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Taboo Words

18/02/2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

- WFSC Member $15, Non-Member $20

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TABOO WORDS – what are they and why should you remove them from your writing?

Taboo words are words that make agents, editors, and publishers cringe. They’re weak, passive, and worst of all, they’re ‘telling’ words. In today’s highly competitive market, a writer can’t afford to submit something cringe-worthy. Ironically, they’re also the backbone of most first drafts. It’s during the editing phase that we turn these pieces of dirty coal into sparkling diamonds.

Debbie Richardson has spoken to the Writers of the Far South Coast in previous workshops about ‘taboo words’, and she’s even provided the list to writers. But what does a writer do with these words once they’ve identified them? This workshop will feature activities to help you turn ‘clunky sentences’ into beautifully written prose. It will suit writers of short stories, novels, plays, blog articles…any piece of writing can benefit from these activities. Bring along your writing project and we’ll go through the list of taboo words together and make your writing stand up and demand to be read.

Reviews of Debbie’s Workshop

  • “Really interesting, lots of food for thought, so easy to use taboo words”
  • “Interesting, useful list of words to search for”
  • “Extremely interesting, informative, enlightening, entertaining. A great presenter. More please.”
  • “Enjoyable, informative, inspiring. Now got a lot of homework!”
  • “Another very informative workshop.”
  • “Wonderful thank you. Fast moving, attention gripping. I feel inspired.”
  • “Thank you Debbie. The world of publishing sounds  a bit scary. The gate-keeper awaits.”
  • “Enjoyable and informative. Another workshop I gained much from.”
  • “Very instructive. Good presentation.”
  •  “Really helpful. Useful notes provided. Good exercises and a lot of stuff to be done at home.”
Debbie Richardson

About the presenter: Debbie Richardson

Batemans Bay NSW 2536

Debbie Richardson writes speculative fiction as D L Richardson. She is the author of paranormal books for teens, and the author of apocalyptic and dystopian sci-fi books for adults.

Also a lover of coffee, music, and animals, she lives in Batemans Bay with her husband and dog. WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE - Book One is out now on Amazon. Book Two is due out in June 2017. She will be selling her books at SupaNova Sydney in June because it's something she's always wanted to do.

When she's not writing, she is thinking about writing or she's listening to podcasts about writing. Her goal is to be as prolific as the authors who influenced her to write - Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Anne Rice. Others may say she's achieved this; her publications include three young adults novels, an omnibus collection, a horror novella, book one of a four book sci-fi series, and a completely different sci-fi series currently being pitched to agents, but Debbie will tell you the best is yet to come.

Other events run by Debbie Richardson

Winter Writers Retreat 2016
Debbie Richardson

5pm, 5th August 2016 - 12pm, 7th August 2016 @ Kianinny, Tathra

June Workshop – Debbie Richardson: Rockin’ The Edits
Debbie Richardson

18th June 2016, 1pm - 4pm @ Club Sapphire, Merimbula

July Workshop – Debbie Richardson: INK-Couragement
Debbie Richardson

18th July 2015, 1pm - 4pm @ Club Sapphire, Merimbula


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


Writers of the Far South Coast
(02) 6448 9948


WFSC Member $15
Non-Member $20


Debbie RichardsonDebbie Richardson
Batemans Bay NSW 2536


Club Sapphire
119 Main St
Merimbula, ACT 2548 Australia
Club Sapphire
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