Courses

2014 Travel Writing in the 21st Century

2014 Travel Writing in the 21st Century

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Who: Claire Scobie
When:
Saturday 18 October 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With the rapid evolution in online communication, travel writing is changing, and changing fast. Today, travel writers are thinking about their brand, their image, their next blog post. Writers for print media are honing new skills to stand out among the virtual crowd. Meanwhile bloggers are learning the craft of traditional travel journalists. .....

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2015 Wildwords

2015 Wildwords

Who: Pamela Cook
When:
Saturday 31 January 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Want to write but don’t know where to start? Through a series of writing exercises you will discover new ways to tap into your creativity and unleash your writing potential. Drawing on the philosophies of Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott and others, Wildwords will encourage new writers to connect with their inner self, write using their intuition and get words flowing onto the page. .....

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2015 They Call it Chick-Lit

2015 They Call it Chick-Lit

Who: Anita Heiss
When:
Saturday 31 January 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
So, you want to write a chick lit novel? First, throw out any preconceived notions of chick lit you may already have.  Then, join Anita Heiss, creator of the genre of ‘choc lit’ and author of bestselling novels Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming to learn how to write a novel that speaks to your readers through believable characters in authentic settings. Learn about developing storylines and plot points that take your readers on an emotional and evolutionary journey. Anita will highlight the importance of research, the value of dialogue and finding your own voice. By the end of the day, you should have written your synopsis! So, bring your sense of humour, your own stories of heartbreak and betrayal and be prepared to write, share and laugh.
Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Pen and paper
About the tutor
Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is the bestselling author of Not Meeting Mr Right and Avoiding Mr Right, both published by Bantam Australia. Anita has won four Deadly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, for her novels including Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. Anita is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales. She divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, and as a workshop facilitator. Anita’s most recently released book is Tiddas (Simon & Schuster). .....

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2015 The Business of Freelance Writing

2015 The Business of Freelance Writing

Sold Out – email workshops@nswwc.org.au to go on our waitlist.
Who:
Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 7 February 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Writing features for magazines doesn’t simply involve cobbling together a decent story. It also requires nailing a perfect pitch, doing robust research, arranging hard-to-get interviews, knowing your audience (and editor) and writing blistering copy that doesn’t let the reader go. Beyond that, it involves a lot of business know-how: good time management, keeping track of invoices and constant ideas generation. .....

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2015 E-Publishing Survival

2015 E-Publishing Survival

Who: David Henley
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24 February; 3, 10 March 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

They said it would be easy. They said all you had to do was write the book. They never told you about the thousand and one things that need to get done to get your work out into the world.

Publishing has changed and for those considering self publishing there are many areas and obstacles to understand before you jump in. 

This course is a general primer course that combines some technical training with demonstrations, case studies and discussions of everything a self-publisher needs to know. Including how to make and distribute ebooks (the easy way and the hard way), promotion (publicity and marketing), social media, keeping your motivation and not giving up, and the business side.  .....

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2015 Refining the Manuscript

2015 Refining the Manuscript

SOLD OUT (email to go on our waitlist)
Who:
Toni Jordan
When:
Saturday 21 February 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           
Level:
Intermediate

The imaginative and intuitive first draft is finished, or almost finished, and the end of the manuscript is in sight. It’s time to see if the manuscript will hold water. This practical, hands-on workshop will encourage a forensic approach to refining the manuscript. .....

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2015 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

2015 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly  
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 21, 28 February; 7, 21, 28 March; 11, 18 April; 2 May 2015, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
All

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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Seminar: Writing a Synopsis 2015

Seminar: Writing a Synopsis 2015

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Thursday 26 February 2015, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Writers often moan and groan about synopses, but there’s no escape – if you want a literary agent to represent you or a commercial publisher to consider your manuscript, you can’t avoid it. Even self-publishers need to know how to encapsulate their book to grab a potential reader’s attention. A good synopsis can be the key to publishing success.

Many writers find tackling a 500 word synopsis more daunting than an 80,000 word manuscript. This seminar explores the role of the synopsis and offers practical tips and tools to help you work out what you need to put in, and what you need to leave out. We will look at synopses that have been successful for first-time Australian authors (fiction and non-fiction) and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises. .....

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2015 Catch a Rising Star: Writing for Young Adults

2015 Catch a Rising Star: Writing for Young Adults

Who: Melaina Faranda
When:
Saturday 28 February 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Want to write for teenagers? It didn’t take Twilight, The Hunger Games, or John Green to tell us that Young Adult fiction is in its ascendancy and now is a better time than ever! A YA novel is not a tricked-up children’s story or dumbed-down adult fiction. Take a guided journey through the pitfalls and possi

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2015 Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

2015 Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 7 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

In a big life, where is the story? Everyone has not just one story, but thousands. Somewhere in your many years, encounters, lessons and relationships is the tale you need to tell. It may be sad, it may be joyful, complicated or simple, it might be just for you or it might be a story lots of people can share.  .....

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2015 For the Beauty of the Edge

2015 For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24, 31 March; 14, 21, 28 April 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360          
Level:
All

Explore and refine your work in a challenging and supportive environment. Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, has directed Australian Poetry Festivals, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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2015 Getting to Grips with Grammar

2015 Getting to Grips with Grammar

Who: Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 7 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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2015 Essentials of Publishing

2015 Essentials of Publishing

Who: Amruta Slee and guests
When:
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March 2015, 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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2015 Eat Your Words

2015 Eat Your Words

Who: Stephanie Clifford-Smith
When:
Saturday 21 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

How do you translate what you’ve just put in your mouth into words people will want to read? How do you engage your reader, getting them to share your response to the experience? This workshop will look at key ingredients in the language of flavour, texture and aroma. We’ll look at what makes the best food writers stand out from the crowd, while helping you find your own food writing voice. .....

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2015 Understanding Story Structure

2015 Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 28 March 2015, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript. .....

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2015 Writing a Sense of Place

2015 Writing a Sense of Place

SOLD OUT – EMAIL US TO GO ON THE WAITLIST.
Who:
Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 18 April 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphrase that often defies clear understanding.  As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place.’ But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2015 Writing Memoir: Advanced

2015 Writing Memoir: Advanced

SOLD OUT – EMAIL WORKSHOPS@NSWWC.ORG.AU TO GO ON WAITLIST
Who:
Patti Miller
When:
4 x Thursday mornings: 29 January; 5, 12, 19 February 2015, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Concession Member: $265
Level: Advanced

This is an advanced memoir course for those who want to write more than a record or a history, for those who are ready for a creative journey.  This course will refresh the technique of writing from original memory and creating the texture of lived experience on the page, and will explore narrating voice, story-telling and narrative pacing and structure. There will be a special trouble-shooting section on the problems in finding form – an invaluable insight into the structural pitfalls that can await the memoirist – based on Patti’s work critiquing hundreds of manuscripts. .....

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2014 Market Development for Published Writers

BOOKED OUT

Who: Jaki Arthur
When:
Friday 14 November, 9.30am-4.30pm
Cost:
Free to successful applicants

Are you a published writer who wants to do more to build an audience for your work? Applications are now open for this free workshop funded by the Australia Council.

Part of a national program being delivered in each state, the workshop is a rare opportunity for published writers to work with an established publicity professional to build their national and international market reach. .....

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2014 Flashers: Writing Short Short Fiction Seminar

2014 Flashers: Writing Short Short Fiction Seminar

Who: Alice Grundy
When:
Tuesday 21 October 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Are you eager for writing projects that can be finished in a sitting, that your friends and family will actually read and that will develop your craft and deal with writers’ block? Whether you want to experiment with form and style or test your discipline, flash fiction is an excellent medium for all writers. This intensive three-hour workshop is made up of practical exercises and detailed editorial feedback on your work. The tools and techniques covered in this workshop are useful both for short pieces and for your writing overall. 
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2014 Poesis: Making Poetry

2014 Poesis: Making Poetry

Who: Judith Beveridge
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 October; 4, 11, 18, 25 November; 2 December 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

In her long poetry career Judith Beveridge has been awarded the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and published four books of poetry. She is also the poetry editor of Meanjin. Join her for this six-week introduction to poetry writing and appreciation. .....

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2014 Nail Your Concept Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

2014 Nail Your Concept Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Saturday 25 October 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$55

It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the Extension 2 Major Work.

This one-day seminar takes a practical look at creativity: how do writers generate their ideas? It is designed to assist students to find, explore, clarify and commit to the concepts that will drive their Major Work.  .....

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2015 Writing the Next Draft Workshop: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

2015 Writing the Next Draft Workshop: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
2 x Sundays: 22 February & 1 March 2015, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$165

This workshop is about the universal next draft problem: ‘My concept is clear in my head but how do I get it to work on the page? 

Over two days, students will learn practical techniques to stimulate the imagination for the next draft of their Major Work. Using each student’s current draft, we will look more deeply at story design, character, dialogue, voice, point-of-view and editing. .....

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CANCELLED: 2015 HSC Last Draft Masterclass - Extension 2 Major Work

CANCELLED: 2015 HSC Last Draft Masterclass - Extension 2 Major Work

COURSE CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENTS.

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Sunday 17 May 2015, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$110

Whether you are still in a bit of a Concept Crisis or boldly refining the penultimate draft of your finished Work, this one-day workshop is about last-draft writing and getting a strong well-edited manuscript ready for submission.

Limited to twelve students, the day will take a Masterclass format, consisting of a short group introduction, then each student will workshop issues in their draft with the presenter. .....

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2014 Making a Killing: Writing Crime

2014 Making a Killing: Writing Crime

Who: Katherine Howell
When:
Saturday 1 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Ideal for writers who are working on or planning a crime novel, this one day workshop teaches the key elements of crime fiction—character, setting, plot, and suspense—and how to employ them in ways that keep the reader turning pages. By the day’s end participants will understand the importance of the four elements and be able to assess how well they are functioning in their own work. They will have new tools that enable them to develop and improve these elements, and will be able to produce stronger and more publishable work as a result.
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2014 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

2014 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Who: Noeline Kyle
When:
Saturday 1 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

The seductive task of collecting more dates, names, obituaries and other data associated with our family histories – the piling up of the hundreds of documents until they spill willy-nilly from our homes/offices/computers – is the collect until you drop syndrome! Yes, it is great to find that elusive piece of information. But at some time you need to lift your head from that pile of data and think about how, where and in what way you will write and publish the family history, that memoir you have been thinking about for some time or the story of your journey through life/Mexico/the Antarctic.

Noeline Kyle will talk about strategies to get you to the desk and writing, and will provide practical ideas from her own writing and her work with supporting family historians for more than 30 years. In this workshop you will learn how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing and planning a text.

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.

Student Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Dr Noeline Kyle
is an expert on the researching, writing and publishing of biography, women’s history and family history.  Her books include We Should’ve Listened to Grandma:  Women and Family History, (1988), Memories & Dreams: A Biography of Nurse Mary Kirkpatrick, (2001); Writing Family History Made Very Easy (2007); and Music, Myth & Memory: A Kyle Family History  (2008).  Recent books include How to Write & Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps (2011,NewSouth Books), Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and writing about women in family history & Citing historical sources : a manual for family historians (Unlock the Past, 2014). Her memoir Ghost child: a memoir (due 2014) charts the end of childhood, the end of her parent’s disastrous marriage and the ending of way of life, the traditional dairy farm, on the mid north coast of NSW.

Check out her website: <www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au>for updates on her publications, free downloads and writing family history information.

 

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2014 Writing for Radio

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
4 x Saturday afternoons: 15, 22, 29 November; 6 December 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Open to both beginning writers for radio as well as those with some experience, this four-part course is one of the most detailed, practical and ‘hands-on’ available. Each week, you will receive detailed notes and helpful writing exercises as well as have the chance to write your own radio play and workshop it in class. .....

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2014 Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

2014 Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

Who: Pat Grant
When:
Saturday 22 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Sometimes it feels like the ability to sling a decent sentence isn’t quite enough for a writer in the modern world. The literary landscape is now littered with screens, windows and graphic interfaces, and there is more and more demand for those of us that call themselves writers to also become image-makers. Writers who can incorporate visual communication techniques into their storytelling have a trump card in their pocket. .....

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2014 Writing for Kids

2014 Writing for Kids

Who: Deborah Abela
When:
Saturday 22 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The prime function of the children’s book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it. Roald Dahl

Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but like all writing, most of it is simply hard work. Join children’s author, Deborah Abela, as she takes you through a practical, hands-on day of writing activities to hone the skills you’ll need to write for kids and engage a child audience. She will also talk about how the kids’ publishing world works and offer advice on approaching a publisher with your treasured manuscript. Having spent twenty years writing for children, for both TV and in books, Deborah loves what she does and is keen to share her experiences of and insights into this specialised and rewarding profession.    .....

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2014 Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests: Kate O’Donnell, Anna Maguire, Linda Nix, Bronwyn Mehan, Sarah Allen, Elisabeth Storrs and Dionne Lister
When: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about Print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion.  .....

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2014 Art of the Essay

Who: Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 29 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
In this workshop writer and essayist Anne Manne will discuss that most beguiling and versatile of art forms, the essay. She will also assist students in crafting their own and discuss approaches to getting published. What EXACTLY is an essay? The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing for students to read and discuss the genre, identifying the features they think make a piece work. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘Voice.’ But what about the necessary requirements to get your essays published? What is a ‘hook’ and how does it help to have a sparkling beginning to a piece? What differentiates essays in shape, style, content and length from other forms of writing such as academic writing, reports, opinion pieces, feature articles and reportage?
Ways to orient your essay writing to fit the requirements of publications you submit to will be discussed.  The afternoon will be devoted to practising the art of essay writing. Anne Manne will give a choice using a file of a contemporary issue or an essay topic of own for free choice and get students to craft part of that essay. Then in the final part of the workshop, the group will discuss the work presented by fellow students. Along the way we will discuss writer’s block, and ways of overcoming your inner critic!

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Pen and paper.
About the tutor
A former columnist with The Age and The Australian, Anne Manne’s most recent longer essays on contemporary life have appeared in The Monthly. Her book Motherhood; How should we care for our children (2005) was a finalist in the Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. Her Quarterly Essay Love and Money; The Family and the Free Market, was published in 2008. A memoir, So this is Life, Scenes from a Country Childhood, Melbourne University Press, was published in 2009 and 2011. Her Monthly essay on chid abuse, ‘Ebony, The Girl in the Room’ was selected for The Best Australian Essays, a ten year collection, Black Inc, 2011.
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2014 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

2014 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

Who: Lisa Shanahan
When:
Saturday 6 December 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
A picture book is a unique meeting place. It’s the place where a text meets with the illustrations and the illustrations with a text. It’s a place where an adult meets with a child and a child meets with an adult. It’s a place where a child meets with themselves… and also with the world. So much in so little time!
So where do great ideas for picture books come from? And what really makes them work? Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan in this one-day course for beginning writers, as she shares the journey of creating a picture book from the first seed to final story. Learn the three essential elements of excellent picture book writing and discover, through practical exercises, fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from the everyday and the importance of playful, poetic line-by-line writing. An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will be given; including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents.
Student Requirements
Bring your favourite picture book.
Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
About the tutor
Lisa Shanahan
is an award-winning writer of picture books and fiction for young people. Some of her well-loved picture books include Gordon’s got a Snookie, illustrated by Wayne Harris and My Mum Tarzan, illustrated by Bettina Guthridge. Her books Bear and Chook and Daddy’s Having a Horse, illustrated by Emma Quay, were both shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood. The sequel Bear and Chook by the Sea, illustrated by Emma Quay, won the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood in 2010. Her picture book Daisy and the Puppy, illustrated by Sara Acton, was a CBCA Early Childhood Notable book in 2014. Her most recent picture book Big Pet Day, illustrated by Gus Gordon, is released in August. .....

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2014 Fabulously Creative

2014 Fabulously Creative

Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 6 December 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Time to dust off the writing shoes and show the world just how wonderful you are! In this one-day workshop come on a creative journey with Walter Mason as you explore your options, get daring and spend some time discovering that spark of sheer fabulousness that lies within us all. In a joy-filled day of imaginative discovery you will learn to say yes to your creative impulses and crash through the barriers – real and imagined – that have held you back till now. Walter will have you believing again in the wonderful world of possibility that makes you so special and your stories so unique. Whether it’s beating writer’s block, creating a truly tremendous new year or writing things down and making them happen, this workshop is just the thing to give you the tools to energise and inspire a creative new you.
This workshop will encourage you to:
– Get out of your creative shell and let people know the value of your work and ideas
– Build your strength and determination to truly lead the writer’s life
– Develop  your skills, knowledge and attitude and get excited again about your craft
– Open your mind and get writing seriously – every day, every week and always
– Start some awesome projects with passion and conviction
– Believe in your own talents and gifts

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Pen and paper.
About the tutor
Walter Mason
is an academic, blogger, speaker and writer.  He is part of the Writing & Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, where he is completing his doctoral thesis on the history of self-help books in Australia. Walter has spent long periods studying Buddhism and meditation in Asia and together with Stephanie Dowrick he runs the Universal Heart Book Club, an online book group that concentrates on matters of the spirit. He is the author of Destination Saigon (Allen & Unwin, 2010) and Destination Cambodia (Allen & Unwin, 2013). 
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2014 Open Access

When: Saturday 6 September 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $90; Member: $65; Conc Member: $55

A one day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.

For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains.

Open Access will bring together authors, publishers, a bookseller, digital expert, and industry professionals to talk about how they do this – their hits and their misses. .....

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2014 Electric Literature

2014 Electric Literature

Who: Connor Tomas O’Brien
Date:
Monday 10 November 2014, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full Price: $55; Member/Conc Member: $35
Venue: 
NSW Writers’ Centre

Connor Tomas O’Brien, director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, leads an engaging and thought-provoking seminar on writing digital literature. Imagine you were living in the future, with access to any form of technology imaginable. What kind of story would you tell, and how? Explore the interp

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2015 Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

2015 Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Who: Terry Dowling
When:
Saturday 18 April 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Want to write out of this world? Do you dream of the impossible? Then get ready to immerse your imagination in the genres of science fiction and fantasy with one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed speculative writers, Terry Dowling.

Terry Dowling has been described by Locus as “the most noted pro

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2015 Creative Groove

2015 Creative Groove

Who: Walter Mason
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 19, 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 31 May 2015, 10am—1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

A course in re-igniting your creative spark and learning to share your gifts with the world.

The time has come for you to start making your mark! So often we put off our creative work. We tell ourselves that when the time is right, and when we are inspired and informed, our writing will begin in earnest. But guess what? The clock is ticking. You don’t have time to wait for the stars to align. You need to awaken your creative spark now and get working in earnest. You need to get your creative groove back. .....

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2015 Bringing Characters to Life

2015 Bringing Characters to Life

Who: Kirsten Tranter
When:
Saturday 25 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Living, breathing characters are the key to successful fiction. The best plots emerge from characters’ actions and decisions. Without compelling, believable characters it can be hard to make readers care what happens next in your story. In this workshop you will discover ways to fully imagine your characters and bring them to life through dialogue, action and interaction with other characters and their environments. .....

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2015 Seminar: Book Publicity for Authors

2015 Seminar: Book Publicity for Authors

Who: Jaki Arthur
When:
Thursday 30 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

In this seminar, experienced book publicist Jaki Arthur, presents a motivating and inspiring workshop all about book publicity – how it works, why it works, what it can do for you and how to do it!

You will discuss today’s media landscape and where your work and ideas fit within it, learn how to identify and approach targets, when (and when not to) to pitch, and finally, learn about the current book retail landscape in Australia and the Australian publishing industry in general – its strengths and its weaknesses. .....

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2015 Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group - limited places left!

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 1, 15, 29 August; 12, 26 September; 10, 24 October; 14 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

There are limited places left in this course. To book, please call (02) 9555 9757.

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group will submit a sample of their work (maximum of 6000 words, either short stories or novel/

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2015 The Story Road

2015 The Story Road

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 1 August, 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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2015 The Gentle Art of Persuasion

2015 The Gentle Art of Persuasion

Who: Neil James
When:
Saturday 1 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

For more than 2,000 years, writers have wrestled with the problem of persuasion. What makes one text compelling and another pedestrian?

Neil James draws from fields as diverse as classical rhetoric, plain language and cognitive psychology to explore some practical techniques that can supercharge your text. Whether you are writing fiction or writing for the web, whether you want to add dimension to your characters or simply strengthen a submission, there is much to learn from the gentle art of persuasion. .....

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2015 Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

2015 Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

SOLD OUT! Email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 16, 23, 30 August; 6, 20, 27 September, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This course is for people who are interested in writing fiction, travel or life stories. It is for those who have a story to tell and have been wondering how to get that story going—to access the creative energy and writing craft practices that bring stories alive on the page. .....

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2015 Crafting Poetry

2015 Crafting Poetry

Who: Lisa Jacobson
When:
Saturday 22 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
Robert Frost

Creating a good poem is like making a fine table. It requires the right tools and imagination to craft a work of beauty that draws people in, rather than something that gets thrown out in the next hard rubbish collection. Maybe you have never written a poem before, or maybe you already write poetry but would like to extend your range. Writers of all levels will gain knowledge, inspiration and skills in this one-day session about what makes poetry work. .....

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2015 Writing Short Fiction

2015 Writing Short Fiction

Who: Maxine Beneba Clarke
When:
Saturday 22 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

This course is aimed at assisting participants to write original, engaging, and technically proficient short fiction – covering facets such as narrative voice, structure, characterisation and plot development.

While the morning session will be theoretical, unpacking and examining the techniques of a diverse range of short story masters, the afternoon session will be more practical, engaging participants in writing exercises and encouraging them to apply the morning’s lessons to their own work. .....

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2015 Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

2015 Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Saturday 29 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old and intertwining imaginary plots into actual events and milieus. 

In this workshop you will comprehensively explore the techniques, tricks, ideas and pitfalls of bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps. .....

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2015 What If to What Next: Unlocking Creativity

2015 What If to What Next: Unlocking Creativity

With: Sian Prior
When:
Sunday 30 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

You want to write. You have some great ideas and a strong desire to be published (or published again). You just need to get it all down. But why can it be so damned hard to move from impulse to action?

In this course we will look at some practical strategies for overcoming our anxious ‘what ifs’ and turning ideas into stories. As Thomas Mann famously wrote, ‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’  Writing requires stamina as much as it requires imagination, and fortunately stamina is something you can develop over time. .....

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2015 The Essentials of Editing

2015 The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: 4 x Wednesday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23 September, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents (whether in the workplace or a piece of writing), will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2015 The Business of Being a Writer

2015 The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley, Benython Oldfield, Steve Wimmer, Jaki Arthur and Chris Allen
When:
Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

It’s never been easy to be a writer but now it seems that there is more to do than ever, from self promotion to reading contracts, negotiating pay, managing multiple income streams, understanding the tax implications of foreign sales and how to make a splash in the social media ocean. Sometimes it seems that even being a part-time writer is a full-time job. .....

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2015 Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books

2015 Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books

SOLD OUT

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When: Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to write for children? Have you written a picture book manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about publishers? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered.

Creating picture books is one of the most interesting, exciting and rewarding literary processes. It’s also one of the most challenging. Join multi-published, award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, as she provides you with an introduction to this wonderful genre. Aleesah will share the secrets of her success, demystify the creative process, provide you with the tools and structures to write your own picture book text, and give insight and encouragement on how to achieve your dreams of becoming a published picture book author. .....

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2015 Leaf that Tells a Tree: Poetry Masterclass

2015 Leaf that Tells a Tree: Poetry Masterclass

SOLD OUT

Who:Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 September and 6, 13 October, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Poems—such small things, like birds and bombs and epiphanies—are a lot bigger than they seem; they go off! They make more noise (not to mention mess and beauty and love and other kinds of useful damage) and they travel farther than seems possible. A poem, if it’s any good, is much longer and wilder on the inside than the out. .....

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2015 Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

2015 Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

Who: Luke Ryan
When:
Saturday 12 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Comic writing is an art unto itself, but one sorely missing from contemporary discussions of how we write.

This workshop will cover the how, what and why of comic writing – from misdirection, to analogy, to the rule of threes and beyond – and transform your everyday anecdotes and observations into razor-sharp, Sedaris-style routines.

Starting with a general introduction into the types and forms of comedic writing, we’ll focus primarily on the mechanics of comic memoir: how to spot comic anecdotes in our own lives; how to draw out the beats and empathetic heart of a story; how to find the punchline and impart the message. We’ll focus on joke form and construction, and the day will finish with a reading and masterclass session with the student’s own work. .....

