Roanna is a highly experienced and much sought-after workshop facilitator and presenter. She has taught in schools, at universities, and in communities for many years, in the areas of creative writing, media studies, journalism, and postcolonial literatures. She offers writing workshops and individual consultations, for all ages and levels of writing experience. She is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing (sessional) at New York University in Sydney.

Clients and Collaborators

City of Sydney | Carnival of the Bold | Edinburgh International Book Festival | Sydney Writers’ Festival | Story Factory | Women’s Housing Company | Lesley Branagan | Diversity Arts Australia | CDP Theatre Producers | Society of Women Writers NSW | Writers’ Victoria | UNSWriting | Byron Bay Writers’ Festival | Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC Sydney) | IndiVisual Films |  South Australia Writers’ Centre | Wollongong Writers’ Festival | Faculty of Education UNSW | Writing NSW | Macquarie University | Emerging Writers’ Festival | School of the Arts and Media, UNSW | School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University | Writing & Society Research Centre | St. Augustine’s College

If you would like a workshop tailored to the specific needs of your organisation, workplace, school, university, community group, team-building program, festival etc, Roanna will be happy to help. Email or contact via Twitter @roannagonsalves

Upcoming workshops

Sydney: Wednesday August 28, 4 to 5:30 pm. Workshop with participants in the Year of the Novella program at Story Factory, Parramata.

Only open to Story Factory participants.

Online Short Story Clinic, Writers’ Victoria, 28 August 2019 to 20 November 2019.

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Edinburgh, UK: Saturday, August 10, 2:00 to 4:30,  Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel. Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. SOLD OUT

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Alice Springs: Sunday, May 19, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Northern Territory Writers’ Festival.

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Sydney: April 6, 2019, Writing NSW, Rewilding the Short Story

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Sydney: February 13, 2019, Society of Women Writers NSW

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Sydney: February 2019, The Citizen Writes Project

Submissions Closed.

Wollongong: Nov 24, 2018, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

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Melbourne: Oct 13, Writers’ Vic, Rewilding the short story

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Sydney: Oct 3, UNSW, Rewilding the short story

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“Loved the course. It’s not often you get the opportunity to write in a structured environment with so many fantastic activities and advice from someone who clearly knows what she’s talking about. The only negative is that I’m exhausted from writing so much, which isn’t really a negative at all. Thank you!”

“Workshop was excellent. Well-structured. Good time control. Good topics.”

“I really enjoyed the amount of writing we actually did. It was a writing workshop and it lived up to its name. The handouts and extracts were quite varied. I have a couple of texts that I would like to look up from them. It was a mixed group, but we were encouraged to interact and critique well. Altogether, I felt very welcomed and confident in this setting.”

“You are able to respond to people’s contributions in class in a way that highlights the strength of their contribution. It feels warm, inclusive, and authentic.”

“The practical techniques and structural methods were invaluable and I just know these are going to lift my writing to the next level. Your great facilitation skills brought out the best from the group as well.”

“Roanna should write more books.”

“Roanna is an energetic and engaging workshop facilitator. Some interesting concepts for revising and refreshing fiction were clearly discussed and practical exercises were great.”

“Really hands on. Also good that we have further reading.”

“You’re very relatable, warm, approachable. The pace is good – not too long, not too short on things.”

“Exercises developed each point and were then brought together and reinforced. Loved the exercises. Presentation was informative and manner was engaging.”

“Enjoyed your enthusiasm and knowledge, warmth and generosity.”