Courses

2011 Character Flaws (SOLD OUT)

2011 Character Flaws (SOLD OUT)

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty
When: Sunday 6 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11MORI11

‘Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.’ (Abraham Lincoln)

‘Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan’ (Robert A. Heinlein)

Strong characters are essential to effective creative writing — and if your characters are strong enough, they will do your writing for you (while you relax and have a cup of tea). In this one-day course, best-selling author Jaclyn Moriarty (Feeling Sorry for Celia, Dreaming of Amelia) will discuss and help you practise techniques for creating characters that leap from the page. .....

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2011 Better Business Writing

2011 Better Business Writing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When: Friday 11 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11SPEN11

You’re good at your job but get a sinking feeling when it’s time to write reports, emails, proposals or other business documents. You know what you want to say but struggle to express yourself clearly and succinctly. You’re a good writer, but your grammar and punctuation are letting you down.

Being able to write clearly and concisely, and structure your material for maximum effect, is a key communication skill. Tony Spencer-Smith is an award-winning novelist, a corporate writer and writing trainer. In this one-day course, Tony will help you to use words more effectively at work. Whether you work in the public service or the private sector, are an admin assistant or a CEO, Tony will show you how to communicate clearly, concisely and appropriately for your audience. .....

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2011 We're Talking Dialogue

2011 We're Talking Dialogue

Who: Gary John Baxter
When: Sunday 13 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BAXT11

Many good novels are let down by weak or mundane dialogue. Plays rely heavily on dialogue and film dialogue has its own unique requirements. Gary Baxter is an internationally recognised playwright, novelist, actor and director. In this course he will investigate how dialogue defines and creates character in novels, stage plays and screenplays. .....

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2011 Picture books: Mastering the Art of the Bedtime Story (SOLD OUT)

2011 Picture books: Mastering the Art of the Bedtime Story (SOLD OUT)

Who: Jackie French
When: Saturday 19 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11FREN11

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What makes a best-selling picture book, or at least one that publishers hope will sell a million copies? What is the difference between an illustrated short story and a picture book? Does it really take three years to write 200 words? Why bother?

Jackie French’s writing career spans 17 years, 48 wombats, 132 books, 23 languages and over 50 awards in Australia and overseas. In this workshop, Jackie will take what seems to be the simplest art of all, practiced by every parent since we became human – the bedtime story – and show its variations, complexities and potential. .....

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2011 Poetry: a Practical Workshop

2011 Poetry: a Practical Workshop

Who: Peter Skrzynecki
When: 2 x Sunday mornings: 20 & 27 November 2011, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Code: 11SKRZ11

Peter Skrzynecki is the author of nine volumes of poetry including the award-winning Headwaters, There, Behind the Lids and Immigrant Chronicle. Join him for a practical, round-table discussion of your work in a friendly, supportive environment.

Here’s how it works: each student will bring in no more than 5 poems of no more than 30 lines each. Make sure you don’t include your name anywhere on the poem. Poems will then be discussed by the class, with the author remaining anonymous, providing constructive feedback and insight into each work. .....

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2011 The Saturday Radio Writers' Course

 2011 The Saturday Radio Writers' Course

Who: Timothy Daly
When: 3 x Saturday afternoons: 26 November; 3 & 10 December 2011, 1pm – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $270; Member: $190; Conc Member: $160
Code: 11DALY11

A three-session intensive course and radio play workshop that takes you from start to finish, conducted by one of Australia’s most experienced teachers of writing, multi-award-winning playwright Timothy Daly.

Radio is one of the best ways to get productions of your writing. It is much easier to break into than film, theatre or television. The market is both national and international. The knowledge you acquire will allow you to move to film writing, because the skills base is so similar. This course – the only radio writing course in Australia – will teach you all the skills, principles and techniques you will need to create and sell a radio play. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm. .....

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2011 Manuscript Polishing Kit

2011 Manuscript Polishing Kit

Who: Sharon Rundle
When: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11RUND11

Do you have a manuscript that you want to submit to a publisher? Need some help with that final layer of polish?

In this course editor Sharon Rundle will help fiction writers looking to polish their manuscripts for submission to publishers. This course is specifically for narratives that have already been developed and are near to publication stage. .....