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2015 ‘I’ Word: Writing Memoir

2015 ‘I’ Word: Writing Memoir

SOLD OUT

Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 19 September, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180, Member: $125, Conc Member: $110

Writing (and reading) memoir has never been more popular. But how do you tell your story and hold a reader’s attention for the space of a book, or an essay? What’s unique about your experience, and why do you want to share it? You don’t need to have been stuck between two rocks for 127 hours (or had a misery-drenched childhood) for your story to be worth telling – but you do need to know how to tell it in a way that will engage readers and offer something unique and valuable. .....

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2015 Seminar: Getting Published in the U.S.

2015 Seminar: Getting Published in the U.S.

Who: Shirin Yim Bridges
When:
Tuesday 22 September, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Are you ready to crack the American book market? Or are you close enough to want to visualise the day you do? Whether your book is fiction, non-fiction, how-to, self-help, memoir, poetry, or an anthology, this seminar is for you. Shirin Yim Bridges, first published by U.S. publisher Chronicle Books while living in Australia, since published multiple times by Big Six publishers and now a U.S. publisher herself, will give you an exclusive overview of the current state of the U.S. publishing industry, your largest potential market. .....

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2015 Powering Your Blog

2015 Powering Your Blog

Who: Karen Andrews          
When:
Saturday 25 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to take your blog to a new level? This course will help you plan your content, make the most of social media, and understand the importance of networking and building community.

Learn the key elements of content creation, the basics of content marketing, and pick up a raft of social media tips and essentials.  

During the day we will cover: .....

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2015 The Edge of Reality: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

2015 The Edge of Reality: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Who: Mark Mordue
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600, Member: $420, Concession Member: $360

Sometimes referred to as ‘the literature of reality’ and ‘literary non-fiction’, creative non-fiction combines the narrative techniques of fiction and the expressive energy of poetry, with the research demands and interviewing skills of journalism — all working together in an accurate, ethical and involving depiction of reality.
 
In this workshop you will learn what makes compelling creative non-fiction and how to write it. This can mean anything from constructing high-quality feature articles and magazine profiles to developing your own memoir pieces, essays, travel and review writing. It is the stylistic force behind our best non-fiction books and journalism. Some of its most famous exponents include writers as varied as Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Helen Garner.
 
Over six weeks, this course will examine a series of readings by these writers and many others, as well workshop examples of your own writing in a series of practical exercises. .....

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2015 Writing for Kids

2015 Writing for Kids

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Tuesday evenings: 21, 28 April; 5, 12, 26 May 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level:
All

Writing for children is big business.  Despite the doom and gloom about the state of the publishing industry, the children’s market remains robust and growing.  Children are reading and the demand for quality books is strong.

If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Morris Gleitzman, then this course is for you. .....

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2015 Professional Editing

2015 Professional Editing

SOLD OUT. Please call us on 9555 9757 to go on the waitlist.

Who:Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 April; 5, 12, 19, 26 May; 2 June 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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2015 Blogging for Beginners

2015 Blogging for Beginners

SOLD OUT – Call us on 9555 9757 to go on the waitlist.

Who:Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 2 & 9 May 2015, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level: Beginner

There are two things a writer wants: to be published, and to be read. Thanks to advances in technology, the former has become a lot easier. All you need is a blog and time to fill it. Short for web log, a blog is an online journal that allows you to share your writing, be it creative, journalistic, or simply a personal account of your life. But there’s a big difference between being published and being read .....

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2015 Lyric and Experimental Form

2015 Lyric and Experimental Form

Who: Kate Lilley
When:
Saturday 2 May 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This masterclass is designed for anyone interested in the exciting experimental possibilities of writing, reading and hearing lyric poetry. Why has lyric been the dominant poetic mode for so long? What are its defining characteristics and obsessions? Are there many kinds of lyrics? We will explore the enduring history of the lyric as a poetic mode devoted to forms of desire and eloquence, intersubjectivity and persuasion. We will look at some fascinating and influential examples from the Renaissance to the present, including Shakespeare’s sonnets and some contemporary versions and deformations of them as flashpoints in the literary history of gender and sexuality. The emphasis will be on the links between lyric poetry’s past and future: its transhistorical and transnational reach, sustained experimental capacity, and ability to showcase the nature of poetic thought and the full range of negative and positive feeling. Participants are invited to bring a couple of lyric poems, their own and/

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2015 Monologue Magic

2015 Monologue Magic

Who: Vanessa Bates
When:
Sunday 3 May 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           
Level:
All

This full day writing for theatre workshop sees participants work with playwright Vanessa Bates to create, write and develop their own monologue. The workshop will look generally at writing for theatre but hone in on the creation of character and voice. Vanessa will take you through several creative exercises to explore the magic of monologues. Her play The Magic Hour starring acclaimed actor Ursula Yovich is made up of a series of monologues based on fairy tales and part of the workshop will examine these monologues and look at how they were written and developed. This workshop is practical – come prepared to write, to read and to perform (a little!). Above all be prepared to enjoy yourself!
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2015 Putting Real Life on the Page

2015 Putting Real Life on the Page

Who: Matthew Condon
When:
Sunday 3 May 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

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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2015 Writing the Perfect Crime

2015 Writing the Perfect Crime

Who: Barry Maitland
When:
Saturday 13 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Would you like to write gripping fiction, with vivid characters, strong and ingenious story lines and a powerful sense of place? Crime novels have all of these, and are among the most popular forms of fiction published today. In this workshop, Barry Maitland will talk about the craft of crime-writing and conduct focussed exercises which will help you to develop skills in key areas of practice, including: .....

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2015 Writing Nature

2015 Writing Nature

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Who:
Inga Simpson
When:
Saturday 13 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.
—  
John Muir

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers at all levels with a passion for the natural world. .....

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2015 From Manuscript to Publication - sold out!

2015 From Manuscript to Publication - sold out!

Who: Linda Nix
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 25 July, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

This course is now sold out. Please email us put your name on the waiting list.

Is your manuscript ready for publication? How do you know if it’s good enough to publish? How do you find the right publisher – or should you self-publish? Do you know what’s involved in the publishing process? .....

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2015 An Introduction to Plain English

2015 An Introduction to Plain English

Who: Susan McKerihan
When:
Saturday 20 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

The objective of Plain English is to ensure that a document’s intended reader understands its messages quickly and accurately. What is a ‘reader-focused document’, and how it is achieved? What specific tools and devices can help make a document more readable?

This workshop will introduce you to the three aspects of a ‘readable’ document: .....

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2015 The Short Story: As Long as a Piece of String

2015 The Short Story: As Long as a Piece of String

SOLD OUT – email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Kerryn Goldsworthy
When:
Saturday 20 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

A short story is like a halfway point between a poem and a novel. This is true not only in terms of its length, but also in terms of its subject matter, content and

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2015 You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

Who: George Merryman
When:
Saturday 27 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Dialogue should be the easiest part of writing, shouldn’t it? We all talk. Every day. All the time. We’re experts in talking, experts in dialogue. And yet writing truthful dialogue is one of the biggest challenges writers face.

This workshop aims to help writers meet the test of crafting authentic dialogue through a series of prese

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Seminar: Social Media for Beginners 2015

Who: Sarah Allen
When:
Thursday 12 February 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
All

In this session with the author’s secret weapon in book marketing, Sarah Allen, you’ll learn the absolute fundamentals for any author wanting to understand WHY you benefit from dedicating time to a social strategy, WHAT you might like to talk about in digital channels, WHEN are the best times to post content online, and HOW you can incorporate it into your busy day! .....

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2015 Year of the Novel: Phase Two

2015 Year of the Novel: Phase Two

Sold Out! Email us to go on our waitlist.
Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase two: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10 , 17, 24 June; 1, 8, 15 July 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Full Price: $880, Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Make 2015 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.

In the 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. .....

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2015 Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

2015 Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 11 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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.

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2015 Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

2015 Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: With Roz Hopkins, Anna Maguire, Bronwyn Mehan, Garry Trinh, Matt Stanton and Abigail Newton
When:
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 October, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about Print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion.  .....

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2014 The Story Road

2014 The Story Road

SOLD OUT – to be advised of future speculative fiction workshops please email us.

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 18 October 2014, 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.  .....

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2013 Editing Essentials

2013 Editing Essentials

Who: Elizabeth Cowell
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 22 & 29 October; 5 & 12 November 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265          

Grammar, spelling and punctuation are important when you’re writing for publication, but a professional edit involves much more than correcting typos and putting all the apostrophes in the right place. Whether you’re writing a novel, a thesis or a PowerPoint presentation, your work needs the right structure and focus. Your expression should be clear and clean, and your words should say exactly what you mean. .....

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2014 Year of the Novel: Phase Two

2014 Year of the Novel: Phase Two

Sold out -please  email to join the waiting list.

Who: Emily Maguire
When: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 28 May; 4, 11, 18, 25 June; 9, 16, 23 July 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase Two: Muscles, guts, flesh and blood
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 focussed and motivated to see this thing through to the end.  
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2014 Year of the Novel: Phase Three

SOLD OUT – to be notified first about Year of the Novel in 2015 please email us.

Who: Linda Funnell
When:
Phase Three: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 Oct; 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov 2014, 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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2014 Writing Picture Books

2014 Writing Picture Books

SOLD OUT – please email to join the waiting list.

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 22 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

As any children’s author knows, the limited word count does not mean that writing picture books is easy. In the words of Mem Fox: ‘Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.’

Frances Watts has both written and edited award-winning picture books. From the perspective of a writer, Frances will explore the special narrative requirements of the picture book genre, including story arc, structure, pace, character development and visual narrative. Using this knowledge, the class will examine successful picture books, analysing how and why they work, before embarking on a series of practical exercises through which students will learn to develop ideas, and to employ the techniques of successful picture book writing in their own work. .....

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2014 So You Think You're Funny

2014 So You Think You're Funny

Who: Catherine Deveny
When:
Saturday 22 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

So you think you’re funny. You do. And you know what? You are.

Spend the day writing, thinking, talking and getting insider tips and shortcuts. Catherine Deveny will help you to fine tune your voice, your characters, your plot twists and your point and embolden you to go forth and make with the funny.

 

Over the day we’ll cover pulling your finger out, singing from your heart, and offence, haters and trolls, along with how to please the network, your editor, your publisher and the audience. .....

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2014 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly          
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March; 12, 26 April; 3 May 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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2014 E-Publishing Survival

2014 E-Publishing Survival

Who: David Henley
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 1, 8 April 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395

This course is for beginners, but students must be comfortable with using the internet and providing online portals with personal and financial information.

They said it would be easy. They said all you had to do was write the book. They never told you about the thousand and one things that need to get done to get your work out into the world. .....

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2014 The Business of Freelance Writing

2014 The Business of Freelance Writing

SOLD OUT – please email us to go on a waiting list
Who:
Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 8 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing features for magazines doesn’t simply involve cobbling together a decent story. It also requires nailing a perfect pitch, doing robust research, arranging hard-to-get interviews, knowing your audience (and editor) and writing blistering copy that doesn’t let the reader go. Beyond that, it involves a lot of business know-how: good time management, keeping track of invoices and constant ideas generation. .....

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2014 Creative Groove

2014 Creative Groove

Who: Walter Mason
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 9, 16, 23, 30 March & 6, 13 April 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
A course in re-igniting your creative spark and learning to share your gifts with the world.
The time has come for you to start making your mark! So often we put off our creative work. We tell ourselves that when the time is right, and when we are inspired and informed, our writing will begin in earnest. But guess what? The clock is ticking. You don’t have time to wait for the stars to align. You need to awaken your creative spark now and get working in earnest. You need to get your creative groove back.
In this dynamic, experiential and mind-expanding course, writer, blogger and speaker Walter Mason will help you realise the possibilities of your creative energy.  Positivity, enthusiasm and the endless cultivation of ideas will all be encouraged as you explore from week to week just how alive you feel after you awaken your creativity and allow yourself to share your work with the world. Reading, writing, creative contemplation and imaginative daring will all be explored in this high-energy and results-focused course.

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2014 A Touch of Magic

2014 A Touch of Magic

SOLD OUT – please email us to go on a wait list.
Who:
Kate Forsyth
When:
Sunday 16 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Discover the secret of writing stories that enchant and enthrall the reader, opening a magical gateway so that they can escape to other worlds and other times. Master the tools of the craft so that you can weave a spell that will hold the reader captive till the last page is turned. Learn how to add that elusive touch of magic to your writing so that it shines like a beacon. Spend a day with Kate Forsyth and she promises you will be stimulated, motivated and inspired with new ideas, techniques, and solutions to help you write that novel you’ve always dreamed of. .....

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2014 For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 18, 25 March; 1, 8, 15, 22 April 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Explore and refine your poetry in a challenging and supportive environment.

Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, directed Australian Poetry Festivals, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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2014 Seminar: Essentials of Publishing

Who: Amruta Slee and guests
When:
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

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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2014 The Art of Story: Fiction and Non-Fiction

2014 The Art of Story: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Who: Arnold Zable
When:
Saturday 22 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

You have a story to tell, or an idea for a story, perhaps several ideas. Taken from life, your own life, or what you have observed in others. Perhaps you have begun to write it, and are stuck. The most important question is: What is the best way to tell the story? As fiction or non-fiction? Novel or memoir; short story or feature? The borderline between fiction and non-fiction is not as distinct as some would have it. There are techniques are common to both. There are also hybrids that cross the boundaries in daring and imaginative ways. .....

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2014 Writing From Life

2014 Writing From Life

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Saturday 8 March 2014, 10am-4pm
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM ORIGINAL COURSE PROGRAM
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing from life is tricky – how do you transform a personal narrative (your own, or someone else’s) into something that interests other people? How do you write from life without being too insularly specific or blandly generic? What are the things you choose to hide, and the things you reveal?

This full day workshop will look at writing from life from the perspective of character, plot, dialogue and most importantly, the heart of the story. It will go through a series of short exercises to help you hone in on these skills, so please come ready to write.  .....

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2014 Understanding Story Structure

SOLD OUTclick here to join the waiting list.

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 5 April 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. Being able to identify the backbone of your story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. In Laurel Cohn’s experience as a developmental editor, structural issues are common. In this workshop you will be introduced to the idea of storyboarding for writers. This is a useful tool to help you discover the spine of your story, the key elements that your story can’t do without, and ideas that can be trimmed away. In addition to storyboarding, through practical exercises we will explore other strategies to help you understand and hone your story structure. .....

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2014 Heritage Storytelling

Who: Anna Conomos

When: Saturday 5 April 2014, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Using techniques that have been refined and perfected for over a decade, international storyteller Anna Conomos will give you the skills to bring to life a story from your heritage: a myth, folk or fairy tale of your choice. Anna will take you through a series of exercises which will allow you to explore and discover the art of telling stories from your background and ancestry (no matter how far back that goes) or from a cultural background that is of particular interest to you. .....

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2014 Catch a Rising Star: Writing for Young Adults

2014 Catch a Rising Star: Writing for Young Adults

Limited Places – please enquire through the Centre on 9555 9757.
Who:
Melaina Faranda
When: Sunday 6 April 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Want to write for teenagers? It didn’t take Twilight, The Hunger Games, or John Green to tell us that Young Adult fiction is in its ascendancy and now is a better time than ever! A YA novel is not a tricked-up children’s story or dumbed-down adult fiction. Take a guided journey through the pitfalls and possibilities with author of thirty-five young adult and children’s books, Melaina Faranda, who will distill over a decade’s writing for teenagers into a practical, experiential exploration of: YA conventions, themes and styles, generating killer ideas, high-paced plotting, credible characterisation, research, audience expectations, and self-editing, as well as share invaluable insights into the publishing process from working with seven major publishers. .....

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2014 Seminar: Writing a Synopsis

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Monday 7 April 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Writers often moan and groan about synopses, but there’s no escape – if you want a literary agent to represent you or a commercial publisher to consider your manuscript, you can’t avoid it. Even self-publishers need to know how to encapsulate their book to grab a potential reader’s attention. A good synopsis can be the key to publishing success.

Many writers find tackling a 500 word synopsis more daunting than an 80,000 word manuscript. This workshop explores the role of the synopsis and offers practical tips and tools to help you work out what you need to put in, and what you need to leave out. We will look at synopses that have been successful for first-time Australian authors and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises. .....

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2014 Year of the Novel: Phase One

2014 Year of the Novel: Phase One

SOLD OUT: Please email to join the waiting list.

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 19, 26 Feb; 5, 12, 19, 26 March; 2, 9 April 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase One: Writing the bones
This phase is all about 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.

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2014 Year of the Novel: The Complete Course

2014 Year of the Novel: The Complete Course

COMPLETE COURSE NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Phase One is booked out, but there are places available in Phases Two and Three.

Who: Emily Maguire and Linda Funnell
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price: $2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430

For details on each phase, or to book separately, click on Phase One, Phase Two and Phase Three. .....

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2013 Poesis: Making Poetry

2013 Poesis: Making Poetry

Who: With Judith Beveridge
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 24, 31 October; 7, 14, 21, 28 November 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

In her long poetry career Judith Beveridge has been awarded the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and published four books of poetry. She is also the poetry editor of Meanjin. Join her for this six-week introduction to poetry writing and appreciation. .....

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2013 Writing Your Journey

2013 Writing Your Journey

Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 26 October 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

As more and more of us travel, many are becoming increasingly interested in recording their journeys. In this course Walter will take you through the ways you can capture the essence of place as well as your experiences and perceptions.

Whether it’s blogging for friends and family, creating journal articles or ebooks, or pitching a full-scale intimate travel memoir, the new forms of travel writing require us to be a part of the story and to expose our own interests, tensions and vulnerabilities. This course will teach you how to balance all this, and offer you some effective techniques for capturing vibrant word-portraits that will enliven your writing and help to re-create vivid memories. .....

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2013 HSC English Ext 2: Nail Your Concept Seminar

2013 HSC English Ext 2: Nail Your Concept Seminar

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Saturday 26 October 2013, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$55

This one-day seminar takes a practical look at creativity: how do writers generate their ideas? It is designed to assist students to find, explore, clarify and commit to the concepts that will drive their Major Work. 

The ‘germinal idea’ is the foundation of an original text, so it’s worth devoting time to getting it right. We will look at how to fish in the pool of ideas: what role does curiosity, research and ‘beginners’ mind’ play in generating inspiration? How do you grow and store ideas? Which idea is ‘best’ and how to commit to a story-path? How do you translate the ‘theory-inspired’ broad concepts from your English studies into ‘event-driven’ ideas that will work on the page? .....

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2014 HSC English Ext 2: Next Draft Workshop

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
2 x Sundays: 23 February & 2 March 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$165

This workshop is about the universal next draft problem: ‘My concept is clear in my head but how do I get it to work on the page?’

Over two days, students will learn practical techniques to stimulate the imagination for the next draft of their Major Work. Using each student’s current draft, we will look more deeply at story design, character, dialogue, voice, point-of-view and editing. .....

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2014 HSC English Ext 2: Last Draft Masterclass

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Sunday 18 May 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$110

Whether you are still in a bit of a Concept Crisis or boldly refining the penultimate draft of your finished Work, this one-day workshop is about last-draft writing and getting a strong well-edited manuscript ready for submission.

Limited to twelve students, the day will take a Masterclass format, consisting of a short group introduction, then each student will workshop issues in their draft with the presenter.

This small-group format will not only give each student time with an experienced writer examining their Major Work but also the opportunity to learn structural and editing techniques from the feedback that others receive – and applying such strategies to strengthen their own Major Work. .....

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2013 Storytelling for a 21st Century Audience

2013 Storytelling for a 21st Century Audience

Who: Matt Finch
When:
Saturday 9 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

There is no-one in the library when the children arrive.
Blood is pooled on the front step.  Within, bookshelves have been knocked to the ground, their contents spilled across the carpet.
The children suspect a prank. “Is this a murder mystery game?”
Before anyone can answer, there’s a cry from outside.
The children run to the exit. Deformed figures are approaching: the walking dead.
Zombies attack!  The children scream as their teachers barricade the doors.
Only a storyteller can save them now…
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2013 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

SOLD OUT – to join the waiting list or be notified about similar courses please email us.

Who: Melaina Faranda
When: Sunday 10 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Are you an expert procrastinator? Does writing ever feel like a painful, plodding process? Do you easily slide into critical paralysis, even to the extent of not letting yourself write? Do you ever feel blocked and afraid that nothing you write will be good enough or that you might not have what it takes? .....

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2013 Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: Linda Funnell, Anna Maguire, David Henley and Guests
When:
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November 2013, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about Print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion. 

Convenor Linda Funnell has extensive experience as a publisher and will introduce you to the key points of taking a book to readers with a series of expert speakers including: Anna Maguire (@Digireado) on the options available to help you produce your ebook and key questions you need to ask; David Henley and Bronwyn Mehan on the possibilities of digital publishing; Sarah Allen on promoting your work and author Walter Mason on the how to use social media effectively. .....

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2013 Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

2013 Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Who: Terry Dowling
When:
Saturday 16 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Want to write out of this world? Do you dream of the impossible? Then get ready to immerse your imagination in the genres of science fiction and fantasy with one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed speculative writers, Terry Dowling.

Terry Dowling has been described by Locus as “the most noted prose stylist in Australian speculative fiction”. In this one-day course Terry will explore the exciting and lucrative genres of fantasy and science fiction, with an emphasis on the key elements of imaginative storytelling and producing what sells. .....

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2013 Creating Dynamic Characters

2013 Creating Dynamic Characters

SOLD OUT – to go on the waiting list please email.
Who:
Anthony Macris
When:
Saturday 30 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

E.M. Forster divided them into flat and round. Aristotle said they were less important than action. Everyone might have a different idea about them, but we all know that effective characters are perhaps the single most important factor in creating a story that will engage readers. In this one-day workshop, we’ll look at the elements needed to create vivid characters that your readers will want to undergo a journey with. Topics will include: inner and outer conflict; how to create and maintain the identification effect; how to create a balanced cast; how to negotiate the structural relationship between character, story, and point of view. .....

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The Adaptable Author

The Adaptable Author

By Sophie Masson

The publishing industry is experiencing rapid and turbulent transformation. While the digital age has delivered new and exciting opportunities for authors, it has also created new challenges. Contradictory images of the modern industry abound: from the proliferation of many new small presses, to the phenomenon of giant hi-tech corporations muscling in on the traditional publishing scene, with established publishers trying hard to forge new ways of doing business in a connected – yet paradoxically also disconnected – world. .....

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2013 Open Access: Selling Your Book in the Digital Age

SOLD OUT

Supported by the Copyright Agency

Saturday 21 September 2013, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full Price: $90; Member: $65; Conc Member: $55

A one day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.

For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains. .....

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2014 Taking the Mystery out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

2014 Taking the Mystery out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 1 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2014 Blogging for Beginners

SOLD OUT – to join the waiting list please email us.

Who: Emily Craven
When:
Saturday 1 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Blogging is now a key way to get your writing noticed and connect with readers. Not only is it essential in building your own audience, but also in wooing publishers. So what makes a good blog post? How do you know what a reader will find interesting? What’s a platform and how do you use one? Learn how to build an online presence in a way that compels an audience to subscribe to your feed. From WordPress and Blogger, posting, commenting and building up an audience, this workshop will take you through the steps of becoming a master blogger.  .....

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2014 Writing for Kids

2014 Writing for Kids

SOLD OUT – to join the waiting list please email.

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Tuesday evenings: 4, 11, 18, 25 February; 4 March 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300

Writing for children is big business.  Despite the doom and gloom about the state of the publishing industry, the children’s market remains robust and growing.  Children are reading and the demand for quality books is strong. .....

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2014 Wildwords

2014 Wildwords

LIMITED PLACES LEFT – please call the office to book (9555 9757)

Who: Pamela Cook
When:
Saturday 8 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Want to write but don’t know where to start? Through a series of writing exercises you will discover new ways to tap into your creativity and unleash your writing potential. Drawing on the philosophies of Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott and others, Wildwords will encourage new writers to connect with their inner self, write using their intuition and get words flowing onto the page. .....

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2014 Writing a Sense of Place

2014 Writing a Sense of Place

SOLD OUT! To join the waiting list please email.

