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 Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 30 August; 6, 13, 20 September; 11, 18, 25 October; 1 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

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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Poetry Masterclass

Poetry Masterclass

Who: Mike Ladd
When:
Saturday 6 September, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

If you have had a poem or two published, or your first book released, and now want to take the next step, this is the course for you. In the first half of the workshop Mike will give his advice on what makes a poem successful and how to advance an individual writing style, as well as giving an overview of the current poetry scene in Australia and the opportunities that exist for poets. The second half of the masterclass will be more hands-on, with feedback and workshopping of poems. .....

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Open Access

When: Saturday 6 September, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $90; Member: $65; Conc Member: $55

A one day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.

For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains.

Open Access will bring together authors, publishers, a bookseller, digital expert, and industry professionals to talk about how they do this – their hits and their misses. .....

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Writing for Young Adults

Writing for Young Adults

Who: James Roy
When:
6 x Sunday mornings 7, 14, 21 September; 12, 19, 26 October, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360           

Award-winning YA author James Roy will take you on a tour of the YA scene, answering questions such as: Where does YA fiction fit into the wider publishing scene? What makes particular writing YA? What makes a writer a YA writer? And what happens next with your manuscript? .....

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Writing Humour

Who: Geoffrey Atherden
When:
Saturday 13 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

Humour has a wide spectrum and this one-day workshop on the craft of comedy will attempt to cover as much of it as possible, from gentle whimsy to raucous slapstick, from serious satire to the uncomfortable and blasphemous.

Using examples from all media, including segments from film, television and radio as well as internet viral humour, extracts from books, newspaper columns, blogs and poetry, the workshop will look at the many forms of and uses for humour; primarily as entertainment, but also as a means for pricking pomposity, for creating a path into a difficult subject or for more negative uses such as jokes which belittle and insult. .....

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How to Get Work as a Freelance Writer

Who: Fran Molloy
When:
Saturday 20 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

How can you get your favourite magazine to publish an article you write – and pay you for it? Should you write the story first, and post it – or email it? How much can you charge? Can you earn an income from my writing? This course is a practical guide to the world of freelance writing and freelance journalism – which are not always the same thing! .....

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