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

Year of the Novel: Phase Two

Year of the Novel: Phase Two

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Who:
Emily Maguire
When: Phase two: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10 , 17, 24 June; 1, 8, 15 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Full Price: $880, Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Make 2015 the year you finally write that book. Over three phases of eight weeks each, acclaimed author Emily Maguire will give you the tools, support and encouragement you need to plan, write and edit your novel.

In the first phase, we’ll work on getting the bare bones of your novel down on paper (or screen). We’ll talk about generating ideas and planning, and look at the basic elements of fiction – point of view, voice, narration, character, plot, dialogue and setting. .....

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Writing the Perfect Crime

Writing the Perfect Crime

Who: Barry Maitland
When:
Saturday 13 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Would you like to write gripping fiction, with vivid characters, strong and ingenious story lines and a powerful sense of place? Crime novels have all of these, and are among the most popular forms of fiction published today. In this workshop, Barry Maitland will talk about the craft of crime-writing and conduct focussed exercises which will help you to develop skills in key areas of practice, including: .....

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Writing Nature

Writing Nature

Who: Inga Simpson
When:
Saturday 13 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.
—  
John Muir

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers at all levels with a passion for the natural world.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message. .....

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From Manuscript to Publication

From Manuscript to Publication

Who: Linda Nix
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 25 July, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

Is your manuscript ready for publication? How do you know if it’s good enough to publish? How do you find the right publisher – or should you self-publish? Do you know what’s involved in the publishing process?

 This six week course takes a practical, hands-on approach to getting your manuscript – and yourself – ready for the world of publishing .....

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An Introduction to Plain English

An Introduction to Plain English

Who: Susan McKerihan
When:
Saturday 20 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

The objective of Plain English is to ensure that a document’s intended reader understands its messages quickly and accurately. What is a ‘reader-focused document’, and how it is achieved? What specific tools and devices can help make a document more readable?

This workshop will introduce you to the three aspects of a ‘readable’ document: .....

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The Short Story: As Long as a Piece of String

The Short Story: As Long as a Piece of String

Who: Kerryn Goldsworthy
When:
Saturday 20 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

A short story is like a halfway point between a poem and a novel. This is true not only in terms of its length, but also in terms of its subject matter, content and writing technique. There are topics to explore and tales to tell that are best suited to the form of the short story More info ›

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