Courses

Blogging Your Interest

Blogging Your Interest

Who: Thang Ngo
When:
Saturday 19 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This course is relevant for all levels of writing skills, from established writers looking to build an audience online, to beginners who want to share their writing with a digital community.

Turn your passion into an engaging blog that attracts readers from around the world – and learn how to sustain it. This blogging essentials course will help you select the right blogging platform for your style and cover all the key elements of setting up a blog, saving you weeks of research and frustration. .....

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Book Publicity for Authors

With: Jaki Arthur
When:
Saturday 19 August, 10am-4pm*
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All
*Please note, this date has been changed since its original publication.

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 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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Writing Memoir and Memories - SOLD OUT!

Writing Memoir and 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: Barbara Brooks
When: 5 x Saturday mornings: 19, 26 August; 2, 9, 16 September, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level: All levels

If you’ve started writing and would like to write memoir or memoir-based fiction, this is the course for you. We’ll start by finding how to translate memories into words, images and scenes, then explore ways to ground your writing and to shape what you’ve written. We’ll also look at how to use the techniques of fiction to tell life stories. .....

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Making Compelling Podcasts

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:

  • Identifying strong ideas for audio
  • Narration and interviewing skills
  • Equipment needed to start recording
  • Tips on editing and where to learn advanced skills
  • Best practice for podcast distribution

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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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Open House with Hachette Australia

 Open House with Hachette Australia

Friday 6 October, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Hachette Australia, 207 Kent St, Sydney
*
Please note, this event is not held at the NSW Writers’ Centre

This opportunity is open to Centre members only.
$45 members / $35 concession members
Bookings open 3 July
Phone bookings only – call (02) 9555 9757

How does a publishing house work? Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submis

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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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