Courses

A year of novel writing 2011 phase three: final draft

Who: Alan Mills

Do you have ambitions to write a novel? Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name on the cover of a book? Make 2011 the year you finally make it happen.

Internationally published author and teacher Alan Mills condenses his decades of writing experience into a three-phase course designed to teach you the secrets of writing bestselling fiction. In company with other like-minded and enthusiastic writers you’ll learn exactly what it takes to write a successful novel and how you can do it. Whether you are a raw beginner or an experienced writer, this three-phase course offers a step-by-step guide to writing — and completing! — the best novel you can. .....

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2011 So You Want to Write a Picture Book Text

Who: Frances Watts
When: Sunday 2 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11WATT10

In the words of Mem Fox: ‘Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.’ Fewer words does not mean easier writing!

Frances Watts has both written award-winning picture books and edited them. In this one-day course, 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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2011 Write From Life: Memoir and Family History

Who: Amanda Hampson
When: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11HAMP10a

Learn practical skills and creative techniques that will turn your personal or family history into an engaging story. In this workshop experienced author Amanda Hampson will show you how to organise your research, develop your structure and storyline and where to find a perspective for telling your tale. You will find out how to borrow the tools of fiction writing such as context, setting and dialogue to bring your story to life. .....

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2011 Telling a Good Yarn

Who: Bem le Hunte
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 11, 18 & 25 October; 1, 8 & 15 November 2011, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full price: $540; Member: $380; Conc Member: $325
Code: 11LEHU10

Everybody loves a good yarn, and publishers love strong stories, but how do you make yours as good as it can be? Where is the kindling, the match and the wood to set the forest ablaze? If you’d like some inspiration, some tools, some tricks and some firelighters, this course will give you what you need to turn a spark of a story into an all-consuming tale. .....

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2011 Poetry Masterclass: a Long Lunch with Les Murray

Who: Les Murray
When: Saturday 15 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $205; Member: $145; Conc Member: $125
Code: 11MURR10

Want some help with your poetry? Looking for feedback on how you can improve your work?

Les Murray is Australia’s leading poet and has won the TS Elliot and the Queen’s medal. He has published over 30 books of poems and essays that have been translated in more than 20 languages. In this very special masterclass, open only to advanced writers, Les will rigorously workshop students’ poems, providing valuable feedback and advice on all poetry contributions. A delicious lunch will be provided for all students. .....

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2011 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

Who: Melaina Faranda
When: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11FARA10

Are you an expert procrastinator? Does writing ever feel like a painful, plodding process? Do you easily slide into overwhelm and 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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2011 Going Down in History

Who: Jesse Blackadder
When: Sunday 16 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BLAC10

History is one place where you can plunder true stories, rework them as you like, and be safe from the repercussions.

Or can you?

If you’re interested in writing historic fiction, author Jesse Blackadder (The Raven’s Heart) will take you on an enjoyable jaunt through the trials and travails of working with history. Through hands-on exercises you will explore history as a rich source of stories; the perils and rewards of using real characters, events and settings; how ‘truth’ and fiction can mingle and enrich each other; and how language can be used to create a sense of time and place. .....

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2011 Write a Page Turner

Who: Amanda Hampson
When: 2 x Sundays: 16 & 23 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11HAMP10b

Learn the five essential elements of compelling fiction with the bestselling author of The Olive Sisters and Two for the Road (Penguin). In this hands-on workshop you will discover the key storytelling techniques that can help you create that ‘unputdownable’ story in any genre. We’ll explore ‘situations’ in the context of character, the crafting of dialogue, the purpose of conflict, the role of structure and the art of creating suspense. .....

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2011 HSC English Ext 2: A Year of Writing

Who: Anna Maria Dell’Oso
Cost full course: Full price: $850; Conc Member: $515
Cost individual phases: Full price: $350; Conc Member: $210

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 English 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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2011 HSC English Ext 2 Phase One: Writing the Invisible

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 English 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 Writing for Television

