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

Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques

Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 27 August; 3, 10, 17, 24 September; 8, 15, 22 October, 1:30-4:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level: All

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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Introduction to Copywriting - Cancelled

Introduction to Copywriting - Cancelled

Who: Roseanna Donovan
When:
Saturday 27 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Multi-award winning creative director, copywriter and author, Roseanna Donovan, introduces would-be advertising copywriters to a world where art meets commerce, sometimes head-on.

The commercial imperatives of advertising require a different psychological and intellectual mind set to that of other forms of creative writing.  You need to be able to write within time, budget and media constraints, to understand the inputs and requirements of others with whom your work must be integrated, and to stream an often bewildering amount of complex information into succinct, persuasive, informative and entertaining messages. .....

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Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Who: Vanessa Berry
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Places are full of stories, and every story has its place. Whether place is setting or subject, the skilful writing of place enriches your stories and connection with your readers. Landscape or cityscape, familiar or faraway, this workshop will build your ability to capture the essence of places so they come to life on the page.

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Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

Who: Pamela Woods
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging writers/established writers who have commenced or plan to write a screenplay

You are comfortable writing short stories and have even tackled a novel. But how about a film script? Maybe you have been asked to translate your story to script? Making the transition from depicting internal worlds to an externalised expr More info ›

A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry - limited places left!

A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry - limited places left!

Only two spots remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

With: Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Monday evenings: 5, 12, 19, 26 September; 10, 17 October, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Poems—such small things, like birds and bombs and epiphanies—are a lot bigger than they seem; they go off! They make more noise (not to mention mess and beauty and love and other kinds of useful damage) and they travel farther than seems possible. A poem, if it’s any good, is much longer and wilder on the inside than the out. .....

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The Essentials of Editing

The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: Saturday 10 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own or others’ work in the workplace or privately, will show you how to car More info ›

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