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Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

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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The Edge of Reality: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

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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Powering Your Blog

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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Bringing Characters to Life

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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Seminar: Book Publicity for Authors

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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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

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

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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The Story Road

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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The Gentle Art of Persuasion

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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Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 16, 23, 30 August; 6, 20, 14 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.

The course will impart 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, we will explore new ways of seeing and ‘making things new’ as writers. We will explore meditation techniques, drama and drawing to access the parts of us where the muse lives. .....

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Crafting Poetry

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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Writing Short Fiction

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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