Courses

2012 Plan to be Published

Who: Les Wicks
When: 2 x Sundays: 5 & 12 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

If you write and are reaching the point where you would like your work to get out there into the wider world, then this course will help you to reach that new level. This course is for all styles and all ages. Les Wicks’ workshops are known for their constructive & friendly orientation. This workshop will have an emphasis on the nuts and bolts of establishing a poetry audience.  .....

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2012 Writing Memoir - Advanced SOLD OUT

2012 Writing Memoir - Advanced SOLD OUT

Who: Patti Miller
When: 4 x Thurday mornings: 2, 9, 16 & 23 August 2012, 10am-1pm
Full price:
$400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

This is an advanced memoir course for those who want to write more than a record or a history, for those who are ready for a creative journey.  This course will refresh the technique of writing from original memory and creating the texture of lived experience on the page, and will explore narrating voice, story-telling and narrative pacing and structure. There will be a special trouble-shooting section on the problems in finding form – an invaluable insight into the structural pitfalls that can await the memoirist – based on Patti’s work critiquing hundreds of manuscripts. .....

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2012 What Makes It A Story? SOLD OUT

2012 What Makes It A Story? SOLD OUT

Who: Cate Kennedy
When:
Saturday 4 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Cate Kennedy is one of Australia’s leading short story authors, critically praised, widely anthologised and published in The New Yorker and The Harvard Review. In 2012, Cate joins us from Melbourne for a one day workshop designed to re-inspire writers who have stories they want to perfect, whether for publication or their own satisfaction. .....

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2012 Teen Writers Get Serious!

Who: Melina Marchetta
When:
Sunday 5 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Are you into writing? Do you make up stories in your head or on the page? Want to take it further? Then join the internationally published, prize-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and The Piper’s Son, Melina Marchetta, for a day of creative writing that will take your words further.

Through a combination of theory, examples and practical exercises, Melina will explore with students the creation of tension and atmosphere, descriptive scenes and fast-paced narrative, enhancing action, characterisation, point of view, narrative tense, writing strong dialogue and more, using techniques she has developed over years of writing. Students will complete up to four brief writing pieces throughout the day and come away with new techniques and skills for their craft along with the seeds of new stories. .....

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2012 Child's Play: Writing for Children

2012 Child's Play: Writing for Children

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When: Saturday 11 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Do you dream of writing bestselling books for children?  Do you love coming up with stories you believe that children would love to read? Do you want to understand the complexities of the market and how to go about getting published?   

Jacqueline Harvey will guide participants through a practical look at writing for children including critical skills and knowledge, understanding the market, finding your voice, refining and improving your work and how to approach publishers.  This course aims to give those who are keen to write for children a realistic view of what’s involved from getting started to getting published and what happens after that.  A series of activities will give budding writers opportunities to explore style, voice and other key elements of writing for children as well demystifying the publishing process.    .....

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2012 Prepare to Submit: Making Your Manuscript Publishable

Who: Catherine Hammond
When:
6 x Saturday mornings: 18 & 25 August; 1,8,15 & 22 September 2012, 10am – 1pm
Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Now that you’ve finished your manuscript – or nearly! – you’re thinking about publishing, but you’re just not sure if it’s ready. You’re wondering: Is your story well structured and engaging? Are your characters all that they can be? Does your manuscript have what it takes to wow agents, publishers and readers? .....

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2012 The Art of the Story

SOLD OUT

Who: Mandy Sayer
When: 6 x Wednesday evenings: 22 & 29 Aug; 5,12,19 & 26 September 2012, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

In this six-week, intensive course we will be studying the art and craft of writing modern short stories.   Each class will be a mixture of writing exercises, theory, discussion of set readings, and the workshopping of student work.

Topics covered include the use of figurative and concrete language; direct and indirect characterisation; setting; selecting the best point-of-view; effective beginnings and endings; direct and indirect dialogue; summary vs scene; editing; revision; and crafting a narrative arc in less than 5,000 words.    .....

