Courses

2011 Writing Graphic Novels

Who: Chewie Chan
When: Saturday 10 December 2011, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$150; Member Price: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code:
11CHAN12

Fascinated by the interplay between words and images? Whether you want to write comic books, illustrated texts or just play with the possibilities of combining text and pictures, this course will help you explore the challenges and rewards of writing graphic novels.

From Julian Shaw’s movie-in-book-form, Modern Odysseus, to Shaun Tan’s illustrated collection Tales from Outer Suburbia to Neil Gaiman’s  comic book novels, the graphic novel is an innovative medium that has been recognized by the Pulitzer Prize, the Guardian Award and critics worldwide. .....

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2011 From Spark to Manuscript: Writing Your First YA Novel

2011 From Spark to Manuscript: Writing Your First YA Novel

Who: Georgia Clark
When: Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11CLAR12

Have you always wanted to write a Young Adult novel but had no idea where or how to start? Do you love Judy Blume or novels like Twilight and secretly think ‘I could write that’? Are you passionate and committed to storytelling for young adults?

Emotional, exciting, personal. Young adult (YA) fiction is a vibrant, popular and lucrative part of the Australian and international publishing industry. Teen fiction author Georgia Clark (She’s With The Band, Allen & Unwin) will present an intensive, interactive course that will inspire, empower and inform YA writers who are new to novel writing. Not just focusing on the craft, Georgia teaches with a strong industry focus, exploring what is popular and getting sold right now. .....

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2012 A Touch of Magic

SOLD OUT!

Who: Kate Forsyth
When: Sunday 2 December 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Discover the secret of writing stories that enchant and enthrall the reader, opening a magical gateway so that they can escape to other worlds and other times. Master the tools of the craft so that you can weave a spell that will hold the reader captive till the last page is turned. Learn how to add that elusive touch of magic to your writing so that it shines like a beacon. Spend a day with Kate Forsyth and she promises you will be stimulated, motivated and inspired with new ideas, techniques, and solutions to help you write that novel you’ve always dreamed of. .....

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2012 Writing 21st Century Poetry

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Who: Pam Brown
When: Sunday 2 December 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This course is an opportunity to develop your poetry with award winning poet, editor (Jacket 2, Overland) and reviewer Pam Brown.  Over the day, Pam will closely consider free-form poems and make useful suggestions within a contemp

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2012 The Craft of Fiction: Form and Structure

SOLD OUT!

Who: Anthony Macris
When: Saturday 8 December 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Level: Intermediate / Advanced

This one-day workshop, with one of Australia’s leading teachers of creative writing, Dr Anthony Macris, is designed for intermediate to advanced fiction writers who wish to develop their skills in how to structure either a short story or longer fiction manuscript

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2012 Writing for the Children's Market

Who: Tristan Bancks
When:
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

This hands-on two-day intensive workshop on the creative and business aspects of writing for young people.  In this workshop, Tristan Bancks gives intimate insight into life as a children’s author as well as inspiration to help you plot your own journey through the world of children’s publishing.

Day 1: The Craft of Writing for Children .....

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2013 Mapping the Memoir

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210    

So you’d like to write a memoir, a story from your life. You’ve never done it before and you have no idea where to begin and even less idea where to end. And the middle, well it feels like a muddled mess.

When you go travelling to a new country what do you do? You take a map. That’s just what we’ll be doing this weekend. We will be painlessly mapping out the beginning, middle, end and all the bits in between, to get your story into shape. We’ll be finding out how to transform that huge unwieldy story of yours into bite sized chunks, so you can finally get to work, scene by scene, building a compelling tale from the raw material of your life.  By the end of the workshop you will know exactly where you are going with a clear map for continuing on your own. You will be perfectly positioned to set up a writing timetable for the holiday period and make serious inroads into your memoir. .....

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2013 Summer Lovin’ - Poetry Masterclass

Who: Peter Minter
When:
Sunday 1 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
We lack not songs, nor instruments of joy,
Nor echoes sweet, nor waters clear as heaven,
Nor laurel wreaths against the sultry heat.

