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From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books - SOLD OUT!

From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books - 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: Lisa Shanahan
When:
Saturday 3 June, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner

So where do fantastic ideas for picture books come from? And what really makes a picture book work? Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan in this one-day course for beginning writers and learn what it takes to create a picture book from first seed to final story. Together the class will study the essential elements of the picture book form; including creating convincing characters, voice, structure, sound, pace, emotional resonance and the importance of encouraging a creative marriage between text and illustrations. Through practical exercises, students will explore fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from memory and observation as inspiration for their own work, as well as discovering the significance of playful, poetic line-by-line writing. An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will also be given; including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents. .....

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Essentials of Publishing

Essentials of Publishing

Who: Emmett Stinson & guest speakers
When:
Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: All

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two day course you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table. .....

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HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

Who: Felicity Castagna
When: Sunday 4 June, 10am-1pm
Cost:
$30

Students will learn what the Board of Studies is looking for in a reflection statement. Topics covered include the fundamental information that must be included in your statement, focusing on what really matters, how to pack a lot of information into a small space, how to discuss creative writing practice in sophisticated ways and how to show that your work is informed by theory and research.

Please note this course will take place at the NSW Writers’ Centre only. .....

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Year of the Novel Phase 2 - sold out!

Year of the Novel Phase 2 - 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: Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 18, 25 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 or idea for a novel. .....

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Self-Publishing Program 2017

Self-Publishing Program 2017

Who: Joel Naoum
When: Thursday evenings starting 15 June 2017
Cost: See below
Level: If you have a completed, edited and proofread manuscript ready for publication as of 15 June, and you’re confident with basic computer programs this is the program for you. 

 

Self-Publishing Program 2017
Do you want to self-publish your book, but you’re not sure where to start? .....

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Writing Crime

Writing Crime

Who: PD Martin
When:
Saturday 17 June, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Early and emerging

Ever wanted to write a crime novel? Or need to take an existing draft to the next level? In this one-day intensive course, PD Martin will guide you through some of the major elements of writing a crime fiction novel.

Writing crime brings together in-depth research, intriguing characters, and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the savvy crime reader engaged — and guessing. We’ll also cover some of the basics of good writing as they apply to the genre, including character development, plot development, dialogue and the all important writing process. .....

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Crafting Arts Criticism

Crafting Arts Criticism

Who: Anwen Crawford
When:
Saturday 24 June, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Emerging

They say that everyone’s a critic, but what kind of skills does it take to write arts criticism? What separates a lively and effective piece of criticism from an ineffective one? 

In this workshop we’ll look at examples of published arts criticism, and also at students’ work-in-progress

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Turning a Good Idea into a Powerful Story

Turning a Good Idea into a Powerful Story

Who: Anna Krien
When:
Saturday 24 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Aimed at early and emerging writers, this workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the art of non-fiction writing.

This is a rare opportunity to work with Anna Krien, one of Australia’s most respected non-fiction writers. From the fundamentals such as how to identify an original and compelling angle, development, research and interview techniques through to the craft of writing itself, you will emerge from this workshop with the necessary tools to tell your true story. You’ll learn the essentials of feature and long-form journalism, and explore its many guises from reportage to profile writing and memoir. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their own writing through various non-fiction techniques and exercises. .....

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Open House with Pantera Press - SOLD OUT!

Open House with Pantera Press - SOLD OUT!

Friday 30 June, 9:30am – 3:15pm
NSW Writers Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle

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

 

How does a publishing house work?  Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether or not to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission?

On Friday 30 June, Pantera Press, a boutique Australian publishing house with a focus on finding and developing the next

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Writing Memoir - Advanced

Writing Memoir - Advanced

Who: Patti Miller
When:
8 x Thursday mornings: 6, 13, 20, 27 July; 3, 10, 17, 24 August, 10am–1pm
Cost: Full price:
$800; Member: $560; Conc Member: $480
Level:
Advanced

This is an advanced memoir course for those who want to write more than a record or a history, for those who are ready for a creative journey.  This course will refresh the technique of writing from original memory and creating the texture of lived experience on the page, and will explore narrating voice, storytelling and narrative pacing and structure. There will be a special trouble-shooting section on the problems in finding form – an invaluable insight into the structural pitfalls that can await the memoirist – based on Patti’s work critiquing hundreds of manuscripts. .....

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Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online

Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online

Who: Mark O’Flynn
When:
23 July to 6 December, online
Cost:
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245
Level:
Emerging writers

You’ve written some poems – 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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