Courses

2012 Where is the Love? How to put Romance into Your Writing

2012 Where is the Love? How to put Romance into Your Writing

Who:  Dianne Blacklock
When:
Saturday 10 March 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12BLAC3

Dianne Blacklock is the author of eight novels of contemporary women’s fiction. Her books encompass a broad range of life experiences – marriage, divorce, family, work and … love. But what self-respecting novel doesn’t have a love story embedded somewhere in its narrative?

In ‘Where is the Love?’ Dianne will present a workshop designed for both beginners and experienced writers – anyone who lacks confidence exploring and developing the more romantic elements of their books – love, sex, the whole catastrophe. Dianne has been surprised by how many, even experienced, writers squirm at the idea of writing a love scene – and not in a good way. .....

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2012 Navigating Through a Writing Project

2012 Navigating Through a Writing Project

Who: Melissa Bruce
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings; 14,21 & 28 March; 4, 11 & 18 April 2012, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325
Code:
12BRUC6

Having problems kickstarting ideas? Have trouble sticking with a creative problem? Then struggle with finishing a project? “Navigating Through a Writing Project” looks to give helpful hints to get through all stages of the creative process. .....

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2012 What's Poetry, What's Not

2012 What's Poetry, What's Not

Who:  Brook Emery
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings; 7, 14, 21 & 28 March; 4 & 11 April 2012, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Cost:
Full price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325
Code:
12EMER3

This six-week course is designed to help beginning and intermediate poets get a grasp on what really makes poetry different from prose and what makes poetry (especially their own) come to life. The course is both theoretical and practical and, while concentrating on the writing of poetry, pays due attention to the importance of reading poetry. .....

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2012 Making the Impossible Real: Writing Speculative Fiction

2012 Making the Impossible Real: Writing Speculative Fiction

Who:  Robert Hood
When:
Sunday 4 March 2012-10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12HOOD3

Whether dealing with angels or demons, past or future, aliens, post-humans or artificial intelligences, stories of alternate realities, imagined futures and fantastical impossibilities have been a never-ending source of fascination for writers and readers for as long as humanity has told stories. But once you leave the everyday world behind, once you embrace worlds where the impossible happens, how do you make your writing believable? How do you make the impossible possible? .....

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2012 Blogging for Beginners

2012 Blogging for Beginners

Who: Angela Meyer
When: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March 2012-10:30am-1:30pm

Where: Leichhardt Library, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW

Cost: Full Price $180; Member $125; Conc Member $110
Code: 12MEYE3

You want to start a blog but you’re really not sure where to begin. It could be for business, pleasure, criticism, charity, or to build a profile or portfolio. Which platform will you use? How do you make it look good? Should you have a topic or theme, or just dive in? Will you allow comments? .....

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2012 Playwriting: Ways to Begin

2012 Playwriting: Ways to Begin

Who:  Lachlan Philpott
When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 2012, 10am-4pm

Where: Leichhardt Library, 23 Norton Street Leichhardt NSW

Cost: Full Price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Code: 12PHIL3

In this two-day workshop, Lachlan will be offering inspiring ways to begin writing a play and providing a pathway to get to the final scene. You will be exploring how to find the right starting point, tap into the pulse of your characters, write cracking dialogue and uncover the true form required for your play. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel (Three Phases)

2012 Year of the YA Novel (Three Phases)

Who:  James Roy, featuring special guest Jody Lee
Cost: Full Price $970; Member $675 (30% discount) Conc Member $580 (40% discount). Complete course – three phases (additional 10% discount).

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

If you think this is true, consider this: some of the great novels would be considered Young Adult fiction were they to be published today – To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, even Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet feature young people finding their way in a grown-up world. .....

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2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase One

2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase One

Who: James Roy
When: 4 x Sunday mornings: 11, 18 & 25 March & 1 April 2012, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12ROY3

Writing for young adults – it’s a skill that is often undervalued. After all, teenagers are only interested in vampires, technology and loud music, aren’t they? Besides, they don’t have anything good or important to say, right?