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2012 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

Who: Melaina Faranda
When:
Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Are you an expert procrastinator? Does writing ever feel like a painful, plodding process? Do you easily slide into critical paralysis, even to the extent of not letting yourself write? Do you ever feel blocked and afraid that nothing you write will be good enough or that you might not have what it takes?

You do have what it takes. We all, without exception, have an extraordinary and unique creative ability waiting to be awakened and unleashed. Inside each of us, inside of you, is a brilliant font of creativity that can be readily and effortlessly tapped into. In this fun, energetic and transformative workshop, you’ll learn how to trick your brain into flow through a variety of powerful tools, techniques and exercises that enable you to instantly access your subconscious creative genius and switch off the inner critic. You’ll discover how to transcend your fears, overcome blocks, and make the writing process one of joyous self-discovery. You will learn techniques to bypass the limitations of your conscious thinking to access a deeper and more powerful writing voice than you may have previously encountered. No matter how blocked you currently feel, prepare to be astonished by the original, striking and prolific writing you will produce during this workshop! .....

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2012 Seminar: You Can't Make This Stuff Up

SOLD OUT

Who: Lee Gutkind
When: Tuesday 28  August 2012, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Full price:
$100; Member: $70; Conc Member: $60

Recognised as ‘the Godfather’ of creative nonfiction, Lee Gutkind, will define and describe creative nonfiction, the fastest growing genre in the publishing industry, both from a literary and a practical perspective.   This comprehensive seminar will cover everything from history and background, ethics, and storytelling research. Gutkind will focus on explaining and isolating craft – the literary techniques that are the anchoring elements of the creative nonfiction essay or book.  At the end of this seminar, participants will understand what creative nonfiction is – and isn’t – and how to make it communicative and dramatic. .....

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2013 Writing Contemporary Poetry

2013 Writing Contemporary Poetry

Who: Pam Brown
When: Saturday 3 August 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

This course is an opportunity to develop your poetry with award winning poet, editor (Jacket 2, Overland) and reviewer Pam Brown.  Over the day, together with course participants, Pam will closely consider free-form poems and make useful suggestions within a contemporary context.  She will give particular focus to stylistic attributes such as lineation, punctuation, appropriation, imagery, collage, and structure.   She will also cover content, thought and feeling in the poems. .....

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2013 Jumpstart Your Short Story

2013 Jumpstart Your Short Story

Who: Barry Divola
When:
Sunday 11 August 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to write short fiction but you’re not sure exactly how to go about it?

Do you have a lot of ideas but they never seem to become stories?

Do you start something but then hit a dead-end a page or two in and get discouraged?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Jumpstart is the course for you. There’s never been a better time to write short fiction. From best-seller George Saunders (Tenth Of December) to Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan (A Visit From The Goon Squad), the genre is finally gaining the kudos it deserves. The good news is that short fiction is, you know, shorter than a novel. The slightly less good news is that you have to really work at it to tell your story well and make it sing on the page.  .....

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2013 Blogging for Beginners

2013 Blogging for Beginners

Sold out! Email [email protected] to be placed on the waitlist.
Who:
Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 17 & 24 August 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130           

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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2013 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

2013 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Who: Noeline Kyle
When:
Sunday 18 August 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

The seductive task of collecting more dates, names, obituaries and other data associated with our family histories – the piling up of the hundreds of documents until they spill will-nilly from our homes/offices/computers – is the collect until you drop syndrome! Yes, it is great to find that elusive piece of information. But at some time you need to lift your head from that pile of data and think about how, where and in what way you will write and publish the family history, that memoir you have been thinking about for some time or the story of your journey through life/Mexico/the Antarctic.

Noeline Kyle will talk about strategies to get you to the desk and writing, and will provide practical ideas from her own writing and her work with supporting family historians for more than 30 years. In this workshop you will learn how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing and planning a text.

