Along with all my writing, I also deliver writing workshops and talks, both in person and online.
Workshops include short and full-day options on topics including Finding your Voice, Killer Opening Sentences, Creating Character Voices, Fantasy Writing Building Blocks, and Writing about Sex and Intimacy,
Talk topics include Growing Up Reading, Where Do You Get Your Ideas?, Sherlock Holmes: However Improbable, and From Stoker to Stackhouse: the vampire as metaphor.
Or get in touch about creating a talk to fit your needs!
“If you need a well spoken author who captivates the audience, I highly recommend Narrelle.” –Josie Mitzi, Craigieburn Library.
From Stoker to Stackhouse: the Vampire as Metaphor.
“In her talk at the Waurn Ponds Library, Narrelle guided us in challenging the stereotype of the Vampire and explained many of their historic and cultural variances . Narrelle also explained and illustrated the complexities of Vampire metaphors, which included political, social, ethnic, religious and sexual, to name but a few. Narrelle is an incredibly knowledgeable, articulate and energetic presenter. That coupled with her great sense of humour made for an extremely entertaining evening.”
– Olivia Simaitis, Waurn Ponds Library
Killer Opening Sentences workshop
Narrelle Harris visited the Wimmera Regional Library during Library Week 2015 to give her “Growing up reading” talk at a number of branches and to conduct a writing workshop “Killer opening sentences”. At all sessions her enthusiasm, professionalism and enjoyment of her subject matter were apparent to all who attended. She easily involved her audience and kept everyone engaged. Comments from attenders included: “Fascinating – touched on many points that I can strongly relate to – very informative, very funny and entertaining” and “She was excellent – could listen to her again on any topic!”
– Leanda Elliott, Wimmera Regional Library
Building Believable Fantasy Worlds workshop
“Narrelle is a warm and engaging workshop facilitator, and had all the participants completely spellbound for the entire time. She even adapted one of her existing workshops to fit the themeof the festival we were running it as a part of – no small feat as this required a lot of research and work on her part. Narrelle is very generous with her time and skills, and an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end. I cannot recommend her workshops highly enough!”
– Aimee Rhodes, Melbourne Library Services – Dr Who and Building Believable Worlds, November 2013
“Narrelle Harris conducted a lively and engaging workshop at Ballarat in October 2012. Narrelle showed us how our created worlds should have consistency, internal logic and credibility. She emphasised that our worlds need texture and depth through using all the senses. A writing exercise after lunch considered the opening paragraph as we all worked on a new one or shared an existing piece. Narrelle handled this session positively and with great encouragement.A great day that saw us all leaving inspired to continue our writing.”
– Marian Chivers, Secretary, Ballarat Writers Inc.
“Narrelle is an inspirational speaker/author who threaded a wonderful tale of discovering a way to develop believable fantasies. Her knowledge of developing her story through geography, her travels and experiences kept the audience totally captivated for over an hour with lots of interesting questions and answers at the end of the session. Definitely worthwhile for those who love writing.”
– Judy Cousins, Emerald Library.