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 for the Screen

Who: George Merryman
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week course will guide participants through the process of writing for film and television, from initial concept to final draft. With an emphasis on character, story and structure (the ABCs of screenwriting), each week focuses on a key element of storytelling for a visual medium. A series of presentations, discussions, screenings and writing exercises will allow you to explore screenwriting from the inside out. The course will lay out the first principles of writing for the screen, concepts that will serve you not only during the course but also throughout your writing career. For maximum benefit, the class size will be kept small so it can be run like a writers’ room, similar to those that create your favourite television shows. .....

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Story Planning and Design

Story Planning and Design

Limited Places Remaining, contact (02 9555 9757) to book.
Who:
Greg Bastian
When:
Saturday 26 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Hit a brick wall with your novel or short story? Are your characters adrift, your plot rudderless, your dialogue unconvincing? Chances are the story wasn’t planned sufficiently well at the outset. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore the essential steps in designing a compelling story — characters, plot, theme, setting, point of view, voice and genre. .....

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Book Publicity: Art Not Science Seminar

Who: Debbie McInnes
When:
Tuesday 29 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

In today’s world of instant communication, it is important for authors to understand the changes in the media landscape and how to navigate them. The way to publicise a book has changed dramatically over the past five years.  In this workshop we will look at the use of traditional media including print, television, radio and electronic, as well as the online world and particularly the role of social media in promoting a book. .....

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Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 2 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Erotica has risen in popularity in recent times and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award while writing arousing and sensual prose? What exactly is best word for it? And how can you avoid falling into cliché?  .....

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E-books for Beginners

Who: Emily Craven
When:
Saturday 2 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Trying to get a handle on the E-Book Revolution? This workshop is for writers who wish to understand how changes in the publishing can benefit them. It covers opportunities for authors who would like to leverage technology to their advantage to increase their connection with readers and build a following.

The day will be a combination of presentations, exercises and practical demonstrations. In this workshop we cover why authors are trading traditional publishing for e-books, what an e-book is and how it is presented, the opportunities for emerging and established writers, how to format and create e-books, build a social media and author platform, and how to create and format your ebook ready for upload. .....

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Editing Essentials

Editing Essentials

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
4 x Wednesday evenings: 30 July; 6, 13 & 20 August, 6:30pm-9:30pm (Please note date change from printed program: course starts one week earlier).
Cost: Full price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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