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

Putting Real Life on the Page

Putting Real Life on the Page

Who: Matthew Condon
When:
Saturday 11 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

In this workshop, Matthew Condon will focus on the practical side of writing non-fiction and getting students to be enthused about tackling their manuscripts. He will explain the very basic elements of structure, points of view, research, interview techniques if required, dialogue and fictional devices that can be used to enhance non-fiction. .....

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Year of the Novel: Phase Three

SOLD OUT - to be notified first about Year of the Novel in 2015 please email us.

Who: Linda Funnell
When:
Phase Three: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 Oct; 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase Three: Nip, tuck, primp and preen.
This is where we take a long hard look at your very good novel and figure out how to make it
brilliant. We’ll cut the fat, plump up the too-lean bits, polish the language and do whatever else is necessary to ensure your novel is ready to face the world. .....

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Grammar Basics and the Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 11 October, 10am - 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Learn how you can use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Dr Gillian Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, use punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she will also explain semi-colons. Illustrations will be provided (where possible) from the participants' own work. .....

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The Story Road

The Story Road

SOLD OUT - to be advised of future speculative fiction workshops please email us.

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 18 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The journey is one of the strongest fantasy cliches. Stories often begin with someone setting out on a journey, which will end by the end of the story.  The structure of the story is formed by the journey and the matter of the story is the journey.  .....

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Travel Writing in the 21st Century

Travel Writing in the 21st Century

Who: Claire Scobie
When:
Saturday 18 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With the rapid evolution in online communication, travel writing is changing, and changing fast. Today, travel writers are thinking about their brand, their image, their next blog post. Writers for print media are honing new skills to stand out among the virtual crowd. Meanwhile bloggers are learning the craft of traditional travel journalists. .....

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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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