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

Seminar: Writing a Synopsis

Seminar: Writing a Synopsis

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Thursday 26 February, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Writers often moan and groan about synopses, but there's no escape – if you want a literary agent to represent you or a commercial publisher to consider your manuscript, you can't avoid it. Even self-publishers need to know how to encapsulate their book to grab a potential reader's attention. A good synopsis can be the key to publishing success.

Many writers find tackling a 500 word synopsis more daunting than an 80,000 word manuscript. This seminar explores the role of the synopsis and offers practical tips and tools to help you work out what you need to put in, and what you need to leave out. We will look at synopses that have been successful for first-time Australian authors (fiction and non-fiction) and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises. .....

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Catch a Rising Star: Writing for Young Adults

Catch a Rising Star: Writing for Young Adults

Who: Melaina Faranda
When:
Saturday 28 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Want to write for teenagers? It didn’t take Twilight, The Hunger Games, or John Green to tell us that Young Adult fiction is in its ascendancy and now is a better time than ever! A YA novel is not a tricked-up children's story or dumbed-down adult fiction. Take a guided journey through the pitfalls and possibilit More info ›

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

In a big life, where is the story? Everyone has not just one story, but thousands. Somewhere in your many years, encounters, lessons and relationships is the tale you need to tell. It may be sad, it may be joyful, complicated or simple, it might be just for you or it might be a story lots of people can share.  .....

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Getting to Grips with Grammar

Getting to Grips with Grammar

Who: Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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For the Beauty of the Edge

For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24, 31 March; 14, 21, 28 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360          
Level:
All

Explore and refine your work in a challenging and supportive environment. Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, has directed Australian Poetry Festivals, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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Essentials of Publishing

Essentials of Publishing

Who: Amruta Slee with Nikki Gemmell, Mark Dapin, Chris Allen and Leta Keens and more
When:
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level:
All

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two day course you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table. .....

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