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Short+Sweet Playwriting

22nd April @ 11:30am - 5:00pm, 23rd April @ 10:30am - 5:00pm

- Adult $100

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In April, budding writers and visitors in the Bega Valley have the opportunity to attend a writing weekend intensive with Sydney Playwright Pete Malicki in the Tura Beach Library.

Pete Malicki’s weekend writing workshop will be held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017 and is open to new and established writers. You don’t have to have written a play to participate – maybe you have a way with words and are a songwriter, journalist, drama teacher, author, poet or secret diarist. Learn the craft of writing short, sharp plays which will entertain, transfix, influence and suspend disbelief. Develop your own story idea; discover the art of telling a grand narrative; how to write authentic dialogue; and create characters who’ll win hearts and move an audience to tears.

The Writers of the Far South Coast are ecstatic to host Pete Malicki who is a prolific writer and has had 70 of his plays mounted in 750+ productions. He is the Literary Manager of Short+Sweet Theatre International; Founding Producer of The Monologue Project; Coordinator of script development event Crash Test Drama; and his plays have been staged in 22 countries and won many major awards… and he’s coming to Tura Beach.

Where is Tura Beach, you may ask? It’s on the Far South Coast of NSW near the Victorian border, about 8 hours from the hustle and bustle of Sydney and Melbourne and 2.5 from Canberra. The area is an idyllic hideaway that oddly enough… comes with its own airport in Merimbula.

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Tickets are $100 for the entire weekend intensive and the workshop will be held in the new Tura Beach Library.

Pay cash on the day.

Produced in partnership with the Bega Valley Library.


Reviews of Pete Malicki’s April 2017 Workshop:

  • “Venue and resources including handouts great. Information great but would have liked more time exercises. Earlier start and finish Saturday would have been good because of time needed for homework.”
  • “Thanks for inviting the broader public to the event.”
  • “One of the most useful workshops I have ever attended.”
  • “Good topics; interesting ideas. Useful information on outlets for and styles of plays. Well organised.”
  • “Excellent presentation and resources, interesting topics, definitely value for money.”
  • “Topics covered were perfect for what I was seeking. Totally met my expectations and I will be using the information provided.”
  • “Stimulating, informative and a well-worthwhile weekend. Breath of fresh air with lots of useful tips.”
  • “Even if I never write a play, lots of useful information for my writing. Pete had a very easy and engaging manner and the weekend was fun.”
  • “An effective and productive presentation with relevant topics covered. Plenty of useful resources to use at home. Definitely value for money. A confidence-boosting experience.”

Pete Malicki’s style was excellent and allowed for a free and open exchange of ideas and thoughts. His non-prescriptive style and encouragement of the diverse range of ideas submitted was commendable. And I really liked the constructive way in which he communicated his criticism and judgement of what was presented. He was also excellent at keeping everyone on track and to the point! A fine art with a group of free-thinking people. Four days well spent!
– Merimbula 2013 workshop participant

About the presenter: Pete Malicki

Sydney NSW

Pete Malicki is the Literary Manager of Short+Sweet Theatre International; Founding Producer of The Monologue Project; Coordinator of script development event Crash Test Drama; Plays staged in 22 countries; Winner of many, major awards… and he’s coming to Tura Beach.

At age eighteen, after finishing high school, I sat at home and became bored. I didn't want to get to uni. I didn't like the idea of working, let alone working hard, so I sat around playing Nintendo. One day I was bored enough to revisit a story I wrote in year four about Joel the Onion of Death. I wrote a chapter. Some months later I'd written 50,000 words and I realised I was halfway through a book.

A year or so later a friend sent me an advert for a playwriting competition. I'd never even read a play (excluding what I pretended to read in high school), let alone written one, but I thought, "What the heck. I'll write a play." I won the competition and had my first play produced for a 22-show season.

This has grown from a bit of frivolous fun to a serious career. I've now completed five novels and over 70 plays, as well as a range of articles, short stories and more. I have over 750 play productions under my belt with 20 major awards won in national or international competitions. 35 of my plays, novels or short stories are published in print.

I'm highly active in the Sydney theatre scene. I coordinate a monthly theatre show called Crash Test Drama, held on Monday nights at New Theatre. I am Short+Sweet International's Literary Manager, in charge of script submissions and assessments, and the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Sydney. I am the Producer of The Monologue Project, which runs performances and workshops. Most of my plays are available from this website. I also teach creative writing and run playwriting workshops.

When I'm not writing or running my businesses or theatre shows or contracting myself out, I'm playing with my ferret Malcolm, sleeping, eating, or pining over the fact that I can't sing. Sigh.

Books by Pete Malicki

The Travellers' Guide To The Afterlives

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22nd April @ 11:30am - 5:00pm
23rd April @ 10:30am - 5:00pm
22/04/2017 @ 11:30 am
23/04/2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Adult $100


Pete Malicki
Sydney NSW


Tura Marrang Library & Community Centre
Tura Beach Drive
Tura Beach, NSW 2548 Australia
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