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

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 - limited places left!

How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer - limited places left!

Only two spots remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol. Please note the Centre will be closed on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 April.

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. .....

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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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What Women Want: Writing Commercial Women’s Fiction

What Women Want: Writing Commercial Women’s Fiction

Who: Dianne Blacklock, with guest speakers Anna Valdinger and Joel Naoum
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May; 6 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate

What is Women’s Fiction anyway? Is it fiction written solely by women, or fiction written solely for women? Or is it so called because it’s fiction written about women? Funny, there isn’t a corresponding label for men’s fiction. Yet women could hardly be considered a sideline to the main game – they are not only the biggest readers and buyers of books, they also write more books than men. There wouldn’t be a publishing industry without women, and therefore books that speak to women are not only important but integral to the literary landscape. .....

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Introduction to Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Introduction to Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Who: Patrick Lenton
When:
Thursday 4 May, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
emerging and established writers who are new to digital marketing, with a particular focus on digital, self published and genre authors

In the current publishing climate, knowledge of how to market and grow an online author profile is essential. This seminar will cover practical applications for authors beginning to use social media and digital marketing to sell books. .....

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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 10, 17, 24, 31 May; 7, 14 June, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc. Member: $360
Level: Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This six-week course presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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