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 8 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphrase that often defies clear understanding.  As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place.’ But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2014 The Art of the Essay

This course has been postponed. New date to be announced. Click here to email us and receive updated information.
Who:
Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 12 April 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In this workshop writer and essayist Anne Manne will discuss that most beguiling and versatile of art forms, the essay. She will also assist students in crafting their own and discuss approaches to getting published. What EXACTLY is an essay? The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing for students to read and discuss the genre, identifying the features they think make a piece work. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘Voice.’ But what about the necessary requirements to get your essays published? What is a ‘hook’ and how does it help to have a sparkling beginning to a piece? What differentiates essays in shape, style, content and length from other forms of writing such as academic writing, reports, opinion pieces, feature articles and reportage? Ways to orient your essay writing to fit the requirements of publications you submit to will be discussed.  The afternoon will be devoted to practising the art of essay writing. Anne Manne will give a choice using a file of a contemporary issue or an essay topic of own for free choice and get students to craft part of that essay. Then in the final part of the workshop, the group will discuss the work presented by fellow students. Along the way we will discuss writer’s block, and ways of overcoming your inner critic!
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2014 Crafting Poetry

2014 Crafting Poetry

Who: Lisa Jacobson
When:
Saturday 12 April 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.” Robert Frost

Creating a memorable poem is like making a fine piece of furniture. It requires the right tools, imagination and innovation to craft an object of beauty that draws people to it, rather than something that gets thrown out in the next hard rubbish collection. Maybe you have never written a poem before, or perhaps you have written poetry but would like to extend your range. Both beginners and intermediate writers will gain knowledge, inspiration and technique in this one-day session about what makes poetry work. .....

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2014 Story Planning and Design

2014 Story Planning and Design

Limited Places Remaining, contact (02 9555 9757) to book.
Who:
Greg Bastian
When:
Saturday 26 July 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Hit a brick wall with your novel or short story? Are your characters adrift, your plot rudderless, your dialogue unconvincing? Chances are the story wasn’t planned sufficiently well at the outset. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore the essential steps in designing a compelling story — characters, plot, theme, setting, point of view, voice and genre. .....

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2014 Book Publicity: Art Not Science Seminar

Who: Debbie McInnes
When:
Tuesday 29 July 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
In today’s world of instant communication, it is important for authors to understand the changes in the media landscape and how to navigate them. The way to publicise a book has changed dramatically over the past five years.  In this workshop we will look at the use of traditional media including print, television, radio and electronic, as well as the online world and particularly the role of social media in promoting a book.
It’s no secret newspapers and magazines are declining while online and social media are taking off. How does this affect the promotion of a book? We reveal how you can get on top of this changing world and use the new media to maximum advantage.
We discuss the role of the author in the publishing process, including large multi-national publishing houses, small independent houses and self-publishing. You will learn how to target the correct market for your book through the right media. We’ll give you tips to help you target coverage to where it really matters and to where the book buying market for your book is.
Finally, we will detail each step of the publicity process, from press releases to pitches to book launches so that you can make sure you get the best bang for your buck.

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Pen and paper.
About the tutor
Debbie McInnes
is the director of DMCPRMedia, a boutique publicity agency that works with a variety of clients in book publishing, the arts and corporate Australia.  With a diverse range of clients, the agency maintains and creates relationships with a myriad of media outlets across sport, food, business, health, travel, parenting, gardening, literary, human interest, fantasy, indigenous and religious genres.  Our experienced and creative team devises an appropriate media strategy for each client, be it an individual, a musical troupe, an exhibition or event, by carefully crafting a message to deliver to journalists and producers.   .....

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2014 Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 2 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Erotica has risen in popularity in recent times and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award while writing arousing and sensual prose? What exactly is best word for it? And how can you avoid falling into cliché? 
This one day workshop introduces writers to the art of writing good sex. Why is it so hard to write a sex scene? Why is it so hard to get our characters in bed with each other? What are the words to avoid? How can you make the writing blend with your own natural style rather than standing out as something awkward on the page? 
We will look at examples of some of the best sex writing in the English language and find out what elevates this from the writing that seems stilted or cliche. Through a series of exercises we will look at our own relationship to sex in fiction and how to refine our own work to make it simmer on the page. The workshop will help us to identify and challenge our sexual assumptions and prejudices and attempt to see sex writing from a fresh new perspective. We will look at transgression and explore, exactly how far is too far?
Participants will leave with some practical tips, an idea of pitfalls to avoid, some sex scenes of our own, story ideas to kick start new erotic work, and a swag of further reading to help you see how others have approached the most sensitive regions of the literary canon.
This workshop is perfect for writers who have not yet attempted to write erotic prose or for those who have written sex scenes but would like to find ways to makes these scenes more sensual for an audience. The same approach applies to writing sex scenes for fiction and non-fiction and writers in both forms are encouraged to attend.
Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Workshop participants must bring paper and pen or pencil. No previous reading is required for this workshop, but if you want to sample the best literary erotica feel free to delve into The Delta of Venus by Anais Nin, A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter, The House of the Sleeping Beauties by Yusinari Kawabata, or, for the adventurous The Story of the Eye by Georges Batailles.
About the tutor
Krissy Kneen
is most well known for her erotic writing. She is the author of a little collection of erotic stories, Swallow the Sound (eatbooks), Affection; a Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy (Text Publishing); Triptych, an Erotic Adventure (Text Publishing) and the new literary fiction novel Steeplechase (Text Publishing). She has had short stories published on the USA’s premier erotic website Nerve.com and in the USA’s Best Women’s Erotica 2013. She has appeared on Jennifer Byrne Presents Erotica on the ABC and has often been described as Australia’s Anais Nin. To her credit, some of her work is too rude for Apple’s iBook site from which has been banned. Her blog has been banned in China and yet has Kneen has been shortlisted for major Australian literary awards. Krissy Kneen works as a bookseller and events coordinator at Avid Reader and lives in Brisbane where she was one of the instigators and major forces behind the Qld Literary Awards. She has written erotica for private collectors and her new book Adventures in the Sex Machine will be out in early 2015. .....

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2014 E-books for Beginners

Who: Emily Craven
When:
Saturday 2 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Trying to get a handle on the E-Book Revolution? This workshop is for writers who wish to understand how changes in the publishing can benefit them. It covers opportunities for authors who would like to leverage technology to their advantage to increase their connection with readers and build a following.

The day will be a combination of presentations, exercises and practical demonstrations. In this workshop we cover why authors are trading traditional publishing for e-books, what an e-book is and how it is presented, the opportunities for emerging and established writers, how to format and create e-books, build a social media and author platform, and how to create and format your ebook ready for upload. .....

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2014 Editing Essentials

2014 Editing Essentials

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
4 x Wednesday evenings: 30 July; 6, 13 & 20 August 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm (Please note date change from printed program: course starts one week earlier).
Cost: Full price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2014 Writing Fiction

2014 Writing Fiction

Who: Steven Carroll
When:
Saturday 9 August 2014 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Join Miles Franklin award-winning author Steven Carroll (Spirit of Progress) for this advanced workshop on writing fiction.  This one day intensive workshop will provide participants with an in-depth and practical insight into fiction writing. This course is tailored towards emerging to established writers who may be currently working on a manuscript, are about to commence a new body of work, or simply need an inspirational kickstart to create their next novel. .....

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2014 The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

2014 The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 16 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In the writing world, memoir is the new black. Readers – and publishers – are hungry for distinctive, beautifully told true tales that give new insight into what it is to be human in a particular place, at a particular time. You don’t need to have been stuck between two rocks for 127 hours (or had a misery-drenched childhood) for your story to be worth telling – but you do need to know how to tell it in a way that will engage readers and offer something unique and valuable. .....

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2014 Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 16, 30 August; 13, 27 September; 11, 25 October; 15, 29 November 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group of eight will submit a sample of their work (maximum of 6000 words, either short stories or novel extracts) for other group members and the convenor to provide constructive feedback on in the meeting. Providing critical feedback in this way will help group members to develop their analytical skills, spot room for improvement in their own work, and push their writing further. .....

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2014 Write to Speak

2014 Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill and Buddy Wakefield
When:
Saturday 23 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With years of professional experience, two award winning poetry slam experts look at ways of using stories and poetry to get your message across: from holding a microphone to expressing vulnerability to editing your text for a live presentation. This Wordshop uses one of the primary characteristics of poetry – say more with less – to assist participants to perform their writing more effectively. .....

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2014 Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
4 x Sunday mornings: 24, 31 August; 7 14 September 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

This course is for people who are interested in writing fiction, travel or life stories. It is for those who have a story to tell and have been wondering how to get that story going—to access the creative energy and writing craft practices that bring stories alive on the page. The course imparts ways to entice creativity back into our writing and daily lives, through a combination of short presentations, discussion of selected readings, writing exercises and workshopping to explore new ways of seeing and ‘making things new’ as writers. We explore meditation techniques, drama and drawing to access the parts of us where the muse lives. .....

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2014 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 30 August; 6, 13, 20 September; 11, 18, 25 October; 1 November 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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2014 Poetry Masterclass

2014 Poetry Masterclass

Who: Mike Ladd
When:
Saturday 6 September 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

If you have had a poem or two published, or your first book released, and now want to take the next step, this is the course for you. In the first half of the workshop Mike will give his advice on what makes a poem successful and how to advance an individual writing style, as well as giving an overview of the current poetry scene in Australia and the opportunities that exist for poets. The second half of the masterclass will be more hands-on, with feedback and workshopping of poems. .....

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2014 Writing for Young Adults

2014 Writing for Young Adults

Who: James Roy
When:
6 x Sunday mornings 7, 14, 21 September; 12, 19, 26 October 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360           

Award-winning YA author James Roy will take you on a tour of the YA scene, answering questions such as: Where does YA fiction fit into the wider publishing scene? What makes particular writing YA? What makes a writer a YA writer? And what happens next with your manuscript? .....

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2014 Writing Humour

Who: Geoffrey Atherden
When:
Saturday 13 September 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

Humour has a wide spectrum and this one-day workshop on the craft of comedy will attempt to cover as much of it as possible, from gentle whimsy to raucous slapstick, from serious satire to the uncomfortable and blasphemous.

Using examples from all media, including segments from film, television and radio as well as internet viral humour, extracts from books, newspaper columns, blogs and poetry, the workshop will look at the many forms of and uses for humour; primarily as entertainment, but also as a means for pricking pomposity, for creating a path into a difficult subject or for more negative uses such as jokes which belittle and insult. .....

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2014 How to Get Work as a Freelance Writer

Who: Fran Molloy
When:
Saturday 20 September 2014, 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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2014 Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

2014 Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

Who: Andy Kissane
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 25 September, 9, 23 October, 6, 20 November, 4 December 2014, 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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2014 Putting Real Life on the Page

2014 Putting Real Life on the Page

POSTPONED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. To be notified of the new date when it becomes available please email us.

Who: Matthew Condon
When:
Saturday 11 October 2014, 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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2014 Writing for the Screen

Who: George Merryman
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19, 26 August 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week course will guide participants through the process of writing for film and television, from initial concept to final draft. With an emphasis on character, story and structure (the ABCs of screenwriting), each week focuses on a key element of storytelling for a visual medium. A series of presentations, discussions, screenings and writing exercises will allow you to explore screenwriting from the inside out. The course will lay out the first principles of writing for the screen, concepts that will serve you not only during the course but also throughout your writing career. For maximum benefit, the class size will be kept small so it can be run like a writers’ room, similar to those that create your favourite television shows. .....

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2014 The Business of Being a Writer

2014 The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley, Jaki Arthur, Sophie Hamley and guests
When:
Saturday 19 July 2014, 10am-5pm (Please note end time of 5pm – appears incorrectly in the printed program as 4pm)
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

It seems like every day there is a new aspect to being a writer apart from simply writing. Now you have to know how to read contracts, negotiate pay, manage multiple income streams, understand the tax implications of foreign sales and make a splash in the social media ocean. Sometimes it seems that even being a part-time writer is a full-time job. .....

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2014 Making History

2014 Making History

Who: Peter Stanley
When:
Sunday 13 April 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

It’s never been easier to research and write history. The internet, responsive archives and libraries and the laptop computer make it possible to research and write more easily than ever before. But it is arguably harder to get history books published than ever before. This course, presented by one of Australia’s most active historians, will help you to decide what to research, how to go about that research; how to structure and complete an historical manuscript and how to go about preparing it to have the best possible chance of securing publication. .....

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2014 Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May; 5 June 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This course assume a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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2014 The Art of Travel Writing

Who: Bruce Elder
When:
Saturday 3 May 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Many people return from a holiday or a journey overseas believing that what they have experienced is worth writing about. They may have written a diary or a blog which they have shared with friends and family. This course is designed to explore how those memories and jottings can be turned into articles worthy of publication and even books about the rich and unique experience of travel. The course will focus on techniques for turning memories of a journey or a holiday into entertaining and evocative prose; the importance of integrating personal experience with careful research; and the complex mechanics and deep satisfaction of seeing your travel experiences published. .....

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2014 Busting Through Writer's Block

2014 Busting Through Writer's Block

Who: Barry Divola
When:
Saturday 3 May 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
There are many, many different types of writer’s block and Barry Divola is an authority on the subject because he has had most of them. Can’t get started? Can’t get finished? Stuck in the middle? Inner critic hounding you? Too many distractions? No time? Waiting for the muse to arrive? Frozen because of too many ideas? Frozen because of not enough ideas? Absolutely and utterly uninspired? Check, check, check, check, check, check, check, check, check and check. And that’s just ten of the little buggers. If any or all of the above have got you stalled then the good news is that we can get you revved up and on the road again. In this course we will identify the many kinds of writer’s block that afflict each of us at one time or another, then work through methods, exercises, tricks and solutions to break through the blockage and free up your creativity and productivity once again.
Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Pen and paper.
About the tutor
Barry Divola
is a journalist and author. His latest book is Nineteen Seventysomething. His short stories have won the Banjo Paterson Award, the Jennifer Burbidge Award and the Margaret River Short Story Award.
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2014 Romancing the Page

2014 Romancing the Page

Who: Anne Gracie
When:
Sunday 4 May 2014, 10am-4pm PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE (as original date was scheduled for Mother’s Day).
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing romance is not a matter of simply following some formula; like all popular fiction, it must delight and surprise readers. It’s much more varied than most people realise, and accounts for a huge chunk of the international fiction market. It’s character-driven genre fiction and even adding a thread of romance to a story in another genre will extend the appeal of that book — if you do it well. .....

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2014 The Criminal Element

Who: L.A. Larkin
When:
Sunday 11 May 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The top ten living crime fiction authors have sold 450 million books and the figure just keeps rising. Even J.K. Rowling is now writing crime fiction. Do you love gritty detectives, troubled PIs and cool FBI agents, and want to write your own story?

Join author L.A. Larkin for a one-day workshop that will delve into the variety of crime/mystery novels in the market today a

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2014 Turning Memory into Memoir

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
4 x Sunday mornings: 1, 15, 22, 29 June 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Do you have a lifetime of stories to tell, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to turn memories into memoir by accessing your authentic writer’s voice and bringing to the page the stories and characters you know so well.  Using meditative writing techniques Jan will take you deep into sense memory, where you can discover how to create the descriptive detail needed to bring your stories to life. You need a few other things too, like a strong narrator voice and an ability to turn ‘the ordinary’ into ‘the extraordinary’ – it’s all possible with a little bit of help. Use this opportunity to kickstart your memoir and by the end of the course you can have the tools, confidence and discipline to continue writing a full memoir, collection of stories or memoir based works. .....

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2014 Finding the Charm

2014 Finding the Charm

Who: Steven Amsterdam
When:
Saturday 14 June 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Forget the twee meaning of the word. Go back to the dictionary: Charm – to delight, to control. This is the writer’s job, the only job. Too often we get sidetracked. When we let inspiration lead us too far, the results are often unmanageable and unengaging. If we sit down to write because we think we should, things turn flaccid just as quickly. Or we might do the work that needs to be done, outlining the hell out of an idea, developing characters and injecting them into structurally sound plotlines – only to find ourselves with a short story that is technically correct and lifeless. .....

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2014 Getting to Grips with Grammar

2014 Getting to Grips with Grammar

SOLD OUT – please email us to go on a wait list.
Who:
Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 14 June 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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2014 From Manuscript to Publication

Who: Linda Nix
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 14, 21 June; 5, 12, 19, 26 July 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Is your manuscript ready for publication? How do you know if it’s good enough to publish? How do you find the right publisher – or should you self-publish? Do you know what’s involved in the publishing process?

This six week course takes a practical, hands-on approach to getting your manuscript – and yourself – ready for the world of publishing. .....

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2014 You Talkin' to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

SOLD OUT! to be placed on the waitlist email us.
Who:
George Merryman
When:
Saturday 21 June 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Dialogue should be the easiest part of writing, shouldn’t it? We all talk. Every day. All the time. We’re experts in talking, experts in dialogue. And yet writing truthful dialogue is one of the biggest challenges writers face.

This workshop aims to help writers meet the test of crafting authentic dialogue through a series of presentations, discussions, screenings and hands-on writing exercises. Replete with exemplary examples from across media — film, television, theatre and print — the emphasis is on the many facets of dialogue in screenwriting, which are also applicable to any kind of fiction writing. .....

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2014 Seminar: Social Media for Beginners

Who: Sarah Allen
When:
Tuesday 24 June 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member:$35

In this session with publicist Sarah Allen, you’ll learn the absolute fundamentals for any author wanting to understand WHY you benefit from dedicating time to a social strategy, WHAT you might like to talk about in digital channels, WHEN are the best times to post content online, and HOW you can incorporate it into your busy day!

From defining your author brand and finding your unique voice online; choosing social media channels to help build an author platform; and seeing how good content always increases engagement (and your return on investment), you’ll leave this session armed with newfound social media knowledge, eager to put it into action.
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Literary Speed Dating 2014

Literary Speed Dating 2014

SOLD OUT! Please email us to go on the waitlist.
When:
Saturday 15 November 2014, 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: NSWWC & ASA Members: $30

You will have a roomful of publishers and agents and three minutes to pitch your work, ask a question or exchange contact details. A listing of publishers and agents, and the work they are looking for, will be uploaded here closer to the date. Bring your solid story idea, business cards and pitching skills.

Publishers represented will include: Alex Adsett Publishing, Giramondo, Hachette, Harlequin Enterprises, Harper Collins, Random House, Walker Books. .....

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2014 Powering Your Blog

2014 Powering Your Blog

Who: Karen Andrews          
When:
Saturday 5 July 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to take your blog to a new level? This course will help you plan your content, make the most of social media, and understand the importance of networking and building community.

Learn the key elements of content creation, the basics of content marketing, and pick up a raft of social media tips and essentials.

Food
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2014 The Poetry of Nature

Who: Peter Skrzynecki
When:
Saturday 12 July 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Every civilisation has its literature in which Nature figures – myths, legends, folklore, memoirs, fiction, poetry. Nature inspires us, provides solace and gives sanctuary, touches us like nothing or no one else. It can be the five senses all in one, experienced singularly or collectively.

However, the natural world is changing, being spoiled and destroyed, often in the name of progress. So where does nature go from here? What responsibility do poets have? And what should poets expect of themselves? .....

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2014 Bringing Characters to Life

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty (please note tutor change from printed program)
When:
Saturday 12 July 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Living, breathing characters are the key to successful fiction. The best plots emerge from characters’ actions and decisions, and without compelling, believable characters it can be hard to make readers care what happens next in your story. In this workshop you will discover ways to fully imagine your characters and bring them to life through dialogue, action and interaction with other characters and their environments. .....

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2014 Grammar Basics and the Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 11 October 2014, 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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2016 The Essentials of Editing

2016 The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: Saturday 10 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own or others’ work in the workplace or privately, will show you how to carry out

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Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime 2016

Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime 2016

Who: Candice Fox
When:
Saturday 26 November 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Writing crime fiction isn’t for the faint of heart. You’ve got to understand how to write compellingly as the hunter and the hunted – and having a strong stomach goes a long way too. A sound knowledge of forensics, crime fiction history and police procedures is the basic toolkit fo

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Creating Dynamic Characters 2016 - sold out!

Creating Dynamic Characters 2016 - 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: Anthony Macris
When:
Saturday 3 December 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Emerging writers

Every writer knows that effective characters are perhaps the single most important factor in creating a story that will engage readers. E.M. Forster divided them into flat and round. Aristotle said they were less important than action. In this one-day workshop, we’ll look at the best of classic and contemporary approaches to how character operates in storytelling, and learn the techniques needed to create vivid characters that your readers will want to go on a journey with. .....

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Telling It Like It Is: Advanced Poetry Workshop 2016

Telling It Like It Is: Advanced Poetry Workshop 2016

Who: Ron Pretty

When: Saturday 3 December 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/established

In this workshop for experienced writers, award-winning poet Ron Pretty explores the question of dealing with political, social and religious issues in poetry. Should poetry tackle such issues? If it is to be done, can it be done effectively? If so, how? What are the pitfalls? Where does

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2016 Kids and YA Festival

2016 Kids and YA Festival

Connect with a community, gain industry insight and share your work at the 2016 Kids and YA Festival. With panels, workshops and a chance to pitch your unpublished manuscript, this year’s program offers the tools to take the next step in your writing career – whatever that might be.

Directed by children’s author Aleesah Darlison, the 2016 Kids and YA Festival is brimming with diverse and dynamic speakers, including some of our freshest faces and most established storytellers, along with a selection of top industry experts.

The program features over 40 speakers talking across 13 events. Highlights include keynote speaker Tristan Bancks (Two Wolves, the My Life series); 2010 Kids and YA pitching session winner Jodie Wells-Slowgrove (Wilderness Fairies series); award-winning author Sophie Masson (Hunter’s Moon, the Trinity duology); Curtis Brown literary agent Tara Wynne; media all-rounder Andrew Daddo (When I Grow Up, One Step); YA wunderkind Will Kostakis (The First Third, The Sidekicks); author of Introducing Teddy Jessica Walton; and more. .....

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Paying it Forward and Giving Back

Paying it Forward and Giving Back

One place left – please call the office on (02) 9555 9757 to sign up

 

Networking seminar for authors and illustrators as part of the 2016 Kids & YA Festival. With Sandy Fussell and Susan Whelan. 1-1.45pm, $10 additional fee with proceeds going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Henry Lawson Room.

 

Available to Kids & YA Festival ticket holders only.

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Associate membership for young writers aged under 18

Young writers aged under 18 can apply for associate membership of the NSW Writers’ Centre. As an associate member, you will receive a free subscription to our magazine, Newswrite, which is full of useful and inspiring articles by writers about writing. Associate members aged 16 and over also receive the concession member discount on eligible courses and events. (Please note that not all programs are suitable for people aged under 18 and admission to courses and events is at the discretion of the NSW Writers’ Centre.)

Associate members can become full members of the Centre once they turn 18, giving them voting rights and access to the full range of Centre programs. .....

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Quantum Words Festival

Quantum Words Festival

From the intricacies of DNA to alien planetary systems, science offers writers unparalleled scope to explore the universe and what it is to be human.

The NSW Writers’ Centre’s inaugural Quantum Words Festival, on 12 November 2016, will discuss the secrets and challenges of writing about science across any genre – be that journalism, children’s books, poetry or literary fiction. Directed by science writer and former science publisher Jane McCredie, the festival features leading science writers, editors and publishers talking about everything from controversies in science to new platforms for engaging with audiences. .....

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Literary Speed Dating

Presented by the Australian Society of Authors
Where: Barneys Church, 57-61 Mountain St, Ultimo
When: Friday 11 November, 2pm-4pm
Cost: ASA and/or NSWWC Members: $35

A roomful of publishers and agents and three minutes to pitch your work, ask a question or exchange email addresses. Bring your solid story idea, business cards and pitching skills. 

This event is presented by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and is only open to ASA members.  Thanks to a partnership between the ASA and NSW Writers’ Centre, 15 places have been reserved for NSWWC members.

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The Secrets of Science Writing 2017

The Secrets of Science Writing 2017

Who: John Pickrell
When:
Saturday 18 February 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners

John Pickrell is an author, award-winning science writer and the Editor of Australian Geographic magazine. In this one-day workshop he will talk about the craft of science journalism, guide you through approaches to researching and reporting news and feature stories and explain how to inject passion and colour into articles, while also turning complex technical information into clear and engaging copy. The workshop will feature practical exercises and also include advice on breaking into the industry. It will also briefly touch on the importance of social media, blogging and photography to budding science journalists. .....

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Seminar: Scrivener 101- sold out!

Seminar: Scrivener 101- sold out!

Email workshops@nswwc.org.au to go the waitlist.

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 31 January, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: Scrivener beginners, particularly those who are new to Scrivener

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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Remembering Your Creativity 2017 – SOLD OUT!

