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Shaping the Short Story - SOLD OUT!

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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The Unpredictable Plotter - SOLD OUT!

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.

Your novel-in-progress might h

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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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The Fundamentals of 21st Century Playwriting

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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From Manuscript to Publication

From Manuscript to Publication

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?

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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Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors

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 and

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Writing Picture Books

Writing Picture Books

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 5 March, 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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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 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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What Women Want: Writing Contemporary Women’s Fiction

 What Women Want: Writing Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Who: Dianne Blacklock, 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.
This six-week course will explore the vast genre of women’s fiction, what draws readers to it and what makes it commercial. Participants will be taken through the fundamentals of creating relatable characters and telling a compelling story with heart and humour. Suitable for intermediate writers, opportunity will be provided to workshop current works in progress, and receive feedback and editorial direction. Guest speakers will include successful published authors of commercial women’s fiction and industry specialists. Participants will come away with the confidence to complete their projects and the tools to pursue publication.
Learning outcomes
On completion of the course, participants will: .....

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Essentials of Publishing

Essentials of Publishing

Who: Emmett Stinson & Guests
When:
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April, 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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