Courses

2012 Mentoring Your Memoir

Who: Goldie Alexander
When: Sunday 29 January 2012, 10am-4pm.
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code:  12ALEX1

Working as a professional author and tutor for 25 years, Goldie Alexander has facilitated many creative writing courses in many genres. She knows that people have wonderful life-stories to relate, yet find it hard to get started. Though they may tell their stories, collate bits of the past, even research the net, when it comes to setting it all down, they are not sure how to begin, much less how to continue. .....

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2012 Taking the Mystery out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

SOLD OUT!

Who:  Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 18 February 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12ARMS2

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Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2012 Stuck! Therapy for Writer's Block

Who:  Geoffrey Atherden
When:
Saturday 11 February 2012-10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12ATHE2

Writers can get stuck at a number of stages in a project: stuck at the beginning when uncertainty about how to get going, where to start, whether the idea is good enough, or how to do justice to the research creates paralysis; stuck in the middle when the work grinds to a halt, maybe because the energy and passion have gone out of the writing, or maybe because of an unresolved problem earlier in the draft, or possibly because the idea which seemed so good at its beginning just doesn’t seem to have a satisfactory ending; or stuck at the end when fear of allowing someone else to read the work can send the writer back to yet another edit or rewrite. This workshop will cover a number of techniques for overcoming blocks at all of these stages, exploring mind games, check lists as well as physical exercises. The workshop aims to give writers a toolbox containing a range of potential lubricants to ease a writer’s block. .....

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2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course (Three Phases)

Who: Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally successful playwrights, with a string of national and international awards and productions. In 2012, Timothy returns with his highly successful, intensive course that will take you from the start to the finish of writing your play.

Open to both beginning writers for theatre as well as those with some experience, this year-long course is one of the most detailed, practical and ‘hands-on’ available. You will receive detailed notes and helpful writing exercises as well as have the chance to write your own play and workshop it in class. .....

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2012 HSC English Extension 2: A Year of Writing

Who:  Anna Maria Dell’Oso

It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the Extension 2 Major Work.

 Over three phases spaced throughout the HSC year, author, journalist and critic Anna Maria Dell’Oso will guide you – from coming up with your ideas, to drafting your work in progress and getting ready to hand in your project. Students can enrol in all three phases or join in at any stage along the way. Anna’s intensive classes are an excellent way of diving into your Extension 2 Major Work while learning invaluable writing and editing skills to sustain you through your HSC project and beyond. .....

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2012 Year of the Novel (Three Acts)

Who:  Bem Le Hunte
Cost:
Complete Course – Three Acts (additional 10% discount)
Full Price:
$2430, Member: $1730, Conc Member: $1470
Code:
12LEHU2

Make this the year that you write that novel or novella you’ve yet to start or complete. This course gives you the inspiration, the camaraderie, the structure, skills and motivation to write the novel you’ve been putting off. Whether you’re beginning your writing adventure or have lots of writing under your belt, you’re welcome to attend. .....

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2012 The Last Taboo: Writing in the Sacred Realms

2012 The Last Taboo: Writing in the Sacred Realms

Who: Jane Meredith
When: Saturday 4 February 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12MERE2

Perhaps you are a fiction writer, wanting to show your characters’ spiritual, as well as their emotional and practical lives? Or perhaps a poet, seeking to infuse your language with the numinous lifeforce? Or a playwright, bringing to life ancient characters from myth and fable? Maybe you write instructional, descriptive or biographical non-fiction, and are searching for practical ways to write about the intangible – or you just want to branch out! .....

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2012 Creating an Original Picture Book

Who: Tohby Riddle
When: Sunday 12 Feb 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price $150; Member  $105; Conc Member $90
Code: 12RIDD2

Good work comes from good thinking. Muliti-award-winning picture book creator Tohby Riddle leads you through the process of creating and making a picture book – with an emphasis on ways of thinking about words and pictures designed to extend each person’s unique abilities and get better and more original results. .....

