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

From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books - SOLD OUT!

From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books - SOLD OUT!

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

Who: Lisa Shanahan
When:
Saturday 3 June, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner

So where do fantastic ideas for picture books come from? And what really makes a picture book work? Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan in this one-day course for beginning writers and learn what it takes to create a picture book from first seed to final story. Together the class will study the essential elements of the picture book form; including creating convincing characters, voice, structure, sound, pace, emotional resonance and the importance of encouraging a creative marriage between text and illustrations. Through practical exercises, students will explore fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from memory and observation as inspiration for their own work, as well as discovering the significance of playful, poetic line-by-line writing. An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will also be given; including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents. .....

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Essentials of Publishing

Essentials of Publishing

Who: Emmett Stinson & guest speakers
When:
Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: All

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two day course you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table. .....

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HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

Who: Felicity Castagna
When: Sunday 4 June, 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 - sold out!

Year of the Novel Phase 2 - sold out!

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: Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 18, 25 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost per Phase: Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level: Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress or idea for a novel. .....

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Self-Publishing Program 2017

Self-Publishing Program 2017

Who: Joel Naoum
When: Thursday evenings starting 15 June 2017
Cost: See below
Level: If you have a completed, edited and proofread manuscript ready for publication as of 15 June, and you're confident with basic computer programs this is the program for you. 

 

Self-Publishing Program 2017
Do you want to self-publish your book, but you’re not sure where to start? .....

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Writing Crime

Writing Crime

Who: PD Martin
When:
Saturday 17 June, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Early and emerging

Ever wanted to write a crime novel? Or need to take an existing draft to the next level? In this one-day intensive course, PD Martin will guide you through some of the major elements of writing a crime fiction novel.

Writing crime brings together in-depth research, intriguing characters, and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the savvy crime reader engaged — and guessing. We’ll also cover some of the basics of good writing as they apply to the genre, including character development, plot development, dialogue and the all important writing process. .....

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