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2011 Non-boring Non-fiction: True Stories that Sell (SOLD OUT)

2011 Non-boring Non-fiction: True Stories that Sell (SOLD OUT)

Who: Nick Bleszynski
When: Sunday 27 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BLES11

What makes a best-selling non-fiction book? What are publishers looking for? How do you present and structure your non-fiction book and make the most out of your story?

Nick Bleszynski is the best-selling non-fiction author of Shoot Straight You Bastards!, You’ll Never Take Me Alive and Bloodlust. In this one-day intensive, Nick will cover all aspects of non-fiction writing. Nick will help you discover the power and importance of good research and what to do if you have holes in that research. He’ll demonstrate and help you practice writing theory, including structure, character, plot and synopsis. He’ll show you how the world of publishing works and how to understand market trends – essential tools in choosing a story for a best-seller. In short, in this course course Nick aims to give aspiring authors a realistic idea of what they need to do and how to do it. .....

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2012 Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow - Sold Out!

2012 Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow - Sold Out!

SOLD OUT!

When: Saturday 3 November 2012, 10am – 6pm
Full Price
 $80; Member Price $55; Concession Member Price $45

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is back at the NSW Writers’ Centre, presenting the best of their annual ten-day festival in a special one-day event.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow program includes a series of panels and discussions about writing, writers and literary life; practical sessions such as The Pitch – offering no-holds-barred advice on the art of pitching your writing to editors, publishers and agents; the much-loved Creative Writing Bootcamp; and Living Library. .....

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2012 Character Flaws

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty
When: Sunday 4 November 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

‘Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.’ (Abraham Lincoln)

‘Who is more real?  Homer or Ulysses?  Shakespeare or Hamlet?  Burroughs or Tarzan’ (Robert A. Heinlein)    

Strong characters are essential to effective creative writing—and if your characters are strong enough, they will do your writing for you (while you relax and have a cup of tea).  In this one-day course, we will discuss and practise techniques for creating characters that leap from the page.   We will focus on how to draw on life, dreams and memories; how to complicate and develop your characters (so that they have both ‘tree’ and ‘shadow’); how to surround them with a support cast (and extras) who are more than cardboard cut-outs; and how to coax them onto their true path.  .....

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2012 How to Get Work as A Freelance Writer or Journalist

Who: Fran Molloy
When: 2 x Sundays: 4 & 11 November 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

How can I get my favourite magazine to publish an article I write – and pay me for it? Should I write the story first, and post it – or email it? How much can I charge? Can I earn an income from my writing? This course is a practical guide to the world of freelance writing and freelance journalism – which are not always the same thing! .....

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2012 Writing from the Heart

Who: Mary Moody
When: Saturday 24 November 2012, 10am – 4pm NOTE DATE CHANGE
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Many of us have a burning desire to write our story; to document the chapters and events of our lives both as a personal record and as a gift to family and friends. The tradition of oral storytelling, of passing family sagas from one generation to another, is gradually diminishing. So writing from the heart; telling the stories of a life; is a great legacy for future generations. We know there are so many wonderful and inspiring stories out there to be told! .....

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2012 The Saturday Radio Writers’ Course

Who: Timothy Daly
When: 4 x Saturday afternoons: 10, 17, 24 November & 8 December 2012, 1pm – 4pm
Full price:
$400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

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

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2012 The Best Job in the World: An Introduction to Travel Writing

Who: Ben Stubbs
When: Saturday 17 November 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

“You have the best job in the world!” is something that travel writers regularly hear before heading off on assignment.

It’s not just a profession for the intrepid and unattached though. Find out if you’ve got what it takes to be a published travel writer yourself. Travel writing is an amazing occupation for writers and travellers who are itching to explore different cultures and curious to see how the world works. This introductory travel writing course is designed to tap into your own passion for writing and travelling – using your holiday journals and unfiltered travel experiences – to look at how, with a collection of practical writing techniques, you can jump into the world of travel writing yourself. .....

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2012 Writing Non-Boring Non-Fiction

Who: Nick Bleszynski
When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Level: All

What makes a best-selling non-fiction book? What are publishers looking for?  How do you present and structure your non-fiction book and make the most out of your story?

In this two-day intensive course Nick Bleszynski, best-selling author of Shoot Straight You Bastards!, will cover all aspects of non-fiction writing. Nick will help you discover the power and importance of good research and how to weave a narrative even if you have holes in that research.   He’ll demonstrate and help you practice writing theory including structure, character, plot and synopsis. He’ll show you how the world of publishing works and how to understand market trends – essential tools in choosing a story for a best-seller. .....

