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 Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Who: Vanessa Berry
When:
Saturday 3 September, 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 skilful 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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Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

Who: Pamela Woods
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging writers/established writers who have commenced or plan to write a screenplay

You are comfortable writing short stories and have even tackled a novel. But how about a film script? Maybe you have been asked to translate your story to script? Making the transition from depicting internal worlds to an externalised expr More info ›

A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry - limited places left!

A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry - limited places left!

Only two spots remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

With: Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Monday evenings: 5, 12, 19, 26 September; 10, 17 October, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

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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The Essentials of Editing

The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: Saturday 10 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own or others’ work in the workplace or privately, will show you how to car More info ›

The Business of Being a Writer

The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley with Benython Oldfield, Monica Davidson, Debbie McInnes and David Hunt
When:
Saturday 10 September, 10am-5pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Should I self-publish? Should I pitch my work to publishers? How do I deal with the money side of things? If these are the questions you're asking yourself, then it's time you learnt more about the business of publishing.

For writers being traditionally published and need advice on how to manage their professional relationships, and understand their role in the publishing machine; and for writers on the self-publishing path who are just discovering the million and one things they need to know about. .....

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Podcasting: Creating and Adapting Ideas for Audio

Podcasting: Creating and Adapting Ideas for Audio

Who: Jesse Cox
When:
Saturday 17 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This workshop will zoom out to look at the national and international podcasting landscape, then hone in to focus on the steps required to create a successful new podcast. You will learn how to identify audio-friendly ideas, basic recording and editing techniques, and how to distribute a finished podcast. As well as practical tips, the workshop will focus on how to develop a strong narrative structure for audio and how to use sound and music in stories. While not required, if you have ideas for existing projects, you are encouraged to bring them to the course for workshopping. .....

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