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

The Horse’s Mouth: Performing Stories

The Horse’s Mouth: Performing Stories

Who: Phil Spencer
When:
Saturday 19 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Performance storytelling is growing in popularity, with many opportunities to perform stories live. Join acclaimed performer and storyteller Phil Spencer and sharpen your storytelling skills in this roll-up-your-sleeves one-day intensive, designed to turf writers’ stories out of their notebooks and fling them onto the stage.

The course will focus on personal stories and autobiographical tales (like those popularised by The Moth and Story Club) and foreground storytelling tips, comedy writing and performance techniques, provided in a supportive and rigorous environment. If you’re looking to swap your pen for a microphone, this course is for you. .....

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Writing Fantasy

Writing Fantasy

Who: C.S. Pacat
When:
Saturday 19 May & Sunday 20 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$380; Member: $265; Conc Member: $230

The best fantasy novels are the ones that keep you immersed until 3am – but how do you write a great fantasy novel? Join bestselling-author CS Pacat and learn the key stages of writing a page-turning fantasy, from ideas to final manuscript. You’ll get practical techniques for how to generate stories, build worlds and develop characters. You’ll also learn how to plot and structure your novel, along with effective pacing and exposition strategies. Finally, you’ll find out what happens next, and leave with tips for editing, preparing and publishing your manuscript. .....

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Writing Memoir and Memories

Writing Memoir and Memories

Please note: this course replaces Amanda Hampson's Memoir Made Simple course, which appears in the 2018 January-June course booklet. This course will run for five sessions rather than six sessions.

Who: Barbara Brooks
When:
5 x Saturday mornings: 19, 26 May; 2, 16, 23 June, 10am – 1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300

If you’ve started writing and would like to write memoir or memoir-based fiction, this is the course for you. We’ll start by finding how to translate memories into words, images and scenes, then explore ways to ground your writing and to shape what you’ve written. We look at how memoir writers can use innovative techniques & use the techniques of fiction to tell life stories. .....

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The Enchanting World of Picture Books

The Enchanting World of Picture Books

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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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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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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