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More than jotting down the facts

21/10/2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

- WFSC Member $10, Non-Member $15

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Writing non-fiction seems of little challenge – one just jots down the facts, right? But Don McDowell’s long experience in non-fiction writing leads him to conclude that all the usual issues still stand. Plots need to be developed, the audience and readership have to be considered if writing style is to present the story so that it has the desired impact. There are many ways to approach telling factual stories, and this workshop will cover them, their benefits or disadvantages depending upon the theme, and how the writer needs to plan, plan and further plan if the non-fiction story is to attract and hold an audience.

About the presenter: Don McDowell

Don was commissioned into the Australian Army in 1959 and trained as engineer, a linguist, and then transferred into Intelligence. His specialities were strategic analysis; psychological warfare and teaching Vietnamese language and he saw war service in Vietnam as an independent advisor on intelligence matters. Leaving the Army in 1969, Don worked for Federal and State Governments in a series of senior executive positions until 1993, before setting up as an international consultant.

Don has travelled widely, advising about intelligence and risk analysis and developing training courses for broad applications of analysis. He has been a prolific writer and his pioneering doctrine on strategic analysis for enforcement and related fields was published as a major book in both 1998 and 2009. His next book on further developments in strategic analysis is due to be published in 2016 and he is also writing his autobiography.

Though well into his seventies, Don continues to work as a global consultant in intelligence and risk management and also teaches with U3A.


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


Writers of the Far South Coast
(02) 6448 9948


WFSC Member $10
Non-Member $15


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