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2012 Seminar: The Business of Being A Writer

Who: Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Pamela Freeman and Dale Hollingsworth
When: Saturday 25 February 2012, 10am – 5pm
Cost: Full Price $150; Member $105 (30% disc); Conc Member $90 (40% disc)
Code: 12RIDG2

You decided to become a writer because you’re good at expressing yourself creatively. What you weren’t expecting was all those other aspects you have to deal with – contracts, copyright, finances and how to promote yourself. .....

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2012 Year of the Novel: Act One (SOLD OUT)

Who: Bem Le Hunte
Dates: 10 x Tuesday evenings: 7,14,21 & 28 February; 6 & 27 March; 3,10,17 & 24 April 2012, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $900; Member: $640; Conc Member: $545
Code: 12LEHU2

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Make this the year you write that novel or novella you’ve yet to start or complete. This course gives you the inspiration, the camaraderie, the structure, skills and motivation to write the novel you’ve been putting off. Whether you’re beginning your writing adventure or have lots of writing under your belt, you’re welcome to attend. .....

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2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase One

Please note change of dates

Who: Timothy Daly
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 10, 17, 24 & 31 March; 21 & 28 April; 5 & 12May 2012, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price: $720; Member: $510; Conc Member: $435
Code: 12DALY3

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally successful playwrights, with a string of national and international awards and productions. Open to both beginning writers for theatre as well as those with some experience, this year -long course is one of the most detailed, practical and hands-on available. .....

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2013 HSC English Extension 2 Major Work: Writing the Next Draft Workshop

SOLD OUT

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When: 2 x Sundays: 24 February & 3 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: $150

This workshop is about the universal next draft problem: ‘My concept is clear in my head but how do I get it to work on the page? 

Over two days, students will learn practical techniques to stimulate the imagination for the next draft of their Major Work. Using each student’s current draft, we will look more deeply at story design, character, dialogue, voice, point-of-view and editing.

How do I achieve depth of character? How (and why) do I write dialogue? What is the ‘character wheel’ and how can it help strengthen my work and its underlying themes? We will look at how other writers have solved narrative problems and review the basic elements of narrative and story skills. We’ll use tools such as Levels of Engagement and the Character Wheel, consider the various masks of character; creating subtext, experimenting with and selecting point-of-view and how to imaginatively use traditional craft skills to strengthen non-traditional and experimental writing. .....

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2013 Year of the Novel: Phases One, Two & Three

Phase one of this course is now full. There are still places left in phases two and three.

Who: Emily Maguire
Complete Course – Three Phases
Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430
(additional 10% discount)

Make 2013 the year you finally write that novel. Over three phases of eight weeks each, acclaimed author Emily Maguire will help you move from embryonic idea to a completed work.

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. In the course’s second phase we’ll put some flesh on the bones of your novel, looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper still with character, voice and plot. Finally, in Phase Three, we’ll work on turning your very good novel into a brilliant one. We’ll cut the fat, plump up the too-lean bits, polish the language and do whatever else is necessary to ensure your novel is ready to step out in the world. .....

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2013 Year of the Novel: Phase One

This phase has now sold out. There are still places available in phases two and three, but to join a waitlist for phase one please email us.

Writing the Bones
Who: Emily Maguire
When: 8 x Wed evenings: 20, 27 Feb; 6, 13, 20, 27 March; 3, 10 April 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm Cost: Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

This phase is all about 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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2013 Writing Picture Books

SOLD OUT!

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 2 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

As any children’s author knows, the limited word count does not mean 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 award-winning picture books and edited them. From the perspective of a writer, Frances Watts 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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2013 Taking the Mystery Out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

SOLD OUT!

Who: Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 2 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2013 Spoken Stories: Improve Your Storytelling Skills

SOLD OUT
To join the waiting list please email us.

Who: Anna Conomos
When:
Saturday 9 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Build your storytelling skills and confidence in public speaking with award-winning storyteller Anna Conomos. This practical workshop will break down the techniques required to enrich your narrations and presentations both in the home or work place.

Using fairy-tales as a basis, the workshop will focus on structure, craft and vocal and physical skills in order to bring the story to life. .....