Who: Geoffrey Atherden
When: 6 x Wednesday evenings: 10, 17, 24, 31 October & 7, 14 November 2012, 6:30 – 9:30pm PLEASE NOTE: change of dates from course program.
Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Have you got an idea for a TV show? Tired of working a day job to support your weekend writing habit? Then learn the craft of writing for television from the multi-award winning writer of the much loved series Mother and Son, Grassroots and Stepfather of the Bride, Geoffrey Atherden.
Writing for television is one of the more reliable ways to earn a living as a writer. But it is also a specialised form of writing that can take some adjustment and adaptation for someone coming from a different area of the craft. Whereas the manuscript for a novel is the complete work of the writer (and an editor), needing only design, layout and printing to make it complete, a script is only a means to an end.
This course is an introduction to writing for television, from the basics of script format to the business of selling a script. It covers the relationship of the writer and the script to the production team and the finished program. It’s an introductory course designed for writers who have at least some experience in other forms of writing. Participants will be expected to take part in in-class exercises as well as homework writing assignments.
Over 6 weeks, the course will cover:
1           The basics of TV
A coverage of the range of television writing, including sketch comedy, series and serials, miniseries and telemovies. An overview of production, how things get made, script formats, elements of a script, software, how the script communicates with production, who does what, where the writer fits in.
2           Writing Characters
This is what all drama and comedy is built from. The session focuses on the process of creating and writing characters and developing character driven narrative.
3          Working in a team
Series and serial writing, writing existing characters, matching the house style, working with an editor, taking risks, using a format to explore current social issues.
4           Developing an original idea
Is it television? Is it a telemovie, a long running series, a serial, a mini-series? What drives episodic storytelling? This session focuses on series, the staple of television writing. Creating the television family.
5           Mini series and telemovies
The big ideas, developing an overall story arc, using research, factual drama. Building drama out of the news. This session focuses on one-offs and special drama projects.
6           Earning a living
The business of writing. Coming up with the idea, putting it on paper, pitching, the ‘bible’, taking feedback, when to change and when not to, contracts and rights.
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
Participants will be expected to take part in in-class exercises as well as homework writing assignments.
About the tutor
Geoffrey Atherden
is an award winning television writer with more than thirty years of experience. His work has appeared on all Australian networks as well as being screened in many countries around the world. His major credits are Mother and Son, BabaKiueria and Grass Roots.
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2012 Fiction Feedback: A Focus Group on Your Writing

Limited places left!

Who: Kevin O’Brien
When: 8 x Saturday mornings: 6, 13, 20, 27 October; 10, 17, 24 November & 1 December 2012, 10am – 1pm
Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Bring your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly focus group, convened by Random House senior editor Kevin O’Brien.
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2012 Creating Children's Picture Books

Who: Margaret Hamilton, Lisa Shanahan, Wayne Harris, and Margrete Lamond
When:
2 x Saturdays: 13 & 20 October 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Reckon you’ve got a picture book in you? Want to take your idea to the next level?  Renowned picture book publisher Margaret Hamilton presents this special two-day course that provides a comprehensive introduction to the world of writing illustrated children’s stories. .....

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2012 The Secrets of Persuasive Writing

LIMITED PLACES LEFT

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When: Saturday 20 October 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Words are powerful tools to persuade, explain, motivate and inspire. This course is for people who already write well but want to increase the impact and intensity of their words.

Whether you are a business writer trying to influence staff, a blogger, a speechmaker, a campaigner for a cause or someone writing a memoir, you need to connect with and involve your readers. .....

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2012 Writing at the Barriers: Obstacles as Creative Gifts

Who: Joyce Kornblatt
When: Sunday 21 October 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

In this workshop, you’re invited to recognize what blocks your creativity, and experiment with ways to transform those obstacles into opportunities.   What’s possible when you stop believing in limitations and enter writing as a field of possibility and revelation.

Some questions we’ll explore:

     –What blocks you from beginning?  .....

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2012 Turn up the Heat: Writing Sizzling Sex Scenes

Who: Nicole Murphy
When: Saturday 27 October 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

There are few scenes harder to get right than a sex scene. It needs to sizzle, it needs to be sensual, it needs to be intimate and emotional and it needs to be anatomically possible.

This workshop will look at how you use character, setting and language to create a scene that will satisfy both character and reader, while also being true to the creed of every scene needing to move the story forward. .....

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2012 Poesis: Making Poetry

Sold Out!

Who: Judith Beveridge
When: 6 x Thursday evenings: 25 October; 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November 2012, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

In her long poetry career Judith Beveridge has been awarded the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and published four books of poetry. She is also the poetry editor of Meanjin. Join her for this six-week introduction to poetry writing and appreciation. .....

