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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 April; 5, 12, 19, 26 May; 2 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
Intermediate. This course assumes 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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Lyric and Experimental Form

Lyric and Experimental Form

Who: Kate Lilley
When:
Saturday 2 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This masterclass is designed for anyone interested in the exciting experimental possibilities of writing, reading and hearing lyric poetry. Why has lyric been the dominant poetic mode for so long? What are its defining characteristics and obsessions? Are there many kinds of lyrics? We will explore the enduring history of the lyric as a poetic mode devoted to forms of desire and eloquence, intersubjectivity and persuasion. We will look at some fascinating and influential examples from the Renaissance to the present, including Shakespeare’s sonnets and some contemporary versions and deformations of them as flashpoints in the literary history of gender and sexuality. The emphasis will be on the links between lyric poetry’s past and future: its transhistorical and transnational reach, sustained experimental capacity, and ability to showcase the nature of poetic thought and the full range of negative and positive feeling. Participants are invited to bring a couple of lyric poems, their own and/

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Blogging for Beginners

Blogging for Beginners

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 2 & 9 May, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level: Beginner

There are two things a writer wants: to be published, and to be read. Thanks to advances in technology, the former has become a lot easier. All you need is a blog and time to fill it. Short for web log, a blog is an online journal that allows you to share your writing, be it creative, journalistic, or simply a personal account of your life. But there’s a big difference between being published and being read .....

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Monologue Magic

Monologue Magic

Who: Vanessa Bates
When:
Sunday 3 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           
Level:
All

This full day writing for theatre workshop sees participants work with playwright Vanessa Bates to create, write and develop their own monologue. The workshop will look generally at writing for theatre but hone in on the creation of character and voice. Vanessa will take you through several creative exercises to explore the magic of monologues. Her play The Magic Hour starring acclaimed actor Ursula Yovich is made up of a series of monologues based on fairy tales and part of the workshop will examine these monologues and look at how they were written and developed. This workshop is practical – come prepared to write, to read and to perform (a little!). Above all be prepared to enjoy yourself!
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Putting Real Life on the Page

Putting Real Life on the Page

Who: Matthew Condon
When:
Sunday 3 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

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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Character Boot Camp

Character Boot Camp

Who: Kylie Fornasier          
When:
Saturday 9 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Intermediate/Advanced
Is your character lifeless? Dull? Unlikable? Weak? Without goals? Lacking voice? Or even too perfect? Character Boot Camp can help whip these characters into shape. This workshop will take writers beyond the basics of character, examining common problems writers hav

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CANCELLED: HSC Last Draft Masterclass - Extension 2 Major Work

CANCELLED: HSC Last Draft Masterclass - Extension 2 Major Work

COURSE CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENTS.

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Sunday 17 May 2015, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$110

Whether you are still in a bit of a Concept Crisis or boldly refining the penultimate draft of your finished Work, this one-day workshop is about last-draft writing and getting a strong well-edited manuscript ready for submission.

Limited to twelve students, the day will take a Masterclass format, consisting of a short group introduction, then each student will workshop issues in their draft with the presenter. .....

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Year of the Novel: Phase Two

Year of the Novel: Phase Two

SOLD OUT.
Who:
Emily Maguire
When: Phase two: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10 , 17, 24 June; 1, 8, 15 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Full Price: $880, Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Make 2015 the year you finally write that book. Over three phases of eight weeks each, acclaimed author Emily Maguire will give you the tools, support and encouragement you need to plan, write and edit your novel.

In the 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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Writing the Perfect Crime

Writing the Perfect Crime

Who: Barry Maitland
When:
Saturday 13 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Would you like to write gripping fiction, with vivid characters, strong and ingenious story lines and a powerful sense of place? Crime novels have all of these, and are among the most popular forms of fiction published today. In this workshop, Barry Maitland will talk about the craft of crime-writing and conduct focussed exercises which will help you to develop skills in key areas of practice, including: .....

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Writing Nature

Writing Nature

Who: Inga Simpson
When:
Saturday 13 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.
—  
John Muir

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers at all levels with a passion for the natural world.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message. .....

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From Manuscript to Publication

From Manuscript to Publication

Who: Linda Nix
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 25 July, 1pm-4pm
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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