Courses

Dramatic Studio: Contemporary Playwriting Techniques

Dramatic Studio: Contemporary Playwriting Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November, 1pm–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395
Level:
All

A six-week practical and intensive study of contemporary theatre and the writing techniques needed to succeed in it. Led by one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, each session will concentrate on a range of topics including contemporary dialogue techniques, characterisation principles, dramatic structure, contemporary theatre genres and the latest trends in national and international theatre. Over half of each session will involve hands-on, practical workshopping of the participating writers’ scripts. .....

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Journalling for Creativity and Productivity

Journalling for Creativity and Productivity

Who: Claire Corbett
When:
Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All levels and types of writer will benefit, including academic writers and journalists

In this energising, fun and interactive course, you’ll learn how to create a daily journal for capturing ideas, enhancing productivity, and prioritising tasks. The aim is to reduce stress while increasing focus, organisation and playfulness. The course blends approaches from a number of sources on productivity and incorporates insights from brain research to harness what we know about motivation and concentration. The resulting approach is endlessly customisable. You can spend as little as five minutes a day on it. It is, in essence, a practical approach to mindfulness, with a focus on calm, creativity and clarifying priorities. .....

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Advanced Short Story Workshop

Advanced Short Story Workshop

Who: AS Patric
When:
Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Committed beginners and early to established

This advanced workshop will take short story writers through an intensive study of the craft and techniques essential for writing unique and vital stories.

Explore character development, narrative function, voice and tone, ideas and aesthetics specific to short stories, with a focus on how to deploy these skills practically. Move away from literary mimicry with a renewed awareness of the clichés of conception and form. .....

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Luminous Ghosts: Writing Historical Fiction

Luminous Ghosts: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Anna Westbrook
When:
Saturday 21 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Early and emerging writers

Learn the practical elements of writing a historical fiction novel with novelist Anna Westbrook. We will discuss the process of turning an idea into a plot, and explore effectove research methods. In order to create fully realised characters whose psychology and dialogue are appropriate to the period and context of your novel, we will work on techniques of characterisation. We will also analyse effective passages from Australian historical fiction. Writing exercises will stem from these reflections. .....

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Edit Your Story

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
Saturday 21 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging and established writers who have completed or are near completion of the final draft of a work of fiction or creative non-fiction, including memoir or family history.

You’ve written your story or memoir and you’re ready for the next step. Before rushing to submit to a publisher or to upload files to Amazon or iTunes, it’s well worth devoting time to editing. The key is to see your manuscript through the eyes of different audiences, including readers, editors and publishers. .....

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Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

Who: Felicity Castagna
NSW Writers’ Centre: Sunday 29 October, 10am-4pm
Casula Powerhouse
: Sunday 5 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
$55*

*The course at Casula is available for a subsidised price to students from eligible Western Sydney schools. For details, please call (02) 9555 9757.

This one-day course will take students far beyond the fundamentals of writing to look at what distinguishes great Major Works across all textual forms. The course will focus on: .....

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Writing Place in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Writing Place in Fiction and Non-Fiction

Who: Vanessa Berry
When:
Saturday 4 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Places are full of stories, and every story has its place. Whether place is setting or subject, the skillful writing of place enriches your stories and connection with your readers. Landscape or cityscape, familiar or faraway, this workshop will build your ability to capture the essence of places so they come to life on the page. .....

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Performance Skills for Writers

Performance Skills for Writers

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

You’ve written your work and now you’re being asked to read it out loud – or you hope to soon.  Any public reading is a promotional moment that can convert a listener, if you read and speak well. You can prepare yourself to make the most of these moments.

Learn to face an audience with confidence and read your work to captiv

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Writing for Children

Writing for Children

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 November and 6 December, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level:
All

Writing for children is big business. Despite the oft forecast demise of reading, demand for quality children’s books is strong and there has been significant growth in this market over the past few years.

If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths, this course is for you. .....

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From Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

From Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

Who: Luke Ryan
When: 
Saturday 11 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Comic writing is an art unto itself, but one sorely missing from contemporary discussions of how we write.

This workshop will cover the how, what and why of comic writing – from misdirection, to analogy, to the rule of threes and beyond – and transform your everyday anecdotes and observations into raz

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Turn Up the Tension

Turn Up the Tension

Who: Pamela Cook
When:
Saturday 11 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Most useful for emerging writers, but more established writers will also benefit

‘Tension on every page’ is the secret ingredient that keeps readers coming back for more, according to literary agent Donald Maass.

In this interactive workshop you will learn how to hook the reader from page one and keep them turning the pages by creating tension through dialogue, body language, word choice, setting, withholding of details, judicious use of backstory, characterization and narrative structure. .....

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