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

Remembering Your Creativity - SOLD OUT!

Remembering Your Creativity - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Saturday 6 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Many people think they're not born creative, despite the intimations that whisper otherwise. However, new research shows that everyone was creative when they were young and we've just been taught to dismiss it, scorn it and eventually to forget how to do it. Over the course of this one-day workshop, you'll recapture your creativity, and go home astounded with yourself. .....

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Writing History: You Can't Google It - SOLD OUT!

Writing History: You Can't Google It - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Mark Dapin
When: Saturday 13 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

It takes more than just Google! Mark Dapin interviewed 160 people and spent two-and-a-half years reading press clippings and searching government archives to produce his prize-winning history of Australia’s Vietnam-era national service scheme, The Nashos’ War.  In this workshop, Mark will focus on developing interviewing skills, checking facts, and working with archived documents. He will teach how to separate facts from folklore and, perhaps most importantly, how to turn cold dead facts into living, vibrant prose. He will also discuss researching and writing family histories and personal memoirs.  .....

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Shaping the Short Story - SOLD OUT!

Shaping the Short Story - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 18, 25 February; 3, 10, 17, 24 March, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate.

This intensive six-week course enables students to thoroughly get their heads around creating memorable, contemporary short stories. The course will cover the basics as well as challenging students to think about the short story form in more complex ways. Each class will cover a set of specific skills, which will lead students through the process of creating a short story from start to finish. Students will be given a course book, writing exercises and the opportunity to discuss and develop their own work. At the end of the course, students will be invited to submit one story for a written critique by Felicity. .....

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The Unpredictable Plotter - SOLD OUT!

The Unpredictable Plotter - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Toni Jordan
When:
Saturday 20 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop will involve practical exercises based on the characters in a work in progress. You’ll benefit more from the workshop if you know your characters well and/or have written at least half of a first draft.

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase One - Limited places available!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase One - Limited places available!

Limited places available! Call to book in: 9555 9757

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 24 February; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March; 6, 13 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost per Phase: Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress.

In this first phase, we’ll work on getting the bare bones of your novel down on paper (or screen). We’ll talk about generating ideas and planning, and look at the basic elements of fiction - point of view, voice, narration, character, plot, dialogue and setting. .....

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The Fundamentals of 21st Century Playwriting

The Fundamentals of 21st Century Playwriting

Who: Timothy Daly        
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 27 February; 5, 12 March; 2, 9, 16, 30 April; 7 May, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
All

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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