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

Writing a Sense of Place

Writing a Sense of Place

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 18 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphrase that often defies clear understanding.  As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place.’ But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Who: Terry Dowling
When:
Saturday 18 April, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Want to write out of this world? Do you dream of the impossible? Then get ready to immerse your imagination in the genres of science fiction and fantasy with one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed speculative writers, Terry Dowling.

Terry Dowling has been described by Locus as “the most noted More info ›

Creative Groove

Creative Groove

Who: Walter Mason
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 19, 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 31 May, 10am—1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

A course in re-igniting your creative spark and learning to share your gifts with the world.

The time has come for you to start making your mark! So often we put off our creative work. We tell ourselves that when the time is right, and when we are inspired and informed, our writing will begin in earnest. But guess what? The clock is ticking. You don’t have time to wait for the stars to align. You need to awaken your creative spark now and get working in earnest. You need to get your creative groove back. .....

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Writing for Kids

Writing for Kids

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Tuesday evenings: 21, 28 April; 5, 12, 26 May, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level:
All

Writing for children is big business.  Despite the doom and gloom about the state of the publishing industry, the children’s market remains robust and growing.  Children are reading and the demand for quality books is strong.

If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Morris Gleitzman, then this course is for you. .....

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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 April; 5, 12, 19, 26 May; 2 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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Lyric and Experimental Form

Lyric and Experimental Form

Who: Kate Lilley
When:
Saturday 2 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This masterclass is designed for anyone interested in the exciting experimental possibilities of writing, reading and hearing lyric poetry. Why has lyric been the dominant poetic mode for so long? What are its defining characteristics and obsessions? Are there many kinds of lyrics? We will explore the enduring history of the lyric as a poetic mode devoted to forms of desire and eloquence, intersubjectivity and persuasion. We will look at some fascinating and influential examples from the Renaissance to the present, including Shakespeare’s sonnets and some contemporary versions and deformations of them as flashpoints in the literary history of gender and sexuality. The emphasis will be on the links between lyric poetry’s past and future: its transhistorical and transnational reach, sustained experimental capacity, and ability to showcase the nature of poetic thought and the full range of negative and positive feeling. Participants are invited to bring a couple of lyric poems, their own and/ More info ›

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