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 Speculative Fiction

Writing Speculative Fiction

Who: Marianne de Pierres
When:
Saturday 30 April, 10am-4pm Saturday, 23 July*
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Award-winning science fiction author, Marianne de Pierres, will conduct a comprehensive workshop on writing speculative fiction. Participants will learn how to amass the right tools for world building; how to create convincing worlds that are authentic, logical, and original; and how to effectively blend the sub-genres of speculative fiction to create more exotic stories. .....

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Making a Killing: Writing Crime - limited places available!

Making a Killing: Writing Crime - limited places available!

Who: Katherine Howell
When:
Sunday 1 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Limited places left: call to book 9555 9757

Ideal for writers who are working on or planning a crime novel, this one day workshop teaches the key elements of crime fiction—character, setting, plot, and suspense—and how to employ them in ways that keep the reader turning pages. By the day's end participants will understand the importance of the four elements and be able to assess how well they are functioning in their own work. They will have new tools that enable them to develop and improve these elements, and will be able to produce stronger and more publishable work as a result. .....

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Eyes on the Road: Writing Short Stories - sold out!

Eyes on the Road: Writing Short Stories - sold out!

Who: Cate Kennedy
When:
Saturday 7 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110 
Level:
All levels, but should have had some experience in at least trying to write fiction

This course is now sold out. Please email us with your name and phone number to go on the wait list. 

Everyone wants their writing to be bold and memorable rather than hesitant and laboured, but how do we plunge in with verve and confidence, to assure our reader of our natural storytelling authority?  What are some of the ways we can get our 'hands on the wheel' to establish and maintain that faith? This workshop will look at how to signal authority through voice, tone, rhythm, imagery and control of structure, so that we can begin to write prose which is not bogged down in cautious hesitancy but full of its own confident, fluent momentum. .....

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Blogging For Beginners - one place left!

Blogging For Beginners - one place left!

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 7 & 14 May, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level:
Beginner to Intermediate

One place left: Please call us to book on (02) 9555 9757

There are two things a writer wants: to be published, and to be read. Thanks to advances in technology, the former has become a lot easier. All you need is a blog and time to fill it. A blog is an online journal that allows you to share your writing, be it creative, journalistic, or simply a personal account of your life. But there's a big difference between being published and being read. .....

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Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 10, 17, 24, 31 May; 7, 14 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc. Member: $360
Level: Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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Writing From Life

Writing From Life

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Saturday 28 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Writing from life is tricky – how do you transform a personal narrative (your own, or someone else’s) into something that interests other people? How do you write from life without being too insularly specific or blandly generic? What are the things you choose to hide, and the things you reveal?

This full day workshop will look at writing from life from the perspective of character, plot, dialogue and most importantly, the heart of the story. It will go through a series of short exercises to help you hone in on these skills, so please come ready to write.  .....

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