Remembering Your Creativity 2017 – 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:Sue Woolfe
When: Sunday 5 February 2017, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Many people think they’re not born creative, despite the intimations that whisper otherwise. However, new research shows that everyone was creative when they were young and we’ve just been taught to dismiss it, scorn it and eventually to forget how to do it. Over the course of this one-day workshop, you’ll recapture your creativity, and go home astounded with yourself. .....

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Making Short Stories Work 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Making Short Stories Work 2017 - 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: Tegan Bennett Daylight
When:
Sunday 5 February 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging and established writers will benefit most from this course. Experience in finishing a short story is essential; publication is not. .....

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Personal Narratives: From Page to Podcast 2017

Personal Narratives: From Page to Podcast 2017

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Who: Kate Montague and Belinda Lopez
When:
Saturday 11 February 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Suited for emerging and established writers wanting to gain practical skills to have their work heard in the burgeoning podcast market, and writers who are interested in audio as another medium for performance and creation .....

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The Horse’s Mouth: Storytelling 2017

The Horse’s Mouth: Storytelling 2017

Who: Phil Spencer
When:
Saturday 11 February 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Any level, as long as you have a desire to perform your stories aloud

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. .....

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Writing Nature 2016

Writing Nature 2016

Who: Inga Simpson
When: Saturday 26 November 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All          

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers at all levels with a passion for the natural world.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message. .....

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Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing 2016

Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing 2016

Who: Rebecca Harkins-Cross
When:
Saturday, 19 November 2016, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

‘The feature writer’s aim is the dramatist’s aim: make ‘em laugh; make em weep.’
— Mary J.J. Wrinn, 1929

Journalism and the world it documents may have changed a lot since 1929, but this definition of feature writing holds. Navigating the ocean between fact

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2016 The Business of Being a Writer

2016 The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley with Benython Oldfield, Monica Davidson, Debbie McInnes and David Hunt
When:
Saturday 10 September, 10am-5pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Should I self-publish? Should I pitch my work to publishers? How do I deal with the money side of things? If these are the questions you’re asking yourself, then it’s time you learnt more about the business of publishing.

For writers being traditionally published and need advice on how to manage their professional relationships, and understand their role in the publishing machine; and for writers on the self-publishing path who are just discovering the million and one things they need to know about. .....

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2016 Podcasting: Creating and Adapting Ideas for Audio

2016 Podcasting: Creating and Adapting Ideas for Audio

Who: Jesse Cox
When:
Saturday 17 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This workshop will zoom out to look at the national and international podcasting landscape, then hone in to focus on the steps required to create a successful new podcast. You will learn how to identify audio-friendly ideas, basic recording and editing techniques, and how to distribute a finished podcast. As well as practical tips, the workshop will focus on how to develop a strong narrative structure for audio and how to use sound and music in stories. While not required, if you have ideas for existing projects, you are encouraged to bring them to the course for workshopping. .....

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Three - sold out!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Three - 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: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 21, 28, September; 5, 12, 19, 26 October; 2, 9 November, 2016, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Full Price:$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Level:Participants should have a first draft or most of a full draft completed. .....

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The Story Doctor - sold out!

The Story Doctor - 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: Kate Forsyth
When: 2 x Sundays: 23, 30 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210 
Level: Emerging/advanced: Only writers with completed manuscripts of 50,000 words or more may enrol  (poetry and pictu

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2016 Writing Memories - SOLD OUT!

2016 Writing Memories - 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: Beth Yahp
When: 6 x Saturday mornings: 15, 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19 November, 10am- 1pm
Cost: Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

This interactive workshop focusses on ways to access, investigate and capture your memories and lived experience in words, images and stories for both memoir and fiction writers. We’ll explore JM Coetzee’s intriguing contention that ‘all autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography’ in practical writing exercises and thoughtful discussion of literary texts as well as participants’ own writing produced in class. The emphasis is on starting a writing practice and learning writing craft skills and techniques to sustain and inspire the telling of your life stories. .....

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2016 Make It Funny: Writing Humour

2016 Make It Funny: Writing Humour

Who: Bernard Cohen
When:
Saturday 15 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Writing humour is one of the most effective ways to engage your audience and make your writing memorable – and despite rumours to the contrary, anyone can learn the not-so-secret techniques for raising the comedic bar in their writing.

This hands-on, exercise-based full-day workshop will provide strategies to develop comic, comic, satirical and/

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Writing for Children 2016

Writing for Children 2016

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Tuesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 November; 6 December 2016, 6:30-9:30 pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level: All

Writing for children is big business. Despite the oft forecast demise of reading, demand for quality children’s books is strong and there has been significant growth in this market over the past few years.

If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths, then this course is for you. .....

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Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Sunday, 23 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member:$110
Level:
All

Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old and intertwining imaginary plots into actual events and milieus. 

In this workshop you will comprehensively explore the techniques, tricks, ideas and pitfalls of bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps. .....

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2016 Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

2016 Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Who: Eleanor Limprecht
When:
Tuesday 25 October 2016, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Beginning/Intermediate

How do you use the tools of journalism and investigation to research the stories you want to write and add detail to your fiction or non-fiction? This seminar will provide you with practical information about resources available (both online and traditional) and how to access them.

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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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2016 Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

With Felicity Castagna
NSW Writers’ Centre: Sunday 30 October, 2016, 10am-4pm – bookings closed
Casula Powerhouse: Sunday 6 November, 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost:
$55*

* The course at Casula is available for a subsidised price to students from eligible Western Sydney schools. For details, please call (02) 9555 9757.

This one-day course will take students far beyond the fundamentals of writing to look at what distinguishes great Major Works across all textual forms. The course will focus on: .....

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Write to Speak

Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill
When:
Saturday 5 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Writers don’t always think ahead to potentially performing their work when they’re going through the difficult writing process. But knowing how to perform and speak your words is essential, both in terms of marketing and professional development, but also for building your confidence in the public arena. .....

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Book Publicity for Authors

Book Publicity for Authors

With: Jaki Arthur
When:
1611ARTH
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Experienced book publicist Jaki Arthur presents a motivating and inspiring workshop all about book publicity – how it works, why it works, what it can do for you and how to do it!

You will discuss today’s media landscape and where your work and ideas fit within it, learn how to identify and approach targets, and when (and when not to) to pitch, and finally, learn about the current book retail landscape in Australia and the Australian publishing industry in general – its strengths and its weaknesses. .....

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2016 Book Publicity for Authors

2016 Book Publicity for Authors

With: Jaki Arthur
When:
Saturday 5 November, 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Experienced book publicist Jaki Arthur presents a motivating and inspiring workshop all about book publicity – how it works, why it works, what it can do for you and how to do it!

You will discuss today’s media landscape and where your work and ideas fit within it, learn how to identify and approach targets, and when (and when not to) to pitch, and finally, learn about the current book retail landscape in Australia and the Australian publishing industry in general – its strengths and its weaknesses. .....

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2016 Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide - SOLD OUT!

2016 Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide - SOLD OUT!

With: Davina Bell          
When:
Saturday 22 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

What makes a great children’s book? How do I turn my idea into a story? How do I submit my work – and where should I send it? Should I get an agent? Should I give up?!

In this interactive and informative workshop, Davina Bell will give you an insider’s guide to writ

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Powering Your Blog 2016

Powering Your Blog 2016

With: Karen Andrews          
When:
Saturday 19 November 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Do you want to take your blog to a new level? This course will help you learn the key elements of content planning and creation, the basics of content marketing, and pick up a raft of social media tips. 

Topics covered include:
The

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From First Draft to Polished Manuscript 2017 - SOLD OUT!

From First Draft to Polished Manuscript 2017 - 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: Linda Funnell
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 22 February; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 2017, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate/advanced writers who have or be close to having th

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Writing YA Fiction 2017

Writing YA Fiction 2017

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Early/emerging YA writers

Young Adult Fiction, or ‘YA’, spans almost every genre, from fantasy to crime to romantic comedy, from dystopian to LGBTQ to steampunk. A relatively recent invention, YA is both controversial and hugely popular, with books like The Fault in our Stars

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Travel Writing

Travel Writing

Who: Kate J Armstrong
When:
Saturday 13 May, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early/emerging writers

Participants will learn how to turn their travel adventures into engaging pieces of prose. This workshop will immerse participants in the world of travel writing, exploring the tips and tricks that travel writers use to make readers feel like they’ve been there too. Participants will find out how to empl

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Seminar: Nail Your Pitch

Seminar: Nail Your Pitch

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Monday 15 May, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: Beginner to intermediate.

In our fast-paced world of communications dominated by headlines and key words, it’s crucial for you to understand how to pitch your project to others as concisely as possible. You may be required to give a verbal pitch as well as provide one in writing. You may be asked for a one-liner or for an extended synopsis. The key to a successful pitch is a clear and fundamental understanding of what it is you are writing and where it fits in the publishing world. .....

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From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

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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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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Crafting Arts Criticism

Crafting Arts Criticism

Who: Anwen Crawford
When:
Saturday 24 June, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Emerging

They say that everyone’s a critic, but what kind of skills does it take to write arts criticism? What separates a lively and effective piece of criticism from an ineffective one? 

In this workshop we’ll look at examples of published arts criticism, and also at students’ work-in-progress

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Turning a Good Idea into a Powerful Story

Turning a Good Idea into a Powerful Story

Who: Anna Krien
When:
Saturday 24 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Aimed at early and emerging writers, this workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the art of non-fiction writing.

This is a rare opportunity to work with Anna Krien, one of Australia’s most respected non-fiction writers. From the fundamentals such as how to identify an original and compelling angle, development, research and interview techniques through to the craft of writing itself, you will emerge from this workshop with the necessary tools to tell your true story. You’ll learn the essentials of feature and long-form journalism, and explore its many guises from reportage to profile writing and memoir. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their own writing through various non-fiction techniques and exercises. .....

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Contemporary Playwriting Techniques

Contemporary Playwriting Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November, 1pm–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395
Level:
All

A six-week practical and intensive study of contemporary theatre and the writing techniques needed to succeed in it. Led by one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, each session will concentrate on a range of topics including contemporary dialogue techniques, characterisation principles, dramatic structure, contemporary theatre genres and the latest trends in national and international theatre. Over half of each session will involve hands-on, practical workshopping of the participating writers’ scripts. .....

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Open House with Penguin Random House - SOLD OUT!

Open House with Penguin Random House - SOLD OUT!

Friday 17 March, 9.30am – 4pm

This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only.
Bookings by phone only: (02) 9555 9757
$45 members/$35 concession member

Read a write up of the 2017 Open House with Penguin Random House by Rebecca Chaney.

How does a publishing house work?  Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether or not to commission a work? Inter

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Year of the Novel Phase 1 2017 - sold out!

Year of the Novel Phase 1 2017 - sold out!

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April 2017, 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.

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

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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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Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2017

Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2017

Saturday 25 March 2017

The NSW Writers’ Centre is delighted to have the award-winning author and journalist Mark Dapin at the helm of this year’s festival, pulling together a dynamic program of some of Australia’s biggest non-fiction names and brightest up-and-comers.

The festival is a space to connect with and learn from a community of writers, publishers and editors committed to the power of words. As Mark says, it’s all here – “discussions of the topics that dominate the working lives of creative non-fiction writers: the joy and pain of research; the glamour and exhaustion of travel; the endless search for new ways to wrench a living out of words.” Plus pointers from some of Australia’s leading editors, publishers and book reviewers. .....

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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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Open House with Pantera Press - SOLD OUT!

Open House with Pantera Press - SOLD OUT!

Friday 30 June, 9:30am – 3:15pm
NSW Writers Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle

This opportunity is open to Centre members only.
$45 members / $35 concession members
Phone bookings only – call (02) 9555 9757

 

How does a publishing house work?  Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether or not to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission?

On Friday 30 June, Pantera Press, a boutique Australian publishing house with a focus on finding and developing the next

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Understanding Story Structure

Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 13 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner to intermediate. This course assumes you have a substantial piece of writing, or have a plan for a piece of writing that you need help structuring.

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript. .....

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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 10, 17, 24, 31 May; 7, 14 June, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc. Member: $360
Level: Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This six-week course presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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Grammar and Punctuation Basics 2017

Grammar and Punctuation Basics 2017

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 4 March 2017, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

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 wi

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Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction 2017

Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction 2017

Who: Sophie Masson
When:
Saturday 4 March 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop is mainly pitched at early and emerging writers interested in or currently writing YA, but also may interest established writers considering moving into YA from other areas.

In this exciting and practical one day workshop, presented by well-known YA author Sophie Masson, you’ll discover what makes good Young Adult fiction—both novels and short stories—and how it differs from children’s books as well as writing for adults. .....

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Memoir Made Simple 2017

Memoir Made Simple 2017

Who: Amanda Hampson
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 5, 12, 19, 26 March; 2, 9 April 2017, 10am–1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Most people have interesting life stories or family history, and many toy with the idea of writing them – someday. Initially there are more questions than answers. Where to start? How to tell the story? What to include or leave out? What period should it cover?

Join Amanda Hampson, author of two novels and teacher of aspiring novelists, to learn how to apply the techniques of fiction, such as structure, pace, description and dialogue, to writing memoir and family history, and turn anecdotes and facts into a compelling story. .....

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Romancing the Page 2017 - SOLD OUT

Romancing the Page 2017 - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT. Email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Anne Gracie
When:
Saturday 11 March 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Romance is character-driven genre fiction. Forget about “the formula” — there’s no such thing. Like all popular fiction, it must delight, surprise and entertain readers.  Romance (in all its varied guises) accounts for a huge chunk of the international fiction market, and even adding a thread of romance to a story in another genre will extend the appeal of that book — as long as you do it well. .....

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Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors 2017

Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors 2017

Who: Emma Noble
When:
Saturday 11 March 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125, Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginning/Intermediate

Self-publishing seems like it has never been more viable. Your options for bringing a book to market are myriad, easy to access and cheaper than ever. But what happens next? How do you make your book stand out from the crowd and find your readers?

You have two options: hire a publicist or do it yourself, depending on your personal ti

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World Building: Writing Speculative Fiction 2017

World Building: Writing Speculative Fiction 2017

Who: Terry Dowling
When:
Sunday 19 March 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Do you dream of the impossible? Do you want to create worlds that live and breathe on the page, that readers will never forget? Then get ready to immerse your imagination in the genres of science fiction and fantasy with one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed speculative writers, Terry Dowling.

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A Play in Two Days 2017

 A Play in Two Days 2017

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
Sunday 26 March and 2 April, 2017 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level:
Beginner and intermediate aspiring playwrights. As we will be starting from scratch, it is preferable to come prepared to write a new play rather than work on a pre-existing idea.

Do you write for the stage? Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a refresher, in this practical course multi award-winning playwright Hilary Bell will take you through the fundamentals of playwriting. .....

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Breathing Life into Language: Writing Poetry 2017

Breathing Life into Language: Writing Poetry 2017

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

Who: Mark O’Flynn
When:
Saturday 1 April 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/general

Ever get that sinking feeling when a poem isn’t working? Does it often end up in the bin? This course will present a diverse r

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Character & Dialogue 2017

Character & Dialogue 2017

Who: Toni Jordan
When:
Saturday 1 April 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

The bad news: bad dialogue stands out. It distracts from your story. It’s ungainly and ugly. If you write bad dialogue, even if everything else is great, good readers will think you’re not a good writer. The good news: good dialogue glistens. It’s elegant. It gleams and glows and makes everything better. The very good news: of all the elements of a novel, dialogue is the easiest to improve. Learning to write good dialogue also helps you understand your characters because dialogue is character in action. Hearing characters speak can bring them to life. .....

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Seminar: Crowdfund it! 2017

Seminar: Crowdfund it! 2017

Who: Anna Maguire
When:
Thursday 6 April 2017, 6:30–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
All

Crowdfunding has become an accepted way of potentially raising funds for small publishers and self-publishers. According to Books+Publishing, Australian crowdfunded publishing projects raised $1.2 million in 2014. Although we see many crowdfunding success stories in the press, publishing as a category does not have a great success rate – around 30-40 per cent is average.  With such low chances of success, this workshop will enable you to plan your crowdfunding campaign with all the information you need to have the best opportunity to succeed. .....

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Ignite Your Creative Fire

Ignite Your Creative Fire

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 6:30–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Creativity is important in every art form – the challenge for writers is how to access your creative energy and bring it to the page. Whether you are experienced or a novice, at the beginning, or part way through your writing project, in this course you will learn how to bring the fire of creativity into every aspect of your writing.  .....

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How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer - limited places left!

How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer - limited places left!

Only two spots remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol. Please note the Centre will be closed on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 April.

Who: Bianca Nogrady
When:
Saturday 29 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop will best suit emerging and established writers looking to earn a living as a freelancer.

Work when you want, where you want, for whom you want, and how you want: the description of a freelance has changed somewhat since the days of the medieval mercenary warrior, but the principles remain the same. .....

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Blogging For Beginners

Blogging For Beginners

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 29 April & 6 May 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

**To complete this course, please check that you are confident and able to complete the following technical tasks. If you are unsure, contact the Centre on 9555 9757.

  • Access your email account remotely, for example, from a computer that is not your own
  • Upload files to the internet
  • Access a wi-fi internet connection
  • Download and install computer software
  • Use an external storage device such as a USB
  • Install and operate computer accessories such as a printer
  • Use the internet with confidence based on frequent experience
  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘social media’ and identify websites that fit into this category

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Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online 2017 - 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: Martin Langford

When: 26 February through 5 July 2017, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level: Emerging writers

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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Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online 2017 - 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: Kerryn Goldsworthy
When:
12 March through 17 July 2017, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level:
Emerging writers

You’ve written some short stories – 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. Or you have some great ideas for stories but you don’t know where to begin. Or you’ve made lots of starts and then thrown them away. Or maybe you’ve finished some stories and sent them off to literary editors, but you’re having a hard time getting them published. Sound like you? .....

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What Women Want: Writing Commercial Women’s Fiction

What Women Want: Writing Commercial Women’s Fiction

Who: Dianne Blacklock, with guest speakers Anna Valdinger and Joel Naoum
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May; 6 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate

What is Women’s Fiction anyway? Is it fiction written solely by women, or fiction written solely for women? Or is it so called because it’s fiction written about women? Funny, there isn’t a corresponding label for men’s fiction. Yet women could hardly be considered a sideline to the main game – they are not only the biggest readers and buyers of books, they also write more books than men. There wouldn’t be a publishing industry without women, and therefore books that speak to women are not only important but integral to the literary landscape. .....

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Introduction to Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Introduction to Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Who: Patrick Lenton
When:
Thursday 4 May, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
emerging and established writers who are new to digital marketing, with a particular focus on digital, self published and genre authors

In the current publishing climate, knowledge of how to market and grow an online author profile is essential. This seminar will cover practical applications for authors beginning to use social media and digital marketing to sell books. .....

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Forest for the Trees - Writers & Publishing in 2017

Thursday 25 May, 10am – 4.30pm

Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW

Forest for the Trees is a one-day seminar that explores the current state of writing and publishing in Australia. It brings together writers, publishers, and industry representatives to discuss what is happening in 2017.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad, author and director of Sweatshop, the Western Sydney based literacy movement will open the discussion. International publishers will discuss opportunities for Australian authors and researchers will present the facts on book sales, readers, and the economic argument for the book industry. .....

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2016 A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry - limited places left!

2016 A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry - limited places left!

Only two spots remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

With: Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Monday evenings: 5, 12, 19, 26 September; 10, 17 October, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Poems—such small things, like birds and bombs and epiphanies—are a lot bigger than they seem; they go off! They make more noise (not to mention mess and beauty and love and other kinds of useful damage) and they travel farther than seems possible. A poem, if it’s any good, is much longer and wilder on the inside than the out. .....

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2015 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

2015 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 14, 21, 28 November; 5 December, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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2016 Remembering Your Creativity - SOLD OUT!

2016 Remembering Your Creativity - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Saturday 6 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Many people think they’re not born creative, despite the intimations that whisper otherwise. However, new research shows that everyone was creative when they were young and we’ve just been taught to dismiss it, scorn it and eventually to forget how to do it. Over the course of this one-day workshop, you’ll recapture your creativity, and go home astounded with yourself. .....

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2016 Writing History: You Can't Google It - SOLD OUT!

2016 Writing History: You Can't Google It - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Mark Dapin
When: Saturday 13 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

It takes more than just Google! Mark Dapin interviewed 160 people and spent two-and-a-half years reading press clippings and searching government archives to produce his prize-winning history of Australia’s Vietnam-era national service scheme, The Nashos’ War.  In this workshop, Mark will focus on developing interviewing skills, checking facts, and working with archived documents. He will teach how to separate facts from folklore and, perhaps most importantly, how to turn cold dead facts into living, vibrant prose. He will also discuss researching and writing family histories and personal memoirs.  .....

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2016 Shaping the Short Story - SOLD OUT!

2016 Shaping the Short Story - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 18, 25 February; 3, 10, 17, 24 March, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate.

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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2016 The Unpredictable Plotter - SOLD OUT!

2016 The Unpredictable Plotter - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Toni Jordan
When:
Saturday 20 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop will involve practical exercises based on the characters in a work in progress. You’ll benefit more from the workshop if you know your characters well and/or have written at least half of a first draft.

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2016 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Playwriting

2016 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Playwriting

Who: Timothy Daly        
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 27 February; 5, 12 March; 2, 9, 16, 30 April; 7 May, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
All

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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2016 From Manuscript to Publication - sold out!

2016 From Manuscript to Publication - sold out!

This course is now sold out. Please email us to go on the wait list.

Who: Linda Nix
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March; 5 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

Is your manuscript ready for publication? How do you know if it’s good enough to publish? How do you find the right publisher – or should you self-publish? Do you know what’s involved in the publishing process? .....

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2016 Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors

2016 Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors

Who: Emma Noble
When:
Thursday 3 March, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40, Conc Member: $35
Level:
Beginning/Intermediate

Self-publishing seems like it has never been more viable. Your options for bringing a book to market are myriad, easy to access and cheaper than ever. But what happens next? How do you make your book stand out from the crowd and find your readers?

You have two options: hire a publicist or do it yourself, depending on your personal time a

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2015 Writing Picture Books

2015 Writing Picture Books

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 28 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

As any children’s author knows, the limited word count does not mean that writing picture books is easy. In the words of Mem Fox: ‘Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.’

Frances Watts has both written and edited award-winning picture books. From the perspective of a writer, Frances will explore the special narrative requirements of the picture book genre, including story arc, structure, pace, character development and visual narrative. Using this knowledge, the class will examine successful picture books, analysing how and why they work, before embarking on a series of practical exercises through which students will learn to develop ideas, and to employ the techniques of successful picture book writing in their own work. .....

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2016 Creative Groove

2016 Creative Groove

Title: Creative Groove
Who: Walter Mason
When: 6 x Sunday mornings: 13, 20 March; 3, 10, 17 April; 1 May, 10am—1pm
Cost: Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

A course in re-igniting your creative spark and learning to share your gifts with the world.

The time has come for you to start making your mark! So often we put off our creative work. We tell ourselves that when the time is right, and when we are inspired and informed, our writing will begin in earnest. But guess what? The clock is ticking. You don’t have time to wait for the stars to align. You need to awaken your creative spark now and get working in earnest. You need to get your creative groove back. .....

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2016 What Women Want: Writing Contemporary Women’s Fiction

2016 What Women Want: Writing Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Who: Dianne Blacklock with guest speakers Ber Carrol and Anna Valdinger
When: 6 x Wednesday evenings: 30 March; 6, 13, 20, 27 April; 4 May, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate

What is Women’s Fiction anyway? Is it fiction written solely by women, or fiction written solely for women? Or is it so called because it’s fiction written about women? Funny, there isn’t a corresponding label for men’s fiction. Yet women could hardly be considered a sideline to the main game – they are not only the biggest readers and buyers of books, they also write more books than men. There wouldn’t be a publishing industry without women, and therefore books that speak to women are not only important, but integral to the literary landscape. .....

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2016 Essentials of Publishing

2016 Essentials of Publishing

Who: Emmett Stinson with Kate Mayes of HarperCollins, literary agent Jo Butler, book publicist Brendan Fredericks, publisher David Henley, publisher David Musgrave, book designer Nada Backovic, authors Dianne Blacklock and Bruce McCabe, and more
When:
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: All .....

