What makes a great column? What are the industry insider tricks? How do you sustain the discipline and what if the ideas cupboard is bare? Nikki Gemmell (The Ripping Tree) has been writing a hugely popular, sometimes controversial column for The Weekend Australian Magazine for the past decade.

In this workshop, she examines the work of legendary columnists from George Orwell and Charmian Clift to A.A. Gill and Caitlin Moran. With a focus on the importance of the writer’s voice, Nikki explores the mechanics of column writing, maintaining discipline and trawling for ideas. Participants have the chance to write their own short column and discover tuning forks for their writing.

Once you have booked an online workshop, information on how to participate will be emailed to you by 12 April. If you have any queries, please email us at ticketing@swf.org.au.

Sydney Writers’ Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop for writers who may not otherwise be able to participate. Find more information and an online application form.

Nikki Gemmell (Australian)

Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell is known as one of Australia’s most provocative and honest writers. She’s the bestselling author of some 20 books, including Shiver, The Bride Stripped Bare and After. Her latest novel is The Ripping Tree. Her exploration of love and female creativity, Dissolve, will be published later this year. Nikki writes a popular and often controversial column in The Weekend Australian Magazine. She was born in Wollongong and her books have been translated into 22 languages.