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

Seminar: Scrivener 101 - SOLD OUT

Seminar: Scrivener 101 - SOLD OUT

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 30 January, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$70; Member: $50; Conc Member: $45

This course has been sold out. If you'd like us to contact you if a place becomes available, please call 9555 9757.

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting while helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. .....

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Shaping the Short Story

Shaping the Short Story

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 7, 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This intensive six-week course enables students to thoroughly get their heads around creating memorable, contemporary short stories. The course will cover the basics as well as challenging students to think about the short story form in more complex ways. Each class will cover a set of specific skills, which will lead students through the process of creating a short story from start to finish. Students will be given a course book, writing exercises and the opportunity to discuss and develop their own work. At the end of the course, students will be invited to submit one story for a written critique by Felicity. .....

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Year of the Novel: Three Phases

Year of the Novel: Three Phases

Who: Emily Maguire
When:

Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings; 5, 12, 19, 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 18, 25 September; 9, 16, 23, 30 October; 6, 13 November, 6:30-9:30pm
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430

Make 2018 the year you finally write that book. Over three phases of eight weeks each, acclaimed author Emily Maguire will give you the tools, support and encouragement you need to plan, write and edit your novel. .....

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Year of the Novel: Phase 1

Year of the Novel: Phase 1

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

In this first phase, we’ll work on getting the bare bones of your novel down on paper (or screen). We’ll talk about generating ideas and planning, and look at the basic elements of fiction – point of view, voice, narration, character, plot, dialogue and setting.

Throughout, Emily Maguire will use examples from classic and contemporary fiction and from students’ work-in-progress to explore the topics covered, and guest speakers will share their insights to further expand your understanding of how published writers do what they do. .....

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Online Feedback Intensive: Poetry

Online Feedback Intensive: Poetry

Who: Martin Langford
When:
11 February through 21 June, online
Cost:
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245

You’ve written some poems – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
11 February through 21 June, online
Cost:
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245

You’ve written some picture books or early readers – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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