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July 14th, 2018 by admin

State’s writers to reap mentorship rewards

GIVING GUIDANCE: Celebrated writer Rohan Wilson, formerly of Launceston, will participate in a mentorship program. Picture: Phillip BiggsRenowned Launceston-born author Rohan Wilson will share his expertise through the EricaBell Mentorship Program.
Nanjing Night Net

Wilson will helpTaroona writer Karen Johnson perfecta raw manuscript.

Wilson, who has received prestigious accolades including the 2011 Australian/Vogel Award and the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, is one of four mentors partaking in the program.

About 30 Tasmanian writers applied for mentorships by submitting the first 10,000 words of their manuscripts to a Tasmanian Writers’ Centre competition.

Wilson said he believed mentorships were key to developing as a writer, and hereceived advice from supervisors during his studies at the University of Melbourne.

Johnson, who has a PhD in ecology, was inspired by the strangeness of the natural world when she wrote her manuscript.

Wilson said both his and his mentee’s work dealt with natural disaster.

He is working on a novel set in the future and in locations including Tasmania, New York and the Maldives.

“I guess what I’m trying to figure out is what will climate change mean for Australia: what will some of the on the ground human level differences be in our lives?,'” Wilson said.

Despite having lived in cities around Australia, Wilson repeatedly sets his literary workin Tasmania.

“I know Tassie, I know the places, I know the history so I feel comfortable writing about that,” Wilson said.

“Tasmania feels like it captures a lot about the bigger world, it feels like,it’s probably a bit of a cliche …like a microcosm.”

The manuscripts coveredgenres included fiction, memoir andbiography and young adult fiction.

Wilson, who lives in Brisbane, saidtechnology would facilitate his mentorship with Johnson.

“I find Skype’s probably the best, that face to face interaction is really good,” Wilson said.

Wilson advised young writers hoping to get noticed to hone their craft and commit to meticulouslyperfecting their manuscripts.

“What you absolutely have to do is make sure your manuscript is as good as it can be,” Wilson said.

“That usually means drafting and re-drafting and re-drafting,” he said.

Wilson laughedhe was unsure how able he’d be to assist Johnson, though, due to her natural talent and ability.

“Karen’s writing is a of a very high quality already, I’m going to try and help her, but she’s already a very good writer and her story is amazing,” Wilson said.

“I fully expect to learn just as much from her as hopefully she learns from me, so it should be really fascinating.”

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