• Hayley McGrath

Tell It Like It Is - Writing from Real Life with Holden Sheppard

In this one-hour workshop, award-winning Young Adult author Holden Sheppard will talk about the process of writing stories drawn from real life experiences. Students will experiment with a range of possible events from a timeline, then craft a short piece either depicting a true tale or adapting a grain of truth into a fictionalised account. Discussion will ensue about the implications - ethically and stylistically - for both options.

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. At eighteen, he left home, abandoning a career as a fairly average earthmoving labourer to move to Perth and pursue his passion for writing.

The gamble paid off. Holden’s debut YA novel INVISIBLE BOYS was published by Fremantle Press in October 2019. INVISIBLE BOYS won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award, the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award and the 2017 Ray Koppe Residency Award.

​Holden’s novella POSTER BOY won the 2018 Novella Project competition and was published in Griffith Review in October 2018. His true story "Fight, Deny, Delete" was published in the Margaret River Press anthology Bright Lights, No City in 2019. Holden's short fiction has been published in page seventeen and Indigo Journal, and he has also written for Ten Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA Magazine and FasterLouder. He graduated with Honours from Edith Cowan University’s Writing program in 2013 and won a prestigious ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2015.

Holden currently serves as the Deputy Chair of WritingWA, and as an ambassador for Lifeline WA. He is represented by agent Haylee Nash of The Nash Agency. A lifelong misfit, Holden has always been a walking contradiction: a gym junkie who has played Pokemon competitively; a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock; and a bogan who learned to speak French.

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He believes the best writing comes straight from the heart: unabashed, unfettered and unafraid.

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