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

Podcast Camp: Recording, Interviewing and Editing

Podcast Camp: Recording, Interviewing and Editing

Who: Kate Montague and Belinda Lopez
When:
2 x Saturdays: 24 February & 3 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $380; Member: $265; Conc Member: $230

If you’re keen to start or develop a podcast, this course will give you the skills to whip your ideas into shape. Aimed at novice and emerging podcast makers looking to create a new podcast project or develop their existing ideas and audio production skills, this course offers the opportunity to learn and practise recording and editing. .....

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Creative Manoeuvres

Creative Manoeuvres

Who: Mark O’Flynn
When:
Saturday 24 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Learn techniques for generating creativity and leave with inspiration for a productive year of writing ahead. Join novelist, memoirist and poet Mark O’Flynn for this one-day workshop aimed at developing your creative manoeuvres. We’ll be writing, but also playing. Exercises and group discussion will stimulate different aspects of the creative process, bring some clarity to issues of form, and cut through some of the confusion about what is actually being written. .....

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Understanding Story Structure

Understanding Story Structure

SOLD OUT. Email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Sunday 25 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

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 that allow writers 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 helping you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants will have the opportunity to practise these strategies in their own work. .....

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Turning True Stories into Fiction

Turning True Stories into Fiction

SOLD OUT - Email us to join the waitlist

Who: Michael Sala
When:
Saturday 3 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

The essential building material of both fiction and memoir is the writer’s life experiences. Our experiences include the people we have known or met, the problems we have encountered, and the events that have shaped us as people and writers. This course is designed to teach writers how to use writing craft to shape their personal experiences into compelling fiction—or to find a potent narrative thread in the autobiographical vantage point. .....

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Seminar: Book Promotion Essentials

Seminar: Book Promotion Essentials

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
Thursday 8 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Learn the essentials of marketing your book and your author brand! Whether you’re an experienced author, new to the world of commercial publishing, or a self-published author, this informative seminar with award-winning author Aleesah Darlison will provide crucial information about marketing your book and your author brand.

These days, being an author is about more than just writing books. Often, people think the hard work is in getting a manuscript accepted for publication. But the real challenges start after your book is accepted for publication. .....

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The Inside Scoop: Writing for Children

The Inside Scoop: Writing for Children

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
Saturday 10 March, 9:30am-3:30pm*
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120
*Please note early start time.

Do you dream of becoming a published children’s author? Have you written a story manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about the submission process, publishers, contracts and agents? Attend this workshop and have all your questions answered.

Join award-winning children’s author Aleesah Darlison for an eye-opening and inspirational introduction to writing for children. She will lead you on a path to success by demystifying the children’s publishing industry: who the major players are, the formats and word lengths for various age groups and genres, how to structure submissions and who to send your work to. Topics covered will also include contracts and agents, manuscript assessments, the importance of writers’ groups and networking and the many opportunities that exist for you to get your children’s story published now. .....

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