Courses

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May; 5 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This course assume a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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The Art of Travel Writing

Who: Bruce Elder
When:
Saturday 3 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Many people return from a holiday or a journey overseas believing that what they have experienced is worth writing about. They may have written a diary or a blog which they have shared with friends and family. This course is designed to explore how those memories and jottings can be turned into articles worthy of publication and even books about the rich and unique experience of travel. The course will focus on techniques for turning memories of a journey or a holiday into entertaining and evocative prose; the importance of integrating personal experience with careful research; and the complex mechanics and deep satisfaction of seeing your travel experiences published. .....

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Busting Through Writer's Block

Busting Through Writer's Block

Who: Barry Divola
When:
Saturday 3 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

There are many, many different types of writer’s block and Barry Divola is an authority on the subject because he has had most of them. Can’t get started? Can’t get finished? Stuck in the middle? Inner critic hounding you? Too many distractions? No time? Waiting for the muse to arrive? Frozen because of too many ideas? Frozen because of not enough ideas? Absolutely and utterly uninspired? Check, check, check, check, check, check, check, check, check and check. And that’s just ten of the little buggers. If any or all of the above have got you stalled then the good news is that we can get you revved up and on the road again. In this course we will identify the many kinds of writer’s block that afflict each of us at one time or another, then work through methods, exercises, tricks and solutions to break through the blockage and free up your creativity and productivity once again. .....

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Romancing the Page

Romancing the Page

Who: Anne Gracie
When:
Sunday 4 May, 10am-4pm PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE (as original date was scheduled for Mother’s Day).
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing romance is not a matter of simply following some formula; like all popular fiction, it must delight and surprise readers. It’s much more varied than most people realise, and accounts for a huge chunk of the international fiction market. It’s character-driven genre fiction and even adding a thread of romance to a story in another genre will extend the appeal of that book — if you do it well. .....

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The Criminal Element

Who: L.A. Larkin
When:
Sunday 11 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The top ten living crime fiction authors have sold 450 million books and the figure just keeps rising. Even J.K. Rowling is now writing crime fiction. Do you love gritty detectives, troubled PIs and cool FBI agents, and want to write your own story?

Join author L.A. Larkin for a one-day workshop that will delve into the variety of crime/mystery novels in the market today and wi

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Turning Memory into Memoir

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
4 x Sunday mornings: 1, 15, 22, 29 June, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Do you have a lifetime of stories to tell, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to turn memories into memoir by accessing your authentic writer’s voice and bringing to the page the stories and characters you know so well.  Using meditative writing techniques Jan will take you deep into sense memory, where you can discover how to create the descriptive detail needed to bring your stories to life. You need a few other things too, like a strong narrator voice and an ability to turn ‘the ordinary’ into ‘the extraordinary’ – it’s all possible with a little bit of help. Use this opportunity to kickstart your memoir and by the end of the course you can have the tools, confidence and discipline to continue writing a full memoir, collection of stories or memoir based works. .....

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Finding the Charm

Finding the Charm

Who: Steven Amsterdam
When:
Saturday 14 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Forget the twee meaning of the word. Go back to the dictionary: Charm – to delight, to control. This is the writer’s job, the only job. Too often we get sidetracked. When we let inspiration lead us too far, the results are often unmanageable and unengaging. If we sit down to write because we think we should, things turn flaccid just as quickly. Or we might do the work that needs to be done, outlining the hell out of an idea, developing characters and injecting them into structurally sound plotlines – only to find ourselves with a short story that is technically correct and lifeless. .....

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Getting to Grips with Grammar

Getting to Grips with Grammar

Who: Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 14 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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From Manuscript to Publication

Who: Linda Nix
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 14, 21 June; 5, 12, 19, 26 July, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

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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You Talkin' to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

Who: George Merryman
When:
Saturday 21 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Dialogue should be the easiest part of writing, shouldn’t it? We all talk. Every day. All the time. We’re experts in talking, experts in dialogue. And yet writing truthful dialogue is one of the biggest challenges writers face.

This workshop aims to help writers meet the test of crafting authentic dialogue through a series of presentations, discussions, screenings and hands-on writing exercises. Replete with exemplary examples from across media — film, television, theatre and print — the emphasis is on the many facets of dialogue in screenwriting, which are also applicable to any kind of fiction writing. .....

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Seminar: Social Media for Beginners

Who: Sarah Allen
When:
Tuesday 24 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member:$35

In this session with publicist Sarah Allen, you’ll learn the absolute fundamentals for any author wanting to understand WHY you benefit from dedicating time to a social strategy, WHAT you might like to talk about in digital channels, WHEN are the best times to post content online, and HOW you can incorporate it into your busy day!

From defining your author brand and finding your unique voice online; choosing social media channels to help build an author platform; and seeing how good content always increases engagement (and your return on investment), you’ll leave this session armed with newfound social media knowledge, eager to put it into action.
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