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2016 The Secrets of Science Writing

2016 The Secrets of Science Writing

Who: John Pickrell
When: Saturday 9 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginners

John Pickrell is an author, award-winning science writer and the Editor of Australian Geographic magazine. In this one-day workshop he will talk about the craft of science journalism, guide you through approaches to researching and reporting news and feature stories and explain how to inject passion and colour into articles, while also turning complex technical information into clear and engaging copy. The workshop will feature practical exercises and also include advice on breaking into the industry. It will also briefly touch on the importance of social media, blogging and photography to budding science journalists. .....

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2016 Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction

2016 Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction

Who: Sophie Masson
When:
Saturday 9 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop is mainly pitched at early and emerging writers interested in or currently writing YA, but also may interest established writers considering moving into YA from other areas.

In this exciting and practical one day workshop, presented by well-known YA author Sophie Masson, you’ll discover what makes good Young Adult fiction—both novels and short stories—and how it differs from children’s books as well as writing for adults. .....

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2015 Year of the Novel: Complete Course

2015 Year of the Novel: Complete Course

Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase One:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 18, 25 February; 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 1, 8 April 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Phase Two:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10, 17, 24 June; 1, 8, 15 July 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 30 September; 7, 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430 .....

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2016 Introduction to Life Writing – Sold Out!

2016 Introduction to Life Writing – Sold Out!

Who: Patti Miller
When:
6 x Thursday mornings: 14, 21, 28 January; 4, 11, 18 February, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate level

Sold out! Please call the office to add your name to the waiting list 9555 9757.

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2015 Writing for the Screen: TV and Film Essentials

Who: Nick Parsons
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 15, 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Writing for performance, be it stage or screen, big or small, is the most technically demanding literary form. Your story is experienced in real time. There is no pause for reflection, no opportunity to dwell on a complex passage. Everything must be understood completely at the first viewing, the audience must never be allowed to lose track of the essential dramatic question, ‘What will happen next?’—and yet, good drama is as complex and nuanced as poetry, and stays with us for days afterwards. .....

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2015 Secrets of Travel Writing

2015 Secrets of Travel Writing

Who: Claire Scobie
When:
Saturday 24 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With the evolution in online communication, travel writers are thinking about their brand, their image, their next blog post. Writers for print media are honing new skills to stand out among the virtual crowd. Meanwhile, bloggers are learning the craft of traditional travel journalists. 

Award-wining author, Dr Claire Scobie, will teach aspiring travel writers – or writing travellers – how to navigate through this new world. It will give participants a broad understanding of travel writing genres across all media. It will explore how canny travel writers make a buck from their blogs to fund their travels. It will also show that while a social media platform is important, it’s crucial to be able to write a compelling story. .....

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2015 Mastering the Short Story

2015 Mastering the Short Story

Who: Danielle Wood
When:
Saturday 24 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The short story has been variously described as a photograph (where the novel is a film), as an affair (where the novel is a marriage) and as a wayward younger brother (where the novel is, presumably, much more grown up and respectable). But what is the short story form to you? And what can you make of it through your own writing? 

This class gives you the opportunity to talk about the short story form with others who enjoy its brevity, discipline and possibilities. Danielle Wood, whose published works include short stories and long stories, will help you take your work to the next level.  .....

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2015 Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

2015 Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When: Saturday 31 October, 10am – 4pm
Cost: $55

This one-day seminar is an experienced writer’s practical overview of the entire HSC Major Work journey and what you will need to tackle it. Based solidly on writing craft, the seminar is designed to assist students to explore the concepts that will drive their Major Work and Reflection Statement. The writing process is (as much as possible) de-mystified by dividing it into stages of exploration and clarification, to give students an idea of the various challenges they may encounter. .....

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2015 Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide

2015 Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide

Sold out – please email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Davina Bell          
When:
Saturday 31 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

What makes a great children’s book? How do I turn my idea into a story? How do I submit my work – and where should I send it? Should I get an agent? Should I give up?!

In this interactive and informative workshop, former Penguin Senior Editor and children’s author Davina Bell, will give you an insider’s guide to writing children’s books, and getting them published. .....

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2015 Turning Memory into Memoir

2015 Turning Memory into Memoir

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
4 x Sundays mornings: 1, 8, 15, 22 November, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Do you have a lifetime of stories to tell, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to turn memories into memoir by accessing your authentic writer’s voice and bringing to the page the stories and characters you know so well.  Using meditative writing techniques Jan will take you deep into sense memory, where you can discover how to create the descriptive detail needed to bring your stories to life. .....

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2015 Writing Romance: Where is the Love?

2015 Writing Romance: Where is the Love?

Who: Dianne Blacklock
When:
Saturday 14 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Dianne Blacklock is the author of nine novels of contemporary women’s fiction. Her books encompass a broad range of life experiences – marriage, divorce, family, work and…love. But what self-respecting novel doesn’t have a love story embedded somewhere in its narrative?

In ‘Where is the Love?’  Dianne will present a workshop designed for both beginners and experienced writers – anyone who lacks confidence exploring and developing the more romantic elements of their books – love, sex, the whole catastrophe. Dianne has been surprised by how many, even experienced, writers squirm at the idea of writing a love scene – and not in a good way. .....

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2015 Write to Speak

2015 Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill
When:
Saturday 14 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writers don’t always think ahead to potentially performing their work when they’re going through the difficult writing process. But knowing how to perform and speak your words is essential, both in terms of marketing and professional development, but also for building your confidence in the public arena.

With 18 years of professional experience, the award winning founder of Australian Poetry Slam, Miles Merill, will use this hands-on and practical workshop to look at ways of using stories and poetry to get your message across: from holding a microphone, to expressing vulnerability, to editing your text for a live presentation.  .....

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2015 Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing

2015 Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing

Who: Benjamin Law*
When:
Saturday 5 December, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Navigating the ocean between facts and feeling, feature stories combine journalism’s passion for truth and analysis with creative writing’s appreciation of people and place.

The goal? To reel your audience in, and keep them reading until the end.

Aimed at early and emerging writers, this workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the subtle art of writing feature stories through a combination of instruction and practice. You’ll learn what makes an article newsworthy, strategies to generate newsworthy ideas and how to see fresh angles in topical issues. Once you’ve got a solid idea in place, learn how to transform it into a gripping story. .....

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2015 Playwriting 101

2015 Playwriting 101

Who: Caleb Lewis
When: Saturday 21 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Great stories help us to know ourselves better by offering insights into the minds of others. In books we read what characters think; cinema observes how they behave; while at the theatre we listen to what they say.

Playwriting, then, is concerned with language as it is spoken and the best playwrights are those who listen, paying close attention to the subtleties of voice, tone, idiom and vocabulary, and in particular, to what we say and what we don’t say. .....

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2015 Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime

2015 Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime

Who: Candice Fox
When: Saturday 28 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing crime fiction isn’t for the faint of heart – you’ve got to understand how to write compellingly as the hunter and the hunted, and having a strong stomach goes a long way too. A sound knowledge of forensics, crime fiction history and police procedures is the basic toolkit for the genre, and this course aims to load you up with everything you need. .....

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2015 Craft of Fiction: Form and Structure - SOLD OUT

2015 Craft of Fiction: Form and Structure - SOLD OUT

Who: Anthony Macris
When:
Saturday 5 December 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180, Member: $125, Conc Member: $110

This one-day workshop, with one of Australia’s leading teachers of creative writing, Dr Anthony Macris, is designed for intermediate to advanced fiction writers who wish to develop their skills in how to structure either a short story or longer fiction manuscript (novel or novella).

While many writers are successful in creating engaging characters and compelling story lines, they often struggle with how to create a strong underlying structure for their work. Key to this process is an understanding of the three key elements that are critical in structuring your work: point of view, time, and story/

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2015 Pitch Perfect

Who: Dr Emily Booth
When: Saturday 5 September, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $245, ASA & NSWWC member: $160 (Price includes lunch and refreshments.)

This course is presented by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).  As a result of a partnership between the ASA and NSW Writers’ Centre, NSWWC members are eligible for the ASA member price.

Authors today need to be able to write, edit and promote their books. Developing an effective sales pitch as soon as possible is essential – whether it’s for a covering letter to a publisher, a book or a marketing blurb, or a verbal pitch. Participants will discuss and analyse different kinds of pitches and write, edit and deliver their own to hone their skills and create the perfect pitch for every situation. .....

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2015 Year of the Novel: Phase Three

2015 Year of the Novel: Phase Three

New places now available!
Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase three. 8 x Wednesday evenings: 30 September; 7, 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Full Price: $880, Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Make 2015 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.

Phase Three: Nip, tuck, primp and preen. .....

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Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2015

Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2015

Saturday 7 November 2015

The NSW Writers’ Centre is proud to announce its second Creative Non-Fiction Festival, curated by journalist, TV screenwriter, author and Good Weekend columnist Benjamin Law.

Our 2016 festival is for aspiring and practising writers, looking to hone their non-fiction skills in memoir and essay, criticism, profile and biography, science and medicine, opinion and columns, investigative journalism and travel writing. Beyond specific genres, another panel (‘Finding New Audiences’) sheds light on how non-fiction writers can translate their work into other platforms (radio, television and stage), while sessions titled #Protips and ‘How to Seduce an Editor’ offer invaluable industry insights from experts. .....

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2016 E-Publishing Survival

2016 E-Publishing Survival

Who: Anna Maguire and Charlotte Harper
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 26 April; 3, 10, 17 May, 6pm-9pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265
Note: ASA members can book for the NSW Writers’ Centre member price. Simply quote your ASA membership number on the payment page.
Level:
This course is for beginners, but students must be comfortable with using the internet and providing online portals with personal and financial information. .....

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2016 Going Down in History: Writing Historical Fiction – limited places left!

2016 Going Down in History: Writing Historical Fiction – limited places left!

Only two spots remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

Who: Jesse Blackadder
When:
Sunday 26 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: General level

Spanning the dawn of human history to recent memory, historical fiction is a rich and popular genre, encompassing human experience across vast geographies, cultures and eras. And history is one place where you can plunder true stories, rework them as you like, and be safe from the repercussions. Or can you? .....

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Playwriting Festival 2016

Playwriting Festival 2016

The NSW Writers’ Centre is proud to unveil the third incarnation of its Playwriting Festival, curated by writer for stage, page, screen and sound Hilary Bell (Wolf Lullaby, The Splinter).

The 2016 festival is for playwrights looking to broaden their horizons, whether through skilling-up, diversifying their craft, or networking. The program draws together practitioners from major companies with regional playwrights, emerging artists, writers of musical theatre and of adaptations, to explore the ethical dimensions of the stories we tell and the variety of ways to get a production up. .....

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Forest for the Trees 2016

Forest for the Trees 2016

Friday 20 May, 10am – 4.30pm

Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW

Forest for the Trees is a one-day seminar looking at the current state of publishing for Australian writers.  It brings together writers, publishers, and industry representatives to discuss what is happening in 2016.

Spoken word poet and author Maxine Beneba Clarke (Foreign Soil) and crime writer Candice Fox (Hades) talk about the challenges of maintaining a career as a writer.  Publishers discuss the opportunities for international sales and authors debate the value of independent publishing platforms. .....

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2016 Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online – SOLD OUT!

2016 Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online – SOLD OUT!

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
17 July through 30 November, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level:
Emerging writers

You’ve written some short stories – 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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2016 Seminar: Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

2016 Seminar: Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Who: Patrick Lenton
When: Tuesday 19 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
emerging and established writers, with a particular focus on digital, self published and genre authors

In the current publishing climate, knowledge of how to market and grow an online author profile is essential. This seminar will cover practical applications for authors using social media and digital marketing to sell books.

Digital spaces have given authors unprecendented levels of access to potential readers – but reaching them requires understanding of the platforms and sound strategy. The seminar will outline options and teach the fundamentals of using them. It will be useful for all authors, but particularly digital, genre and self-published authors. Skills covered will include: .....

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2016 Extending Your Creativity - sold out!

2016 Extending Your Creativity - sold out!

Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Saturday 23 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners and intermediate writers

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

We are all wired for creativity, but too often as adults we let our creativity fade.  In this workshop, you not only find how to access your creativity again, but also how to form a spellbinding story out of the potent words that emerge. Experienced creativity teacher and writer Sue Woolfe will use her research into neuroscience to guide you from idea to story. .....

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2016 Seminar: Scrivener 101 – SOLD OUT!

2016 Seminar: Scrivener 101 – 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: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 26 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Scrivener beginners

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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2016 Breathing on the Mirror: Writing Memoir - SOLD OUT!

2016 Breathing on the Mirror: Writing Memoir - 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: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 30 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

In a big life, where is the story? Everyone has not just one story, but thousands. Somewhere in your many years, encounters, lessons and relationships is the tale you need to tell. It may be sad, it may be joyful, complicated or simple, it might be just for you or it might be a story lots of people can share.  .....

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2016 Writing the Real: Creative Non-Fiction - SOLD OUT!

2016 Writing the Real: Creative Non-Fiction - 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:  Mark Dapin

When: 6 x Wednesday evenings: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August; 7 September, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Learn how to write journalism, memoir and history. The course focuses on producing entertaining, original pieces of writing with intelligence, humour and emotional depth. The teaching method emphasises the practical over the theoretical. There will be at least two writing exercises in every lesson. Pieces will be written in class, and then discussed in a helpful, supportive fashion. Participants will be stretched by some of the exercises, but they will emerge from the course as more confident and accomplished writers. .....

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2016 Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group - sold out!

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 27 August; 10, 24 September; 8, 22 October; 5, 19 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this focused but friendly critique gr

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2016 Seminar: DIY Publishing

2016 Seminar: DIY Publishing

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests speakers including guest speakers including Abigail Nathan, Anna Maguire, Bronwyn Mehan, Joel Naoum, Emma Noble, Adina West, Patrick Lenton and Pat Naoum
When:
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Intermediate

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion.  .....

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2016 The Mindful Writer - SOLD OUT!

2016 The Mindful Writer - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Who: Walter Mason
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 16, 23, 30 August; 6 September, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265
Level: All

Join Walter Mason as he combines the insights of meditation and mindfulness with the joy of creative writing. Diaries, poetry, fiction, memoir, essays – all can be approached from a place of profound stillness and great wisdom.  Go deep within to unleash your amazing capacity for story. .....

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2016 The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

2016 The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

Who: Steven Amsterdam
When:
Saturday 20 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This class is designed for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals. Please be prepared to bring an excerpt of a work-in progress (500-1000 words).

Once you have a working draft, you get to the good part. Making it work. There’s no more aimless wandering, no more shorthand descriptions. You are clarifying the story, sharpening scenes and illuminating themes—and it is fun. Intended for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals, this one-day workshop will cover tools and approaches for making your fiction tight. Through exercises we will develop ways to separate the author’s voice from the protagonist’s, choose the right details for description and dialogue, and visualise the overall flow and meaning of the piece. We will spend a part of the day workshopping each other’s writing in forensic detail, with the goal of refining the individual pieces as well as our own technique. .....

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2016 Generating Ideas

2016 Generating Ideas

Who: Sophie Cunningham
When:
Sunday 21 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Ideal for emerging writers, open to all

One of the most commonly asked questions published writers get asked is ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ and certainly one of the purposes of the day will be to come up with some answers to that question. But that’s the easy part.

This will be a day with a focus on creative process. Which ideas make for great conversational ambit but aren’t going to work when expanded to 60,000 words or more?  How do you know if the idea that is the focus of your novel or non-fiction work is one that is going to engage you deeply enough that you’ll find the stamina to stick with a project for what could be several years?  Sure, the idea might be a commercial one, but is it one you want to live with for a year, or two or three or ten? Alternatively, is your area of interest so particular and strange that you may never find an audience for it (and does that matter?). .....

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2016 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques

2016 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 27 August; 3, 10, 17, 24 September; 8, 15, 22 October, 1:30-4:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level: All

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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2016 Introduction to Copywriting - Cancelled

2016 Introduction to Copywriting - Cancelled

Who: Roseanna Donovan
When:
Saturday 27 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Multi-award winning creative director, copywriter and author, Roseanna Donovan, introduces would-be advertising copywriters to a world where art meets commerce, sometimes head-on.

The commercial imperatives of advertising require a different psychological and intellectual mind set to that of other forms of creative writing.  You need to be able to write within time, budget and media constraints, to understand the inputs and requirements of others with whom your work must be integrated, and to stream an often bewildering amount of complex information into succinct, persuasive, informative and entertaining messages. .....

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2016 The Inside Scoop: Introduction to Writing for Children – SOLD OUT!

2016 The Inside Scoop: Introduction to Writing for Children – SOLD OUT!

 SOLD OUT. Call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to go on the waitlist.

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
Sunday 26 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Adults writing for children in the genres of pictures books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult fiction. Suitable for beginning, aspiring and emerging authors and illustrators and those interested in the children’s publishing industry. .....

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Going Freelance

Going Freelance

Who: Barry Divola
When:
Saturday 12 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Ah, the life of the freelance writer. Up at the crack of noon, pants optional and working only when you damn well feel like it. Sounds too good to be true? That could be because it is.

Get the real story from Barry Divola, who has been a full-time freelancer for over 20 years. How do you start? What should you write? How do you get story ideas? How do you write effective pitches? Who do you approach? How do you deal with evil, uncaring editors? How do you structure appealing stories?  How do you organise your time? And should you wear pants? (Hint: yes) .....

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2016 Writing Speculative Fiction – ONE PLACE LEFT!

2016 Writing Speculative Fiction – ONE PLACE LEFT!

Who: Marianne de Pierres
When:
Saturday 23 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This course has one space left. Please call us on 95559757 to book.

Award-winning science fiction author, Marianne de Pierres, will conduct a comprehensive workshop on writing speculative fiction. Participants will learn how to amass the right tools for world building; how to create convincing worlds that are authentic, logical, and original; and how to effectively blend the sub-genres of speculative fiction to create more exotic stories. .....

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2016 Poetry In Action

2016 Poetry In Action

Who: Mark O’Flynn*        
When:
Saturday 30 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: This workshop is aimed at advanced level poets looking for tools and techniques to refine their verse.

With the guidance of gently paced, carefully structured exercises, discover the possibilities of action in poetry. Action can be interpreted as any process of change, as organising principle and / or subject

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2016 Making a Killing: Writing Crime - limited places available!

2016 Making a Killing: Writing Crime - limited places available!

Who: Katherine Howell
When:
Sunday 1 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Limited places left: call to book 9555 9757

Ideal for writers who are working on or planning a crime novel, this one day workshop teaches the key elements of crime fiction—character, setting, plot, and suspense—and how to employ them in ways that keep the reader turning pages. By the day’s end participants will understand the importance of the four elements and be able to assess how well they are functioning in their own work. They will have new tools that enable them to develop and improve these elements, and will be able to produce stronger and more publishable work as a result. .....

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2016 Eyes on the Road: Writing Short Stories - sold out!

2016 Eyes on the Road: Writing Short Stories - sold out!

Who: Cate Kennedy
When:
Saturday 7 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110 
Level:
All levels, but should have had some experience in at least trying to write fiction

This course is now sold out. Please email us with your name and phone number to go on the wait list. 

Everyone wants their writing to be bold and memorable rather than hesitant and laboured, but how do we plunge in with verve and confidence, to assure our reader of our natural storytelling authority?  What are some of the ways we can get our ‘hands on the wheel’ to establish and maintain that faith? This workshop will look at how to signal authority through voice, tone, rhythm, imagery and control of structure, so that we can begin to write prose which is not bogged down in cautious hesitancy but full of its own confident, fluent momentum. .....

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2016 Blogging For Beginners - sold out!

2016 Blogging For Beginners - sold out!

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 7 & 14 May, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level:
Beginner to Intermediate

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

There are two things a writer wants: to be published, and to be read. Thanks to advances in technology, the former has become a lot easier. All you need is a blog and time to fill it. A blog is an online journal that allows you to share your writing, be it creative, journalistic, or simply a personal account of your life. But there’s a big difference between being published and being read. .....

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2016 Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 10, 17, 24, 31 May; 7, 14 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc. Member: $360
Level: Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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2016 Writing From Life - sold out!

2016 Writing From Life - sold out!

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Saturday 28 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Writing from life is tricky – how do you transform a personal narrative (your own, or someone else’s) into something that interests other people? How do you write from life without being too insularly specific or blandly generic? What are the things you choose to hide, and the things you reveal? .....

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2016 Seminar: Collaborative Writing - Cancelled

2016 Seminar: Collaborative Writing - Cancelled

Who: Denise Tart, Jenny Crocker and Jane Richards
When:
cancelled
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: For all writers at any stage interested in collaborative or group fiction writing.

Not every talented writer is suited to a life of solitary scribe, yet literary collaborations are still rare. One exception is the successful novel, The Painted Sky by Alice Campion (Random House 2015). Three of its five authors have created an online community dedicated to group fiction writing (groupfiction.net) and in this interactive workshop, the trio will share their secrets for collaborative success. .....

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2016 A Play in Two Days

2016 A Play in Two Days

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Beginner and intermediate aspiring playwrights. As we will be starting from scratch, it is preferable to come prepared to write a new play rather than work on a pre-existing idea.

Do you write for the stage? Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a refresher, in this practical course multi award-winning playwright Hilary Bell will take you through the fundamentals of playwriting. .....

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2016 Grammar Essentials

2016 Grammar Essentials

Who: Susan McKerihan
When:
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Any writer who missed out on learning grammar at school and feels at a disadvantage when trying to improve their writing skills. Also those who did learn grammar school, but have forgotten the finer details and would like a refresher

A knowledge of grammar gives people confidence when writing. Whether you write for pleasure or for work, creatively or as part of a technical role, grammar can help you manage the mechanics and nuances of good style. However, many people today didn’t learn grammar at school, so they struggle to understand how and why a piece of writing works or doesn’t work. .....

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2016 Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

2016 Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

Who: With Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Intermediate

If you’ve read Truman Capote’s brutal In Cold Blood, Hunter S. Thompson’s mind-bending Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Susan Orlean’s slow seduction by the natural world in The Orchid Thief or Chloe Hooper’s tangled navigation through Aboriginal deaths in custody in The Tall Man, you’ll already know real stories are often more compelling when they’re told properly: like actual stories. But narrative journalism doesn’t just stop at books. It is also the writing you’ll find in most magazines, from broadsheet newspaper supplements to travel journals and women’s glossies. .....

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2016 Seminar: Nail Your Pitch

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Thursday 16 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Beginner to intermediate.

Writers often moan and groan about blurbs and synopses, but there’s no escape – if you want to pursue publication of any sort, you can’t avoid it. The key to a successful pitch is a clear and fundamental understanding of what it is you are writing and where it fits in the publishing world. Sounds easy in theory, but in practice, encapsulating your writing project in one sentence, a short blurb or even a 500 word synopsis can be more difficult than writing a book-length work. This seminar offers tips and tools to help frame your work in a variety of ways relevant to different publishing opportunities. Whether you are applying for a mentorship or grant, entering a pitching competition, submitting work to an agent or publisher, or self-publishing, your ability to pitch your work well and appropriately plays a crucial role in your success. .....

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2016 Understanding Story Structure – SOLD OUT!

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner to intermediate. This course assumes you have a substantial piece of writing, or have a plan for a piece of writing that you need help structuring

There are limited places in this course. Please call to enrol on (02) 9555 9757.

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript.  .....

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase One - Sold OUT!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase One - Sold OUT!

This course is sold out. Please email us your name and phone number to go on the wait list.

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 24 February; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March; 6, 13 April, 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.

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. .....

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Two - sold out!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Two - sold out!

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 June; 6, 13, 20, 27 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.

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

We’ll put some flesh on the bones of your novel-in-progress, looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper still 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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2016 Writing Picture Books - sold out!

2016 Writing Picture Books - sold out!

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 5 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This course is now sold out. Please email the Centre to add your name to the waiting list.

As any children’s author knows, the limited word count does not mean that writing picture books is easy. In the words of Mem Fox: ‘Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.’

Frances Watts has both written and edited award-winning picture books. From the perspective of a writer, Frances will explore the special narrative requirements of the picture book genre, including story arc, structure, pace, character development and visual narrative. Using this knowledge, the class will examine successful picture books, analysing how and why they work, before embarking on a series of practical exercises through which students will learn to develop ideas, and to employ the techniques of successful picture book writing in their own work. .....

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2016 You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue - only 2 places left!

Who: George Merryman
When:
Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

There are limited places in this course. Please call to enrol on (02) 9555 9757.

Dialogue should be the easiest part of writing, shouldn’t it? We all talk. Every day. All the time. We’re experts in talking, experts in dialogue. And yet writing truthful dialogue is one of the biggest challenges writers face.