James Roy is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and young adults. James will present this special year-long course, running over three phases, which will guide students through the process of writing a YA novel. With that in mind, participants will need to not only have a strong desire to write for teens, but will ideally have begun a project, although some may come with little more than the germ of an idea. .....

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

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 Going Freelance

SOLD OUT

For a similar upcoming course please click here.

Who: Barry Divola
When:
Saturday 2 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Ah, the life of the freelance writer. Up at the crack of noon, pants optional and working only when you damn well feel like it. Sounds too good to be true? That could be because it is. .....

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2013 Blasting Through Writer's Block

2013 Blasting Through Writer's Block

Who: Kate Forsyth

When: Saturday 2 March 2013, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Ernest Hemingway said the scariest thing in the world was a blank sheet of paper. Harper Lee never finished the book she began writing after To Kill A Mockingbird. Joseph Conrad was so haunted by his writer’s block that he wrote ‘I want to howl and foam at the mouth … the effort I put out should give birth to Masterpieces as big as mountains (but only) brings forth a ridiculous mouse every now and again.’
All writers get blocked sometimes. Yet it is 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.
Professional writers have all sorts of tricks and techniques to make sure writer’s block does not become writer’s paralysis. Kate Forsyth is the author of 23 books, which have been published all around the world. In a fast-paced, intense workshop, learn how to overcome the fear of the blank page and get the creative juices flowing, how to blast through the fears and doubts holding you back, and how to keep your well of creativity overflowing so that you are always brimming over with ideas, energy and enthusiasm. .....

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2013 The Art of the Essay

Limited Places Left

Who: Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 9 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Join writer and essayist Anne Manne in an exploration of that most beguiling and versatile of art forms: the essay. She will assist students in crafting their own essay and discuss approaches to getting published.

The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing and a discussion of the genre. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘voice.’ .....

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2013 Seminar: Writing for the International Theatre Market

Who: Timothy Daly
When: Tuesday 12 March 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$50; Member: $35; Conc Member: $30*
*Australian Writers’ Guild members are eligible for the member price.

Australia is less than 4% of the world theatre market, but many Australian theatre writers have been neglecting the remaining 96%. Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, with productions of his plays in many countries. This detailed and practical seminar shows you how to get your work into the world’s largest theatre markets in the U.S.A. and Europe, from someone who has successfully done it. .....

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2013 Seminar: The Essentials of Getting Published

Who: Linda Funnell, Anna Maguire and guests
When: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Traditional publishing is going through big changes – what’s going on and how does it affect writers? And what are the alternatives? Can you really reach an audience if you do it yourself?  

This two-day seminar will give you an insider’s overview of the rapidly changing publishing landscape.  As big traditional publishers merge and indie self-publishers storm the bestseller charts, the world of publishing has never offered so many options for writers.  Join publisher Linda Funnell and special guest speakers – including digital publishing expert Anna Maguire – and discover how to make your publishing dream a reality. .....

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2013 They Call it Chick Lit: Real Writing for Real Women

2013 They Call it Chick Lit: Real Writing for Real Women

SOLD OUT – to be placed on the waitlist please email [email protected]

Who: Anita Heiss
When:
Sunday 17 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

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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2013 Revision: Your Path to Publication

SOLD OUT
Email us to go on the waiting list.

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Sunday 24 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Successful authors often note that the art of a good book lies in the revision process. Getting your story down (whether fiction or non-fiction) is a great achievement, but the real work begins with rewriting. And rewriting. And more rewriting. 

In this workshop, designed specifically for writers with a completed draft of a book-length work, editor Laurel Cohn explores the three key aspects to the art of revision: stepping out of writer mode and into revision mode; identifying the heart of the narrative; and shaping the text to honour the story. Each of these aspects requires a different perspective and particular tools and strategies.  .....

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2013 Poetry: For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 19 & 26 March; 2, 9, 16, & 23 April 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Explore and refine your poetry in a challenging and supportive environment.

Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, has directed Australian Poetry three times, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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2014 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly          
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March; 12, 26 April; 3 May 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

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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2014 E-Publishing Survival

2014 E-Publishing Survival

Who: David Henley
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 1, 8 April 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395

This course is for beginners, but students must be comfortable with using the internet and providing online portals with personal and financial information.

