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

Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

Who: Pat Grant
When:
Saturday 22 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Sometimes it feels like the ability to sling a decent sentence isn’t quite enough for a writer in the modern world. The literary landscape is now littered with screens, windows and graphic interfaces, and there is more and more demand for those of us that call themselves writers to also become image-makers. Writers who can incorporate visual communication techniques into their storytelling have a trump card in their pocket. .....

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Writing for Kids

Writing for Kids

Who: Deborah Abela
When:
Saturday 22 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The prime function of the children's book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it. Roald Dahl

Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but like all writing, most of it is simply hard work. Join children’s author, Deborah Abela, as she takes you through a practical, hands-on day of writing activities to hone the skills you’ll need to write for kids and engage a child audience. She will also talk about how the kids' publishing world works and offer advice on approaching a publisher with your treasured manuscript. Having spent twenty years writing for children, for both TV and in books, Deborah loves what she does and is keen to share her experiences of and insights into this specialised and rewarding profession.    .....

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Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests: Kate O'Donnell, Anna Maguire, Patrick Lenton, Bronwyn Mehan, Sarah Allen, Elisabeth Storrs and Dionne Lister
When: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November, 10am - 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about Print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion.  .....

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Art of the Essay

Who: Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 29 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In this workshop writer and essayist Anne Manne will discuss that most beguiling and versatile of art forms, the essay. She will also assist students in crafting their own and discuss approaches to getting published. What EXACTLY is an essay? The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing for students to read and discuss the genre, identifying the features they think make a piece work. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘Voice.’ But what about the necessary requirements to get your essays published? What is a ‘hook’ and how does it help to have a sparkling beginning to a piece? What differentiates essays in shape, style, content and length from other forms of writing such as academic writing, reports, opinion pieces, feature articles and reportage? .....

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Fabulously Creative

Fabulously Creative

Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 6 December, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Time to dust off the writing shoes and show the world just how wonderful you are! In this one-day workshop come on a creative journey with Walter Mason as you explore your options, get daring and spend some time discovering that spark of sheer fabulousness that lies within us all. In a joy-filled day of imaginative discovery you will learn to say yes to your creative impulses and crash through the barriers – real and imagined – that have held you back till now. Walter will have you believing again in the wonderful world of possibility that makes you so special and your stories so unique. Whether it’s beating writer’s block, creating a truly tremendous new year or writing things down and making them happen, this workshop is just the thing to give you the tools to energise and inspire a creative new you. .....

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From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

Who: Lisa Shanahan
When:
Saturday 6 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

A picture book is a unique meeting place. It’s the place where a text meets with the illustrations and the illustrations with a text. It’s a place where an adult meets with a child and a child meets with an adult. It’s a place where a child meets with themselves… and also with the world. So much in so little time!

So where do great ideas for picture books come from? And what really makes them work? Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan in this one-day course for beginning writers, as she shares the journey of creating a picture book from the first seed to final story. Learn the three essential elements of excellent picture book writing and discover, through practical exercises, fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from the everyday and the importance of playful, poetic line-by-line writing. An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will be given; including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents. .....

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