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2012 Blogging for Beginners

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Who: William Kostakis
When: 2 x Saturday mornings: 6 October & 13 October 2012, 10:30am-1:30pm
Full price:
$200; Member: $140; Conc Member: $120

This bloggers workshop will translate the jargon (‘Web 2.0’ anybody?) into English you can understand, and demonstrate just how easy it is to set up and maintain a blog. But it isn’t just theoretical – award-winning author, journalist and blogger William Kostakis will guide you through practical exercises in constructing posts that will attract and engage an audience.  Learn about the alternative blogging tools available online, search engine optimisation, how to build an audience and how to write for the Web. .....

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2012 Blogging for Beginners NEW SESSION JUST ANNOUNCED!

Who: William Kostakis
When: 2 x Saturday mornings: 6 October & 13 October 2012, 10:30am-1:30pm
Full price:
$200; Member: $140; Conc Member: $120

This bloggers workshop will translate the jargon (‘Web 2.0’ anybody?) into English you can understand, and demonstrate just how easy it is to set up and maintain a blog. But it isn’t just theoretical – award-winning author, journalist and blogger William Kostakis will guide you through practical exercises in constructing posts that will attract and engage an audience.  Learn about the alternative blogging tools available online, search engine optimisation, how to build an audience and how to write for the Web. .....

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2012 Writing Fiction

Who: Steven Carroll
When:
Sunday 21 October 2012 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Join Miles Franklin award-winning author Steven Carroll (Spirit of Progress) for this advanced workshop on writing fiction.  This one day intensive workshop will provide participants with an in depth and practical insight into fiction writing. This course is tailored towards emerging to established writers who may be currently working on a manuscript, are about to commence a new body of work, or simply need an inspirational kickstart to create their next novel.
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2012 HSC English Extension 2 Major Work: Nail Your Concept Seminar

This event is now at capacity. Please email if you are interested in attending and we will try to accommodate you.

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When: Saturday 27 October 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: $50

This one-day seminar takes a practical look at creativity: how do writers generate their ideas? It is designed to assist students to find, explore, clarify and commit to the concepts that will drive their Major Work.

The ‘germinal idea’ is the foundation of an original text, so it’s worth devoting time to getting it right. We will look at how to fish in the pool of ideas: what role does curiosity, research and ‘beginners’ mind’ play in generating inspiration? How do you grow and store ideas? Which idea is ‘best’ and how to commit to a story-path? How do you translate the ‘theory-inspired’ broad concepts from your English studies into ‘event-driven’ ideas that will work on the page? .....

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2013 Year of the Novel: Phase Three

Nip, Tuck, Primp and Preen
Who: Emily Maguire
When: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct; 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

This is where we take a long hard look at your very good novel and figure out how to make it brilliant. 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 face the world. .....

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2013 Shaping the Short Story

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 15, 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19 November 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week, intensive 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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2013 Writing for Kids

Who: Deborah Abela
When:
Saturday 19 October 2013, 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 and a lot of practice. 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 nineteen 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 incredibly rewarding profession.  .....

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2013 The Secrets of Persuasive Writing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
Saturday 19 October 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Words are powerful tools to persuade, explain, motivate and inspire. This course is for people who already write well but want to increase the impact and intensity of their words.

Whether you are a business writer trying to influence staff, a blogger, a speechmaker, a campaigner for a cause or someone writing a memoir, you need to connect with and involve your readers. .....

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2013 Editing Essentials

Who: Elizabeth Cowell
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 22 & 29 October; 5 & 12 November 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265          

Grammar, spelling and punctuation are important when you’re writing for publication, but a professional edit involves much more than correcting typos and putting all the apostrophes in the right place. Whether you’re writing a novel, a thesis or a PowerPoint presentation, your work needs the right structure and focus. Your expression should be clear and clean, and your words should say exactly what you mean. .....

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2013 Poesis: Making Poetry

Who: With Judith Beveridge
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 24, 31 October; 7, 14, 21, 28 November 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

In her long poetry career Judith Beveridge has been awarded the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and published four books of poetry. She is also the poetry editor of Meanjin. Join her for this six-week introduction to poetry writing and appreciation. .....

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2013 Writing Your Journey

Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 26 October 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

As more and more of us travel, many are becoming increasingly interested in recording their journeys. In this course Walter will take you through the ways you can capture the essence of place as well as your experiences and perceptions.

Whether it’s blogging for friends and family, creating journal articles or ebooks, or pitching a full-scale intimate travel memoir, the new forms of travel writing require us to be a part of the story and to expose our own interests, tensions and vulnerabilities. This course will teach you how to balance all this, and offer you some effective techniques for capturing vibrant word-portraits that will enliven your writing and help to re-create vivid memories. .....

