Courses

2012 Year of the Novel (Three Acts)

2012 Year of the Novel (Three Acts)

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

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

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2012 Year of the Novel: Act Three

2012 Year of the Novel: Act Three

Who: Bem Le Hunte
Dates: 10 x Tuesday evenings: 11, 18 & 25 September; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 October; 6 & 13 November 2012, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $900; Member: $640; Conc Member: $545
Code: 12LEHU2

This phase of the course is all about getting ready for publication-a time for troubleshooting and improving-for getting rid of the typical ‘first novel flaws’ and creating a manuscript that lives up to the highest expectations of readers and publishers. This is our moment of reckoning. The point when everything we’ve learned so far on the writing journey is put to the test under a critical eye. .....

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2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase Three

2012 The Saturday Playwrights' Course: Phase Three

CANCELLED

Who: Timothy Daly
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 8, 15, 22 & 29 September; 6, 13, 20 & 27 October 2012; 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price: $720; Member: $510; Conc Member: $435
Code: 12DALY9

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

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2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Three

2012 Year of the YA Novel: Phase Three

Who: James Roy and special guest speaker Jody Lee
When: 4 x Sunday mornings: 9, 16, 23 & 30 September 2012, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12ROY9

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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2012 Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

2012 Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

Who: Pat Grant
When: Sunday 2 & Sunday 9 September 2012, 10am – 4pm NEW DATES
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

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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2012 Writing Crime

Limited Places Left

Who: Phillipa (PD) Martin
When:
Sunday 4 November 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Ever considered writing a crime novel? In this one-day intensive course, internationally acclaimed crime novelist Phillipa (PD) Martin, will guide you through some of the major elements of writing a crime fiction novel — the crime genre, planning, research, character development, plot development, dialogue and the all-important writing process. The session will give you theoretical and practical tips to improve your writing skills. .....

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2012 Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
8 x Thursday evenings: 6, 13, 20 & 27 September; 4, 11, 18 & 25 October 2012, 6:30pm -9:30pm
Full price:
$800; Member: $560; Conc Member: $480

Do you want to work as an editor? Think you have what it takes to proof and copy edit professionally? Need to brush up on your editing skills?

Pamela Hewitt is a freelance editor, writer, trainer, and the proprietor of Emend Editing. In this course, Pam will introduce you to the skills and secrets of professional editing.  Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in a rapidly evolving industry. As the digital revolution moves from online sales to online presentation, from webtext to ebooks, editors need to understand the demands of an increasingly globalised and freelance world. This means you need business nous as well as technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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2012 The He(art) of Romance Writing

2012 The He(art) of Romance Writing

Who: Valerie Parv
When: Saturday 8 September 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

The He(art) of Romance Writing takes you into the heart of the world’s biggest-selling genre. Valerie Parv, has sold nearly 30 million books in 26 languages, and says romance novels are far easier to read than they are to write. Yes, the hero and heroine share an attraction from first meeting, but how do you keep millions of readers turning pages to find out if these two achieve their happy ending? The answer lies in the unique roles of dialogue, viewpoint and characterization in the romance genre. Whether you’re writing for print, ebooks or a combination; and intending to publish with traditional publishers or independently, these elements remain key. .....

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2012 Feature and Review Writing: New Journalism Today

Who: Mark Mordue
When: Sunday 16 September 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Journalism is an arena as varied as life itself. One look at the range and content of a weekend newspaper should tell you that. In this one day course, Pascall Prize winner and internationally published journalist, Mark Mordue will take students through the theory and practicalities of writing features and reviews with an original voice. .....

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2012 Exciting Page-Turners! Solving Your Plotting Problems

Who: Jenny Hale
When: Sunday 23 September 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Has your plot stalled? Is it not gripping enough? Does it wander about in the middle? Is your hero’s goal somewhat hazy? Does your climax’s resolution make sense? Have these questions and more explored by internationally published, best-selling fantasy author and professional book reviewer Jenny Hale

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2013 Art and Soul of Writing

2013 Art and Soul of Writing

Who: Sally Swain
When:
4 x Friday mornings: 6, 13, 20 & 27 September 2013, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265          

Where has your creativity gone? Don’t fret. It’s not far away. Discover (or rediscover) your creative pulse. Ignite (or reignite) your passion for writing. Give yourself permission to ‘get it wrong’ and you will find your strong authentic voice.