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2013 Story of My Life: Writing Memoir

Sold Out

Who: Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 16 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

For many people, the most important thing they will ever write is the story of their life. But where do you start? And how can you honour the truth while still creating compelling, engaging stories for readers? If you’ve ever considered writing your life, but weren’t sure where, or how, to start, then join writer, journalist and memoirist Benjamin Law for an in-depth exploration of autobiographical narrative. Get some tips on what to include, what to edit and gain a refined understanding of how to put your life on the page. .....

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2013 Cheeky Monkey Narrative Comedy

SOLD OUT

To go on a waiting list for this course please email.

Who: Tim Ferguson
When:
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

All great writers have a working knowledge of the principles of comedy. These principles are fixed, universal and quantifiable.

Australia’s foremost comedy teacher ‘unlocks the code’ to narrative comedy writing. Tim Ferguson, author of The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy (Currency Press) offers processes and insights necessary for writers to expand their skills base into writing comedy, and thereby all drama, for television, literature, theatre and film. .....

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2014 HSC English Ext 2: Next Draft Workshop

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
2 x Sundays: 23 February & 2 March 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$165

This workshop is about the universal next draft problem: ‘My concept is clear in my head but how do I get it to work on the page?’

Over two days, students will learn practical techniques to stimulate the imagination for the next draft of their Major Work. Using each student’s current draft, we will look more deeply at story design, character, dialogue, voice, point-of-view and editing. .....

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2014 Taking the Mystery out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 1 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2014 Blogging for Beginners

SOLD OUT – to join the waiting list please email us.

Who: Emily Craven
When:
Saturday 1 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Blogging is now a key way to get your writing noticed and connect with readers. Not only is it essential in building your own audience, but also in wooing publishers. So what makes a good blog post? How do you know what a reader will find interesting? What’s a platform and how do you use one? Learn how to build an online presence in a way that compels an audience to subscribe to your feed. From WordPress and Blogger, posting, commenting and building up an audience, this workshop will take you through the steps of becoming a master blogger.  .....

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2014 Writing for Kids

SOLD OUT – to join the waiting list please email.

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Tuesday evenings: 4, 11, 18, 25 February; 4 March 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300

Writing for children is big business.  Despite the doom and gloom about the state of the publishing industry, the children’s market remains robust and growing.  Children are reading and the demand for quality books is strong. .....

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2014 Wildwords

LIMITED PLACES LEFT – please call the office to book (9555 9757)

Who: Pamela Cook
When:
Saturday 8 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Want to write but don’t know where to start? Through a series of writing exercises you will discover new ways to tap into your creativity and unleash your writing potential. Drawing on the philosophies of Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott and others, Wildwords will encourage new writers to connect with their inner self, write using their intuition and get words flowing onto the page. .....

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2014 Writing a Sense of Place

SOLD OUT! To join the waiting list please email.

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 8 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphrase that often defies clear understanding.  As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place.’ But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2014 Year of the Novel: The Complete Course

COMPLETE COURSE NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Phase One is booked out, but there are places available in Phases Two and Three.

Who: Emily Maguire and Linda Funnell
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price: $2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430

For details on each phase, or to book separately, click on Phase One, Phase Two and Phase Three. .....

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2014 Year of the Novel: Phase One

SOLD OUT: Please email to join the waiting list.

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 19, 26 Feb; 5, 12, 19, 26 March; 2, 9 April 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase One: Writing the bones
This phase is all about 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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2014 Writing Picture Books

SOLD OUT – please email to join the waiting list.

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 22 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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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2014 So You Think You're Funny

Who: Catherine Deveny
When:
Saturday 22 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

So you think you’re funny. You do. And you know what? You are.

Spend the day writing, thinking, talking and getting insider tips and shortcuts. Catherine Deveny will help you to fine tune your voice, your characters, your plot twists and your point and embolden you to go forth and make with the funny.

 

Over the day we’ll cover pulling your finger out, singing from your heart, and offence, haters and trolls, along with how to please the network, your editor, your publisher and the audience. .....

