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

Flashers: Writing Short Short Fiction Seminar

Flashers: Writing Short Short Fiction Seminar

Who: Alice Grundy
When:
Tuesday 21 October, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Are you eager for writing projects that can be finished in a sitting, that your friends and family will actually read and that will develop your craft and deal with writers' block? Whether you want to experiment with form and style or test your discipline, flash fiction is an excellent medium for all writers. This intensive three-hour workshop is made up of practical exercises and detailed editorial feedback on your work. The tools and techniques covered in this workshop are useful both for short pieces and for your writing overall. 
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Mastering the Short Story

Mastering the Short Story

Who: Danielle Wood
When:
Saturday 25 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The short story has been variously described as a photograph (where the novel is a film), as an affair (where the novel is a marriage) and as a wayward younger brother (where the novel is, presumably, much more grown up and respectable). But what is the short story form to you? And what can you make of it through your own writing? 

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Poesis: Making Poetry

Poesis: Making Poetry

Who: Judith Beveridge
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 October; 4, 11, 18, 25 November; 2 December, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

In her long poetry career Judith Beveridge has been awarded the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and published four books of poetry. She is also the poetry editor of Meanjin. Join her for this six-week introduction to poetry writing and appreciation. .....

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Nail Your Concept Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Nail Your Concept Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Saturday 25 October, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$55

It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the Extension 2 Major Work.

This one-day seminar takes a practical look at creativity: how do writers generate their ideas? It is designed to assist students to find, explore, clarify and commit to the concepts that will drive their Major Work.  .....

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Making a Killing: Writing Crime

Making a Killing: Writing Crime

Who: Katherine Howell
When:
Saturday 1 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Ideal for writers who are working on or planning a crime novel, this one day workshop teaches the key elements of crime fiction—character, setting, plot, and suspense—and how to employ them in ways that keep the reader turning pages. By the day's end participants will understand the importance of the four elements and be able to assess how well they are functioning in their own work. They will have new tools that enable them to develop and improve these elements, and will be able to produce stronger and more publishable work as a result.
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Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Who: Noeline Kyle
When:
Saturday 1 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

The seductive task of collecting more dates, names, obituaries and other data associated with our family histories - the piling up of the hundreds of documents until they spill willy-nilly from our homes/offices/computers - is the collect until you drop syndrome! Yes, it is great to find that elusive piece of information. But at some time you need to lift your head from that pile of data and think about how, where and in what way you will write and publish the family history, that memoir you have been thinking about for some time or the story of your journey through life/Mexico/the Antarctic.

Noeline Kyle will talk about strategies to get you to the desk and writing, and will provide practical ideas from her own writing and her work with supporting family historians for more than 30 years. In this workshop you will learn how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing and planning a text.

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.

Student Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Dr Noeline Kyle
is an expert on the researching, writing and publishing of biography, women’s history and family history.  Her books include We Should’ve Listened to Grandma:  Women and Family History, (1988), Memories & Dreams: A Biography of Nurse Mary Kirkpatrick, (2001); Writing Family History Made Very Easy (2007); and Music, Myth & Memory: A Kyle Family History  (2008).  Recent books include How to Write & Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps (2011,NewSouth Books), Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and writing about women in family history & Citing historical sources : a manual for family historians (Unlock the Past, 2014). Her memoir Ghost child: a memoir (due 2014) charts the end of childhood, the end of her parent’s disastrous marriage and the ending of way of life, the traditional dairy farm, on the mid north coast of NSW.

Check out her website: <www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au>for updates on her publications, free downloads and writing family history information.

 

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