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 2017: The Complete Course

Year of the Novel 2017: The Complete Course

With Emily Maguire
Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 18, 25 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 19, 26 September; 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 7, 14 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount)
Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430

Level:
Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress or idea for a novel. .....

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Seminar: Scrivener 101

Seminar: Scrivener 101

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 31 January, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: Scrivener beginners, particularly those who are new to Scrivener

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting while helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. .....

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Remembering Your Creativity

Remembering Your Creativity

Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Sunday 5 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Many people think they're not born creative, despite the intimations that whisper otherwise. However, new research shows that everyone was creative when they were young and we've just been taught to dismiss it, scorn it and eventually to forget how to do it. Over the course of this one-day workshop, you'll recapture your creativity, and go home astounded with yourself. .....

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Making Short Stories Work

Making Short Stories Work

Who: Tegan Bennett Daylight
When:
Sunday 5 February, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging and established writers will benefit most from this course. Experience in finishing a short story is essential; publication is not.

So often we’re told to think of plot and character when writing short stories – but what about the words on the page? How can we make them simply better? Line by line, we’ll consider some of the stories of the greats, asking ourselves this question: how do the great short story writers keep our eyes on the page? Why do we keep reading a short story? We’ll also look at beginnings and endings, which are crucial to the short story. We’ll discuss, and practise, ways of turning a bland or dull opening paragraph into something urgent and memorable. We’ll consider how an ending works to bring together meaning, to make a short story echo in the reader’s mind long after it has been read. And we’ll look at the way movement occurs in your writing. Does the centre of your story slow down, become sludgy, or are you moving too quickly, leaving out essential information? How can we fix these problems? .....

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The Secrets of Science Writing

The Secrets of Science Writing

Who: John Pickrell
When:
Saturday 18 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners

John Pickrell is an author, award-winning science writer and the Editor of Australian Geographic magazine. In this one-day workshop he will talk about the craft of science journalism, guide you through approaches to researching and reporting news and feature stories and explain how to inject passion and colour into articles, while also turning complex technical information into clear and engaging copy. The workshop will feature practical exercises and also include advice on breaking into the industry. It will also briefly touch on the importance of social media, blogging and photography to budding science journalists. .....

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Personal Narratives: From Page to Podcast

Personal Narratives: From Page to Podcast

Who: Kate Montague and Belinda Lopez
When:
Saturday 11 February, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Suited for emerging and established writers wanting to gain practical skills to have their work heard in the burgeoning podcast market, and writers who are interested in audio as another medium for performance and creation

Bestselling essayist David Sedaris got his start because Ira Glass of This American Life heard him reading a story in a dingy club. For those without the luxury of being discovered by the godfather of podcasts, here's a DIY approach to turning your personal stories into sonic gems. .....

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