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A Play in Two Days

A Play in Two Days

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Beginner and intermediate aspiring playwrights. As we will be starting from scratch, it is preferable to come prepared to write a new play rather than work on a pre-existing idea.

Do you write for the stage? Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a refresher, in this practical course multi award-winning playwright Hilary Bell will take you through the fundamentals of playwriting. .....

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Writing From Life - sold out!

Writing From Life - sold out!

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Saturday 28 May, 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.

Writing from life is tricky – how do you transform a personal narrative (your own, or someone else’s) into something that interests other people? How do you write from life without being too insularly specific or blandly generic? What are the things you choose to hide, and the things you reveal? .....

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Seminar: Collaborative Writing - Cancelled

Seminar: Collaborative Writing - Cancelled

Who: Denise Tart, Jenny Crocker and Jane Richards
When:
cancelled
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: For all writers at any stage interested in collaborative or group fiction writing.

Not every talented writer is suited to a life of solitary scribe, yet literary collaborations are still rare. One exception is the successful novel, The Painted Sky by Alice Campion (Random House 2015). Three of its five authors have created an online community dedicated to group fiction writing (groupfiction.net) and in this interactive workshop, the trio will share their secrets for collaborative success. .....

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Grammar Essentials

Grammar Essentials

Who: Susan McKerihan
When:
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Any writer who missed out on learning grammar at school and feels at a disadvantage when trying to improve their writing skills. Also those who did learn grammar school, but have forgotten the finer details and would like a refresher

A knowledge of grammar gives people confidence when writing. Whether you write for pleasure or for work, creatively or as part of a technical role, grammar can help you manage the mechanics and nuances of good style. However, many people today didn’t learn grammar at school, so they struggle to understand how and why a piece of writing works or doesn’t work. .....

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Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

Who: With Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Intermediate

If you’ve read Truman Capote’s brutal In Cold Blood, Hunter S. Thompson’s mind-bending Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Susan Orlean’s slow seduction by the natural world in The Orchid Thief or Chloe Hooper’s tangled navigation through Aboriginal deaths in custody in The Tall Man, you’ll already know real stories are often more compelling when they’re told properly: like actual stories. But narrative journalism doesn’t just stop at books. It is also the writing you’ll find in most magazines, from broadsheet newspaper supplements to travel journals and women’s glossies. .....

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

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

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 June; 6, 13, 20, 27 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost per Phase: 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.

This course is now sold out. Please email us to go on the waitlist: info@nswwc.org.au

We’ll put some flesh on the bones of your novel-in-progress, looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper still with character, voice and plot. As we approach the year’s half-way mark we’ll also talk about how to stay focused and motivated to see this thing through to the end. .....

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Seminar: Nail Your Pitch

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Thursday 16 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Beginner to intermediate.

Writers often moan and groan about blurbs and synopses, but there’s no escape – if you want to pursue publication of any sort, you can’t avoid it. The key to a successful pitch is a clear and fundamental understanding of what it is you are writing and where it fits in the publishing world. Sounds easy in theory, but in practice, encapsulating your writing project in one sentence, a short blurb or even a 500 word synopsis can be more difficult than writing a book-length work. This seminar offers tips and tools to help frame your work in a variety of ways relevant to different publishing opportunities. Whether you are applying for a mentorship or grant, entering a pitching competition, submitting work to an agent or publisher, or self-publishing, your ability to pitch your work well and appropriately plays a crucial role in your success. .....

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Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner to intermediate. This course assumes you have a substantial piece of writing, or have a plan for a piece of writing that you need help structuring

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript.  .....

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You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

Who: George Merryman
When:
Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Dialogue should be the easiest part of writing, shouldn’t it? We all talk. Every day. All the time. We’re experts in talking, experts in dialogue. And yet writing truthful dialogue is one of the biggest challenges writers face.

This workshop aims to help writers meet the test of crafting authentic dialogue through a s

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Going Down in History: Writing Historical Fiction

Going Down in History: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Jesse Blackadder
When:
Sunday 26 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: General level

Spanning the dawn of human history to recent memory, historical fiction is a rich and popular genre, encompassing human experience across vast geographies, cultures and eras. And history is one place where you can plunder true stories, rework them as you like, and be safe from the repercussions. Or can you?

This writing workshop will explore how to write dramatic and powerful historical fiction. Through hands-on exercises you will learn to bring the past to life and your ideas into written form. Jesse will outline the main methods for researching historical fiction. You’ll explore drawing on 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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The Inside Scoop: Introduction to Writing for Children

The Inside Scoop: Introduction to Writing for Children

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
Sunday 26 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Adults writing for children in the genres of pictures books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult fiction. Suitable for beginning, aspiring and emerging authors and illustrators and those interested in the children’s publishing industry.

Do you dream of becoming a published children’s author? Have you written a story manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about the submission process, publishers, contracts and agents? Attend this workshop and have all your questions answered. .....

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