Creative Writing Workshop: The Mysterious Craft of Ghostwriting with Jeff Apter

Jul 6, 2019 01:00:pm Wollongong Library 41 Burelli Street Wollongong, NSW 2500

This workshop sets out to introduce the many aspects of ghostwriting, including:

  • How to find your subject’s ‘voice’;
  • Determining the correct structure for a book (chronological / non-traditional, etc);
  • Finding the right working method — what type of interview works best; does the subject want to be part of the writing process; how do you get the actual writing done?
  • The pros and cons of ghostwriting — how deeply should you get involved?;
  • The ethical responsibilities involved with ghostwriting.

In order to address all these issues, Jeff Apter will be drawing heavily on his own experiences, citing the many and varied projects he has ‘ghosted’. Accordingly, it would be good for those attending to bring along their own questions about the process, and have some familiarity with Jeff’s work. It would be good for those attending to bring along a ‘wishlist’ of subjects for whom they’d like to ‘ghost’, with explanations of why they’ve chosen this person / these people.

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books. He has co-written and / or ghostwritten bestselling memoirs by the musicians Kasey Chambers (A Little Bird Told Me, Harper Collins 2011) and Richard Clapton (The Best Years of our Lives, Allen & Unwin 2014), the music manager Michael Browning (Dog Eat Dog, Allen & Unwin 2014), the boxer-turned-soldier Paul Warren (The Fighter, Allen & Unwin 2015) and the cricketer Michael Slater (Slats, Random House 2005), as well as soccer star Tim Cahill (Legacy). He also ghostwrote the memoir Somebody That I Used to Know: Love, Loss and Jack Thompson, by Bunkie King (Five Mile Press 2015), which was the bestselling non-fiction title in Australia on the week of its release. His latest work is The Book of Daniel: From Silverchair to Dreams.


These creative writing workshops are in partnership with the South Coast Writers Centre.

You must be a member of Wollongong City Libraries to participate. Memberships are free and available to sign up on the day.

Book through Eventbrite here.

Posted on April 04, 2019