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.

Student Requirements
Pen and paper

You can purchase Noeline Kyle’s book, Writing Family History from our website. Click here.

About the tutor
Dr Noeline Kyle
is an expert on the researching, writing and publishing of biography, women’s history and family history.  Her books include We Should’ve Listened to Grandma:  Women and Family History, (1988), Memories & Dreams: A Biography of Nurse Mary Kirkpatrick, (2001); Writing Family History Made Very Easy (2007);Music, Myth & Memory: A Kyle Family History  (2008).  Her most recent book How to Write & Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps was published in 2011 by NewSouth Books. She will publish two books in 2013 with Unlock the Past: Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and writing about women in family history and Citing historical sources : a manual for family historians, and her memoir Landscapes of my childhood: a memoir is due for publication soon. Check out her website: www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au for updates on her publications, free downloads and writing family history information.

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2013 Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 24 August 2013, 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 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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2013 Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group for Writers

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 24 August; 7, 21 September; 12, 26 October; 9, 23 November; 7 December 2013, 1pm – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group of eight will submit a sample of their work (maximum of 6000 words, either short stories or novel extracts) for other group members and the convenor to provide constructive feedback on in the meeting. Providing critical feedback in this way will help group members to develop their analytical skills, spot room for improvement in their own work, and push their writing further. .....

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2013 The Art of Truth

2013 The Art of Truth

Who: Dr Robyn Ferrell
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 28 August; 4, 11, 18, 25 September; 2 October 2013; 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

The best creative nonfiction engages the ‘art of truth’ – the way that the manner of its writing brings a subject to life. Creative non-fiction works with fact and with elements of reality rather than with the literary aims of character and plot. It is driven by another logic, and this course will look at the devices and motivations that work to make this genre compelling. .....

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2014 Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 2 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Erotica has risen in popularity in recent times and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award while writing arousing and sensual prose? What exactly is best word for it? And how can you avoid falling into cliché? 
This one day workshop introduces writers to the art of writing good sex. Why is it so hard to write a sex scene? Why is it so hard to get our characters in bed with each other? What are the words to avoid? How can you make the writing blend with your own natural style rather than standing out as something awkward on the page? 
We will look at examples of some of the best sex writing in the English language and find out what elevates this from the writing that seems stilted or cliche. Through a series of exercises we will look at our own relationship to sex in fiction and how to refine our own work to make it simmer on the page. The workshop will help us to identify and challenge our sexual assumptions and prejudices and attempt to see sex writing from a fresh new perspective. We will look at transgression and explore, exactly how far is too far?
Participants will leave with some practical tips, an idea of pitfalls to avoid, some sex scenes of our own, story ideas to kick start new erotic work, and a swag of further reading to help you see how others have approached the most sensitive regions of the literary canon.
This workshop is perfect for writers who have not yet attempted to write erotic prose or for those who have written sex scenes but would like to find ways to makes these scenes more sensual for an audience. The same approach applies to writing sex scenes for fiction and non-fiction and writers in both forms are encouraged to attend.
Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Workshop participants must bring paper and pen or pencil. No previous reading is required for this workshop, but if you want to sample the best literary erotica feel free to delve into The Delta of Venus by Anais Nin, A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter, The House of the Sleeping Beauties by Yusinari Kawabata, or, for the adventurous The Story of the Eye by Georges Batailles.
About the tutor
Krissy Kneen
is most well known for her erotic writing. She is the author of a little collection of erotic stories, Swallow the Sound (eatbooks), Affection; a Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy (Text Publishing); Triptych, an Erotic Adventure (Text Publishing) and the new literary fiction novel Steeplechase (Text Publishing). She has had short stories published on the USA’s premier erotic website Nerve.com and in the USA’s Best Women’s Erotica 2013. She has appeared on Jennifer Byrne Presents Erotica on the ABC and has often been described as Australia’s Anais Nin. To her credit, some of her work is too rude for Apple’s iBook site from which has been banned. Her blog has been banned in China and yet has Kneen has been shortlisted for major Australian literary awards. Krissy Kneen works as a bookseller and events coordinator at Avid Reader and lives in Brisbane where she was one of the instigators and major forces behind the Qld Literary Awards. She has written erotica for private collectors and her new book Adventures in the Sex Machine will be out in early 2015. .....

