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Taboo Words

18th February 2017 @ 1:00pm - 3:30pm

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.”


18th February 2017
1:00pm - 3:30pm
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Writers of the Far South Coast


Club Sapphire, Merimbula
(02) 6495 1306
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Merimbula, NSW 2548 Australia
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