Courses

Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques

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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Introduction to Copywriting - Cancelled

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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Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

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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Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

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

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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The Essentials of Editing

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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The Business of Being a Writer

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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Podcasting: Creating and Adapting Ideas for Audio

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 - limited places left!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Three - limited places left!

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

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 21, 28, September; 5, 12, 19, 26 October; 2, 9 November, 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.

We’ll work on turning your novel draft into a brilliant manuscript. We’ll cut the fat, plump up the too-lean bits, polish the language and ensure you have the knowledge and skills necessary to launch your novel into the world. .....

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The Story Doctor - limited places left!

The Story Doctor - limited places left!

Only one spot remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

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 picture books are not eligible).

Have you finished the first draft of a novel, and want to get it ready to submit for pub

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Writing Memories

Writing Memories

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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