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

How to Get Work as a Freelance Writer

Who: Fran Molloy
When:
Saturday 20 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

How can you get your favourite magazine to publish an article you write – and pay you for it? Should you write the story first, and post it – or email it? How much can you charge? Can you earn an income from my writing? This course is a practical guide to the world of freelance writing and freelance journalism – which are not always the same thing! .....

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Putting Real Life on the Page

Putting Real Life on the Page

Who: Matthew Condon
When:
Saturday 11 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

In this workshop, Matthew Condon will focus on the practical side of writing non-fiction and getting students to be enthused about tackling their manuscripts. He will explain the very basic elements of structure, points of view, research, interview techniques if required, dialogue and fictional devices that can be used to enhance non-fiction. .....

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Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

Who: Andy Kissane
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 25 September, 9, 23 October, 6, 20 November, 4 December, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

A short story is a flower; a novel is a job. — Lorrie Moore

In our time-deficient lives, the short story is one form that fits — it’s still possible to read them and write them when you are very busy. This course, with 6 meetings spread over 3 months, gives participants enough time for an initial idea to develop and mature into a finished story. Andy Kissane is passionately interested in reading and writing short stories and recently published a collection of his own stories, The Swarm. Drawing on more than eight years’ experience of teaching writing at universities, Andy’s structured classes will include discussion of model stories and writing techniques, writing exercises, input and constructive workshopping. This course focuses on the contemporary short story, takes people on a guided journey into the craft of writing short stories and provides editorial advice directed at structural questions such as, 'Why isn’t this story working and what can I do to fix it?' The equally important issue of how to craft and refine each sentence will also be addressed. In each class at least two stories by masters of the form will be analysed and discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop a draft of their story, which will be distributed by email a week before the class.
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Year of the Novel: Phase Three

Who: Linda Funnell
When:
Phase Three: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 Oct; 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase Three: Nip, tuck, primp and preen.
This is where we take a long hard look at your very good novel and figure out how to make it
brilliant. We’ll cut the fat, plump up the too-lean bits, polish the language and do whatever else is necessary to ensure your novel is ready to face the world. .....

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Grammar Basics and the Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Sunday 11 October, 10am - 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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

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The Story Road

The Story Road

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 18 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The journey is one of the strongest fantasy cliches. Stories often begin with someone setting out on a journey, which will end by the end of the story.  The structure of the story is formed by the journey and the matter of the story is the journey. 

But the most important journey a writer (or a character) will ever make is the inward journey.   .....

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