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

A Play in Two Days

A Play in Two Days

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Beginner and intermediate aspiring playwrights. As we will be starting from scratch, it is preferable to come prepared to write a new play rather than work on a pre-existing idea.

Do you write for the stage? Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a refresher, in this practical course multi award-winning playwright Hilary Bell will take you through the fundamentals of playwriting. .....

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Writing From Life - sold out!

Writing From Life - sold out!

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Saturday 28 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Writing from life is tricky – how do you transform a personal narrative (your own, or someone else’s) into something that interests other people? How do you write from life without being too insularly specific or blandly generic? What are the things you choose to hide, and the things you reveal? .....

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Seminar: Collaborative Writing - Cancelled

Seminar: Collaborative Writing - Cancelled

Who: Denise Tart, Jenny Crocker and Jane Richards
When:
cancelled
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: For all writers at any stage interested in collaborative or group fiction writing.

Not every talented writer is suited to a life of solitary scribe, yet literary collaborations are still rare. One exception is the successful novel, The Painted Sky by Alice Campion (Random House 2015). Three of its five authors have created an online community dedicated to group fiction writing (groupfiction.net) and in this interactive workshop, the trio will share their secrets for collaborative success. .....

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Grammar Essentials

Grammar Essentials

Who: Susan McKerihan
When:
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Any writer who missed out on learning grammar at school and feels at a disadvantage when trying to improve their writing skills. Also those who did learn grammar school, but have forgotten the finer details and would like a refresher

A knowledge of grammar gives people confidence when writing. Whether you write for pleasure or for work, creatively or as part of a technical role, grammar can help you manage the mechanics and nuances of good style. However, many people today didn’t learn grammar at school, so they struggle to understand how and why a piece of writing works or doesn’t work. .....

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Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

Who: With Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Intermediate

If you’ve read Truman Capote’s brutal In Cold Blood, Hunter S. Thompson’s mind-bending Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Susan Orlean’s slow seduction by the natural world in The Orchid Thief or Chloe Hooper’s tangled navigation through Aboriginal deaths in custody in The Tall Man, you’ll already know real stories are often more compelling when they’re told properly: like actual stories. But narrative journalism doesn’t just stop at books. It is also the writing you’ll find in most magazines, from broadsheet newspaper supplements to travel journals and women’s glossies. .....

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Two - sold out!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Two - sold out!

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 June; 6, 13, 20, 27 July, 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.

This course is now sold out. Please email us to go on the waitlist: info@nswwc.org.au

We’ll put some flesh on the bones of your novel-in-progress, looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper still with character, voice and plot. As we approach the year’s half-way mark we’ll also talk about how to stay focused and motivated to see this thing through to the end. .....

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