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2012 Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: Linda Funnell, Anna Maguire, Joel Naoum, PM Newton and guests
When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price: $320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about print-on-demand? This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion. 

Convenor Linda Funnell has extensive experience as a publisher (HarperCollins, Random House) and will introduce you to the key points of taking a book to readers with a series of expert speakers. .....

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2013 Storytelling for a 21st Century Audience

2013 Storytelling for a 21st Century Audience

Who: Matt Finch
When:
Saturday 9 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

There is no-one in the library when the children arrive.
Blood is pooled on the front step.  Within, bookshelves have been knocked to the ground, their contents spilled across the carpet.
The children suspect a prank. “Is this a murder mystery game?”
Before anyone can answer, there’s a cry from outside.
The children run to the exit. Deformed figures are approaching: the walking dead.
Zombies attack!  The children scream as their teachers barricade the doors.
Only a storyteller can save them now…
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2013 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

SOLD OUT – to join the waiting list or be notified about similar courses please email us.

Who: Melaina Faranda
When: Sunday 10 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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

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2013 Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: Linda Funnell, Anna Maguire, David Henley and Guests
When:
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November 2013, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about Print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion. 

Convenor Linda Funnell has extensive experience as a publisher and will introduce you to the key points of taking a book to readers with a series of expert speakers including: Anna Maguire (@Digireado) on the options available to help you produce your ebook and key questions you need to ask; David Henley and Bronwyn Mehan on the possibilities of digital publishing; Sarah Allen on promoting your work and author Walter Mason on the how to use social media effectively. .....

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2013 Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

2013 Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Who: Terry Dowling
When:
Saturday 16 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Want to write out of this world? Do you dream of the impossible? 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.

Terry Dowling has been described by Locus as “the most noted prose stylist in Australian speculative fiction”. In this one-day course Terry will explore the exciting and lucrative genres of fantasy and science fiction, with an emphasis on the key elements of imaginative storytelling and producing what sells. .....

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2013 Creating Dynamic Characters

2013 Creating Dynamic Characters

SOLD OUT – to go on the waiting list please email.
Who:
Anthony Macris
When:
Saturday 30 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

E.M. Forster divided them into flat and round. Aristotle said they were less important than action. Everyone might have a different idea about them, but we all know that effective characters are perhaps the single most important factor in creating a story that will engage readers. In this one-day workshop, we’ll look at the elements needed to create vivid characters that your readers will want to undergo a journey with. Topics will include: inner and outer conflict; how to create and maintain the identification effect; how to create a balanced cast; how to negotiate the structural relationship between character, story, and point of view. .....

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Literary Speed Dating 2014

Literary Speed Dating 2014

SOLD OUT! Please email us to go on the waitlist.
When:
Saturday 15 November 2014, 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: NSWWC & ASA Members: $30

You will have a roomful of publishers and agents and three minutes to pitch your work, ask a question or exchange contact details. A listing of publishers and agents, and the work they are looking for, will be uploaded here closer to the date. Bring your solid story idea, business cards and pitching skills.

Publishers represented will include: Alex Adsett Publishing, Giramondo, Hachette, Harlequin Enterprises, Harper Collins, Random House, Walker Books. .....

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2014 Making a Killing: Writing Crime

2014 Making a Killing: Writing Crime

Who: Katherine Howell
When:
Saturday 1 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Ideal for writers who are working on or planning a crime novel, this one day workshop teaches the key elements of crime fiction—character, setting, plot, and suspense—and how to employ them in ways that keep the reader turning pages. By the day’s end participants will understand the importance of the four elements and be able to assess how well they are functioning in their own work. They will have new tools that enable them to develop and improve these elements, and will be able to produce stronger and more publishable work as a result.
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2014 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

2014 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Who: Noeline Kyle
When:
Saturday 1 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

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

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

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

Student Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Dr Noeline Kyle
is an expert on the researching, writing and publishing of biography, women’s history and family history.  Her books include We Should’ve Listened to Grandma:  Women and Family History, (1988), Memories & Dreams: A Biography of Nurse Mary Kirkpatrick, (2001); Writing Family History Made Very Easy (2007); and Music, Myth & Memory: A Kyle Family History  (2008).  Recent books include How to Write & Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps (2011,NewSouth Books), Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and writing about women in family history & Citing historical sources : a manual for family historians (Unlock the Past, 2014). Her memoir Ghost child: a memoir (due 2014) charts the end of childhood, the end of her parent’s disastrous marriage and the ending of way of life, the traditional dairy farm, on the mid north coast of NSW.