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2016 Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

2016 Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

Who: Pamela Woods
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging writers/established writers who have commenced or plan to write a screenplay

You are comfortable writing short stories and have even tackled a novel. But how about a film script? Maybe you have been asked to translate your story to script? Making the transition from depicting internal worlds to an externalised expression

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2012 Sharp Speech! A Writing Great Dialogue Intensive

2012 Sharp Speech! A Writing Great Dialogue Intensive

Who:  Van Badham
When:
Sunday 13 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This writing course will develop your ability to craft effective dialogue, a key skill publishers or producers are looking for when they are assessing your work. .....

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2012 Whose Life is it Anyway? (LAST MINUTE PLACES. BE QUICK!)

2012 Whose Life is it Anyway? (LAST MINUTE PLACES. BE QUICK!)

Who:  Jacqueline Kent
When: 6x Saturday afternoons; 21 & 28 April; 5, 19 & 26 May, 2nd June 2012, 1pm – 4pm. NOTE: 19 May (Only)- Time Change- 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: Full Price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325
Code: 12KENT4 

Whether you are setting down your experiences for your children or grandchildren, explaining your part in larger events, or describing a traumatic event to make sense of it for yourself, writing a memoir can be one of the most rewarding things you do. It can also be one of the most difficult, for a variety of reasons. Researching and writing the history of your family is equally fascinating, offering the opportunity to develop research and interviewing skills. And in both cases, finding the right words is satisfying and empowering. .....

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2012 Beginner's Mind: Writing as a Meditative Practice

2012 Beginner's Mind: Writing as a Meditative Practice

Who: Joyce Kornblatt
When: Sunday 22 April 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code: 12KORN4 

If we let go of our beliefs about how to write, what to write and whether or not we’re any good at writing, what might we discover about our creativity?

In this experiential course, we’ll explore writing from what Zen Buddhists call “beginner’s mind”. Using gentle meditation practices, we’ll allow breath, silence and movement to guide us through a series of writing experiments. In this unconventional way, we’ll experience directly what it means to write with immediacy, empathy, courage and playfulness. We’ll discover form, voice and point of view. Giving up what we already know, we’ll write directly from the body’s rich and surprising wisdom. This course is open to both new and experienced writers, to those for whom the words are flowing and to those who feel “stuck”, to those who have a spiritual path and to those interested in learning about the rich relationship between meditative practice and the art of writing. .....

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2012 Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

2012 Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

Who:  Benjamin Law
When: Sunday 10 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This workshop is suitable for fiction writers wanting to apply their writing skills to a new field, or journalists looking for a new way to present a good story.

It will lead you through every step of the process from harvesting story ideas, pitching them to editors, right through to the nitty gritty of research, sourcing and conducting interviews and how to turn raw research material into a riveting story, ready for publication in a magazine or book. .....

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2012 Year of the Novel (Three Acts)

2012 Year of the Novel (Three Acts)

Who:  Bem Le Hunte
Cost:
Complete Course – Three Acts (additional 10% discount)
Full Price:
$2430, Member: $1730, Conc Member: $1470
Code:
12LEHU2

Make this the year that you write that novel or novella you’ve yet to start or complete. This course gives you the inspiration, the camaraderie, the structure, skills and motivation to write the novel you’ve been putting off. Whether you’re beginning your writing adventure or have lots of writing under your belt, you’re welcome to attend. .....

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2012 Writers' Toolkit: The Elements of Fiction

2012 Writers' Toolkit: The Elements of Fiction

Who:  Emily Maguire
When: Sunday 13 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code: 12MAGU5

In this one-day intensive, Emily will provide an introduction to the elements of fiction including character, point of view, voice, setting and plot. She will discuss each element using examples from contemporary and classic works of fiction, which will then be reinforced through short writing exercises. .....

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2012 The Last Taboo: Writing in the Sacred Realms

2012 The Last Taboo: Writing in the Sacred Realms

Who: Jane Meredith
When: Saturday 4 February 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12MERE2

Perhaps you are a fiction writer, wanting to show your characters’ spiritual, as well as their emotional and practical lives? Or perhaps a poet, seeking to infuse your language with the numinous lifeforce? Or a playwright, bringing to life ancient characters from myth and fable? Maybe you write instructional, descriptive or biographical non-fiction, and are searching for practical ways to write about the intangible – or you just want to branch out! .....

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2012 Blogging for Beginners

2012 Blogging for Beginners

Who: Angela Meyer
When: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March 2012-10:30am-1:30pm

Where: Leichhardt Library, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW

Cost: Full Price $180; Member $125; Conc Member $110
Code: 12MEYE3

You want to start a blog but you’re really not sure where to begin. It could be for business, pleasure, criticism, charity, or to build a profile or portfolio. Which platform will you use? How do you make it look good? Should you have a topic or theme, or just dive in? Will you allow comments? .....

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2012 Writing About Food

2012 Writing About Food

Who: John Newton
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 22 & 29 May; 5, 12, 19 & 26 June 2012, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
 Full Price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

Whether you write reviews, recipes or just want to celebrate the delights of the palate, this course for writers has got something for everyone – with or without food writing experience. .....

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2012 Fiction Feedback: A Focus Group on Your Writing (sold out)

2012 Fiction Feedback: A Focus Group on Your Writing (sold out)

Who:  Kevin O’Brien
When: 8 x Saturdays afternoons: 21 & 28 April; 5,12, 19 & 26 May; 2 & 9 June 2012, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price $865; Member $605; Conc Member $520
Code:  12OBRI4

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Bring your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly focus group, convened by Random House senior editor Kevin O’Brien. .....

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2012 Writing Film and TV: Dialogue and Structure for Drama

2012 Writing Film and TV: Dialogue and Structure for Drama

Who: Nick Parsons
When: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney
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2012 Playwriting: Ways to Begin

2012 Playwriting: Ways to Begin

Who:  Lachlan Philpott
When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 2012, 10am-4pm

Where: Leichhardt Library, 23 Norton Street Leichhardt NSW

Cost: Full Price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Code: 12PHIL3

In this two-day workshop, Lachlan will be offering inspiring ways to begin writing a play and providing a pathway to get to the final scene. You will be exploring how to find the right starting point, tap into the pulse of your characters, write cracking dialogue and uncover the true form required for your play. .....

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2012 Creating an Original Picture Book

2012 Creating an Original Picture Book

Who: Tohby Riddle
When: Sunday 12 Feb 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price $150; Member  $105; Conc Member $90
Code: 12RIDD2

Good work comes from good thinking. Muliti-award-winning picture book creator Tohby Riddle leads you through the process of creating and making a picture book – with an emphasis on ways of thinking about words and pictures designed to extend each person’s unique abilities and get better and more original results. .....

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2012 Making the Impossible Real: Writing Speculative Fiction

2012 Making the Impossible Real: Writing Speculative Fiction

Who:  Robert Hood
When:
Sunday 4 March 2012-10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12HOOD3

Whether dealing with angels or demons, past or future, aliens, post-humans or artificial intelligences, stories of alternate realities, imagined futures and fantastical impossibilities have been a never-ending source of fascination for writers and readers for as long as humanity has told stories. But once you leave the everyday world behind, once you embrace worlds where the impossible happens, how do you make your writing believable? How do you make the impossible possible? .....

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2012 The Grammar Gig (sold out)

2012 The Grammar Gig (sold out)

Who:  Selena Hanet-Hutchins
When:
Saturday 21 April 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
  12HANE4

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Ever hovered over a hyphen, or a “which” or “that”? Have valuable workshop minutes been lost in debate about apostrophes, or “and” or “but” at the start of a sentence? Uncertain of those semicolons? Every writer, whether master or novice, can improve their craft by developing their skills in grammar. Every published writer knows the value of submitting a “clean” manuscript for publication. Beyond knuckle-rapping and rote learning, English grammar is a system of rules and principles that allow us to communicate meaningfully with one another, and can take your writing from flat or forced to fantastic. .....

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2012 The Characters Who'll Get You Published

2012 The Characters Who'll Get You Published

Who:  Catherine Hammond
When:
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2012- 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Code:
12HAMM4

This practical course will focus on the portrayal of characters in both fiction and non-fiction, responding to such issues as: What if my characters all seem to sound and behave almost the same? What is meant by a “well-rounded” character? The relation of character portrayal to storyline development will be examined, with emphasis on avoiding the common error of using characters as mere vehicles to move the plot along or convey messages dear to the author. .....

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2012 Where is the Love? How to put Romance into Your Writing

2012 Where is the Love? How to put Romance into Your Writing

Who:  Dianne Blacklock
When:
Saturday 10 March 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12BLAC3

Dianne Blacklock is the author of eight novels of contemporary women’s fiction. Her books encompass a broad range of life experiences – marriage, divorce, family, work and … love. But what self-respecting novel doesn’t have a love story embedded somewhere in its narrative?

In ‘Where is the Love?’ Dianne will present a workshop designed for both beginners and experienced writers – anyone who lacks confidence exploring and developing the more romantic elements of their books – love, sex, the whole catastrophe. Dianne has been surprised by how many, even experienced, writers squirm at the idea of writing a love scene – and not in a good way. .....

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2012 Navigating Through a Writing Project

2012 Navigating Through a Writing Project

Who: Melissa Bruce
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings; 14,21 & 28 March; 4, 11 & 18 April 2012, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325
Code:
12BRUC6

Having problems kickstarting ideas? Have trouble sticking with a creative problem? Then struggle with finishing a project? “Navigating Through a Writing Project” looks to give helpful hints to get through all stages of the creative process. .....

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2012 Writing a Sense of Place

2012 Writing a Sense of Place

Who:  Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 2 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12CAST6

Annie Proulx once said that Brokeback Mountain isn’t about two gay cowboys; it’s about the West and its sense of place. The expression “a sense of place” is a critical catchphase that often defies clear understanding. As readers we know when a writer has created a “great sense of place”. But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey “a sense of place”, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2012 Plotting and Planning

2012 Plotting and Planning

Who:  Laurine Croasdale
When:
Saturday 5 May 2012 10am-4pm
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This writing course is a practical look at plotting with lots of writing exercises, group work, discussion and constructive critiques.

Plotting is the backbone of your story – no matter what your genre – and understanding the basics of plotting will help you get your story into shape and provide a launching point for writing. .....

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2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course (Three Phases)

2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course (Three Phases)

Who: Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally successful playwrights, with a string of national and international awards and productions. In 2012, Timothy returns with his highly successful, intensive course that will take you from the start to the finish of writing your play.

Open to both beginning writers for theatre as well as those with some experience, this year-long course is one of the most detailed, practical and ‘hands-on’ available. You will receive detailed notes and helpful writing exercises as well as have the chance to write your own play and workshop it in class. .....

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2012 HSC English Extension 2: A Year of Writing

2012 HSC English Extension 2: A Year of Writing

Who:  Anna Maria Dell’Oso

It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the Extension 2 Major Work.

 Over three phases spaced throughout the HSC year, author, journalist and critic Anna Maria Dell’Oso will guide you – from coming up with your ideas, to drafting your work in progress and getting ready to hand in your project. Students can enrol in all three phases or join in at any stage along the way. Anna’s intensive classes are an excellent way of diving into your Extension 2 Major Work while learning invaluable writing and editing skills to sustain you through your HSC project and beyond. .....

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2012 Going Freelance

2012 Going Freelance

Who: Barry Divola
When:
29 April 2012, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full Price
$150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12DIV04

Ah, the life of a freelancer writer. Up at the crack of noon, pants optional and working only when you damn well feel like it. Sounds too good to be true? That could be beacuse it is.

Get the real story from Barry Divola, who has been a full-time freelancer for over 20 years. How do you start? What should you write? How do you get story ideas? How do you write effective pitches? Who do you approach? How do you deal with evil, uncaring editors? How do you structure appealing stories? How do you organise your time? And should you wear pants? (Hint: yes). .....

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2012 What's Poetry, What's Not

2012 What's Poetry, What's Not

Who:  Brook Emery
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings; 7, 14, 21 & 28 March; 4 & 11 April 2012, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Cost:
Full price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325
Code:
12EMER3

This six-week course is designed to help beginning and intermediate poets get a grasp on what really makes poetry different from prose and what makes poetry (especially their own) come to life. The course is both theoretical and practical and, while concentrating on the writing of poetry, pays due attention to the importance of reading poetry. .....

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2012 Cheeky Monkey Comedy Masterclass

2012 Cheeky Monkey Comedy Masterclass

Who:  Tim Ferguson
When:
Saturday 9 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This writing course will offer the processes and insights necessary for writers to expand their skills base into writing comedy.

All great writers have a working knowledge of the principles of comedy. These principles are fixed, universal and quantifiable. .....

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2012 Intensive Picture Book Workshop

2012 Intensive Picture Book Workshop

Who:  Libby Gleeson
When:
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2012- 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Code:
  12GLEE4

Picture books are a unique literary form combining written and visual text. In this workshop students will work through the process of developing a picture book text: ideas generation, character and plot development, structure and language. In a combination of presentation and discussion, group work and one-on-one time with the tutor, students will be encouraged to take risks and to delve more deeply into the ideas they wish to explore. The state of the publishing industry as it affects picture books will also be examined. .....

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2012 Get Shorty: Writing Short Stories

2012 Get Shorty: Writing Short Stories

Who: Jane Gleeson-White
When:
Saturday 10 March 2012-10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12GLEJ3

‘The ideal short story is like a knife – strongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts.’ Michael Swanwick

In a world of electronic media and short attention spans, the short story form is flourishing. The international success of Nam Le’s 2008 short story collection The Boat brought the short story to centre stage in Australian publishing – and a new generation of literary journals has opened up opportunities for writers in the short form. .....

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2012 Poetry: Appreciation and Creation (Sold Out)

2012 Poetry: Appreciation and Creation (Sold Out)

Who:  Robert Gray
When: Sunday 29 January 2012, 10am-4pm.
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12GRAY1

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Robert Gray is offering a course which looks at the history of poetry in English and at the techniques which make the best of this work so effective. He offers new ways to use these traditional skills, which students can draw upon in writing their own work. He also aims to sharpen critical judgment and appreciation, so as to improve the spontaneous, crucial decisions a poet makes while in the act of writing. All genres of poetry will be discussed, from formalist to concrete, with a particular emphasis on contemporary free verse. A course rich enough to benefit the work of both beginners and advanced writers, including those whose special interest is prose. .....

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2012 Seminar: The Business of Being A Writer

2012 Seminar: The Business of Being A Writer

Who: Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Pamela Freeman and Dale Hollingsworth
When: Saturday 25 February 2012, 10am – 5pm
Cost: Full Price $150; Member $105 (30% disc); Conc Member $90 (40% disc)
Code: 12RIDG2

You decided to become a writer because you’re good at expressing yourself creatively. What you weren’t expecting was all those other aspects you have to deal with – contracts, copyright, finances and how to promote yourself. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel (Three Phases)

2012 Year of the YA Novel (Three Phases)

Who:  James Roy, featuring special guest Jody Lee
Cost: Full Price $970; Member $675 (30% discount) Conc Member $580 (40% discount). Complete course – three phases (additional 10% discount).

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

If you think this is true, consider this: some of the great novels would be considered Young Adult fiction were they to be published today – To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, even Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet feature young people finding their way in a grown-up world. .....

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2012 Creating Travel Literature

2012 Creating Travel Literature

Who: Brendan Shanahan
When: Saturday 12 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12SHAN5

Travel writing has spawned categories and sub-categories, but the travel novel has increased in standing as serious literature. More than a memoir, an exceptional travel novel is a distinct blend of the personal, the novel and the cultural, defined by the clarity of the writer’s voice and language, and the wit of observation.  .....

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2012 Writing Comedy Beyond a Joke

2012 Writing Comedy Beyond a Joke

Who: Dominic Knight
When:
Saturday 7 July 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

In this course for writers, Dom Knight will share his experiences in diverse areas of comedy writing, like how to come up with ideas, how to tell whether something’s funny, how to use comedy to make a serious point and how to work humour into whatever else you may be writing. During the workshop, you’ll brainstorm jokes and comedy ideas in areas from one-liners to sketches to narrative comedy. .....

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2012 Blogging for Beginners SOLD OUT

2012 Blogging for Beginners SOLD OUT

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Who: William Kostakis
When: 2 x Saturday mornings: 14 July & 21 July 2012, 10:30am-1:30pm
Full price:
$200; Member: $140; Conc Member: $120

This bloggers workshop will translate the jargon (‘Web 2.0’ anybody?) into English you can understand, and demonstrate just how easy it is to set up and maintain a blog. But it isn’t just theoretical – award-winning author, journalist and blogger William Kostakis will guide you through practical exercises in constructing posts that will attract and engage an audience.  Learn about the alternative blogging tools available online, search engine optimisation, how to build an audience and how to write for the Web. .....

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2012 Seminar: The Business of Being a Writer

With Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, James Roy and Steve Miller
When:
Saturday 21 July 2012, 10am – 5pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

This writer’s seminar will provide you with an introduction to the business side of being a writer: those legal and financial aspects you may not be familiar with or don’t have the expertise to deal with. You decided to become a writer because you’re good at expressing yourself creatively. What you weren’t expecting was all those other aspects you have to deal with – contracts, copyright, finances and how to promote yourself. .....

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2012 Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

2012 Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Sunday 22 July 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

This writers’ workshop will show you how to use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Dr 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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2012 Seminar: Storytelling in the Digital Age LIMITED PLACES LEFT!

Who: Jennifer Wilson
When: Thursday 26 July 2012, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Full price:
$50; Member: $35; Conc Member: $30

As consumers move their attention to interactive screen devices from paper and fixed (tv, cinema) screens, this presents both challenges and opportunities for writers and story creators. The development of multiplatform and transmedia narratives offers new options for writes, but also has different demands.

Join Jennifer Wilson, Director of The Project Factory to learn about: What is non-linear story telling? Who is the ‘audience’ when they are also creating the story? Is control important and how (and when) do you need to surrender this?
Digital and interactive experiences still need a story, a plot and good writing – whether a rich web site, a massive multiplayer game or just a nice little mobile app. .....

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2012 From Writer/Illustrator to Presenter

Who: Eleanor Shakiba
When: Saturday 28 July 2012, 9am – 4pm
Full price:
$185; Member: $130

Are you an expert in your writing craft who wants to learn how to make presentations to schools and other groups, to run courses, or simply to speak at functions? Have you learned how to present workshops through trial and error and would like to polish your skills? Would like to become a professional presenter but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop will help. Learn to assess and meet the needs of participants in your groups. Plan interactive workshops, get your timing right, create professional teaching resources and learn to handle tough situations in groups.

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2012 Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

2012 Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

Who: Pat Grant
When: Sunday 2 & Sunday 9 September 2012, 10am – 4pm NEW DATES
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Sometimes it feels like the ability to sling a decent sentence isn’t quite enough for a writer in the modern world. The literary landscape is now littered with screens, windows and graphic interfaces, and there is more and more demand for those of us that call themselves writers to also become image-makers. Writers who can incorporate visual communication techniques into their storytelling have a trump card in their pocket. .....

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2012 Plan to be Published

Who: Les Wicks
When: 2 x Sundays: 5 & 12 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

If you write and are reaching the point where you would like your work to get out there into the wider world, then this course will help you to reach that new level. This course is for all styles and all ages. Les Wicks’ workshops are known for their constructive & friendly orientation. This workshop will have an emphasis on the nuts and bolts of establishing a poetry audience.  .....

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2012 Writing Memoir - Advanced SOLD OUT

2012 Writing Memoir - Advanced SOLD OUT

Who: Patti Miller
When: 4 x Thurday mornings: 2, 9, 16 & 23 August 2012, 10am-1pm
Full price:
$400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

This is an advanced memoir course for those who want to write more than a record or a history, for those who are ready for a creative journey.  This course will refresh the technique of writing from original memory and creating the texture of lived experience on the page, and will explore narrating voice, story-telling and narrative pacing and structure. There will be a special trouble-shooting section on the problems in finding form – an invaluable insight into the structural pitfalls that can await the memoirist – based on Patti’s work critiquing hundreds of manuscripts. .....

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2012 What Makes It A Story? SOLD OUT

2012 What Makes It A Story? SOLD OUT

Who: Cate Kennedy
When:
Saturday 4 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Cate Kennedy is one of Australia’s leading short story authors, critically praised, widely anthologised and published in The New Yorker and The Harvard Review. In 2012, Cate joins us from Melbourne for a one day workshop designed to re-inspire writers who have stories they want to perfect, whether for publication or their own satisfaction. .....

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2012 Teen Writers Get Serious!

Who: Melina Marchetta
When:
Sunday 5 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Are you into writing? Do you make up stories in your head or on the page? Want to take it further? Then join the internationally published, prize-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and The Piper’s Son, Melina Marchetta, for a day of creative writing that will take your words further.

Through a combination of theory, examples and practical exercises, Melina will explore with students the creation of tension and atmosphere, descriptive scenes and fast-paced narrative, enhancing action, characterisation, point of view, narrative tense, writing strong dialogue and more, using techniques she has developed over years of writing. Students will complete up to four brief writing pieces throughout the day and come away with new techniques and skills for their craft along with the seeds of new stories. .....

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2012 Child's Play: Writing for Children

2012 Child's Play: Writing for Children

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When: Saturday 11 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Do you dream of writing bestselling books for children?  Do you love coming up with stories you believe that children would love to read? Do you want to understand the complexities of the market and how to go about getting published?   

Jacqueline Harvey will guide participants through a practical look at writing for children including critical skills and knowledge, understanding the market, finding your voice, refining and improving your work and how to approach publishers.  This course aims to give those who are keen to write for children a realistic view of what’s involved from getting started to getting published and what happens after that.  A series of activities will give budding writers opportunities to explore style, voice and other key elements of writing for children as well demystifying the publishing process.    .....

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2012 Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow - Sold Out!

2012 Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow - Sold Out!

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When: Saturday 3 November 2012, 10am – 6pm
Full Price
 $80; Member Price $55; Concession Member Price $45

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is back at the NSW Writers’ Centre, presenting the best of their annual ten-day festival in a special one-day event.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow program includes a series of panels and discussions about writing, writers and literary life; practical sessions such as The Pitch – offering no-holds-barred advice on the art of pitching your writing to editors, publishers and agents; the much-loved Creative Writing Bootcamp; and Living Library. .....

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2012 The Art of Travel Writing

2012 The Art of Travel Writing

Who: Bruce Elder
When: Sunday 6 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This course for prospective travel writers is designed to explore how those memories and jottings can be turned into articles worthy of publication and even books about the rich and unique experience of travel. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Three

2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Three

Who: James Roy and special guest speaker Jody Lee
When: 4 x Sunday mornings: 9, 16, 23 & 30 September 2012, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12ROY9

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

James Roy is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and young adults. James will present this special year-long course, running over three phases, which will guide students through the process of writing a YA novel. With that in mind, participants will need to not only have a strong desire to write for teens, but will ideally have begun a project, although some may come with little more than the germ of an idea. .....

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2012 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

2012 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

Who:  Lisa Shanahan
When: Saturday 16 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This one-day writing course for beginning picture book writers outlines the journey of creating a picture book from the first seed to final story

A picture book is a unique meeting place. It’s the place where a text meets with the illustrations and the illustrations with a text. It’s a place where an adult meets with a child and a child meets with an adult. It’s a place where a child meets with themselves … and also with the world. So much in so little time! .....

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2012 Moments of Grace: A Poetry Workshop

2012 Moments of Grace: A Poetry Workshop

Who:  Peter Skrzynecki
When: Saturday 23 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This poetry writers course is  designed to develop your writing by illustrating how the Ordinary can reveal the Extraordinary and how these experiences exist around us all the time. .....

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2012 The Essentials of Editing

2012 The Essentials of Editing

Who:  Tony Spencer-Smith
When: 4x Thursday evenings; 19 & 26 April, 3 & 10 May 2012 -6:30-9:30PM
Cost: Full price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12SPEN4

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2012 Year of the Novel: Act One (SOLD OUT)

2012 Year of the Novel: Act One (SOLD OUT)

Who: Bem Le Hunte
Dates: 10 x Tuesday evenings: 7,14,21 & 28 February; 6 & 27 March; 3,10,17 & 24 April 2012, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $900; Member: $640; Conc Member: $545
Code: 12LEHU2

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Make this the year you write that novel or novella you’ve yet to start or complete. This course gives you the inspiration, the camaraderie, the structure, skills and motivation to write the novel you’ve been putting off. Whether you’re beginning your writing adventure or have lots of writing under your belt, you’re welcome to attend. .....