In this course you’ll engage with simple, guided exercises for starting and keeping on going. Move through fear, stuckness and procrastination towards full, alive expression. Write to relax, release and revitalise. Write from your senses. Explore the rhythms and textures of words. Write easily from your past, present and even your future. Let it all hang out – the dark, the tedious, the silly, the soppy – and you’re bound to find gems amongst the murk. .....

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2013 How to Get Work as a Freelance Writer

2013 How to Get Work as a Freelance Writer

SOLD OUT

Who: Fran Molloy
When:
Saturday 7 September 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

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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2013 Mean Streets

2013 Mean Streets

Who: P. M. Newton
When:
Sunday 22 September 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          

When Raymond Chandler wrote The Simple of Art of Murder it was a rallying call for crime writers to write tough, realist fiction about the kind of people who commit murder for a reason, not just to provide a corpse. So how do you go about creating authentic characters that commit believable crimes on the mean streets of contemporary crime fiction? .....

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2013 Open Access: Selling Your Book in the Digital Age

SOLD OUT

Supported by the Copyright Agency

Saturday 21 September 2013, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full Price: $90; Member: $65; Conc Member: $55

A one day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.

For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains. .....

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2014 Poetry Masterclass

2014 Poetry Masterclass

Who: Mike Ladd
When:
Saturday 6 September 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

If you have had a poem or two published, or your first book released, and now want to take the next step, this is the course for you. In the first half of the workshop Mike will give his advice on what makes a poem successful and how to advance an individual writing style, as well as giving an overview of the current poetry scene in Australia and the opportunities that exist for poets. The second half of the masterclass will be more hands-on, with feedback and workshopping of poems. .....

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2014 Writing for Young Adults

2014 Writing for Young Adults

Who: James Roy
When:
6 x Sunday mornings 7, 14, 21 September; 12, 19, 26 October 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360           

Award-winning YA author James Roy will take you on a tour of the YA scene, answering questions such as: Where does YA fiction fit into the wider publishing scene? What makes particular writing YA? What makes a writer a YA writer? And what happens next with your manuscript? .....

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2014 Writing Humour

Who: Geoffrey Atherden
When:
Saturday 13 September 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

Humour has a wide spectrum and this one-day workshop on the craft of comedy will attempt to cover as much of it as possible, from gentle whimsy to raucous slapstick, from serious satire to the uncomfortable and blasphemous.

Using examples from all media, including segments from film, television and radio as well as internet viral humour, extracts from books, newspaper columns, blogs and poetry, the workshop will look at the many forms of and uses for humour; primarily as entertainment, but also as a means for pricking pomposity, for creating a path into a difficult subject or for more negative uses such as jokes which belittle and insult. .....

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2014 How to Get Work as a Freelance Writer

Who: Fran Molloy
When:
Saturday 20 September 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

How can you get your favourite magazine to publish an article you write – and pay you for it? Should you write the story first, and post it – or email it? How much can you charge? Can you 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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2014 Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

2014 Writing Short Stories - Small, Good Things

Who: Andy Kissane
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 25 September, 9, 23 October, 6, 20 November, 4 December 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

A short story is a flower; a novel is a job. — Lorrie Moore

In our time-deficient lives, the short story is one form that fits — it’s still possible to read them and write them when you are very busy. This course, with 6 meetings spread over 3 months, gives participants enough time for an initial idea to develop and mature into a finished story. Andy Kissane is passionately interested in reading and writing short stories and recently published a collection of his own stories, The Swarm. Drawing on more than eight years’ experience of teaching writing at universities, Andy’s structured classes will include discussion of model stories and writing techniques, writing exercises, input and constructive workshopping. This course focuses on the contemporary short story, takes people on a guided journey into the craft of writing short stories and provides editorial advice directed at structural questions such as, ‘Why isn’t this story working and what can I do to fix it?’ The equally important issue of how to craft and refine each sentence will also be addressed. In each class at least two stories by masters of the form will be analysed and discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop a draft of their story, which will be distributed by email a week before the class.
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2014 Open Access

When: Saturday 6 September 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $90; Member: $65; Conc Member: $55

A one day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.

For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains.

Open Access will bring together authors, publishers, a bookseller, digital expert, and industry professionals to talk about how they do this – their hits and their misses. .....