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2015 Writing the Next Draft Workshop: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
2 x Sundays: 22 February & 1 March 2015, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$165

This workshop is about the universal next draft problem: ‘My concept is clear in my head but how do I get it to work on the page? 

Over two days, students will learn practical techniques to stimulate the imagination for the next draft of their Major Work. Using each student’s current draft, we will look more deeply at story design, character, dialogue, voice, point-of-view and editing. .....

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2015 The Business of Freelance Writing

Sold Out – email [email protected] to go on our waitlist.
Who:
Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 7 February 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Writing features for magazines doesn’t simply involve cobbling together a decent story. It also requires nailing a perfect pitch, doing robust research, arranging hard-to-get interviews, knowing your audience (and editor) and writing blistering copy that doesn’t let the reader go. Beyond that, it involves a lot of business know-how: good time management, keeping track of invoices and constant ideas generation. .....

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2015 E-Publishing Survival

Who: David Henley
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24 February; 3, 10 March 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

They said it would be easy. They said all you had to do was write the book. They never told you about the thousand and one things that need to get done to get your work out into the world.

Publishing has changed and for those considering self publishing there are many areas and obstacles to understand before you jump in. 

This course is a general primer course that combines some technical training with demonstrations, case studies and discussions of everything a self-publisher needs to know. Including how to make and distribute ebooks (the easy way and the hard way), promotion (publicity and marketing), social media, keeping your motivation and not giving up, and the business side.  .....

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2015 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly  
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 21, 28 February; 7, 21, 28 March; 11, 18 April; 2 May 2015, 1pm-4pm
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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Seminar: Writing a Synopsis 2015

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Thursday 26 February 2015, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Writers often moan and groan about synopses, but there’s no escape – if you want a literary agent to represent you or a commercial publisher to consider your manuscript, you can’t avoid it. Even self-publishers need to know how to encapsulate their book to grab a potential reader’s attention. A good synopsis can be the key to publishing success.

Many writers find tackling a 500 word synopsis more daunting than an 80,000 word manuscript. This seminar explores the role of the synopsis and offers practical tips and tools to help you work out what you need to put in, and what you need to leave out. We will look at synopses that have been successful for first-time Australian authors (fiction and non-fiction) and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises. .....

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2015 Catch a Rising Star: Writing for Young Adults

Who: Melaina Faranda
When:
Saturday 28 February 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Want to write for teenagers? It didn’t take Twilight, The Hunger Games, or John Green to tell us that Young Adult fiction is in its ascendancy and now is a better time than ever! A YA novel is not a tricked-up children’s story or dumbed-down adult fiction. Take a guided journey through the pitfalls and possi

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Seminar: Social Media for Beginners 2015

Who: Sarah Allen
When:
Thursday 12 February 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
All

In this session with the author’s secret weapon in book marketing, 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! .....

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2015 Year of the Novel: Phase Two

Sold Out! Email us to go on our waitlist.
Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase two: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10 , 17, 24 June; 1, 8, 15 July 2015, 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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2015 Year of the Novel: Phase Three

New places now available!
Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase three. 8 x Wednesday evenings: 30 September; 7, 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November, 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.

Phase Three: Nip, tuck, primp and preen. .....

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2015 Year of the Novel: Complete Course

Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase One:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 18, 25 February; 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 1, 8 April 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Phase Two:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10, 17, 24 June; 1, 8, 15 July 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 30 September; 7, 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430 .....

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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 Secrets of Science Writing 2017

The Secrets of Science Writing 2017

Who: John Pickrell
When:
Saturday 18 February 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners

John Pickrell is an author, award-winning science writer and the Editor of Australian Geographic magazine. In this one-day workshop he will talk about the craft of science journalism, guide you through approaches to researching and reporting news and feature stories and explain how to inject passion and colour into articles, while also turning complex technical information into clear and engaging copy. The workshop will feature practical exercises and also include advice on breaking into the industry. It will also briefly touch on the importance of social media, blogging and photography to budding science journalists. .....

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Remembering Your Creativity 2017 – SOLD OUT!

