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

The Business of Being a Writer

The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley, Benython Oldfield, Steve Wimmer, Jaki Arthur and Chris Allen
When:
Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

It’s never been easy to be a writer but now it seems that there is more to do than ever, from self promotion to reading contracts, negotiating pay, managing multiple income streams, understanding the tax implications of foreign sales and how to make a splash in the social media ocean. Sometimes it seems that even being a part-time writer is a full-time job. .....

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Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books

Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When: Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to write for children? Have you written a picture book manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about publishers? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered.

Creating picture books is one of the most interesting, exciting and rewarding literary processes. It’s also one of the most challenging. Join multi-published, award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, as she provides you with an introduction to this wonderful genre. Aleesah will share the secrets of her success, demystify the creative process, provide you with the tools and structures to write your own picture book text, and give insight and encouragement on how to achieve your dreams of becoming a published picture book author. .....

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A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Poetry Masterclass

A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Poetry Masterclass

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Who:
Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 September and 6, 13 October, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Poems—such small things, like birds and bombs and epiphanies—are a lot bigger than they seem; they go off! They make more noise (not to mention mess and beauty and love and other kinds of useful damage) and they travel farther than seems possible. A poem, if it’s any good, is much longer and wilder on the inside than the out. .....

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From Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

From Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

Who: Luke Ryan
When:
Saturday 12 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Comic writing is an art unto itself, but one sorely missing from contemporary discussions of how we write.

This workshop will cover the how, what and why of comic writing – from misdirection, to analogy, to the rule of threes and beyond – and transform your everyday anecdotes and observations into razor-sharp, Sedaris-style routines.

Starting with a general introduction into the types and forms of comedic writing, we’ll focus primarily on the mechanics of comic memoir: how to spot comic anecdotes in our own lives; how to draw out the beats and empathetic heart of a story; how to find the punchline and impart the message. We’ll focus on joke form and construction, and the day will finish with a reading and masterclass session with the student’s own work. .....

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The ‘I’ Word: Writing Memoir

The ‘I’ Word: Writing Memoir

Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 19 September, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180, Member: $125, Conc Member: $110

Writing (and reading) memoir has never been more popular. But how do you tell your story and hold a reader’s attention for the space of a book, or an essay? What’s unique about your experience, and why do you want to share it? You don’t need to have been stuck between two rocks for 127 hours (or had a misery-drenched childhood) for your story to be worth telling – but you do need to know how to tell it in a way that will engage readers and offer something unique and valuable. .....

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Seminar: Getting Published in the U.S.

Seminar: Getting Published in the U.S.

Who: Shirin Yim Bridges
When:
Tuesday 22 September, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Are you ready to crack the American book market? Or are you close enough to want to visualise the day you do? Whether your book is fiction, non-fiction, how-to, self-help, memoir, poetry, or an anthology, this seminar is for you. Shirin Yim Bridges, first published by U.S. publisher Chronicle Books while living in Australia, since published multiple times by Big Six publishers and now a U.S. publisher herself, will give you an exclusive overview of the current state of the U.S. publishing industry, your largest potential market. .....

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