Writing Workshops with Alan Baxter

“Thank you so much for your workshop on the weekend. We received really outstanding feedback from the attendees. Thank you so much for delivering such a high quality workshop and representing our organisation well.” -Vanessa Jones, Program Manager, SA Writers Centre

Would you like me to come and speak to your school or library? Your writers’ centre? Your writing group? I am an experienced workshop presenter and keynote speaker, armed with entertainment and slides if required, and I can speak on a variety of topics.

I am a writer of novels and short fiction, videogames and freelance non-fiction. I’ve run workshops on many writing-related subjects and can tailor any of my workshops for participants of any age (school, teen, adult) and for any duration (two-hour, half-day, full-day, etc.)

My previously successful workshops have covered subjects such as:

  • Writing Speculative Fiction – Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror;
  • Write the Fight Right – Writing convincing and realistic fight and action scenes;
  • Short Story Clinic – What makes a short story shine and how to develop the craft;
  • Novel Writing – How to plan, develop and structure a successful novel;
  • Social Media for Authors – How to manage and maintain a strong and effective online presence;
  • Publishing in the Modern Era – Traditional, small press and self-publishing, print and ebooks, explored in detail;

and more.

If you you would like me for any workshop, a panel or festival presentation, please get in touch. Contact Alan.

My workshops are always friendly, fun and informal, with lots of practical exercises and interaction. Attendees are encouraged to use their own ideas and writing samples to more deeply explore the subject at hand.

Attendees can expect to come away with a far greater understanding of the subject matter and a solid plan for moving on with their craft and career. I’m happy to discuss openly my own career and answer any questions on the writing craft and business.

Depending on the workshop in question, attendees can expect to achieve, among other things:

  • Understanding of language and structure;
  • Understanding of story structure with practical examples;
  • Understanding of conflict and character development;
  • An ability to critically analyse their writing and the work of others;
  • Greater comprehension of narrative and dialogue;
  • Recognition of their audience and the business (publishers, etc.);
  • Recognition of themselves as author and their position;
  • Confidence and a plan for development.

“Alan’s writing workshop for young adults was fun, relevant and kept all of its participants engaged for hours. Alan’s experience, and natural and relaxed manner made him immediately accessible to our young people and promoted a confidence in their creativity. Many thanks, and we will most definitely see him again!” – Carla Decasti, Nowra Library


Alan Baxter presentation at the Emerging Writers Festival.
Alan Baxter presentation at the Emerging Writers Festival.

If you would like to book me to run a workshop for your Writers’ Centre, Library, School, or anywhere else, please drop me an email.


Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He lives among dairy paddocks on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, son, dog and cat.

Alan is the author of the dark urban fantasy trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series, HarperVoyager), and the dark urban fantasy duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2, Gryphonwood Press). He co-authored the short horror novel, Dark Rite, with David Wood. Alan also writes short fiction with more than 60 stories published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France. His short fiction has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Postscripts, and Midnight Echo, among many others, and more than twenty anthologies, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror (2010 and 2012). Alan also writes narrative arcs and dialogue for videogames and wrote the popular writer’s resource, Write The Fight Right, a short ebook about writing convincing fight scenes. He has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards, a two-time finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards and a four-time finalist in the Ditmar Awards. He won the 2014 Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Story (“Shadows of the Lonely Dead”) and is a past winner of the AHWA Short Story Competition (“It’s Always the Children Who Suffer”).

Read extracts from his novels, a novella and short stories at his website – www.warriorscribe.com – or find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter and Facebook, and feel free to tell him what you think. About anything.