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2012 Year of the Novel: Act Two

2012 Year of the Novel: Act Two

Who: Bem Le Hunte
When:
10 x Tuesday evenings: 5,12,19 & 26 June; 2,9,16,23 & 30 October; 6 & 13 November 2012, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$900; Member: $640; Conc Member: $545
Code:
12LEHU6

Act Two is where our action happens. Where we make form out substance, drawing together the ideas, possibilities and words we’ve created throughout the first stage of this course. We’ll explore many techniques that can turn a story inside out and back-to-front, and we’ll start to think about structuring ideas and events in a way that is meaningful to an overall narrative. .....

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2012 Year of the Novel: Act Three

2012 Year of the Novel: Act Three

Who: Bem Le Hunte
Dates: 10 x Tuesday evenings: 11, 18 & 25 September; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 October; 6 & 13 November 2012, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $900; Member: $640; Conc Member: $545
Code: 12LEHU2

This phase of the course is all about getting ready for publication-a time for troubleshooting and improving-for getting rid of the typical ‘first novel flaws’ and creating a manuscript that lives up to the highest expectations of readers and publishers. This is our moment of reckoning. The point when everything we’ve learned so far on the writing journey is put to the test under a critical eye. .....

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2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase One

2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase One

Please note change of dates

Who: Timothy Daly
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 10, 17, 24 & 31 March; 21 & 28 April; 5 & 12May 2012, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price: $720; Member: $510; Conc Member: $435
Code: 12DALY3

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally successful playwrights, with a string of national and international awards and productions. Open to both beginning writers for theatre as well as those with some experience, this year -long course is one of the most detailed, practical and hands-on available. .....

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2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase Two

2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase Two

Who: Timothy Daly
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 30 June; 7, 14, 21 July; 4, 11, 18 & 25 August 2012, 1pm-4pm
Full price: $720; Member: $510; Conc Member: $435
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

Open to both beginning writers for theatre as well as those with some experience, this writing course is one of the most detailed, practical and hands-on available. .....

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2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase Three

2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase Three

CANCELLED

Who: Timothy Daly
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 8, 15, 22 & 29 September; 6, 13, 20 & 27 October 2012; 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price: $720; Member: $510; Conc Member: $435
Code: 12DALY9

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally successful playwrights, with a string of national and international awards and productions. Open to both beginning writers for theatre as well as those with some experience, this year -long course is one of the most detailed, practical and hands-on available. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase One

2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase One

Who: James Roy
When: 4 x Sunday mornings: 11, 18 & 25 March & 1 April 2012, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12ROY3

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

James Roy is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and young adults. James will present this special year-long course, running over three phases, which will guide students through the process of writing a YA novel. With that in mind, participants will need to not only have a strong desire to write for teens, but will ideally have begun a project, although some may come with little more than the germ of an idea. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Two

2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Two

Who: James Roy
When: 4 x Sunday mornings: 10, 17, 24 June & 1 July 2012, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12ROY6

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

James Roy is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and young adults. James will present this special year-long course, running over three phases, which will guide students through the process of writing a YA novel. With that in mind, participants will need to not only have a strong desire to write for teens, but will ideally have begun a project, although some may come with little more than the germ of an idea. .....

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2012 Prepare to Submit: Making Your Manuscript Publishable

Who: Catherine Hammond
When:
6 x Saturday mornings: 18 & 25 August; 1,8,15 & 22 September 2012, 10am – 1pm
Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Now that you’ve finished your manuscript – or nearly! – you’re thinking about publishing, but you’re just not sure if it’s ready. You’re wondering: Is your story well structured and engaging? Are your characters all that they can be? Does your manuscript have what it takes to wow agents, publishers and readers? .....

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A Decent Proposal

A Decent Proposal

By Rhonda Whitton and Sheila Hollingworth

How to sell your book to an Australia publisher or literary agent.

You’ve finished drafting and polishing your manuscript. So what happens next?
Based on an industry-wide survey and using writers’ successful proposals as examples, A Decent Proposal introduces the techniques required to develop a convincing Book Proposal that will satisfy (yes, and even excite) an Australian publisher or literary agent. This fully revised edition features step-by-step instructions for developing a winning Book Proposal package and includes information on: .....

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HSC English Ext 2 Script Writing - temporarily out of stock

HSC English Ext 2 Script Writing - temporarily out of stock

A Manual for Teachers and Students by Timothy Daly

This book provides practical examples and helpful writing tips for HSC Extension 2 film script writing, TV writing, radio plays and speech writing, along with numerous sample scripts and helpful hints on page layout and story structure.

Each section is self-contained, but whatever form (radio, film etc) that you’re doing you probably should have a look at the first section, on ‘story’, as it’s sure to give you ideas about story and plot (that is, how and when you tell your story). .....

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2016 Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

2016 Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Who: Vanessa Berry
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Places are full of stories, and every story has its place. Whether place is setting or subject, the skilful writing of place enriches your stories and connection with your readers. Landscape or cityscape, familiar or faraway, this workshop will build your ability to capture the essence of places so they come to life on the page.

Discover forms of place-based writing including psychogeography and nature writing, and how you can bring elements of these styles into fiction and non-fiction. You will learn a set of experiments and exercises that engage you with place, key research skills for deepening your knowledge and understanding of places and how to use your research to enhance character and narrative. .....

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The Little Green Grammar Book - temporarily out of stock

The Little Green Grammar Book - temporarily out of stock

by Mark Tredinnick

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Were do you need a comma and where do you not? Why are cashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it that? In The Little Green Grammar Book, Mark Tredinnick asks and answers the tough grammar questions – big and small – with the same verve and authority that readers encountered in The Little Red Writing Book.

He makes the complexities of sentence structure and punctuation elegantly simple, and he does it in a clear and easy-going style. He makes grammar useful. He even makes it fun. His book offers limpid explanations, illustrated with memorable examples, of all the most important points of grammar. .....

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The Memoir Book - temporarily out of stock

The Memoir Book - temporarily out of stock

by Patti Miller

A clear, engaging and practical ‘how-to’ guide to writing a memoir, by Australia’s foremost teacher and practitioner of memoir and life writing, Patti Miller.

We all have a story to tell – whether it is a story of a migrant childhood, a difficult past, adopting a child, riding a bike across India, or simply a contemplative year in a garden. With these stories we make sense of ourselves and the world around us.

Memoir – writing about an aspect of a life rather than a whole life – expresses and shapes these stories within us so that the writing becomes more than a record, it becomes a creative journey. .....

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The Writing Book

The Writing Book

*Temporarily out of stock*

 

by Kate Grenville

The Writing Book doesn’t just talk about how to write fiction; it take you, step by step, throught the process of doing it.

Each chapter concentrates on one aspect of writing, such as getting started, bringing characters to life, writing convincing dialogue, revising and writer’s block.

Exercises in each chapters are carefully structured so that each builds on the one before. Examples from contemporary Australian writing demonstrate how different writers tackle the technical aspects of their art. .....

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A year of novel writing 2011 (overview)

A year of novel writing 2011 (overview)

Who: Alan Mills

Do you have ambitions to write a novel? Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name on the cover of a book? Make 2011 the year you finally make it happen.

Internationally published author and teacher Alan Mills condenses his decades of writing experience into a three-phase course designed to teach you the secrets of writing bestselling fiction. In company with other like-minded and enthusiastic writers you’ll learn exactly what it takes to write a successful novel and how you can do it. Whether you are a raw beginner or an experienced writer, this three-phase course offers a step-by-step guide to writing — and completing! — the best novel you can. .....

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A year of novel writing 2011 phase three: final draft

A year of novel writing 2011 phase three: final draft

Who: Alan Mills

Do you have ambitions to write a novel? Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name on the cover of a book? Make 2011 the year you finally make it happen.

Internationally published author and teacher Alan Mills condenses his decades of writing experience into a three-phase course designed to teach you the secrets of writing bestselling fiction. In company with other like-minded and enthusiastic writers you’ll learn exactly what it takes to write a successful novel and how you can do it. Whether you are a raw beginner or an experienced writer, this three-phase course offers a step-by-step guide to writing — and completing! — the best novel you can. .....

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2012 Writing Emotion

2012 Writing Emotion

Who:  Maggie MacKellar
When: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June 2012 10am-4pm.
Full price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

Whether your form is fiction, memoir or a blog, this course will challenge and stimulate the way you think about writing emotion.

This writing course is for anyone who is trying to write about the big moments in life – birth, death, love and the related transformations of the human spirit within these. .....

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2011 We're Talking Dialogue

2011 We're Talking Dialogue

Who: Gary John Baxter
When: Sunday 13 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BAXT11

Many good novels are let down by weak or mundane dialogue. Plays rely heavily on dialogue and film dialogue has its own unique requirements. Gary Baxter is an internationally recognised playwright, novelist, actor and director. In this course he will investigate how dialogue defines and creates character in novels, stage plays and screenplays. .....

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2011 Picture books: Mastering the Art of the Bedtime Story (SOLD OUT)

2011 Picture books: Mastering the Art of the Bedtime Story (SOLD OUT)

Who: Jackie French
When: Saturday 19 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11FREN11

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What makes a best-selling picture book, or at least one that publishers hope will sell a million copies? What is the difference between an illustrated short story and a picture book? Does it really take three years to write 200 words? Why bother?

Jackie French’s writing career spans 17 years, 48 wombats, 132 books, 23 languages and over 50 awards in Australia and overseas. In this workshop, Jackie will take what seems to be the simplest art of all, practiced by every parent since we became human – the bedtime story – and show its variations, complexities and potential. .....

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2011 Poetry: a Practical Workshop

2011 Poetry: a Practical Workshop

Who: Peter Skrzynecki
When: 2 x Sunday mornings: 20 & 27 November 2011, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Code: 11SKRZ11

Peter Skrzynecki is the author of nine volumes of poetry including the award-winning Headwaters, There, Behind the Lids and Immigrant Chronicle. Join him for a practical, round-table discussion of your work in a friendly, supportive environment.

Here’s how it works: each student will bring in no more than 5 poems of no more than 30 lines each. Make sure you don’t include your name anywhere on the poem. Poems will then be discussed by the class, with the author remaining anonymous, providing constructive feedback and insight into each work. .....

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2011 The Saturday Radio Writers' Course

 2011 The Saturday Radio Writers' Course

Who: Timothy Daly
When: 3 x Saturday afternoons: 26 November; 3 & 10 December 2011, 1pm – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $270; Member: $190; Conc Member: $160
Code: 11DALY11

A three-session intensive course and radio play workshop that takes you from start to finish, conducted by one of Australia’s most experienced teachers of writing, multi-award-winning playwright Timothy Daly.

Radio is one of the best ways to get productions of your writing. It is much easier to break into than film, theatre or television. The market is both national and international. The knowledge you acquire will allow you to move to film writing, because the skills base is so similar. This course – the only radio writing course in Australia – will teach you all the skills, principles and techniques you will need to create and sell a radio play. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm. .....

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2011 Manuscript Polishing Kit

2011 Manuscript Polishing Kit

Who: Sharon Rundle
When: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11RUND11

Do you have a manuscript that you want to submit to a publisher? Need some help with that final layer of polish?

In this course editor Sharon Rundle will help fiction writers looking to polish their manuscripts for submission to publishers. This course is specifically for narratives that have already been developed and are near to publication stage. .....

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2011 Non-boring Non-fiction: True Stories that Sell (SOLD OUT)

2011 Non-boring Non-fiction: True Stories that Sell (SOLD OUT)

Who: Nick Bleszynski
When: Sunday 27 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BLES11

What makes a best-selling non-fiction book? What are publishers looking for? How do you present and structure your non-fiction book and make the most out of your story?

Nick Bleszynski is the best-selling non-fiction author of Shoot Straight You Bastards!, You’ll Never Take Me Alive and Bloodlust. In this one-day intensive, Nick will cover all aspects of non-fiction writing. Nick will help you discover the power and importance of good research and what to do if you have holes in that research. He’ll demonstrate and help you practice writing theory, including structure, character, plot and synopsis. He’ll show you how the world of publishing works and how to understand market trends – essential tools in choosing a story for a best-seller. In short, in this course course Nick aims to give aspiring authors a realistic idea of what they need to do and how to do it. .....

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Playwriting Festival 2012 (Phone Bookings Only)

Playwriting Festival 2012 (Phone Bookings Only)

Saturday 3 March 2012, 10am-6:30pm

The first in our festival program for 2012 is the Playwriting Festival curated by award winning writer Kate Mulvany.

The Playwriting Festival will bring together some of Australia’s best and brightest playwrights, dramaturgs, artistic directors and reviewers including Van Badham, Vanessa Bates, Jane Bodie, Fraser Corfield, Duncan Graham, Kevin Jackson, Andrea JamesLeland Kean, Mark Kilmurry, John McCallum, Tony McNamara, Tommy Murphy, Debra Oswald, Lachlan Philpott, Polly Rowe, Diana Simmonds, Sam Strong, Augusta Supple and more to be announced. .....

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2011 Seminar: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing

2011 Seminar: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing

Who: Jude McGee, Nicola O’Shea, Anna Maguire, Debbie Higgs, Michael White and guests
When: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Code: 11MCGE12

Publishing: it’s the holy grail of the writing world. Many try, few succeed. This two-day seminar will take you beyond the iron gate and inside the world of modern publishing with experts from the industry. Whether you’re looking at commercial or self-publishing or can’t decide, whether you’re interested in mainstream or digital publishing, this seminar is one you can’t afford to miss. .....

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2011 Writing Graphic Novels

2011 Writing Graphic Novels

Who: Chewie Chan
When: Saturday 10 December 2011, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$150; Member Price: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code:
11CHAN12

Fascinated by the interplay between words and images? Whether you want to write comic books, illustrated texts or just play with the possibilities of combining text and pictures, this course will help you explore the challenges and rewards of writing graphic novels.

From Julian Shaw’s movie-in-book-form, Modern Odysseus, to Shaun Tan’s illustrated collection Tales from Outer Suburbia to Neil Gaiman’s  comic book novels, the graphic novel is an innovative medium that has been recognized by the Pulitzer Prize, the Guardian Award and critics worldwide. .....

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2011 From Spark to Manuscript: Writing Your First YA Novel

2011 From Spark to Manuscript: Writing Your First YA Novel

Who: Georgia Clark
When: Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11CLAR12

Have you always wanted to write a Young Adult novel but had no idea where or how to start? Do you love Judy Blume or novels like Twilight and secretly think ‘I could write that’? Are you passionate and committed to storytelling for young adults?

Emotional, exciting, personal. Young adult (YA) fiction is a vibrant, popular and lucrative part of the Australian and international publishing industry. Teen fiction author Georgia Clark (She’s With The Band, Allen & Unwin) will present an intensive, interactive course that will inspire, empower and inform YA writers who are new to novel writing. Not just focusing on the craft, Georgia teaches with a strong industry focus, exploring what is popular and getting sold right now. .....

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2012 Mentoring Your Memoir

2012 Mentoring Your Memoir

Who: Goldie Alexander
When: Sunday 29 January 2012, 10am-4pm.
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code:  12ALEX1

Working as a professional author and tutor for 25 years, Goldie Alexander has facilitated many creative writing courses in many genres. She knows that people have wonderful life-stories to relate, yet find it hard to get started. Though they may tell their stories, collate bits of the past, even research the net, when it comes to setting it all down, they are not sure how to begin, much less how to continue. .....

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2012 Taking the Mystery out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

2012 Taking the Mystery out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

SOLD OUT!

Who:  Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 18 February 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12ARMS2

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Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2011 Better Business Writing

2011 Better Business Writing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When: Friday 11 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11SPEN11

You’re good at your job but get a sinking feeling when it’s time to write reports, emails, proposals or other business documents. You know what you want to say but struggle to express yourself clearly and succinctly. You’re a good writer, but your grammar and punctuation are letting you down.

Being able to write clearly and concisely, and structure your material for maximum effect, is a key communication skill. Tony Spencer-Smith is an award-winning novelist, a corporate writer and writing trainer. In this one-day course, Tony will help you to use words more effectively at work. Whether you work in the public service or the private sector, are an admin assistant or a CEO, Tony will show you how to communicate clearly, concisely and appropriately for your audience. .....

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2012 HSC English Ext 2 Phase Three: Final Draft

2012 HSC English Ext 2 Phase Three: Final Draft

Who: Anna Maria Dell’Oso
When: 2 x Sundays: 20 & 27 May 2012, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $350; Conc Member: $210
Code: 12DELL5

It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the English Extension 2 Major Work.

Over three phases spaced throughout the HSC year, author, journalist and critic Anna Maria Dell’Oso will guide you from coming up with your ideas, to drafting your work in progress and getting ready to hand in your project. Students can enrol in all three phases or join in at any stage along the way. Anna’s intensive classes are an excellent way of diving into your Extension 2 Major Work while learning invaluable writing and editing skills to sustain you through your HSC project and beyond. .....

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2012 HSC English Ext 2 Phase Two: Work in Progress (CANCELLED)

2012 HSC English Ext 2 Phase Two: Work in Progress (CANCELLED)

Who: Anna Maria Dell’Oso
When: 2 x Sundays: 26 February & 4 March 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $ 350; Conc Member: $210
Code: 12DELL2

It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the English Extension 2 Major Work.

Over three phases spaced throughout the HSC year, author, journalist and critic Anna Maria Dell’Oso will guide you from coming up with your ideas, to drafting your work in progress and getting ready to hand in your project. Students can enrol in all three phases or join in at any stage along the way. Anna’s intensive classes are an excellent way of diving into your Extension 2 Major Work while learning invaluable writing and editing skills to sustain you through your HSC project and beyond. .....

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2011 So You Want to Write a Picture Book Text

2011 So You Want to Write a Picture Book Text

Who: Frances Watts
When: Sunday 2 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11WATT10

In the words of Mem Fox: ‘Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.’ Fewer words does not mean easier writing!

Frances Watts has both written award-winning picture books and edited them. In this one-day course, Frances will explore the special narrative requirements of the picture book genre, including story arc, structure, pace, character development and visual narrative. Using this knowledge, the class will examine successful picture books, analysing how and why they work, before embarking on a series of practical exercises through which students will learn to develop ideas, and to employ the techniques of successful picture book writing in their own work. .....

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2011 Write From Life: Memoir and Family History

2011 Write From Life: Memoir and Family History

Who: Amanda Hampson
When: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11HAMP10a

Learn practical skills and creative techniques that will turn your personal or family history into an engaging story. In this workshop experienced author Amanda Hampson will show you how to organise your research, develop your structure and storyline and where to find a perspective for telling your tale. You will find out how to borrow the tools of fiction writing such as context, setting and dialogue to bring your story to life. .....

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2011 Telling a Good Yarn

2011 Telling a Good Yarn

Who: Bem le Hunte
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 11, 18 & 25 October; 1, 8 & 15 November 2011, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full price: $540; Member: $380; Conc Member: $325
Code: 11LEHU10

Everybody loves a good yarn, and publishers love strong stories, but how do you make yours as good as it can be? Where is the kindling, the match and the wood to set the forest ablaze? If you’d like some inspiration, some tools, some tricks and some firelighters, this course will give you what you need to turn a spark of a story into an all-consuming tale. .....

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2011 Poetry Masterclass: a Long Lunch with Les Murray

2011 Poetry Masterclass: a Long Lunch with Les Murray

Who: Les Murray
When: Saturday 15 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $205; Member: $145; Conc Member: $125
Code: 11MURR10

Want some help with your poetry? Looking for feedback on how you can improve your work?

Les Murray is Australia’s leading poet and has won the TS Elliot and the Queen’s medal. He has published over 30 books of poems and essays that have been translated in more than 20 languages. In this very special masterclass, open only to advanced writers, Les will rigorously workshop students’ poems, providing valuable feedback and advice on all poetry contributions. A delicious lunch will be provided for all students. .....

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2011 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

2011 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

Who: Melaina Faranda
When: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11FARA10

Are you an expert procrastinator? Does writing ever feel like a painful, plodding process? Do you easily slide into overwhelm and critical paralysis, even to the extent of not letting yourself write? Do you ever feel blocked and afraid that nothing you write will be good enough or that you might not have what it takes… .....

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2011 Going Down in History

2011 Going Down in History

Who: Jesse Blackadder
When: Sunday 16 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BLAC10

History is one place where you can plunder true stories, rework them as you like, and be safe from the repercussions.

Or can you?

If you’re interested in writing historic fiction, author Jesse Blackadder (The Raven’s Heart) will take you on an enjoyable jaunt through the trials and travails of working with history. Through hands-on exercises you will explore history as a rich source of stories; the perils and rewards of using real characters, events and settings; how ‘truth’ and fiction can mingle and enrich each other; and how language can be used to create a sense of time and place. .....

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2011 Write a Page Turner

2011 Write a Page Turner

Who: Amanda Hampson
When: 2 x Sundays: 16 & 23 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11HAMP10b

Learn the five essential elements of compelling fiction with the bestselling author of The Olive Sisters and Two for the Road (Penguin). In this hands-on workshop you will discover the key storytelling techniques that can help you create that ‘unputdownable’ story in any genre. We’ll explore ‘situations’ in the context of character, the crafting of dialogue, the purpose of conflict, the role of structure and the art of creating suspense. .....

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2011 Character Flaws (SOLD OUT)

2011 Character Flaws (SOLD OUT)

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty
When: Sunday 6 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11MORI11

‘Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.’ (Abraham Lincoln)

‘Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan’ (Robert A. Heinlein)

Strong characters are essential to effective creative writing — and if your characters are strong enough, they will do your writing for you (while you relax and have a cup of tea). In this one-day course, best-selling author Jaclyn Moriarty (Feeling Sorry for Celia, Dreaming of Amelia) will discuss and help you practise techniques for creating characters that leap from the page. .....

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2011 HSC English Ext 2: A Year of Writing

Who: Anna Maria Dell’Oso
Cost full course: Full price: $850; Conc Member: $515
Cost individual phases: Full price: $350; Conc Member: $210

It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the English Extension 2 Major Work.

Over three phases spaced throughout the HSC year, author, journalist and critic Anna Maria Dell’Oso will guide you from coming up with your ideas, to drafting your work in progress and getting ready to hand in your project. Students can enrol in all three phases or join in at any stage along the way. Anna’s intensive classes are an excellent way of diving into your Extension 2 Major Work while learning invaluable writing and editing skills to sustain you through your HSC project and beyond. .....

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2011 HSC English Ext 2 Phase One: Writing the Invisible

2011 HSC English Ext 2 Phase One: Writing the Invisible

Who: Anna Maria Dell’Oso

It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the English Extension 2 Major Work.

Over three phases spaced throughout the HSC year, author, journalist and critic Anna Maria Dell’Oso will guide you from coming up with your ideas, to drafting your work in progress and getting ready to hand in your project. Students can enrol in all three phases or join in at any stage along the way. Anna’s intensive classes are an excellent way of diving into your Extension 2 Major Work while learning invaluable writing and editing skills to sustain you through your HSC project and beyond. .....

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2012 Stuck! Therapy for Writer's Block

2012 Stuck! Therapy for Writer's Block

Who:  Geoffrey Atherden
When:
Saturday 11 February 2012-10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12ATHE2

Writers can get stuck at a number of stages in a project: stuck at the beginning when uncertainty about how to get going, where to start, whether the idea is good enough, or how to do justice to the research creates paralysis; stuck in the middle when the work grinds to a halt, maybe because the energy and passion have gone out of the writing, or maybe because of an unresolved problem earlier in the draft, or possibly because the idea which seemed so good at its beginning just doesn’t seem to have a satisfactory ending; or stuck at the end when fear of allowing someone else to read the work can send the writer back to yet another edit or rewrite. This workshop will cover a number of techniques for overcoming blocks at all of these stages, exploring mind games, check lists as well as physical exercises. The workshop aims to give writers a toolbox containing a range of potential lubricants to ease a writer’s block. .....

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2013 Taking the Mystery Out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

2013 Taking the Mystery Out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

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Who: Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 2 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2013 Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 24 August 2013, 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 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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2013 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

2013 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Who: Noeline Kyle
When:
Sunday 18 August 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

The seductive task of collecting more dates, names, obituaries and other data associated with our family histories – the piling up of the hundreds of documents until they spill will-nilly from our homes/offices/computers – is the collect until you drop syndrome! Yes, it is great to find that elusive piece of information. But at some time you need to lift your head from that pile of data and think about how, where and in what way you will write and publish the family history, that memoir you have been thinking about for some time or the story of your journey through life/Mexico/the Antarctic.