Check out her website: <www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au>for updates on her publications, free downloads and writing family history information.

 

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2014 Writing for Radio

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
4 x Saturday afternoons: 15, 22, 29 November; 6 December 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

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

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2014 Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

2014 Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

Who: Pat Grant
When:
Saturday 22 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Sometimes it feels like the ability to sling a decent sentence isn’t quite enough for a writer in the modern world. The literary landscape is now littered with screens, windows and graphic interfaces, and there is more and more demand for those of us that call themselves writers to also become image-makers. Writers who can incorporate visual communication techniques into their storytelling have a trump card in their pocket. .....

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2014 Writing for Kids

2014 Writing for Kids

Who: Deborah Abela
When:
Saturday 22 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The prime function of the children’s book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it. Roald Dahl

Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but like all writing, most of it is simply hard work. Join children’s author, Deborah Abela, as she takes you through a practical, hands-on day of writing activities to hone the skills you’ll need to write for kids and engage a child audience. She will also talk about how the kids’ publishing world works and offer advice on approaching a publisher with your treasured manuscript. Having spent twenty years writing for children, for both TV and in books, Deborah loves what she does and is keen to share her experiences of and insights into this specialised and rewarding profession.    .....

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2014 Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests: Kate O’Donnell, Anna Maguire, Linda Nix, Bronwyn Mehan, Sarah Allen, Elisabeth Storrs and Dionne Lister
When: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about Print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion.  .....

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2014 Art of the Essay

Who: Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 29 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
In this workshop writer and essayist Anne Manne will discuss that most beguiling and versatile of art forms, the essay. She will also assist students in crafting their own and discuss approaches to getting published. What EXACTLY is an essay? The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing for students to read and discuss the genre, identifying the features they think make a piece work. 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.’ But what about the necessary requirements to get your essays published? What is a ‘hook’ and how does it help to have a sparkling beginning to a piece? What differentiates essays in shape, style, content and length from other forms of writing such as academic writing, reports, opinion pieces, feature articles and reportage?
Ways to orient your essay writing to fit the requirements of publications you submit to will be discussed.  The afternoon will be devoted to practising the art of essay writing. Anne Manne will give a choice using a file of a contemporary issue or an essay topic of own for free choice and get students to craft part of that essay. Then in the final part of the workshop, the group will discuss the work presented by fellow students. Along the way we will discuss writer’s block, and ways of overcoming your inner critic!

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Pen and paper.
About the tutor
A former columnist with The Age and The Australian, Anne Manne’s most recent longer essays on contemporary life have appeared in The Monthly. Her book Motherhood; How should we care for our children (2005) was a finalist in the Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. Her Quarterly Essay Love and Money; The Family and the Free Market, was published in 2008. A memoir, So this is Life, Scenes from a Country Childhood, Melbourne University Press, was published in 2009 and 2011. Her Monthly essay on chid abuse, ‘Ebony, The Girl in the Room’ was selected for The Best Australian Essays, a ten year collection, Black Inc, 2011.
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2014 Electric Literature

2014 Electric Literature

Who: Connor Tomas O’Brien
Date:
Monday 10 November 2014, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full Price: $55; Member/Conc Member: $35
Venue: 
NSW Writers’ Centre

Connor Tomas O’Brien, director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, leads an engaging and thought-provoking seminar on writing digital literature. Imagine you were living in the future, with access to any form of technology imaginable. What kind of story would you tell, and how? Explore the interp

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2014 Market Development for Published Writers

BOOKED OUT

Who: Jaki Arthur
When:
Friday 14 November, 9.30am-4.30pm
Cost:
Free to successful applicants

Are you a published writer who wants to do more to build an audience for your work? Applications are now open for this free workshop funded by the Australia Council.

Part of a national program being delivered in each state, the workshop is a rare opportunity for published writers to work with an established publicity professional to build their national and international market reach. .....

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2015 Turning Memory into Memoir

2015 Turning Memory into Memoir

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
4 x Sundays mornings: 1, 8, 15, 22 November, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Do you have a lifetime of stories to tell, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to turn memories into memoir by accessing your authentic writer’s voice and bringing to the page the stories and characters you know so well.  Using meditative writing techniques Jan will take you deep into sense memory, where you can discover how to create the descriptive detail needed to bring your stories to life. .....

