate essential.
The workshop at Tremain's Mill is part of a series of workshops being held in Bathurst and Lithgow.
The initiative is presented by Varuna and is supported by Create NSW.
Varuna's creative director, Amy Sambrooke, hopes more workshops will be able to be held in future.
"We are really pleased to offer local writers the chance to meet with exceptional Australian writers in person, and to benefit from finding out about their practices and practical tips," she said.
"It's a short program, with limited participation, so we are hopeful that it will be something we can do more regularly in the future."
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