Courses

Turning True Stories into Fiction

Turning True Stories into Fiction

Who: Michael Sala
When:
Saturday 3 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

The essential building material of both fiction and memoir is the writer’s life experiences. Our experiences include the people we have known or met, the problems we have encountered, and the events that have shaped us as people and writers. This course is designed to teach writers how to use writing craft to shape their personal experiences into compelling fiction—or to find a potent narrative thread in the autobiographical vantage point. .....

More info ›

Seminar: Book Promotion Essentials

Seminar: Book Promotion Essentials

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
Thursday 8 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Learn the essentials of marketing your book and your author brand! Whether you’re an experienced author, new to the world of commercial publishing, or a self-published author, this informative seminar with award-winning author Aleesah Darlison will provide crucial information about marketing your book and your author brand.

These days, being an author is about more than just writing books. Often, people think the hard work is in getting a manuscript accepted for publication. But the real challenges start after your book is accepted for publication. .....

More info ›

The Inside Scoop: Writing for Children

The Inside Scoop: Writing for Children

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
Saturday 10 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

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.

Join award-winning children’s author Aleesah Darlison for an eye-opening and inspirational introduction to writing for children. She will lead you on a path to success by demystifying the children’s publishing industry: who the major players are, the formats and word lengths for various age groups and genres, how to structure submissions and who to send your work to. Topics covered will also include contracts and agents, manuscript assessments, the importance of writers’ groups and networking and the many opportunities that exist for you to get your children’s story published now. .....

More info ›

Open House with Penguin Random House

When: Friday 16 March, 9:30am-4pm
Cost: $45
Bookings open 9 January 2018.
This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only.
Please phone the Centre to make a booking on (02) 9555 9757.

How does a publishing house work? Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission?

On Friday 16 March, Penguin Random House will be in residence at the New South Wales Writers’ Centre. .....

More info ›

Adventures in Essays

Adventures in Essays

Who: Anwen Crawford
When:
Saturday 17 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

There are almost as many definitions of the essay as there are practitioners of the form. An essay may be reflective, descriptive, analytical, critical, lyrical, personal: any of these things and more. The essay is a welcoming form, because it can encompass almost any subject or approach, and yet to write an essay can also feel intimidating. Our writing techniques, our personal interests and our thoughts are laid bare for the reader. .....

More info ›

How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer


Who: Bianca Nogrady
When:
Saturday 17 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Work when you want, where you want, for whom you want, and how you want: the description of a freelancer has changed somewhat since the days of the medieval mercenary warrior, but the principles remain the same.

The internet is transforming the media landscape, and while this has been to the detriment of the traditional in-house publishing model, it is opening up a wealth of opportunities for freelance writers. Succeeding in freelance writing takes determination, discipline and a thick skin, but master those and you can enjoy the many benefits of a freelance career. .....

More info ›

Lessons to Learn from Commercial Fiction

Lessons to Learn from Commercial Fiction

Who:  Kate Cuthbert
When:
Saturday 24 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

No matter your chosen style or genre, there is so much to learn from your colleagues writing commercial fiction. Build great worlds like a fantasy author, learn to pace like a crime writer, and access your characters’ emotional landscape like a romance author. This course will give you the tools to develop your craft skills with concrete examples, in-class practice, and a fantastic take-home reading list. .....

More info ›

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? .....

More info ›

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. .....

More info ›

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. .....

More info ›

One-on-One Online: Short Stories

One-on-One Online: Short Stories

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. .....

More info ›

Follow us on

Join us

Become a member of the NSW Writers' Centre to get Newswrite magazine, discounts to courses and festivals, mentorship, free access to writers' groups, writers' spaces, members' events, the library and more. Join now ›