Courses

The Mindful Writer

The Mindful Writer

Who: Walter Mason
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22 August, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265
Level: All levels

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.

Over four weeks, you will learn meditation, meaningful ritual and active forms of mindfulness to enrich your writing. These new and powerful techniques will enable you to more fully comprehend and access your creative possibilities. You will also learn to sustain your writing practice beyond the course. .....

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The Guts and Glory of Indie Comics

The Guts and Glory of Indie Comics

Who: Fionn McCabe & Ben Juers
When:
Saturday 5 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Early and emerging writers/cartoonists will benefit most, though cartoonists that are familiar with the material may enjoy and benefit from this as well.

Learn or expand your understanding of making and reading indie and alternative comics. We’ll start by discussing and deconstructing particularly innovative works.

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A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry

A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Writing Poetry

With: Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Monday evenings: 14, 21, 28 August; 4, 11, 18 September*, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All
*Please note, these courses dates have been changed since their original publication.

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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Extending Your Creativity

Extending Your Creativity

Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Saturday 12 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners and intermediate writers

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

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Connect with Your Audience: Writing for Kids and YA

Connect with Your Audience: Writing for Kids and YA

Who: Tristan Bancks
When:
Saturday 12 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early/emerging writers

In this information-packed full-day course for emerging children’s and YA writers, award-winning author Tristan Bancks gives intimate insight into the creative and business aspects of working as a full-time author for young people.

In the morning you’ll discuss and learn how to connect deeply wit

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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

Writing Memoir and Memories

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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