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. .....

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2014 The Business of Freelance Writing

2014 The Business of Freelance Writing

SOLD OUT – please email us to go on a waiting list
Who:
Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 8 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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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2014 Creative Groove

2014 Creative Groove

Who: Walter Mason
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 9, 16, 23, 30 March & 6, 13 April 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
A course in re-igniting your creative spark and learning to share your gifts with the world.
The time has come for you to start making your mark! So often we put off our creative work. We tell ourselves that when the time is right, and when we are inspired and informed, our writing will begin in earnest. But guess what? The clock is ticking. You don’t have time to wait for the stars to align. You need to awaken your creative spark now and get working in earnest. You need to get your creative groove back.
In this dynamic, experiential and mind-expanding course, writer, blogger and speaker Walter Mason will help you realise the possibilities of your creative energy.  Positivity, enthusiasm and the endless cultivation of ideas will all be encouraged as you explore from week to week just how alive you feel after you awaken your creativity and allow yourself to share your work with the world. Reading, writing, creative contemplation and imaginative daring will all be explored in this high-energy and results-focused course.

Week One – Making Your Mark .....

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2014 A Touch of Magic

2014 A Touch of Magic

SOLD OUT – please email us to go on a wait list.
Who:
Kate Forsyth
When:
Sunday 16 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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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2014 For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 18, 25 March; 1, 8, 15, 22 April 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Explore and refine your poetry in a challenging and supportive environment.

Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, directed Australian Poetry Festivals, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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2014 Seminar: Essentials of Publishing

Who: Amruta Slee and guests
When:
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two day course you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table.  .....

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2014 The Art of Story: Fiction and Non-Fiction

2014 The Art of Story: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Who: Arnold Zable
When:
Saturday 22 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

You have a story to tell, or an idea for a story, perhaps several ideas. Taken from life, your own life, or what you have observed in others. Perhaps you have begun to write it, and are stuck. The most important question is: What is the best way to tell the story? As fiction or non-fiction? Novel or memoir; short story or feature? The borderline between fiction and non-fiction is not as distinct as some would have it. There are techniques are common to both. There are also hybrids that cross the boundaries in daring and imaginative ways. .....

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2014 Writing From Life

2014 Writing From Life

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Saturday 8 March 2014, 10am-4pm
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM ORIGINAL COURSE PROGRAM
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing from life is tricky – how do you transform a personal narrative (your own, or someone else’s) into something that interests other people? How do you write from life without being too insularly specific or blandly generic? What are the things you choose to hide, and the things you reveal?

This full day workshop will look at writing from life from the perspective of character, plot, dialogue and most importantly, the heart of the story. It will go through a series of short exercises to help you hone in on these skills, so please come ready to write.  .....

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2015 Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

2015 Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 7 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

In a big life, where is the story? Everyone has not just one story, but thousands. Somewhere in your many years, encounters, lessons and relationships is the tale you need to tell. It may be sad, it may be joyful, complicated or simple, it might be just for you or it might be a story lots of people can share.  .....

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2015 For the Beauty of the Edge

2015 For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24, 31 March; 14, 21, 28 April 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360          
Level:
All

Explore and refine your work in a challenging and supportive environment. Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, has directed Australian Poetry Festivals, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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2015 Getting to Grips with Grammar

2015 Getting to Grips with Grammar

Who: Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 7 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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2015 Essentials of Publishing

2015 Essentials of Publishing

Who: Amruta Slee and guests
When:
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level:
All

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two day course you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table. .....

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2015 Eat Your Words

2015 Eat Your Words

Who: Stephanie Clifford-Smith
When:
Saturday 21 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

How do you translate what you’ve just put in your mouth into words people will want to read? How do you engage your reader, getting them to share your response to the experience? This workshop will look at key ingredients in the language of flavour, texture and aroma. We’ll look at what makes the best food writers stand out from the crowd, while helping you find your own food writing voice. .....

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2015 Understanding Story Structure

2015 Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 28 March 2015, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript. .....

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2015 Writing Picture Books

2015 Writing Picture Books

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 28 March 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

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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2016 Writing Picture Books - sold out!