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2013 HSC English Ext 2: Nail Your Concept Seminar

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Saturday 26 October 2013, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$55

This one-day seminar takes a practical look at creativity: how do writers generate their ideas? It is designed to assist students to find, explore, clarify and commit to the concepts that will drive their Major Work. 

The ‘germinal idea’ is the foundation of an original text, so it’s worth devoting time to getting it right. We will look at how to fish in the pool of ideas: what role does curiosity, research and ‘beginners’ mind’ play in generating inspiration? How do you grow and store ideas? Which idea is ‘best’ and how to commit to a story-path? How do you translate the ‘theory-inspired’ broad concepts from your English studies into ‘event-driven’ ideas that will work on the page? .....

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2014 Year of the Novel: Phase Three

SOLD OUT – to be notified first about Year of the Novel in 2015 please email us.

Who: Linda Funnell
When:
Phase Three: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 Oct; 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase Three: Nip, tuck, primp and preen.
This is where we take a long hard look at your very good novel and figure out how to make it
brilliant. 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 face the world. .....

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2014 Putting Real Life on the Page

POSTPONED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. To be notified of the new date when it becomes available please email us.

Who: Matthew Condon
When:
Saturday 11 October 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

In this workshop, Matthew Condon will focus on the practical side of writing non-fiction and getting students to be enthused about tackling their manuscripts. He will explain the very basic elements of structure, points of view, research, interview techniques if required, dialogue and fictional devices that can be used to enhance non-fiction. .....

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2014 Grammar Basics and the Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 11 October 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Learn how you can use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Dr Gillian Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, use punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she will also explain semi-colons. Illustrations will be provided (where possible) from the participants’ own work. .....

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2014 The Story Road

SOLD OUT – to be advised of future speculative fiction workshops please email us.

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 18 October 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The journey is one of the strongest fantasy cliches. Stories often begin with someone setting out on a journey, which will end by the end of the story.  The structure of the story is formed by the journey and the matter of the story is the journey.  .....

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2014 Travel Writing in the 21st Century

LIMITED PLACES LEFT

Who: Claire Scobie
When:
Saturday 18 October 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With the rapid evolution in online communication, travel writing is changing, and changing fast. Today, travel writers are thinking about their brand, their image, their next blog post. Writers for print media are honing new skills to stand out among the virtual crowd. Meanwhile bloggers are learning the craft of traditional travel journalists. .....

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2014 Flashers: Writing Short Short Fiction Seminar

Who: Alice Grundy
When:
Tuesday 21 October 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Are you eager for writing projects that can be finished in a sitting, that your friends and family will actually read and that will develop your craft and deal with writers’ block? Whether you want to experiment with form and style or test your discipline, flash fiction is an excellent medium for all writers. This intensive three-hour workshop is made up of practical exercises and detailed editorial feedback on your work. The tools and techniques covered in this workshop are useful both for short pieces and for your writing overall. 
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2014 Mastering the Short Story

Who: Danielle Wood
When:
Saturday 25 October 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The short story has been variously described as a photograph (where the novel is a film), as an affair (where the novel is a marriage) and as a wayward younger brother (where the novel is, presumably, much more grown up and respectable). But what is the short story form to you? And what can you make of it through your own writing? 

This masterclass gives you the opportunity to talk about the short story form with others who enjoy its brevity, discipline and possibilities. And writer Danielle Wood, whose published works include short stories and ‘long stories’, will help you take your latest work of short fiction to the next level.  .....

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2014 Poesis: Making Poetry

Who: Judith Beveridge
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 October; 4, 11, 18, 25 November; 2 December 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

In her long poetry career Judith Beveridge has been awarded the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and published four books of poetry. She is also the poetry editor of Meanjin. Join her for this six-week introduction to poetry writing and appreciation. .....

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2014 Nail Your Concept Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
Saturday 25 October 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$55

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.

This one-day seminar takes a practical look at creativity: how do writers generate their ideas? It is designed to assist students to find, explore, clarify and commit to the concepts that will drive their Major Work.  .....

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2015 Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: With Roz Hopkins, Anna Maguire, Bronwyn Mehan, Garry Trinh, Matt Stanton and Abigail Newton
When:
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 October, 10am-4pm
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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2015 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 14, 21, 28 November; 5 December, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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2015 Writing for the Screen: TV and Film Essentials

Who: Nick Parsons
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 15, 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Writing for performance, be it stage or screen, big or small, is the most technically demanding literary form. Your story is experienced in real time. There is no pause for reflection, no opportunity to dwell on a complex passage. Everything must be understood completely at the first viewing, the audience must never be allowed to lose track of the essential dramatic question, ‘What will happen next?’—and yet, good drama is as complex and nuanced as poetry, and stays with us for days afterwards. .....