Noeline Kyle will talk about strategies to get you to the desk and writing, and will provide practical ideas from her own writing and her work with supporting family historians for more than 30 years. In this workshop you will learn how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing and planning a text.

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.

Student Requirements
Pen and paper

You can purchase Noeline Kyle’s book, Writing Family History from our website. Click here.

About the tutor
Dr Noeline Kyle
is an expert on the researching, writing and publishing of biography, women’s history and family history.  Her books include We Should’ve Listened to Grandma:  Women and Family History, (1988), Memories & Dreams: A Biography of Nurse Mary Kirkpatrick, (2001); Writing Family History Made Very Easy (2007);Music, Myth & Memory: A Kyle Family History  (2008).  Her most recent book How to Write & Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps was published in 2011 by NewSouth Books. She will publish two books in 2013 with Unlock the Past: Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and writing about women in family history and Citing historical sources : a manual for family historians, and her memoir Landscapes of my childhood: a memoir is due for publication soon. Check out her website: www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au for updates on her publications, free downloads and writing family history information.

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2013 Blogging for Beginners

2013 Blogging for Beginners

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Who:
Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 17 & 24 August 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130           

There are two things a writer wants: to be published, and to be read. Thanks to advances in technology, the former has become a lot easier. All you need is a blog and time to fill it. Short for web log, a blog is an online journal that allows you to share your writing, be it creative, journalistic, or simply a personal account of your life. But there’s a big difference between being published and being read. .....

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2013 Advanced Fiction

2013 Advanced Fiction

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Who: Tony Birch
When:
Saturday 6 April 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

This advanced fiction workshop will be suit writers with an interest in both the novel and short story.  Whether discussing beginnings and endings, dialogue and description, or character and plot, the workshop is designed to help writers move from the early draft stage of a work of fiction to something more closely resembling a completed manuscript.  Technical approaches and exercises will be introduced to participants that should become integral to each writer’s tool box.  Participants will be encouraged to actively engage with each other, offering advice as well as receiving it.  Some writing will be done in the workshop, in addition to each participant leaving with ideas for future writing projects. .....

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2013 Jumpstart Your Short Story

2013 Jumpstart Your Short Story

Who: Barry Divola
When:
Sunday 11 August 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to write short fiction but you’re not sure exactly how to go about it?

Do you have a lot of ideas but they never seem to become stories?

Do you start something but then hit a dead-end a page or two in and get discouraged?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Jumpstart is the course for you. There’s never been a better time to write short fiction. From best-seller George Saunders (Tenth Of December) to Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan (A Visit From The Goon Squad), the genre is finally gaining the kudos it deserves. The good news is that short fiction is, you know, shorter than a novel. The slightly less good news is that you have to really work at it to tell your story well and make it sing on the page.  .....

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2013 Writing Contemporary Poetry

2013 Writing Contemporary Poetry

Who: Pam Brown
When: Saturday 3 August 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

This course is an opportunity to develop your poetry with award winning poet, editor (Jacket 2, Overland) and reviewer Pam Brown.  Over the day, together with course participants, Pam will closely consider free-form poems and make useful suggestions within a contemporary context.  She will give particular focus to stylistic attributes such as lineation, punctuation, appropriation, imagery, collage, and structure.   She will also cover content, thought and feeling in the poems. .....

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2013 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

2013 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

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Who: Lisa Shanahan
When:
Saturday 7th December 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

A picture book is a unique meeting place. It’s the place where a text meets with the illustrations and the illustrations with a text. It’s a place where an adult meets with a child and a child meets with an adult. It’s a place where a child meets with themselves… and also with the world. So much in so little time! .....

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2013 Bringing Writing to Life: A Literary Fiction Workshop

2013 Bringing Writing to Life: A Literary Fiction Workshop

Who: Kirsten Tranter
When:
Saturday 27 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

Good storytelling depends not only on a gripping plot and strong characters, but also on a convincing voice and a special blend of imagination and style that takes readers into another, fully realized world.

Kirsten Tranter is the internationally acclaimed author of A Common Loss and The Legacy. In this workshop Kirsten will focus on the details that bring stories alive, bringing special attention to crafting a distinctive voice, communicating the subjective experience and emotions of our characters, and creating atmospheric settings. She will begin by discussing and deconstructing some commonly assumed ‘rules’ for writing, looking at some examples of good storytelling by established writers in order to develop ways of close reading that reveal important aspects of technique (handouts to be provided in class). .....

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2013 Writing Essentials: Sustain Your Creative Life

2013 Writing Essentials: Sustain Your Creative Life

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Who: Stephanie Dowrick
When:
Saturday 27 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In this one-day workshop you will have a rare chance to explore your writing processes at greater depth. Using stimulating reflections, discussion and exercises, you will think about choice, context and content, as well as craft. You might, for example, want to consider how you have “arrived at” your subject matter; how you are using language in your work – and what you are reading; how you are drawing on your own experiences, directly or indirectly; whether you have discovered the forms of writing that suit your questions best; what it might mean to see with a “poet’s eye” (even if you never write poetry); how you are nourishing your curiosity, and what would allow you to write with greater dedication and pleasure. The desire to write is itself a gift; this course explicitly nourishes that. It is suitable for writers in all genres, and at all stages. .....

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2013 Seminar: Crowdfund It!

2013 Seminar: Crowdfund It!

Who: Anna Maguire
When:
Thursday 11 April 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $50; Member: $35; Conc Member: $30

Over the last few years the number of authors choosing to self-publish has grown. To produce a professional book authors need to incur costs for editing, cover design, book design, printing, ebook conversions and marketing. These costs can add up and it is hard to invest in your title upfront.

There are hotly-contested grants available to writers but some have looked to crowdfunding to help them attain their dream of publishing their own book. .....

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2013 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly          
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 6, 13, 20, 27 April; 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2013, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $800; Member: $560; Conc Member: $480

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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2013 Blogging for Beginners

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Who: Angela Meyer
When:
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$200; Member: $140; Conc Member: $120

You want to start a blog but you’re really not sure where to begin. It could be for business, pleasure, criticism, charity, or to build a profile or portfolio. Which platform will you use? How do you make it look good? Should you have a topic or theme, or just dive in? Will you allow comments? .....

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2013 Poetry: For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 19 & 26 March; 2, 9, 16, & 23 April 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Explore and refine your poetry in a challenging and supportive environment.

Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, has directed Australian Poetry three times, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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2013 Spoken Stories: Improve Your Storytelling Skills

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Who: Anna Conomos
When:
Saturday 9 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Build your storytelling skills and confidence in public speaking with award-winning storyteller Anna Conomos. This practical workshop will break down the techniques required to enrich your narrations and presentations both in the home or work place.

Using fairy-tales as a basis, the workshop will focus on structure, craft and vocal and physical skills in order to bring the story to life. .....

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2013 Story of My Life: Writing Memoir

2013 Story of My Life: Writing Memoir

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Who: Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 16 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

For many people, the most important thing they will ever write is the story of their life. But where do you start? And how can you honour the truth while still creating compelling, engaging stories for readers? If you’ve ever considered writing your life, but weren’t sure where, or how, to start, then join writer, journalist and memoirist Benjamin Law for an in-depth exploration of autobiographical narrative. Get some tips on what to include, what to edit and gain a refined understanding of how to put your life on the page. .....

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2013 Cheeky Monkey Narrative Comedy

2013 Cheeky Monkey Narrative Comedy

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Who: Tim Ferguson
When:
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

All great writers have a working knowledge of the principles of comedy. These principles are fixed, universal and quantifiable.

Australia’s foremost comedy teacher ‘unlocks the code’ to narrative comedy writing. Tim Ferguson, author of The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy (Currency Press) offers processes and insights necessary for writers to expand their skills base into writing comedy, and thereby all drama, for television, literature, theatre and film. .....

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2013 Going Freelance

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Who: Barry Divola
When:
Saturday 2 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Ah, the life of the freelance writer. Up at the crack of noon, pants optional and working only when you damn well feel like it. Sounds too good to be true? That could be because it is. .....

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2013 Blasting Through Writer's Block

2013 Blasting Through Writer's Block

Who: Kate Forsyth

When: Saturday 2 March 2013, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Ernest Hemingway said the scariest thing in the world was a blank sheet of paper. Harper Lee never finished the book she began writing after To Kill A Mockingbird. Joseph Conrad was so haunted by his writer’s block that he wrote ‘I want to howl and foam at the mouth … the effort I put out should give birth to Masterpieces as big as mountains (but only) brings forth a ridiculous mouse every now and again.’
All writers get blocked sometimes. Yet it is those writers who learn how to blast through their blockage and keep on writing that manage to produce work, year after year, and so build themselves a career as a writer. Most aspiring writers dream of being able to make a living from their writing, yet writer’s block makes the process slow and arduous, as well as very time-consuming.
Professional writers have all sorts of tricks and techniques to make sure writer’s block does not become writer’s paralysis. Kate Forsyth is the author of 23 books, which have been published all around the world. In a fast-paced, intense workshop, learn how to overcome the fear of the blank page and get the creative juices flowing, how to blast through the fears and doubts holding you back, and how to keep your well of creativity overflowing so that you are always brimming over with ideas, energy and enthusiasm. .....

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2013 The Art of the Essay

Limited Places Left

Who: Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 9 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Join writer and essayist Anne Manne in an exploration of that most beguiling and versatile of art forms: the essay. She will assist students in crafting their own essay and discuss approaches to getting published.

The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing and a discussion of the genre. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘voice.’ .....

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2013 Seminar: Writing for the International Theatre Market

Who: Timothy Daly
When: Tuesday 12 March 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$50; Member: $35; Conc Member: $30*
*Australian Writers’ Guild members are eligible for the member price.

Australia is less than 4% of the world theatre market, but many Australian theatre writers have been neglecting the remaining 96%. Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, with productions of his plays in many countries. This detailed and practical seminar shows you how to get your work into the world’s largest theatre markets in the U.S.A. and Europe, from someone who has successfully done it. .....

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2013 Seminar: The Essentials of Getting Published

Who: Linda Funnell, Anna Maguire and guests
When: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Traditional publishing is going through big changes – what’s going on and how does it affect writers? And what are the alternatives? Can you really reach an audience if you do it yourself?  

This two-day seminar will give you an insider’s overview of the rapidly changing publishing landscape.  As big traditional publishers merge and indie self-publishers storm the bestseller charts, the world of publishing has never offered so many options for writers.  Join publisher Linda Funnell and special guest speakers – including digital publishing expert Anna Maguire – and discover how to make your publishing dream a reality. .....

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2013 They Call it Chick Lit: Real Writing for Real Women

2013 They Call it Chick Lit: Real Writing for Real Women

SOLD OUT – to be placed on the waitlist please email workshops@nswwc.org.au.

Who: Anita Heiss
When:
Sunday 17 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

So, you want to write a chick lit novel? First, throw out any preconceived notions of chick lit you may already have.  Then, join Anita Heiss, creator of the genre of ‘choc lit’ and author of bestselling novels Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming to learn how to write a novel that speaks to your readers through believable characters in authentic settings. Learn about developing storylines and plot points that take your readers on an emotional and evolutionary journey. Anita will highlight the importance of research, the value of dialogue and finding your own voice. By the end of the day, you should have written your synopsis! So, bring your sense of humour, your own stories of heartbreak and betrayal and be prepared to write, share and laugh. .....

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2013 Revision: Your Path to Publication

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Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Sunday 24 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Successful authors often note that the art of a good book lies in the revision process. Getting your story down (whether fiction or non-fiction) is a great achievement, but the real work begins with rewriting. And rewriting. And more rewriting. 

In this workshop, designed specifically for writers with a completed draft of a book-length work, editor Laurel Cohn explores the three key aspects to the art of revision: stepping out of writer mode and into revision mode; identifying the heart of the narrative; and shaping the text to honour the story. Each of these aspects requires a different perspective and particular tools and strategies.  .....

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2013 Travel Writing with Spirit

2013 Travel Writing with Spirit

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Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 13 April 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

With the success of books like Eat, Pray, Love, travel writing has become more personal and more linked with intimate journeys that are spiritual, romantic and quirky. This course will teach you what to look out for when you travel and how you should record it. Light-hearted, fun and sometimes meditative, Walter’s workshop is practical and focused on inspiring you to write down the personal side of your journeys and on sharing your insights with others. This workshop will explore the power of connection and how we can transcend the description of monuments, transport and traffic conditions and concentrate instead on the infinitely more fascinating realms of relationship and self-realisation. The goal is to create genuinely fascinating stories about why we travel and how it changes us. .....

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2013 Free to Write: Writing with Greater Fluency and Pleasure

2013 Free to Write: Writing with Greater Fluency and Pleasure

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Have a look at our other great creativity course Revitalising Creativity: Nourish Your Writing or email to be notified of future courses with Stephanie Dowrick.

Who: Stephanie Dowrick
When:
Sunday 14 April 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

A day with highly successful writer Stephanie Dowrick, for writers at all levels. .....

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2013 Memoir Made Simple

Who: Amanda Hampson
When:
6 x Saturday mornings: 27 April; 4, 11, 18, 25 May; 1 June 2013, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Writing your life story or family history can be a valuable and enriching experience and a priceless gift for future generations. It is easier and more fun than you might imagine. In this workshop you will discover simple techniques to capture memories, how to make your stories engaging and you will make a substantial start on your project.

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2013 Moments of Grace: A Poetry Workshop

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Who:
Peter Skrzynecki
When:
Saturday 22 June 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Throughout the centuries, poets have tried to capture moments of spiritual awakenings when the world as we know it falls away and we enter a different realm. We return changed, having become part of an experience that liberates us and transforms us, however momentarily, into a new self, touched with an awareness we did not possess previously. These moments of grace, as they are often called, are not exclusive to any religion, tradition or culture. They exist primarily at an elemental level but fill us with understanding, love and compassion of humanity that is universal. Moments of grace occur often in encounters with silence, stillness, light, love, music, birds/

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2013 Fiction Feedback

Who: Elizabeth Cowell
When:
8 x Sunday mornings: 30 June; 14, 21 28 July; 4, 11, 18, 25 August 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

Bring your fiction writing to the next level by learning to evaluate and edit your own work in this intense but friendly focus group, convened by experienced fiction editor Elizabeth Cowell.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group of eight will submit samples of their work—either short stories or extracts from a novel (a maximum of 6000 words per piece). Each member of the group, including the convenor, will provide critical feedback on these pieces. The writers will have a chance to respond to this feedback, and a general discussion of writing fiction will follow. Group members are welcome to discuss particular challenges they are facing in their work. .....

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2013 Writing the Perfect Crime

2013 Writing the Perfect Crime

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Who:Barry Maitland
When:
Sunday 30 June 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Would you like to write gripping fiction, with vivid characters, strong and ingenious story lines and a powerful sense of place? Crime novels have all of these, and are among the most popular forms of fiction published today. In this workshop, Barry Maitland will talk about the craft of crime-writing and conduct focussed exercises which will help you to develop skills in key areas of practice, including: .....

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2013 Summer Lovin’ - Poetry Masterclass

Who: Peter Minter
When:
Sunday 1 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
We lack not songs, nor instruments of joy,
Nor echoes sweet, nor waters clear as heaven,
Nor laurel wreaths against the sultry heat.

                                                from ‘To Summer’ by William Blake
On the first day of summer we think of summers past, and look forward to what the new season might bring in life, love and poetry. In this masterclass, poet Peter Minter will lead a sultry dialogue on the poetry of summer, inspiring poets to pitch their golden tents for the season to come. Peter will rigorously workshop students’ poems, providing valuable feedback and advice on all poetry contributions.
Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
 Student Requirements
This masterclass is open only to writers who have been previously published in any form (eg. book, poetry, short story, magazine/

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2013 Story Planning and Design

2013 Story Planning and Design

Who: Greg Bastian
When:
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Hit a brick wall with your novel or short story? Are your characters adrift, your plot rudderless, your dialogue unconvincing? Chances are the story wasn’t planned sufficiently well at the outset. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore the essential steps in designing a compelling story — characters, plot, theme, setting, point of view, voice and genre.

At a pace that suits the group, we go through the essential steps in designing a good story, each step featuring practical writing assignments and comparative discussions.  It’s surprising how much you can learn from the experiences and comments of other writers in the group. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished author, you’ll leave this workshop with a comprehensive plan of the story you are currently working on, as well as a sound method for designing future writing projects. Suitable for aspiring and emerging writers. .....

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2013 Mapping the Memoir

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210    

So you’d like to write a memoir, a story from your life. You’ve never done it before and you have no idea where to begin and even less idea where to end. And the middle, well it feels like a muddled mess.

When you go travelling to a new country what do you do? You take a map. That’s just what we’ll be doing this weekend. We will be painlessly mapping out the beginning, middle, end and all the bits in between, to get your story into shape. We’ll be finding out how to transform that huge unwieldy story of yours into bite sized chunks, so you can finally get to work, scene by scene, building a compelling tale from the raw material of your life.  By the end of the workshop you will know exactly where you are going with a clear map for continuing on your own. You will be perfectly positioned to set up a writing timetable for the holiday period and make serious inroads into your memoir. .....

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2013 Spreading the Word: PR for Authors

Who: Vicki Morrison
When:
Tuesday 16 July 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35           

Today’s publisher expects their authors to contribute significantly to the publicity of their books. But most authors are not trained as publicists, so where do you start?

Whether you are published traditionally or as an e-book, this course will give you a strong platform from which to leverage yourself and your books to your reading audience.

In this course, you will learn the best ways to address e-marketing & PR so that you can expand your brand, your audience and build sales.

After attending Spreading the Word, you will be able to: .....

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2013 Ebooks for Beginners

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Who: Emily Craven
When:
Sunday 14 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Trying to get a handle on the E-Book Revolution? This workshop is for writers who wish to understand how changes in publishing can benefit them. It covers opportunities for authors in this e-book revolution and how they can leverage technology to their advantage to increase their connection with readers and build a following. .....

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2013 Writing the Erotic

2013 Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 13 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Erotica has risen in popularity in recent months and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award whilst writing arousing and sensual prose? And how can you avoid falling into cliché?  .....

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2013 Presentation Skills for Writers

Who: George Catsi
When:
Saturday 13 July 2013, 10am-4pm          
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

You’ve written your work and now you’re being asked to read it out loud.  Whether at a festival or any form of public reading these are promotional moments that can convert a listener, if you read it well. You can prepare yourself for these moments. This one-day intensive works directly on enhancing you as a public reader of your work. Working with the group we’ll introduce performance techniques to help you find your voice. This is an active day: part-public speaking, part-theatre, with speakers at all levels and any genre able to explore their voices. Award winning writer and performer George Catsi will be able to give individual feedback in a group context.  .....

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2013 Writing a Sense of Place

ONE SPOT LEFT!

Who:Felicity Castagna
When:
Sunday 16 June 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Annie Proulx once said that Brokeback Mountain isn’t about two gay cowboys; it’s about the West and its sense of place. The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphase that often defies clear understanding.  As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place.’ But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2013 Getting to Grips with Grammar

2013 Getting to Grips with Grammar

Sold Out – please email workshops@nswwc.org.au to go on waitlist.
Who:
Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 15 June 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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2013 The Business of Being a Writer

Who: Judith Ridge, James Roy, Angelo Loukakis, Sophie Hamley and guest
When:
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2013, 10am-5pm (Please note date was incorrectly printed in the course program as July)
Cost:
Full Price: $320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

You decided to become a writer because you’re good at expressing yourself creatively. What you weren’t expecting was all those other aspects you have to deal with – contracts, copyright, finances and how to promote yourself.

This seminar is a newly revised and expanded version of a previous one day course. Over the two days, we will provide you with an introduction to the business side of being a writer: those legal and financial aspects you may not be familiar with or don’t have the expertise to deal with. We’ll talk copyright and royalties, tax and superannuation, as well as finding out a bit more about what you can expect from a relationship with an agent or publisher. We’ll weigh up the pros and cons of self-publishing, and look at the changes being brought to the industry by digital publishing. And we’ll explore the most effective way writers use social media and other aspects of self-promotion. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to write and present a book pitch. .....

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2013 Revitalising Creativity: Nourish Your Writing

2013 Revitalising Creativity: Nourish Your Writing

Who: Jane Meredith
When:
Sunday 28 April; 5, 19, 26 May 2013, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

Creativity is vital to writing that’s alive on the page, that reaches out to engage and intrigue readers. It springs from play, from improvisation, from fooling around with language and ideas and dabbling in the unknown. Whether you are a novelist, poet, playwright, short story or inspirational or life writer this course asks you to dig up your established ground, sow some surprising seeds, add the fertiliser of your discernment and stand back and see what happens. .....

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2013 Writing for the Screen

Who: George Merryman
When:
6 x Tuesdays: 23, 30 July; 6, 13, 20, 27 August 2013, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week course will guide participants through the process of writing for film and television, from initial concept to final draft. With an emphasis on character, story and structure (the ABCs of screenwriting), each week focuses on a key element of storytelling for a visual medium. A series of presentations, discussions, screenings and writing exercises will allow us to explore screenwriting from the inside out. These are the first principles of writing for the screen, concepts that will serve you not only during the course but also throughout your writing career. For optimum benefit, the class is purposefully kept small so the course can be run like a writers’ room, similar to those that create your favourite television shows. .....

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2013 Writing for Children

2013 Writing for Children

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 30 April; 7, 14, 21, 28 May & 4 June 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Writing for children is big business.  Despite the doom and gloom about the state of the publishing industry, the children’s market remains robust and growing.  Children are reading and the demand for quality books is strong.

If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out; if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Morris Gleitzman, then this course is for you. .....

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2013 Seminar: Social Media for Writers

Who: Zena Shapter
When:
Wednesday 1 May 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $50; Member: $35; Conc Member: $30

Ever wondered… why all the fuss about social media? Isn’t Twitter for twits and Facebook for teenagers?

Introducing you to the most popular social media platforms, Zena Shapter will guide you through the minefield that is social networking… from a writers’ perspective.

Learn how to use the internet to promote your writing, connect with other writers, find inspiration and information online. Talking about the unstated rules of online engagement, Zena will show you how to build your online writing profile and have you itching to get started! .....

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2013 The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
4 x Thursday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23 May 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2013 Writing for Performance

Who: Geoffrey Atherden
When:
Saturday 4 May 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

This one day workshop for writers who are new to writing scripts will cover the basics of script formatting, and the life cycle of a script, as it travels from submission to a producer, to readings, rehearsals, workshops and production. Geoffrey Atherden will look at writing dialoague and description with examples from Shakespeare through to contemporary scripts. Learn about storytelling and the author’s voice, writing and editing, and what actors and directors bring to the collaborative process. There will be time for an in-class exercise, as you will learn how to adapt a piece of prose for performance.
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2013 Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

2013 Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

SOLD OUT

Who: Andy Kissane
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 9, 23 May; 6, 20 June; 4, 18 July 2013, 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 will run structured classes that 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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2013 A Whole New World: Writing Speculative Fiction

Who: Pamela Freeman
When:
Saturday 11 May 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

A jam-packed one-day workshop with award winning writer Pamela Freeman.  We will look at those elements of writing which make speculative fiction different from everything else:  world-building, coherent systems of magic/technology/myth, the relationship between character and world, and the problems of structuring stories which arc over more than one book.  Pamela will give an up-to-date assessment of the state of the market in Australia and overseas, with some recommendations about the next step to take when you are ready to submit your novel or story.

Pamela will also leave time to answer your questions and address any uncertainties you may have about your specific sub-genre.

Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, horror, science fiction, science fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal crime, YA all of the above…. It’s a big genre and there’s room for everyone!

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2013 Stories That Resonate: Writing for Young Adults

2013 Stories That Resonate: Writing for Young Adults

When: Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Writing for young adults is rewarding, challenging, exhilarating, and – like anything worthwhile – also hard work. This hands-on, interactive two-day workshop, led by award winning children’s and young adult author, Sue Lawson, covers topics such as knowing your audience, developing characters that ring true and writing dialogue that sparkles.

As well as the creative side of writing, the workshop will cover the business and publishing sides of writing, the role of social media, and the resources available. Sue will share techniques and approaches with participants, who will also be given the opportunity to present a ‘problem’ piece or idea to workshop with the group. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences, triumphs and useful tips and discoveries. .....

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2013 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 1, 8, 15, 22 June; 6, 13, 20, 27 July 2013, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $800; Member: $560; Conc Member: $480

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national & international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the national and international theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will be workshopping your own developing plays. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....