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2014 E-books for Beginners

Who: Emily Craven
When:
Saturday 2 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Trying to get a handle on the E-Book Revolution? This workshop is for writers who wish to understand how changes in the publishing can benefit them. It covers opportunities for authors who would like to leverage technology to their advantage to increase their connection with readers and build a following.

The day will be a combination of presentations, exercises and practical demonstrations. In this workshop we cover why authors are trading traditional publishing for e-books, what an e-book is and how it is presented, the opportunities for emerging and established writers, how to format and create e-books, build a social media and author platform, and how to create and format your ebook ready for upload. .....

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2014 Editing Essentials

2014 Editing Essentials

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
4 x Wednesday evenings: 30 July; 6, 13 & 20 August 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm (Please note date change from printed program: course starts one week earlier).
Cost: Full price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

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 work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2014 Writing Fiction

2014 Writing Fiction

Who: Steven Carroll
When:
Saturday 9 August 2014 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Join Miles Franklin award-winning author Steven Carroll (Spirit of Progress) for this advanced workshop on writing fiction.  This one day intensive workshop will provide participants with an in-depth and practical insight into fiction writing. This course is tailored towards emerging to established writers who may be currently working on a manuscript, are about to commence a new body of work, or simply need an inspirational kickstart to create their next novel. .....

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2014 The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

2014 The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 16 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In the writing world, memoir is the new black. Readers – and publishers – are hungry for distinctive, beautifully told true tales that give new insight into what it is to be human in a particular place, at a particular time. You don’t need to have been stuck between two rocks for 127 hours (or had a misery-drenched childhood) for your story to be worth telling – but you do need to know how to tell it in a way that will engage readers and offer something unique and valuable. .....

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2014 Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 16, 30 August; 13, 27 September; 11, 25 October; 15, 29 November 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group of eight will submit a sample of their work (maximum of 6000 words, either short stories or novel extracts) for other group members and the convenor to provide constructive feedback on in the meeting. Providing critical feedback in this way will help group members to develop their analytical skills, spot room for improvement in their own work, and push their writing further. .....

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2014 Write to Speak

2014 Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill and Buddy Wakefield
When:
Saturday 23 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With years of professional experience, two award winning poetry slam experts look at ways of using stories and poetry to get your message across: from holding a microphone to expressing vulnerability to editing your text for a live presentation. This Wordshop uses one of the primary characteristics of poetry – say more with less – to assist participants to perform their writing more effectively. .....

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2014 Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
4 x Sunday mornings: 24, 31 August; 7 14 September 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

This course is for people who are interested in writing fiction, travel or life stories. It is for those who have a story to tell and have been wondering how to get that story going—to access the creative energy and writing craft practices that bring stories alive on the page. The course imparts ways to entice creativity back into our writing and daily lives, through a combination of short presentations, discussion of selected readings, writing exercises and workshopping to explore new ways of seeing and ‘making things new’ as writers. We explore meditation techniques, drama and drawing to access the parts of us where the muse lives. .....

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2014 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 30 August; 6, 13, 20 September; 11, 18, 25 October; 1 November 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

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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2015 Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group - limited places left!

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 1, 15, 29 August; 12, 26 September; 10, 24 October; 14 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

There are limited places left in this course. To book, please call (02) 9555 9757.

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group will submit a sample of their work (maximum of 6000 words, either short stories or novel/

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2015 The Story Road

2015 The Story Road

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 1 August, 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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2015 The Gentle Art of Persuasion

2015 The Gentle Art of Persuasion

Who: Neil James
When:
Saturday 1 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

For more than 2,000 years, writers have wrestled with the problem of persuasion. What makes one text compelling and another pedestrian?

