Courses

The Essentials of Publishing

The Essentials of Publishing

Who: Joel Naoum & guest speakers
When:
Saturday 24 March & Sunday 25 March, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full price: $380; Member: $265; Conc Member: $230

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, small presses and self-publishing? .....

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Eyes on the Road: Writing Short Stories

Eyes on the Road: Writing Short Stories

Who: Cate Kennedy
When:
Saturday 7 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Everyone wants their writing to be bold and memorable rather than hesitant and laboured, but how do we plunge in with verve and confidence, to assure our reader of our natural storytelling authority?  What are some of the ways we can get our ‘hands on the wheel’ to establish and maintain that faith? This workshop will look at how to signal authority through voice, tone, rhythm, imagery and structure, exchanging cautious, hesitant prose for prose that is full of its own confident, fluent momentum. .....

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Beyond the Whodunnit

Beyond the Whodunnit

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
Saturday 7 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

 

Crime is at the heart of many great novels regardless of where (or whether) that novel fits within the huge and diverse genre of crime fiction. In this workshop, we’ll look at how to create a believable world for your fictional crime to disrupt, how to write characters who go beyond the stereotypes of villain, hero or victim, and how to create and maintain suspense. We’ll also talk about the role of voice in creating atmosphere. .....

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One-on-One Online: Short Stories

One-on-One Online: Short Stories

SOLD OUT – Email us to go on the waitlist

Who: Tegan Bennett Daylight
When:
8 April to 5 August, online
Cost:
Full price: 390; Members: 320; Concession members: 300

Is it time to take your short story writing to the next level? Receiving individual feedback is an ideal way to develop your writing skills. In this online course, you’ll receive one-on-one feedback on your stories, enabling you to hone your skills over five months. The feedback will vary depending on each story, but may focus on characterisation, structure, voice, setting or pace, among other possibilities. .....

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From First Draft to Polished Manuscript

From First Draft to Polished Manuscript

Who: Linda Funnell
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 10, 17 April; 1, 8, 15, 22 May, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost
: Full price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395

So you’ve finished your manuscript – but is it good enough to catch a publisher’s eye? How can you revise your work to make it the best it possibly can be? And how can you make sure you’ve avoided the pitfalls common to many new writers?

Every writer and every book is different, but any editor will tell you there are errors common to many first-time writers that immediately consign manuscripts to the reject pile. Linda Funnell has over 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry and has worked as a publisher and editor with authors such as Geraldine Brooks, Belinda Alexandra, Louis Nowra and Colleen McCullough. In this course Linda will reveal the most common traps and how to avoid them.    .....

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Writing From Life

Writing From Life

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Sunday 15 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

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?

This full day workshop will look at writing from life from the perspective of character, plot, dialogue and most importantly, the heart of the story. It will go through a series of short exercises to help you hone in on these skills, so please come ready to write.  .....

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The Horse’s Mouth: Performing Stories

The Horse’s Mouth: Performing Stories

Who: Phil Spencer
When:
Saturday 19 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Performance storytelling is growing in popularity, with many opportunities to perform stories live. Join acclaimed performer and storyteller Phil Spencer and sharpen your storytelling skills in this roll-up-your-sleeves one-day intensive, designed to turf writers’ stories out of their notebooks and fling them onto the stage.

The course will focus on personal stories and autobiographical tales (like those popularised by The Moth and Story Club) and foreground storytelling tips, comedy writing and performance techniques, provided in a supportive and rigorous environment. If you’re looking to swap your pen for a microphone, this course is for you. .....

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Writing Fantasy

Writing Fantasy

Who: C.S. Pacat
When:
Saturday 19 May & Sunday 20 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$380; Member: $265; Conc Member: $230

The best fantasy novels are the ones that keep you immersed until 3am – but how do you write a great fantasy novel? Join bestselling-author CS Pacat and learn the key stages of writing a page-turning fantasy, from ideas to final manuscript. You’ll get practical techniques for how to generate stories, build worlds and develop characters. You’ll also learn how to plot and structure your novel, along with effective pacing and exposition strategies. Finally, you’ll find out what happens next, and leave with tips for editing, preparing and publishing your manuscript. .....

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The Enchanting World of Picture Books

The Enchanting World of Picture Books

Who: Davina Bell
When:
Saturday 26 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Explore the enchanting world of picture books with writer and editor Davina Bell. From the unique perspective of both a creator and publishing professional, Davina will share her insights on what works in a picture book manuscript, what doesn’t, and how to get your work ready for publication. Using both classic and contemporary books as our guides, we’ll look at themes and concepts that resonate, and take an overview of today’s picture book market. After considering real-life examples from the editorial, design and illustration processes, participants will uncover and develop their own ideas through writing exercises. .....

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First Line, First Draft, Final Poem

First Line, First Draft, Final Poem

Who: Brook Emery
When:
Saturday 26 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Join award-winning poet Brook Emery for a workshop tailored for poets who are just beginning to write or just beginning to submit their work for publication.

Through practical exercises and discussion, the workshop will consider issues such as what a poem is and what it can do; how to make and turn a line; how to say it with sound and say it with image; how to say it ‘straight’ and say it ‘slant’; how to move from draft to draft to ‘finished’ poem; and how to check your finished poem for problems. .....

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Starting from Scratch: Creativity for Writers

Starting from Scratch: Creativity for Writers

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 30 May; 6, 20, 27 June; 4, 11 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

You’ve got the itch to write, but where do you start? You have a big idea, but what’s the story? Or maybe you’ve got no ideas at all, just the need to write – what can you do? This course will guide you in finding an entry point, from where you can access the idea that’s inside you. The more entry points we have to choose from, the better. This course is designed to help you create characters, narrative ideas, conflicts, stakes, scenes, and even complete outlines, each one being a portal into a potential new work. .....

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