2012 Poetry: Appreciation and Creation (Sold Out)

Who:  Robert Gray
When: Sunday 29 January 2012, 10am-4pm.
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12GRAY1

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Robert Gray is offering a course which looks at the history of poetry in English and at the techniques which make the best of this work so effective. He offers new ways to use these traditional skills, which students can draw upon in writing their own work. He also aims to sharpen critical judgment and appreciation, so as to improve the spontaneous, crucial decisions a poet makes while in the act of writing. All genres of poetry will be discussed, from formalist to concrete, with a particular emphasis on contemporary free verse. A course rich enough to benefit the work of both beginners and advanced writers, including those whose special interest is prose. .....

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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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2015 Writing Memoir: Advanced

SOLD OUT – EMAIL [email protected] TO GO ON WAITLIST
Patti Miller
4 x Thursday mornings: 29 January; 5, 12, 19 February 2015, 10am-1pm
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Concession Member: $265
Level: Advanced

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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2015 Wildwords

Who: Pamela Cook
Saturday 31 January 2015, 10am-4pm
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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2015 They Call it Chick-Lit

Who: Anita Heiss
Saturday 31 January 2015, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

So, you want to write a chick lit novel? First, throw out any preconceived notions of chick lit you may already have.  Then, join Anita Heiss, creator of the genre of ‘choc lit’ and author of bestselling novels Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming to learn how to write a novel that speaks to your readers through believable characters in authentic settings. Learn about developing storylines and plot points that take your readers on an emotional and evolutionary journey. Anita will highlight the importance of research, the value of dialogue and finding your own voice. By the end of the day, you should have written your synopsis! So, bring your sense of humour, your own stories of heartbreak and betrayal and be prepared to write, share and laugh. .....

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2016 Introduction to Life Writing – Sold Out!

Who: Patti Miller
6 x Thursday mornings: 14, 21, 28 January; 4, 11, 18 February, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Beginner/Intermediate level

Sold out! Please call the office to add your name to the waiting list 9555 9757.

This six-week course will set you on the journey of writing your life. In a creative and supportive environment, it offers ways of accessing

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Seminar: Scrivener 101- sold out!

Seminar: Scrivener 101- sold out!

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Who: Lee Powell
Tuesday 31 January, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: Scrivener beginners, particularly those who are new to Scrivener

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting while helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. .....

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