Neil James draws from fields as diverse as classical rhetoric, plain language and cognitive psychology to explore some practical techniques that can supercharge your text. Whether you are writing fiction or writing for the web, whether you want to add dimension to your characters or simply strengthen a submission, there is much to learn from the gentle art of persuasion. .....

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2015 Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

2015 Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

SOLD OUT! Email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 16, 23, 30 August; 6, 20, 27 September, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This course is for people who are interested in writing fiction, travel or life stories. It is for those who have a story to tell and have been wondering how to get that story going—to access the creative energy and writing craft practices that bring stories alive on the page. .....

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2015 Crafting Poetry

2015 Crafting Poetry

Who: Lisa Jacobson
When:
Saturday 22 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
Robert Frost

Creating a good poem is like making a fine table. It requires the right tools and imagination to craft a work of beauty that draws people in, rather than something that gets thrown out in the next hard rubbish collection. Maybe you have never written a poem before, or maybe you already write poetry but would like to extend your range. Writers of all levels will gain knowledge, inspiration and skills in this one-day session about what makes poetry work. .....

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2015 Writing Short Fiction

2015 Writing Short Fiction

Who: Maxine Beneba Clarke
When:
Saturday 22 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

This course is aimed at assisting participants to write original, engaging, and technically proficient short fiction – covering facets such as narrative voice, structure, characterisation and plot development.

While the morning session will be theoretical, unpacking and examining the techniques of a diverse range of short story masters, the afternoon session will be more practical, engaging participants in writing exercises and encouraging them to apply the morning’s lessons to their own work. .....

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2015 Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

2015 Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Saturday 29 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old and intertwining imaginary plots into actual events and milieus. 

In this workshop you will comprehensively explore the techniques, tricks, ideas and pitfalls of bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps. .....

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2015 What If to What Next: Unlocking Creativity

2015 What If to What Next: Unlocking Creativity

With: Sian Prior
When:
Sunday 30 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

You want to write. You have some great ideas and a strong desire to be published (or published again). You just need to get it all down. But why can it be so damned hard to move from impulse to action?

In this course we will look at some practical strategies for overcoming our anxious ‘what ifs’ and turning ideas into stories. As Thomas Mann famously wrote, ‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’  Writing requires stamina as much as it requires imagination, and fortunately stamina is something you can develop over time. .....

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2016 The Mindful Writer - SOLD OUT!

2016 The Mindful Writer - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Who: Walter Mason
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 16, 23, 30 August; 6 September, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265
Level: All

Join Walter Mason as he combines the insights of meditation and mindfulness with the joy of creative writing. Diaries, poetry, fiction, memoir, essays – all can be approached from a place of profound stillness and great wisdom.  Go deep within to unleash your amazing capacity for story. .....

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2016 The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

2016 The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

Who: Steven Amsterdam
When:
Saturday 20 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This class is designed for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals. Please be prepared to bring an excerpt of a work-in progress (500-1000 words).

Once you have a working draft, you get to the good part. Making it work. There’s no more aimless wandering, no more shorthand descriptions. You are clarifying the story, sharpening scenes and illuminating themes—and it is fun. Intended for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals, this one-day workshop will cover tools and approaches for making your fiction tight. Through exercises we will develop ways to separate the author’s voice from the protagonist’s, choose the right details for description and dialogue, and visualise the overall flow and meaning of the piece. We will spend a part of the day workshopping each other’s writing in forensic detail, with the goal of refining the individual pieces as well as our own technique. .....

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2016 Generating Ideas

2016 Generating Ideas

Who: Sophie Cunningham
When:
Sunday 21 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Ideal for emerging writers, open to all

One of the most commonly asked questions published writers get asked is ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ and certainly one of the purposes of the day will be to come up with some answers to that question. But that’s the easy part.