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2015 The Essentials of Editing

2015 The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: 4 x Wednesday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23 September, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents (whether in the workplace or a piece of writing), will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2015 The Business of Being a Writer

2015 The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley, Benython Oldfield, Steve Wimmer, Jaki Arthur and Chris Allen
When:
Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

It’s never been easy to be a writer but now it seems that there is more to do than ever, from self promotion to reading contracts, negotiating pay, managing multiple income streams, understanding the tax implications of foreign sales and how to make a splash in the social media ocean. Sometimes it seems that even being a part-time writer is a full-time job. .....

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2015 Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books

2015 Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books

SOLD OUT

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When: Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to write for children? Have you written a picture book manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about publishers? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered.

Creating picture books is one of the most interesting, exciting and rewarding literary processes. It’s also one of the most challenging. Join multi-published, award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, as she provides you with an introduction to this wonderful genre. Aleesah will share the secrets of her success, demystify the creative process, provide you with the tools and structures to write your own picture book text, and give insight and encouragement on how to achieve your dreams of becoming a published picture book author. .....

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2015 Leaf that Tells a Tree: Poetry Masterclass

2015 Leaf that Tells a Tree: Poetry Masterclass

SOLD OUT

Who:Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 September and 6, 13 October, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Poems—such small things, like birds and bombs and epiphanies—are a lot bigger than they seem; they go off! They make more noise (not to mention mess and beauty and love and other kinds of useful damage) and they travel farther than seems possible. A poem, if it’s any good, is much longer and wilder on the inside than the out. .....

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2015 Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

2015 Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

Who: Luke Ryan
When:
Saturday 12 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Comic writing is an art unto itself, but one sorely missing from contemporary discussions of how we write.

This workshop will cover the how, what and why of comic writing – from misdirection, to analogy, to the rule of threes and beyond – and transform your everyday anecdotes and observations into razor-sharp, Sedaris-style routines.

Starting with a general introduction into the types and forms of comedic writing, we’ll focus primarily on the mechanics of comic memoir: how to spot comic anecdotes in our own lives; how to draw out the beats and empathetic heart of a story; how to find the punchline and impart the message. We’ll focus on joke form and construction, and the day will finish with a reading and masterclass session with the student’s own work. .....

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2015 ‘I’ Word: Writing Memoir

2015 ‘I’ Word: Writing Memoir

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Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 19 September, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180, Member: $125, Conc Member: $110

Writing (and reading) memoir has never been more popular. But how do you tell your story and hold a reader’s attention for the space of a book, or an essay? What’s unique about your experience, and why do you want to share it? You don’t need to have been stuck between two rocks for 127 hours (or had a misery-drenched childhood) for your story to be worth telling – but you do need to know how to tell it in a way that will engage readers and offer something unique and valuable. .....

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2015 Seminar: Getting Published in the U.S.

2015 Seminar: Getting Published in the U.S.

Who: Shirin Yim Bridges
When:
Tuesday 22 September, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Are you ready to crack the American book market? Or are you close enough to want to visualise the day you do? Whether your book is fiction, non-fiction, how-to, self-help, memoir, poetry, or an anthology, this seminar is for you. Shirin Yim Bridges, first published by U.S. publisher Chronicle Books while living in Australia, since published multiple times by Big Six publishers and now a U.S. publisher herself, will give you an exclusive overview of the current state of the U.S. publishing industry, your largest potential market. .....

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2016 Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

2016 Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Who: Vanessa Berry
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Places are full of stories, and every story has its place. Whether place is setting or subject, the skilful writing of place enriches your stories and connection with your readers. Landscape or cityscape, familiar or faraway, this workshop will build your ability to capture the essence of places so they come to life on the page.

Discover forms of place-based writing including psychogeography and nature writing, and how you can bring elements of these styles into fiction and non-fiction. You will learn a set of experiments and exercises that engage you with place, key research skills for deepening your knowledge and understanding of places and how to use your research to enhance character and narrative. .....

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2016 Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

2016 Write a Short Film Like a Film Maker

Who: Pamela Woods
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging writers/established writers who have commenced or plan to write a screenplay

You are comfortable writing short stories and have even tackled a novel. But how about a film script? Maybe you have been asked to translate your story to script? Making the transition from depicting internal worlds to an externalised expression

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2016 A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry - limited places left!

