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

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

In a big life, where is the story? Everyone has not just one story, but thousands. Somewhere in your many years, encounters, lessons and relationships is the tale you need to tell. It may be sad, it may be joyful, complicated or simple, it might be just for you or it might be a story lots of people can share.  .....

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Getting to Grips with Grammar

Getting to Grips with Grammar

Who: Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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For the Beauty of the Edge

For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24, 31 March; 14, 21, 28 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360          
Level:
All

Explore and refine your work in a challenging and supportive environment. Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, has directed Australian Poetry Festivals, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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Essentials of Publishing

Essentials of Publishing

Who: Amruta Slee with Nikki Gemmell, Mark Dapin, Chris Allen and Leta Keens and more
When:
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level:
All

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two day course you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table. .....

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Eat Your Words

Eat Your Words

Who: Stephanie Clifford-Smith
When:
Saturday 21 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

How do you translate what you've just put in your mouth into words people will want to read? How do you engage your reader, getting them to share your response to the experience? This workshop will look at key ingredients in the language of flavour, texture and aroma. We'll look at what makes the best food writers stand out from the crowd, while helping you find your own food writing voice. .....

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Understanding Story Structure

Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 28 March, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator's intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript. .....

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