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2015 Writing Romance: Where is the Love?

2015 Writing Romance: Where is the Love?

Who: Dianne Blacklock
When:
Saturday 14 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Dianne Blacklock is the author of nine 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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2015 Write to Speak

2015 Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill
When:
Saturday 14 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writers don’t always think ahead to potentially performing their work when they’re going through the difficult writing process. But knowing how to perform and speak your words is essential, both in terms of marketing and professional development, but also for building your confidence in the public arena.

With 18 years of professional experience, the award winning founder of Australian Poetry Slam, Miles Merill, will use this hands-on and practical workshop to look at ways of using stories and poetry to get your message across: from holding a microphone, to expressing vulnerability, to editing your text for a live presentation.  .....

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2015 Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing

2015 Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing

Who: Benjamin Law*
When:
Saturday 5 December, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Navigating the ocean between facts and feeling, feature stories combine journalism’s passion for truth and analysis with creative writing’s appreciation of people and place.

The goal? To reel your audience in, and keep them reading until the end.

Aimed at early and emerging writers, this workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the subtle art of writing feature stories through a combination of instruction and practice. You’ll learn what makes an article newsworthy, strategies to generate newsworthy ideas and how to see fresh angles in topical issues. Once you’ve got a solid idea in place, learn how to transform it into a gripping story. .....

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2015 Playwriting 101

2015 Playwriting 101

Who: Caleb Lewis
When: Saturday 21 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Great stories help us to know ourselves better by offering insights into the minds of others. In books we read what characters think; cinema observes how they behave; while at the theatre we listen to what they say.

Playwriting, then, is concerned with language as it is spoken and the best playwrights are those who listen, paying close attention to the subtleties of voice, tone, idiom and vocabulary, and in particular, to what we say and what we don’t say. .....

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2015 Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime

2015 Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime

Who: Candice Fox
When: Saturday 28 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing crime fiction isn’t for the faint of heart – you’ve got to understand how to write compellingly as the hunter and the hunted, and having a strong stomach goes a long way too. A sound knowledge of forensics, crime fiction history and police procedures is the basic toolkit for the genre, and this course aims to load you up with everything you need. .....

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Writing for Children 2016

Writing for Children 2016

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Tuesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 November; 6 December 2016, 6:30-9:30 pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level: All

Writing for children is big business. Despite the oft forecast demise of reading, demand for quality children’s books is strong and there has been significant growth in this market over the past few years.

If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths, then this course is for you. .....

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Write to Speak

Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill
When:
Saturday 5 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Writers don’t always think ahead to potentially performing their work when they’re going through the difficult writing process. But knowing how to perform and speak your words is essential, both in terms of marketing and professional development, but also for building your confidence in the public arena. .....

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Book Publicity for Authors

Book Publicity for Authors

With: Jaki Arthur
When:
1611ARTH
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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

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

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2016 Book Publicity for Authors

2016 Book Publicity for Authors

With: Jaki Arthur
When:
Saturday 5 November, 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

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

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

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Powering Your Blog 2016

Powering Your Blog 2016

With: Karen Andrews          
When:
Saturday 19 November 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Do you want to take your blog to a new level? This course will help you learn the key elements of content planning and creation, the basics of content marketing, and pick up a raft of social media tips. 

Topics covered include:
The

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Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing 2016

Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing 2016

Who: Rebecca Harkins-Cross
When:
Saturday, 19 November 2016, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

‘The feature writer’s aim is the dramatist’s aim: make ‘em laugh; make em weep.’
— Mary J.J. Wrinn, 1929

Journalism and the world it documents may have changed a lot since 1929, but this definition of feature writing holds. Navigating the ocean between fact

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Writing Nature 2016

Writing Nature 2016

Who: Inga Simpson
When: Saturday 26 November 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All          

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers at all levels with a passion for the natural world.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message. .....

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Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime 2016

Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime 2016

Who: Candice Fox
When:
Saturday 26 November 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Writing crime fiction isn’t for the faint of heart. You’ve got to understand how to write compellingly as the hunter and the hunted – and having a strong stomach goes a long way too. A sound knowledge of forensics, crime fiction history and police procedures is the basic toolkit fo

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