2016 A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry - limited places left!

Only two spots remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

With: Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Monday evenings: 5, 12, 19, 26 September; 10, 17 October, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Poems—such small things, like birds and bombs and epiphanies—are a lot bigger than they seem; they go off! They make more noise (not to mention mess and beauty and love and other kinds of useful damage) and they travel farther than seems possible. A poem, if it’s any good, is much longer and wilder on the inside than the out. .....

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2016 The Essentials of Editing

2016 The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: Saturday 10 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own or others’ work in the workplace or privately, will show you how to carry out

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2016 The Business of Being a Writer

2016 The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley with Benython Oldfield, Monica Davidson, Debbie McInnes and David Hunt
When:
Saturday 10 September, 10am-5pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Should I self-publish? Should I pitch my work to publishers? How do I deal with the money side of things? If these are the questions you’re asking yourself, then it’s time you learnt more about the business of publishing.

For writers being traditionally published and need advice on how to manage their professional relationships, and understand their role in the publishing machine; and for writers on the self-publishing path who are just discovering the million and one things they need to know about. .....

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2016 Podcasting: Creating and Adapting Ideas for Audio

2016 Podcasting: Creating and Adapting Ideas for Audio

Who: Jesse Cox
When:
Saturday 17 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This workshop will zoom out to look at the national and international podcasting landscape, then hone in to focus on the steps required to create a successful new podcast. You will learn how to identify audio-friendly ideas, basic recording and editing techniques, and how to distribute a finished podcast. As well as practical tips, the workshop will focus on how to develop a strong narrative structure for audio and how to use sound and music in stories. While not required, if you have ideas for existing projects, you are encouraged to bring them to the course for workshopping. .....

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Three - sold out!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Three - 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: Emily Maguire

When: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 21, 28, September; 5, 12, 19, 26 October; 2, 9 November, 2016, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Full Price:$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Level:Participants should have a first draft or most of a full draft completed. .....

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Making Compelling Podcasts - limited places available!

Making Compelling Podcasts - limited places available!

Only one spot remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

Who: Miles Martignoni

When: Saturday 2 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All skill levels are welcome. This course can help you create new original work or adapt written material for audio.

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of what is needed to create a compelling podcast. We will examine each stage of the podcast production process: .....

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Advanced Poetry: Drafting as Creative Practice

Advanced Poetry: Drafting as Creative Practice

Who: Ron Pretty
When:
Saturday 9 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Emerging and established (not recommended for beginning poets)

Explore ways of developing a first draft into a fully crafted poem. Drafting is sometimes felt to be synonymous with drudgery or copy-editing, but this workshop will demonstrate the creative aspect of the process, opening up possibilities for the poem that the writer hadn’t previously imagined. .....

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Introduction to Memoir

Introduction to Memoir

Who: Lee Kofman
When:
Saturday 9 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Early and emerging

Since the memoir boom in the late 1980s, this popular genre has undergone many exciting developments, becoming one of the most creative and innovative literary forms.

Join memoirist Lee Kofman and learn about the common characteristics of memoirs and about their different sub-types, such as bibliomemoir and immersion memoir. You’ll identify different themes and focuses for memoir writing, whether short or long, and how to structure your life stories so that they make for engaging reading. .....

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Seminar: Advanced Digital Marketing for Authors

Seminar: Advanced Digital Marketing for Authors

Who: Patrick Lenton
When:
Tuesday 12 September, 6:30–9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: For authors looking to improve their existing online presence 

Writing a book is hard, but selling it can be even harder. If you’ve got a book coming out or you’re launching a series and you want to know how to get the most out of online marketing, this is the seminar for you. Authors who have already set up their online author platform (such a website or social media account) and are looking to utilise it with an efficient and tailored marketing strategy will get the most out of the seminar. .....

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Striking Storytelling for Companies and Causes

 Striking Storytelling for Companies and Causes

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith and Linda Vergnani
When:
Saturday 16 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Stories have a unique power to engage and convince. Facts and figures alone aren’t enough to motivate people. When you write striking stories, people are far more likely to remember and be influenced by the message you want to convey.

But to work their magic, stories need to be well crafted. This course is about how to write powerful stories, whether for a blog, a speech, a case study or on behalf of a campaign or cause. It uses examples of successful storytelling from the media, top organisations and not-for profit groups. Participants will be involved in lively discussion and writing exercises, covering: .....

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Year of the Novel: Phase 3

Year of the Novel: Phase 3

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Tuesday evenings: 19, 26 September; 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 7, 14 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress or idea for a novel.

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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