                                                from ‘To Summer’ by William Blake
On the first day of summer we think of summers past, and look forward to what the new season might bring in life, love and poetry. In this masterclass, poet Peter Minter will lead a sultry dialogue on the poetry of summer, inspiring poets to pitch their golden tents for the season to come. Peter will rigorously workshop students’ poems, providing valuable feedback and advice on all poetry contributions.
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
This masterclass is open only to writers who have been previously published in any form (eg. book, poetry, short story, magazine/

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2013 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

SOLD OUT – Please email to join the waiting list.

Who: Lisa Shanahan
When:
Saturday 7th December 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

A picture book is a unique meeting place. It’s the place where a text meets with the illustrations and the illustrations with a text. It’s a place where an adult meets with a child and a child meets with an adult. It’s a place where a child meets with themselves… and also with the world. So much in so little time! .....

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2014 From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

Who: Lisa Shanahan
When:
Saturday 6 December 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

A picture book is a unique meeting place. It’s the place where a text meets with the illustrations and the illustrations with a text. It’s a place where an adult meets with a child and a child meets with an adult. It’s a place where a child meets with themselves… and also with the world. So much in so little time!

So where do great ideas for picture books come from? And what really makes them work? Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan in this one-day course for beginning writers, as she shares the journey of creating a picture book from the first seed to final story. Learn the three essential elements of excellent picture book writing and discover, through practical exercises, fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from the everyday and the importance of playful, poetic line-by-line writing. An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will be given; including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents. .....

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2014 Fabulously Creative

Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 6 December 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Time to dust off the writing shoes and show the world just how wonderful you are! In this one-day workshop come on a creative journey with Walter Mason as you explore your options, get daring and spend some time discovering that spark of sheer fabulousness that lies within us all. In a joy-filled day of imaginative discovery you will learn to say yes to your creative impulses and crash through the barriers – real and imagined – that have held you back till now. Walter will have you believing again in the wonderful world of possibility that makes you so special and your stories so unique. Whether it’s beating writer’s block, creating a truly tremendous new year or writing things down and making them happen, this workshop is just the thing to give you the tools to energise and inspire a creative new you. .....

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2015 Craft of Fiction: Form and Structure - SOLD OUT

Who: Anthony Macris
When:
Saturday 5 December 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180, Member: $125, Conc Member: $110

This one-day workshop, with one of Australia’s leading teachers of creative writing, Dr Anthony Macris, is designed for intermediate to advanced fiction writers who wish to develop their skills in how to structure either a short story or longer fiction manuscript (novel or novella).

While many writers are successful in creating engaging characters and compelling story lines, they often struggle with how to create a strong underlying structure for their work. Key to this process is an understanding of the three key elements that are critical in structuring your work: point of view, time, and story/

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Creating Dynamic Characters 2016 - sold out!

Creating Dynamic Characters 2016 - sold out!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Anthony Macris
When:
Saturday 3 December 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Emerging writers

Every writer knows that effective characters are perhaps the single most important factor in creating a story that will engage readers. E.M. Forster divided them into flat and round. Aristotle said they were less important than action. In this one-day workshop, we’ll look at the best of classic and contemporary approaches to how character operates in storytelling, and learn the techniques needed to create vivid characters that your readers will want to go on a journey with. .....

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Telling It Like It Is: Advanced Poetry Workshop 2016

Telling It Like It Is: Advanced Poetry Workshop 2016

Who: Ron Pretty

When: Saturday 3 December 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/established

In this workshop for experienced writers, award-winning poet Ron Pretty explores the question of dealing with political, social and religious issues in poetry. Should poetry tackle such issues? If it is to be done, can it be done effectively? If so, how? What are the pitfalls? Where does

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Point of View: A Practical Guide 2017

Point of View: A Practical Guide 2017

Who: Anthony Macris
When:
Saturday 2 December 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/Established

Point of view is one of the most important techniques in fiction writing, and one of the most neglected. Get it right from the start, and you’ll be able to construct narratives where voice, character and story work seamlessly together. Get it wrong though, and you might find yourself having to complete

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Blasting Through Writer’s Block 2017

Blasting Through Writer’s Block 2017

Who: Kate Forsyth
When:
Saturday 2 December 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All levels

All writers get blocked sometimes. Yet it’s those writers who learn how to blast through their blockage and keep on writing that manage to produce work, year after year, and so build themselves a career as a writer. Most aspiring writers dream of being able to make a living from their writing, yet writer’s block makes the process slow and arduous, as well as very time-consuming. .....

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