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

First Line, First Draft, Final Poem

First Line, First Draft, Final Poem

Who: Brook Emery
When:
Saturday 26 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Join award-winning poet Brook Emery for a workshop tailored for poets who are just beginning to write or just beginning to submit their work for publication.

Through practical exercises and discussion, the workshop will consider issues such as what a poem is and what it can do; how to make and turn a line; how to say it with sound and say it with image; how to say it ‘straight’ and say it ‘slant’; how to move from draft to draft to ‘finished’ poem; and how to check your finished poem for problems. .....

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The Enchanting World of Picture Books

The Enchanting World of Picture Books

This course is SOLD OUT. Please email us, including your phone number, to add your name to the wait list.

Who: Davina Bell
When:
Saturday 26 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Explore the enchanting world of picture books with writer and editor Davina Bell. From the unique perspective of both a creator and publishing professional, Davina will share her insights on what works in a picture book manuscript, what doesn’t, and how to get your work ready for publication. Using both classic and contemporary books as our guides, we’ll look at themes and concepts that resonate, and take an overview of today’s picture book market. After considering real-life examples from the editorial, design and illustration processes, participants will uncover and develop their own ideas through writing exercises. .....

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Starting from Scratch: Creativity for Writers

Starting from Scratch: Creativity for Writers

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 30 May; 6, 20, 27 June; 4, 11 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

You’ve got the itch to write, but where do you start? You have a big idea, but what’s the story? Or maybe you’ve got no ideas at all, just the need to write – what can you do? This course will guide you in finding an entry point, from where you can access the idea that’s inside you. The more entry points we have to choose from, the better. This course is designed to help you create characters, narrative ideas, conflicts, stakes, scenes, and even complete outlines, each one being a portal into a potential new work. .....

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Grammar and Punctuation Basics

Grammar and Punctuation Basics

Who: Gillian Polack

When: Saturday 2 June, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full Price: $195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Learn how you can use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Gillian Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, using punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she will also explain semi-colons. Where possible, examples will be provided from the participants' own work. .....

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HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Sunday 3 June 2018, 10am-1pm
Cost:
$30

Students will learn what the Board of Studies is looking for in a reflection statement. Topics covered include the fundamental information that must be included in your statement, focusing on what really matters, how to pack a lot of information into a small space, how to discuss creative writing practice in sophisticated ways and how to show that your work is informed by theory and research.

Please note this course will take place at the NSW Writers’ Centre only. .....

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Year of the Novel: Phase 2

Year of the Novel: Phase 2

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

Who: Emily Maguire

When: 8 x Tuesday evenings; 5, 12, 19, 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase two is all about putting flesh on the bones of your novel, giving your story depth and force and vigour by looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper with character, voice and plot. As we approach the year’s half-way mark we’ll also talk about how to stay focused and motivated to see this thing through to the end. .....

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