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2015 Secrets of Travel Writing

Who: Claire Scobie
When:
Saturday 24 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With the evolution in online communication, travel writers are thinking about their brand, their image, their next blog post. Writers for print media are honing new skills to stand out among the virtual crowd. Meanwhile, bloggers are learning the craft of traditional travel journalists. 

Award-wining author, Dr Claire Scobie, will teach aspiring travel writers – or writing travellers – how to navigate through this new world. It will give participants a broad understanding of travel writing genres across all media. It will explore how canny travel writers make a buck from their blogs to fund their travels. It will also show that while a social media platform is important, it’s crucial to be able to write a compelling story. .....

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2015 Mastering the Short Story

Who: Danielle Wood
When:
Saturday 24 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The short story has been variously described as a photograph (where the novel is a film), as an affair (where the novel is a marriage) and as a wayward younger brother (where the novel is, presumably, much more grown up and respectable). But what is the short story form to you? And what can you make of it through your own writing? 

This class gives you the opportunity to talk about the short story form with others who enjoy its brevity, discipline and possibilities. Danielle Wood, whose published works include short stories and long stories, will help you take your work to the next level.  .....

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2015 Seminar: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When: Saturday 31 October, 10am – 4pm
Cost: $55

This one-day seminar is an experienced writer’s practical overview of the entire HSC Major Work journey and what you will need to tackle it. Based solidly on writing craft, the seminar is designed to assist students to explore the concepts that will drive their Major Work and Reflection Statement. The writing process is (as much as possible) de-mystified by dividing it into stages of exploration and clarification, to give students an idea of the various challenges they may encounter. .....

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2015 Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide

Sold out – please email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Davina Bell          
When:
Saturday 31 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

What makes a great children’s book? How do I turn my idea into a story? How do I submit my work – and where should I send it? Should I get an agent? Should I give up?!

In this interactive and informative workshop, former Penguin Senior Editor and children’s author Davina Bell, will give you an insider’s guide to writing children’s books, and getting them published. .....

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The Story Doctor - 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: Kate Forsyth
When: 2 x Sundays: 23, 30 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210 
Level: Emerging/advanced: Only writers with completed manuscripts of 50,000 words or more may enrol  (poetry and pictu

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2016 Writing Memories - SOLD OUT!

2016 Writing Memories - 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: Beth Yahp
When: 6 x Saturday mornings: 15, 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19 November, 10am- 1pm
Cost: Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

This interactive workshop focusses on ways to access, investigate and capture your memories and lived experience in words, images and stories for both memoir and fiction writers. We’ll explore JM Coetzee’s intriguing contention that ‘all autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography’ in practical writing exercises and thoughtful discussion of literary texts as well as participants’ own writing produced in class. The emphasis is on starting a writing practice and learning writing craft skills and techniques to sustain and inspire the telling of your life stories. .....

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2016 Make It Funny: Writing Humour

2016 Make It Funny: Writing Humour

Who: Bernard Cohen
When:
Saturday 15 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Writing humour is one of the most effective ways to engage your audience and make your writing memorable – and despite rumours to the contrary, anyone can learn the not-so-secret techniques for raising the comedic bar in their writing.

This hands-on, exercise-based full-day workshop will provide strategies to develop comic, comic, satirical and/

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Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Sunday, 23 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member:$110
Level:
All

Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old and intertwining imaginary plots into actual events and milieus. 

In this workshop you will comprehensively explore the techniques, tricks, ideas and pitfalls of bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps. .....

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2016 Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

2016 Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Who: Eleanor Limprecht
When:
Tuesday 25 October 2016, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Beginning/Intermediate

How do you use the tools of journalism and investigation to research the stories you want to write and add detail to your fiction or non-fiction? This seminar will provide you with practical information about resources available (both online and traditional) and how to access them.

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2016 Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

With Felicity Castagna
NSW Writers’ Centre: Sunday 30 October, 2016, 10am-4pm – bookings closed
Casula Powerhouse: Sunday 6 November, 2016, 10am-4pm
Cost:
$55*

* The course at Casula is available for a subsidised price to students from eligible Western Sydney schools. For details, please call (02) 9555 9757.

