Courses

Writing for Young Adults

Writing for Young Adults

Who: James Roy
When:
6 x Sunday mornings 7, 14, 21 September; 12, 19, 26 October, 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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Poetry Masterclass

Poetry Masterclass

Who: Mike Ladd
When:
Saturday 6 September, 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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Open Access

When: Saturday 6 September, 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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Writing Humour

Who: Geoffrey Atherden
When:
Saturday 13 September, 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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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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