The NSW Writers’ Centre is a government funded not for profit organisation that exists to promote writing-based culture and the rights and interests of writers in NSW.

The Centre provides a dynamic program of activities each year including writing workshops, courses for writers, publishing seminars, festivals for writers and writing competitions, as well as providing mentorship opportunities, manuscript assessments and providing support for writers and writing organisations in Sydney and across New South Wales.

   

Upcoming Courses

The Story Doctor - sold out!

The Story Doctor - sold out!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Kate Forsyth
When: 2 x Sundays: 23, 30 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210 
Level: Emerging/advanced: Only writers with completed manuscripts of 50,000 words or more may enrol  (poetry and pi More info ›

Writing Memories

Writing Memories

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
6 x Saturday mornings: 15, 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19 November, 10am- 1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

This interactive workshop focusses on ways to access, investigate and capture your memories and lived experience in words, images and stories for both memoir and fiction writers. We'll explore JM Coetzee's intriguing contention that 'all autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography' in practical writing exercises and thoughtful discussion of literary texts as well as participants' own writing produced in class. The emphasis is on starting a writing practice and learning writing craft skills and techniques to sustain and inspire the telling of your life stories. .....

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Make It Funny: Writing Humour

Make It Funny: Writing Humour

Who: Bernard Cohen
When:
Saturday 15 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Writing humour is one of the most effective ways to engage your audience and make your writing memorable – and despite rumours to the contrary, anyone can learn the not-so-secret techniques for raising the comedic bar in their writing.

This hands-on, exercise-based full-day workshop will provide strategies to develop comic, comic, satirical and/ More info ›

Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide

Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide

With: Davina Bell          
When:
Saturday 22 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

What makes a great children’s book? How do I turn my idea into a story? How do I submit my work – and where should I send it? Should I get an agent? Should I give up?!

In this interactive and informative workshop, Davina Bell will give you an insider’s guid More info ›

Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Sunday, 23 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member:$110
Level:
All

Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old and intertwining imaginary plots into actual events and milieus. 

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Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Who: Eleanor Limprecht
When:
Tuesday 25 October, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Beginning/Intermediate

How do you use the tools of journalism and investigation to research the stories you want to write and add detail to your fiction or non-fiction? This seminar will provide you with practical information about resources available (both online and traditional) and how to access More info ›

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