This one-day course will take students far beyond the fundamentals of writing to look at what distinguishes great Major Works across all textual forms. The course will focus on: .....

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2016 Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide - SOLD OUT!

2016 Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide - SOLD OUT!

With: Davina Bell          
When:
Saturday 22 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

What makes a great children’s book? How do I turn my idea into a story? How do I submit my work – and where should I send it? Should I get an agent? Should I give up?!

In this interactive and informative workshop, Davina Bell will give you an insider’s guide to writ

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Dramatic Studio: Contemporary Playwriting Techniques 2017

Dramatic Studio: Contemporary Playwriting Techniques 2017

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November 2017, 1pm–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395
Level:
All

A six-week practical and intensive study of contemporary theatre and the writing techniques needed to succeed in it. Led by one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, each session will concentrate on a range of topics including contemporary dialogue techniques, characterisation principles, dramatic structure, contemporary theatre genres and the latest trends in national and international theatre. Over half of each session will involve hands-on, practical workshopping of the participating writers’ scripts. .....

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Seminar: Financial Fundamentals for Writers

Seminar: Financial Fundamentals for Writers

Who: Monica Davidson
When:
Tuesday 10 October, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
This workshop is suited to established writers who are partly or completely making their living from their creative craft.

Managing an irregular income is one of the hardest aspects of working as a writer. Learning some of the basics of financial management can make the difference between survival and prosperity – even better, you might learn how to turn your creative pursuits into profit. .....

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Journalling for Creativity and Productivity 2017

Journalling for Creativity and Productivity 2017

Who: Claire Corbett
When:
Saturday 14 October 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All levels and types of writer will benefit, including academic writers and journalists

In this energising, fun and interactive course, you’ll learn how to create a daily journal for capturing ideas, enhancing productivity, and prioritising tasks. The aim is to reduce stress while increasing focus, organisation and playfulness. The course blends approaches from a number of sources on productivity and incorporates insights from brain research to harness what we know about motivation and concentration. The resulting approach is endlessly customisable. You can spend as little as five minutes a day on it. It is, in essence, a practical approach to mindfulness, with a focus on calm, creativity and clarifying priorities. .....

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Advanced Short Story Workshop 2017

Advanced Short Story Workshop 2017

Who: AS Patric
When:
Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Committed beginners and early to established

This advanced workshop will take short story writers through an intensive study of the craft and techniques essential for writing unique and vital stories.

Explore character development, narrative function, voice and tone, ideas and aesthetics specific to short stories, with a focus on how to deploy these skills practically. Move away from literary mimicry with a renewed awareness of the clichés of conception and form. .....

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Luminous Ghosts: Writing Historical Fiction 2017

Luminous Ghosts: Writing Historical Fiction 2017

Who: Anna Westbrook
When:
Saturday 21 October 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early and emerging writers

Learn the practical elements of writing a historical fiction novel with novelist Anna Westbrook. We will discuss the process of turning an idea into a plot, and explore effectove research methods. In order to create fully realised characters whose psychology and dialogue are appropriate to the period and context of your novel, we will work on techniques of characterisation. We will also analyse effective passages from Australian historical fiction. Writing exercises will stem from these reflections. .....

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Edit Your Story - SOLD OUT!

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
Saturday 21 October 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging and established writers who have completed or are near completion of the final draft of a work of fiction or creative non-fiction, including memoir or family history.

You’ve written your story or memoir and you’re ready for the next step. Before rushing to submit to a publisher or to upload files to Amazon or iTunes, it’s well worth devoting time to editing. The key is to see your manuscript through the eyes of different audiences, including readers, editors and publishers. .....

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Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2, 2017

Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2, 2017

Who: Felicity Castagna
NSW Writers’ Centre: Sunday 29 October 2017, 10am-4pm
Casula Powerhouse
: Sunday 5 November 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
$55*

*The course at Casula is available for a subsidised price to students from eligible Western Sydney schools. For details, please call (02) 9555 9757.

This one-day course will take students far beyond the fundamentals of writing to look at what distinguishes great Major Works across all textual forms. The course will focus on: .....

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Open House with Hachette Australia - SOLD OUT

 Open House with Hachette Australia - SOLD OUT

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

Friday 6 October, 9:30am – 4:30pm
At the NSW WRITERS’ CENTRE, CALLAN PARK*
*
Please note, this venue has been updated

This opportunity is open to Centre members only.
$45 members / $35 concession members
Phone bookings only – call (02) 9555 9757

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