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

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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Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Saturday 29 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old and intertwining imaginary plots into actual events and milieus. 

In this workshop you will comprehensively explore the techniques, tricks, ideas and pitfalls of bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps. .....

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What If to What Next: Unlocking Creativity

What If to What Next: Unlocking Creativity

With: Sian Prior
When:
Sunday 30 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

You want to write. You have some great ideas and a strong desire to be published (or published again). You just need to get it all down. But why can it be so damned hard to move from impulse to action?

In this course we will look at some practical strategies for overcoming our anxious ‘what ifs’ and turning ideas into stories. As Thomas Mann famously wrote, ‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’  Writing requires stamina as much as it requires imagination, and fortunately stamina is something you can develop over time. .....

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The Essentials of Editing

The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: 4 x Wednesday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23 September, 6:30pm-9:30pm
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 (whether in the workplace or a piece of writing), 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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