Courses

Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online – SOLD OUT!

Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online – SOLD OUT!

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
17 July through 30 November, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level:
Emerging writers

You’ve written some short stories – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Seminar: Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Seminar: Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Who: Patrick Lenton
When: Tuesday 19 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
emerging and established writers, with a particular focus on digital, self published and genre authors

In the current publishing climate, knowledge of how to market and grow an online author profile is essential. This seminar will cover practical applications for authors using social media and digital marketing to sell books.

Digital spaces have given authors unprecendented levels of access to potential readers – but reaching them requires understanding of the platforms and sound strategy. The seminar will outline options and teach the fundamentals of using them. It will be useful for all authors, but particularly digital, genre and self-published authors. Skills covered will include: .....

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Extending Your Creativity - limited places left!

Extending Your Creativity - limited places left!

Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Saturday 23 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners and intermediate writers

There are limited places in this course. Please call to enrol on (02) 9555 9757.

We are all wired for creativity, but too often as adults we let our creativity fade.  In this workshop, you not only find how to access your creativity again, but also how to form a spellbinding story out of the potent words that emerge. Experienced creativity teacher and writer Sue Woolfe will use her research into neuroscience to guide you from idea to story. .....

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Writing Speculative Fiction – SOLD OUT!

Writing Speculative Fiction – SOLD OUT!

Who: Marianne de Pierres
When:
Saturday 23 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Award-winning science fiction author, Marianne de Pierres, will conduct a comprehensive workshop on writing speculative fiction. Participants will learn how to amass the right tools for world building; how to create convincing worlds that are authentic, logical, and original; and how to effectively blend the sub-genres of speculative fiction to create more exotic stories. .....

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Seminar: Scrivener 101

Seminar: Scrivener 101

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 26 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Scrivener beginners

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting while helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

In this seminar, Lee Powell will guide you through a basic Scrivener tutorial. He’ll introduce you to Scrivener’s main functions, providing you with handouts including screenshots, and answer your how-to questions. You’ll gain an understanding of how to use Scrivener to assist with any writing project, particularly long ones, and leave with the confidence to use this powerful tool. .....

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Breathing on the Mirror: Writing Memoir

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing Memoir

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 30 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

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

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Writing the Real: Creative Non-Fiction

Writing the Real: Creative Non-Fiction

Who:  Mark Dapin
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August; 7 September, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Learn how to write journalism, memoir and history. The course focuses on producing entertaining, original pieces of writing with intelligence, humour and emotional depth. The teaching method emphasises the practical over the theoretical. There will be at least two writing exercises in every lesson. Pieces will be written in class, and then discussed in a helpful, supportive fashion. Participants will be stretched by some of the exercises, but they will emerge from the course as more confident and accomplished writers. .....

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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group - sold out!

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 27 August; 10, 24 September; 8, 22 October; 5, 19 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this focused but friendly critique gr

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Seminar: DIY Publishing

Seminar: DIY Publishing

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests
When:
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Intermediate

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 publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion. 

Convenor Roz Hopkins has extensive experience as a publisher and will introduce you to the key points of taking a digital book to readers. She will be joined by a series of guest speakers, who will share their industry expertise and knowledge. .....

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The Mindful Writer

The Mindful Writer

Who: Walter Mason
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 16, 23, 30 August; 6 September, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265
Level: All

Join Walter Mason as he combines the insights of meditation and mindfulness with the joy of creative writing. Diaries, poetry, fiction, memoir, essays – all can be approached from a place of profound stillness and great wisdom.  Go deep within to unleash your amazing capacity for story. .....

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The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

 The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

Who: Steven Amsterdam
When:
Saturday 20 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This class is designed for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals. You must be willing (eager, actually) to submit a portion of a work-in progress (500-1000 words) two weeks in advance of the class.

Once you have a working draft, you get to the good part. Making it work. There’s no more aimless wandering, no more shorthand descriptions. You are clarifying the story, sharpening scenes and illuminating themes—and it is fun. Intended for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals, this one-day workshop will cover tools and approaches for making your fiction tight. Through exercises we will develop ways to separate the author’s voice from the protagonist’s, choose the right details for description and dialogue, and visualise the overall flow and meaning of the piece. We will spend a part of the day workshopping each other’s writing in forensic detail, with the goal of refining the individual pieces as well as our own technique. .....

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