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

The Gentle Art of Persuasion

The Gentle Art of Persuasion

Who: Neil James
When:
Saturday 1 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

For more than 2,000 years, writers have wrestled with the problem of persuasion. What makes one text compelling and another pedestrian?

Neil James draws from fields as diverse as classical rhetoric, plain language and cognitive psychology to explore some practical techniques that can supercharge your text. Whether you are writing fiction or writing for the web, whether you want to add dimension to your characters or simply strengthen a submission, there is much to learn from the gentle art of persuasion. .....

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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 1, 15, 29 August; 12, 26 September; 10, 24 October; 14 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group will submit a sample of their work (maximum of 6000 words, either short stories or novel/ More info ›

The Story Road

The Story Road

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 1 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The journey is one of the strongest fantasy cliches. Stories often begin with someone setting out on a journey, which will end by the end of the story. The structure of the story is formed by the journey and the matter of the story is the journey. 

But the most important journey a writer (or a character) will ever make is the inward journey.   .....

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Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 16, 23, 30 August; 6, 20, 14 September, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This course is for people who are interested in writing fiction, travel or life stories. It is for those who have a story to tell and have been wondering how to get that story going—to access the creative energy and writing craft practices that bring stories alive on the page.

The course will impart ways to entice creativity back into our writing and daily lives. Through a combination of short presentations, discussion of selected readings, writing exercises and workshopping, we will explore new ways of seeing and ‘making things new’ as writers. We will explore meditation techniques, drama and drawing to access the parts of us where the muse lives. .....

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Crafting Poetry

Crafting Poetry

Who: Lisa Jacobson
When:
Saturday 22 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
Robert Frost

Creating a good poem is like making a fine table. It requires the right tools and imagination to craft a work of beauty that draws people in, rather than something that gets thrown out in the next hard rubbish collection. Maybe you have never written a poem before, or maybe you already write poetry but would like to extend your range. Writers of all levels will gain knowledge, inspiration and skills in this one-day session about what makes poetry work. .....

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Writing Short Fiction

Writing Short Fiction

Who: Maxine Beneba Clarke
When:
Saturday 22 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

This course is aimed at assisting participants to write original, engaging, and technically proficient short fiction – covering facets such as narrative voice, structure, characterisation and plot development.

While the morning session will be theoretical, unpacking and examining the techniques of a diverse range of short story masters, the afternoon session will be more practical, engaging participants in writing exercises and encouraging them to apply the morning’s lessons to their own work. .....

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