Courses

How to Get Work as a Freelance Writer

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

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

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Putting Real Life on the Page

Putting Real Life on the Page

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

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

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Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

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

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

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

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

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

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The Story Road

The Story Road

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

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

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

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Travel Writing in the 21st Century

Travel Writing in the 21st Century

Who: Claire Scobie
When:
Saturday 18 October, 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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Flashers: Writing Short Short Fiction Seminar

Flashers: Writing Short Short Fiction Seminar

Who: Alice Grundy
When:
Tuesday 21 October, 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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Mastering the Short Story

Mastering the Short Story

Who: Danielle Wood
When:
Saturday 25 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 masterclass gives you the opportunity to talk about the short story form with others who enjoy its brevity, discipline and possibilities. And writer Danielle Wood, whose published works include short stories and ‘long stories’, will help you take your latest work of short fiction to the next level.  .....

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Poesis: Making Poetry

Poesis: Making Poetry

Who: Judith Beveridge
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 October; 4, 11, 18, 25 November; 2 December, 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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Nail Your Concept Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Nail Your Concept Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Saturday 25 October, 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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Writing the Next Draft Workshop: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

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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