Author: Public Record Office Victoria


Author Hazel Edwards is offering a year-long non-fiction masterclass with the aim of participants completing their books by December 2018. The workshop will run in the Victorian Archives Centre close Victorian Archives Centre Definition This is the main repository for Victorian government archives and the offices of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and National Archives Australia (NAA) Victoria branch. There is a joint reading room at the centre between PROV and the NAA at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne. conference room on the first Friday of each month throughout 2018. 

With over 200 books published and a teaching career spanning 40 years, Hazel has advice to share with writers wanting to see their book finished and published. This year-long masterclass will appeal to procrastinators and those involved with a non-fiction book length project who wish to finish their manuscripts within the year. 

Subjects can include memoir, autobiography, ‘How To’ books and family histories. You can enrol regardless of what stage you are at with your book. All participants will be required to present a draft chapter each session. 

This masterclass ran throughout 2017 with participants writing family histories and other non-fiction works, many utilising the records of Public Record Office Victoria and National Archives in their research.   

The 2018 class will be:


  • Limited to 25 participants
  • Include 3-hour monthly sessions on the first Friday of each month throughout 2018, 10am to 1pm on the following dates:

5 January
2 February
2 March
6 April
4 May
1 June
6 July
3 August
7 September
5 October
2 November
7 December

  • Participants should attend all 12 sessions in order close order Definition Physical records can be ordered for viewing in PROV’s reading rooms.  When a user orders a record, it is reserved solely for their use. to get the most out of the course. 
  • Hazel invoiced fee to be paid in full, direct to Hazel, at the first class. $600 plus GST ($660) for the year. No refunds if student drops out.

Topics to be covered:

1.    Pitching proposal
2.    Synopsis
3.    Title importance and non-boring elements
4.    Possible structures and narration perspectives
5.    Anecdultery and story shaping
6.    Formats
7.    Themes
8.    Research skills including interviewing
9.    Value of work-shopping chapters
10.  Editing
11.  Query letters
12.  Publishing processes and options

Check www.hazeledwards.com for other resources. 
Participants are encouraged to utilise the resources available at the Victorian Archives Centre while completing their work. More information on getting started researching our archives close archives Definition Records considered to have continuing or permanent value that have been, or will be, transferred to the custody of an archival organisation; also used to refer to the buildings in which archival records are stored and to organisation that have responsibility for archival records. can be found here.



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