2016 Writing Picture Books - sold out!

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 5 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This course is now sold out. Please email the Centre to add your name to the waiting list.

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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Going Freelance

Going Freelance

Who: Barry Divola
When:
Saturday 12 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Ah, the life of the freelance writer. Up at the crack of noon, pants optional and working only when you damn well feel like it. Sounds too good to be true? That could be because it is.

Get the real story from Barry Divola, who has been a full-time freelancer for over 20 years. How do you start? What should you write? How do you get story ideas? How do you write effective pitches? Who do you approach? How do you deal with evil, uncaring editors? How do you structure appealing stories?  How do you organise your time? And should you wear pants? (Hint: yes) .....

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Grammar and Punctuation Basics 2017

Grammar and Punctuation Basics 2017

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 4 March 2017, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Learn how you can use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Gillian Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, using punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she wi

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Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction 2017

Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction 2017

Who: Sophie Masson
When:
Saturday 4 March 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop is mainly pitched at early and emerging writers interested in or currently writing YA, but also may interest established writers considering moving into YA from other areas.

In this exciting and practical one day workshop, presented by well-known YA author Sophie Masson, you’ll discover what makes good Young Adult fiction—both novels and short stories—and how it differs from children’s books as well as writing for adults. .....

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Memoir Made Simple 2017

Memoir Made Simple 2017

Who: Amanda Hampson
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 5, 12, 19, 26 March; 2, 9 April 2017, 10am–1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Most people have interesting life stories or family history, and many toy with the idea of writing them – someday. Initially there are more questions than answers. Where to start? How to tell the story? What to include or leave out? What period should it cover?

Join Amanda Hampson, author of two novels and teacher of aspiring novelists, to learn how to apply the techniques of fiction, such as structure, pace, description and dialogue, to writing memoir and family history, and turn anecdotes and facts into a compelling story. .....

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Romancing the Page 2017 - SOLD OUT

Romancing the Page 2017 - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT. Email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Anne Gracie
When:
Saturday 11 March 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Romance is character-driven genre fiction. Forget about “the formula” — there’s no such thing. Like all popular fiction, it must delight, surprise and entertain readers.  Romance (in all its varied guises) accounts for a huge chunk of the international fiction market, and even adding a thread of romance to a story in another genre will extend the appeal of that book — as long as you do it well. .....

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Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors 2017

Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors 2017

Who: Emma Noble
When:
Saturday 11 March 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125, Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginning/Intermediate

Self-publishing seems like it has never been more viable. Your options for bringing a book to market are myriad, easy to access and cheaper than ever. But what happens next? How do you make your book stand out from the crowd and find your readers?

You have two options: hire a publicist or do it yourself, depending on your personal ti

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World Building: Writing Speculative Fiction 2017

World Building: Writing Speculative Fiction 2017

Who: Terry Dowling
When:
Sunday 19 March 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Do you dream of the impossible? Do you want to create worlds that live and breathe on the page, that readers will never forget? Then get ready to immerse your imagination in the genres of science fiction and fantasy with one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed speculative writers, Terry Dowling.

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A Play in Two Days 2017

 A Play in Two Days 2017

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
Sunday 26 March and 2 April, 2017 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level:
Beginner and intermediate aspiring playwrights. As we will be starting from scratch, it is preferable to come prepared to write a new play rather than work on a pre-existing idea.

Do you write for the stage? Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a refresher, in this practical course multi award-winning playwright Hilary Bell will take you through the fundamentals of playwriting. .....

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Breathing Life into Language: Writing Poetry 2017

Breathing Life into Language: Writing Poetry 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: Mark O’Flynn
When:
Saturday 1 April 2017, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/general

Ever get that sinking feeling when a poem isn’t working? Does it often end up in the bin? This course will present a diverse r

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Open House with Penguin Random House - SOLD OUT!

Open House with Penguin Random House - SOLD OUT!

Friday 17 March, 9.30am – 4pm

This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only.
Bookings by phone only: (02) 9555 9757
$45 members/$35 concession member

Read a write up of the 2017 Open House with Penguin Random House by Rebecca Chaney.

How does a publishing house work?  Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether or not to commission a work? Inter

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