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

Breathing Life into Language: Writing Poetry - SOLD OUT!

Breathing Life into Language: Writing Poetry - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Mark O’Flynn
When:
Saturday 1 April, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/general

Ever get that sinking feeling when a poem isn’t working? Does it often end up in the bin? This course will present a diver More info ›

Character & Dialogue - SOLD OUT!

Character & Dialogue - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Toni Jordan

When: Saturday 1 April, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

The bad news: bad dialogue stands out. It distracts from your story. It’s ungainly and ugly. If you write bad dialogue, even if everything else is great, good readers will think you’re not a good writer. The good news: good dialogue glistens. It’s elegant. It gleams and glows and makes everything better. The very good news: of all the elements of a novel, dialogue is the easiest to improve. Learning to write good dialogue also helps you understand your characters because dialogue is character in action. Hearing characters speak can bring them to life. .....

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Seminar: Crowdfund it!

Seminar: Crowdfund it!

Who: Anna Maguire
When:
Thursday 6 April, 6:30–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
All

Crowdfunding has become an accepted way of potentially raising funds for small publishers and self-publishers. According to Books+Publishing, Australian crowdfunded publishing projects raised $1.2 million in 2014. Although we see many crowdfunding success stories in the press, publishing as a category does not have a great success rate – around 30-40 per cent is average.  With such low chances of success, this workshop will enable you to plan your crowdfunding campaign with all the information you need to have the best opportunity to succeed. .....

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Ignite Your Creative Fire

Ignite Your Creative Fire

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 6:30–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Creativity is important in every art form – the challenge for writers is how to access your creative energy and bring it to the page. Whether you are experienced or a novice, at the beginning, or part way through your writing project, in this course you will learn how to bring the fire of creativity into every aspect of your writing.  .....

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How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

Who: Bianca Nogrady
When:
Saturday 29 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop will best suit emerging and established writers looking to earn a living as a freelancer.

Work when you want, where you want, for whom you want, and how you want: the description of a freelance has changed somewhat since the days of the medieval mercenary warrior, but the principles remain the same.

The internet is transforming the media landscape, and while this has been to the detriment of the traditional in-house publishing model, it is opening up a wealth of opportunities for freelance writers. Succeeding in freelance writing takes determination, discipline and thick skin, but master those and you can enjoy the many benefits of a freelance career. .....

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Blogging For Beginners

Blogging For Beginners

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 29 April & 6 May 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

**To complete this course, please check that you are confident and able to complete the following technical tasks. If you are unsure, contact the Centre on 9555 9757.

  • Access your email account remotely, for example, from a computer that is not your own
  • Upload files to the internet
  • Access a wi-fi internet connection
  • Download and install computer software
  • Use an external storage device such as a USB
  • Install and operate computer accessories such as a printer
  • Use the internet with confidence based on frequent experience
  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘social media’ and identify websites that fit into this category
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