Remembering Your Creativity 2017 – 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:Sue Woolfe
When: Sunday 5 February 2017, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Many people think they’re not born creative, despite the intimations that whisper otherwise. However, new research shows that everyone was creative when they were young and we’ve just been taught to dismiss it, scorn it and eventually to forget how to do it. Over the course of this one-day workshop, you’ll recapture your creativity, and go home astounded with yourself. .....

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Making Short Stories Work 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Making Short Stories Work 2017 - 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: Tegan Bennett Daylight
When:
Sunday 5 February 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging and established writers will benefit most from this course. Experience in finishing a short story is essential; publication is not. .....

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Personal Narratives: From Page to Podcast 2017

Personal Narratives: From Page to Podcast 2017

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

Who: Kate Montague and Belinda Lopez
When:
Saturday 11 February 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Suited for emerging and established writers wanting to gain practical skills to have their work heard in the burgeoning podcast market, and writers who are interested in audio as another medium for performance and creation .....

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The Horse’s Mouth: Storytelling 2017

The Horse’s Mouth: Storytelling 2017

Who: Phil Spencer
When:
Saturday 11 February 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Any level, as long as you have a desire to perform your stories aloud

Performance storytelling is growing in popularity, with many opportunities to perform stories live. Join acclaimed performer and storyteller Phil Spencer and sharpen your storytelling skills in this roll-up-your-sleeves one-day intensive, designed to turf writers’ stories out of their notebooks and fling them onto the stage. .....

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From First Draft to Polished Manuscript 2017 - SOLD OUT!

From First Draft to Polished Manuscript 2017 - 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: Linda Funnell
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 22 February; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 2017, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate/advanced writers who have or be close to having th

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Writing YA Fiction 2017

Writing YA Fiction 2017

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April 2017, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Early/emerging YA writers

Young Adult Fiction, or ‘YA’, spans almost every genre, from fantasy to crime to romantic comedy, from dystopian to LGBTQ to steampunk. A relatively recent invention, YA is both controversial and hugely popular, with books like The Fault in our Stars

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Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online 2017 - 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: Martin Langford

When: 26 February through 5 July 2017, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level: Emerging writers

You’ve written some poems – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online 2017 - SOLD OUT!

Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online 2017 - 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: Kerryn Goldsworthy
When:
12 March through 17 July 2017, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level:
Emerging writers

You’ve written some short stories – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Or you have some great ideas for stories but you don’t know where to begin. Or you’ve made lots of starts and then thrown them away. Or maybe you’ve finished some stories and sent them off to literary editors, but you’re having a hard time getting them published. Sound like you? .....

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Year of the Novel Phase 1 2017 - sold out!

Year of the Novel Phase 1 2017 - sold out!

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April 2017, 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 or idea for a novel.

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

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Year of the Novel: Three Phases

Year of the Novel: Three Phases

Who: Emily Maguire
When:

Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings; 5, 12, 19, 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 18, 25 September; 9, 16, 23, 30 October; 6, 13 November, 6:30-9:30pm
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430

Make 2018 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. .....

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Shaping the Short Story

Shaping the Short Story

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 7, 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

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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Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
11 February through 21 June, online
Cost:
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245

You’ve written some picture books or early readers – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Online Feedback Intensive: Poetry

Online Feedback Intensive: Poetry

Who: Martin Langford
When:
11 February through 21 June, online
Cost:
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245

You’ve written some poems – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Writing History: You Can’t Google It!

Writing History: You Can’t Google It!

Who: Mark Dapin
When:
Saturday 17 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

It takes more than just Google! Mark Dapin interviewed 160 people and spent two and a half years reading press clippings and searching government archives to produce his prize-winning history of Australia’s Vietnam-era national service scheme, The Nashos’ War.  In this workshop, Mark will focus on developing interviewing skills, checking facts, and working with archived documents. He will teach how to separate facts from folklore and, perhaps most importantly, how to turn cold dead facts into living, vibrant prose. He will also discuss researching and writing family histories and personal memoirs.  .....

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