This will be a day with a focus on creative process. Which ideas make for great conversational ambit but aren’t going to work when expanded to 60,000 words or more?  How do you know if the idea that is the focus of your novel or non-fiction work is one that is going to engage you deeply enough that you’ll find the stamina to stick with a project for what could be several years?  Sure, the idea might be a commercial one, but is it one you want to live with for a year, or two or three or ten? Alternatively, is your area of interest so particular and strange that you may never find an audience for it (and does that matter?). .....

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2016 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques

2016 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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2016 Introduction to Copywriting - Cancelled

2016 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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The Mindful Writer 2017

The Mindful Writer 2017

Who: Walter Mason
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22 August 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265
Level: All levels

Join Walter Mason as he combines the insights of meditation and mindfulness with the joy of creative writing. Diaries, poetry, fiction, memoir, essays – all can be approached from a place of profound stillness and great wisdom.  Go deep within to unleash your amazing capacity for story. .....

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The Guts and Glory of Indie Comics 2017 - cancelled

The Guts and Glory of Indie Comics 2017 - cancelled

Who: Fionn McCabe & Ben Juers
When: Cancelled
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Early and emerging writers/cartoonists will benefit most, though cartoonists that are familiar with the material may enjoy and benefit from this as well.

Learn or expand your understanding of making and reading indie and alternative comics. We’ll start by discussing and deconstructing particularly innovative works. Using techniques gleaned from each example, we’ll

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A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry 2017

A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry 2017

With: Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Monday evenings: 14, 21, 28 August; 4, 11, 18 September* 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All
*Please note, these courses dates have been changed since their original publication.

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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Extending Your Creativity 2017

Extending Your Creativity 2017

Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Saturday 12 August 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners and intermediate writers

We’re all wired for creativity, but too often as adults we let our creativity fade. In this workshop, you will not only find how to access your creativity again, but also how to form a spellbinding story out of the potent ideas, words and phrases that emerge. Experienced creativity teacher and writer Sue Woolfe will use her research into neuroscience to guide you from fragments to story. .....

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Connect with Your Audience: Writing for Kids and YA 2017

Connect with Your Audience: Writing for Kids and YA 2017

Who: Tristan Bancks
When:
Saturday 12 August 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early/emerging writers

In this information-packed full-day course for emerging children’s and YA writers, award-winning author Tristan Bancks gives intimate insight into the creative and business aspects of working as a full-time author for young people.

In the morning you’ll discuss and learn how to connect deepl

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Blogging Your Interest 2017

Blogging Your Interest 2017

Who: Thang Ngo
When:
Saturday 19 August 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This course is relevant for all levels of writing skills, from established writers looking to build an audience online, to beginners who want to share their writing with a digital community.

Turn your passion into an engaging blog that attracts readers from around the world – and learn how to sustain it. This blogging essentials course will help you select the right blogging platform for your style and cover all the key elements of setting up a blog, saving you weeks of research and frustration. .....

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Writing Memoir and Memories 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Writing Memoir and Memories 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Who: Barbara Brooks
When:
5 x Saturday mornings: 19, 26 August; 2, 9, 16 September 2017, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level: All levels

If you’ve started writing and would like to write memoir or memoir-based fiction, this is the course for you. We’ll start by finding how to translate memories into words, images and scenes, then explore ways to ground your writing and to shape what you’ve written. We’ll also look at how to use the techniques of fiction to tell life stories. .....

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Book Publicity for Authors 2017

With: Jaki Arthur
When:
Saturday 19 August 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Experienced book publicist Jaki Arthur presents a motivating and inspiring workshop all about book publicity – how it works, why it works, what it can do for you and how to do it!

You will discuss today’s media landscape and where your work and ideas fit within it, learn how to identify and approach targets, and when (and when not) to pitch, and finally, learn about the current book retail landscape in Australia and the Australian publishing industry in general – its strengths and its weaknesses. .....

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