Talent in our Midst

Created: Friday, 10 July 2015

Telling Stories is something that binds a culture and a community - and the sharing of stories is often the motivation for people to come along to Josie Emery’s class at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre “Telling Stories: Professional Writing for Print, Stage or Screen”.

The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre has offered a Professional Writing course taught by Josie Emery since 2013. Josie Emery’s depth of experience spans universities, adult education, the national film school AFTRS and the national literature development program – the Literature Board of the Australia Council – for the federal government.  Josie is also a published author, script writer and editor.

 

“As a writer I’ve published 5 books, I’m credited with 6 feature-movie scripts produced and lots of mainstream journalism. I’ve written and produced documentaries and training videos and I’ve produced interactive, on-line productions.”

The style of Josie’s teaching is to work closely with individual learners, helping to “unblock blocks”.

Grammer and spelling are not the focus, but rather supporting the development of the story,

“For me, writing is about storytelling. I help people find their own, unique voice and their story, find the right form to express it in, and then I’m by their side on the adventure of bringing it to life. My aim is equip people with enough writing and self-editing skills that they can leave the group and strike out on their own”, explains Josie

 “I do believe that people learn best by doing the thing they want to learn, and doing it because they have a passion to create the thing they want” says Josie,  “Above all I work with people who have something they want to write.”

When it comes to the class at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, the results speak for themselves . . . award-winning plays, self-published work and masterpieces in the pipeline.

“'Telling Stories: Professional Writing for Print, Stage and Screen’ was the beginning of my new career as a disabled writer and performer. With Josephine Emery's support I have written a short story, monologue and have now published articles. I have been the recipient of a Mentorship with Writers Victoria to work on my play 'Ruthie'. I now regularly perform my own work within Central Victoria and Melbourne. Without this professional writing course at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, none of this would have happened.” explains Kate Hood

Amy Atkinson, Joint Coordinator of the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre says “We are nominating two learners from the ‘Telling Stories’ class in the 2015 Learn Local Awards for outstanding learner achievements”.

If you are interested in enrolling in this class, there are places available for the remaining 10 weeks of Term 2 and we are now taking enrolments for Semester 2, which begins mid-July. Please contact the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on 5475 2093 or email info@maldonnc.org.au. More information can be found on their website www.maldonnc.org.au/whats-on/learn-local-courses.

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