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

Luminous Ghosts: Writing Historical Fiction

Luminous Ghosts: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Anna Westbrook
When:
Saturday 21 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early and emerging writers

Learn the practical elements of writing a historical fiction novel with novelist Anna Westbrook. We will discuss the process of turning an idea into a plot, and explore effectove research methods. In order to create fully realised characters whose psychology and dialogue are appropriate to the period and context of your novel, we will work on techniques of characterisation. We will also analyse effective passages from Australian historical fiction. Writing exercises will stem from these reflections. .....

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Edit Your Story - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Pamela Hewitt

When: Saturday 21 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging and established writers who have completed or are near completion of the final draft of a work of fiction or creative non-fiction, including memoir or family history. .....

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Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

Who: Felicity Castagna
NSW Writers’ Centre: Sunday 29 October, 10am-4pm
Casula Powerhouse
: Sunday 5 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
$55*

*The course at Casula is available for a subsidised price to students from eligible Western Sydney schools. For details, please call (02) 9555 9757.

This one-day course will take students far beyond the fundamentals of writing to look at what distinguishes great Major Works across all textual forms. The course will focus on: .....

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Writing Place in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Writing Place in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Who: Vanessa Berry
When:
Saturday 4 November, 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 skillful 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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Performance Skills for Writers

Performance Skills for Writers

Who: George Catsi
When:
Saturday 4 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

You've written your work and now you’re being asked to read it out loud – or you hope to soon.  Any public reading is a promotional moment that can convert a listener, if you read and speak well. You can prepare yourself to make the most of these moments.

Learn to face an audience with confidence and read your work to cap More info ›

Writing for Children - limited places available!

Writing for Children - limited places available!

Only one spot remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

Who: Jacqueline Harvey

When: 5 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 November and 6 December, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level:
All

Writing for children is big business. Despite the oft forecast demise of reading, demand for quality children’s books is strong and there has been significant growth in this market over the past few years. .....

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