Courses

Grammar and Punctuation Basics

Grammar and Punctuation Basics

Who: Gillian Polack

When: Saturday 2 June, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full Price: $195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Learn how you can use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Gillian Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, using punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she will also explain semi-colons. Where possible, examples will be provided from the participants’ own work. .....

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HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Sunday 3 June 2018, 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

Year of the Novel: Phase 2

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Tuesday evenings; 5, 12, 19, 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Phase two is all about putting flesh on the bones of your novel, giving your story depth and force and vigour by looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper with character, voice and plot. As we approach the year’s half-way mark we’ll also talk about how to stay focused and motivated to see this thing through to the end. .....

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Write a Great Love Story

Write a Great Love Story

Who: Anna Campbell
When:
Saturday 16 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Romance fiction is arguably the world’s most popular genre, with millions of readers clamouring for new releases from their favourite authors. Award-winning, internationally published historical romance author Anna Campbell will reveal the building blocks of a great love story. Participants will learn practical techniques to turn their stories into books that make people stay up until 3am to finish them. .....

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Elements of the Short Story

Elements of the Short Story

Who: Ryan O’Neill
When:
Saturday 16 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Join award-winning author Ryan O’Neill for an introduction to the art and craft of writing short fiction. The focus of the course is practical, and will primarily be on expanding and developing participants’ skills in short story writing.

Participants will examine the elements of a successful short story, including themes, setting, characterisation and narrative point of view, and explore these elements through excerpts from model short stories across a range of genres in order to reflect on, discuss, and implement them in their own writing. A range of short writing exercises will develop the skills learned through the day.  .....

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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

Who: Catherine Hill
When: 6 x Sunday mornings: 17 June; 1, 15, 29 July; 12, 26 August, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full price: $720; Member: $505; Conc Member: $430 

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this focused but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Catherine Hill.

Prior to each meeting, three writers from the group will submit an extract of their work (maximum of 5000 words; can be a short story or part of a novel) for other group members and the convenor to provide constructive feedback on during the meeting. Providing feedback in this way will help group members to develop their analytical skills, spot room for improvement in their own work, and push their writing further. .....

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Storytelling Magic

Storytelling Magic

Who: Kate Forsyth
When:
Saturday 23 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

From the very dawn of time, humans have been telling each other stories – both true and invented – as a way to connect and educate, communicate and entertain. Understanding these ancient mythic structures and techniques can help writers imbue their own story with archetypal power.

In this full-day workshop, Kate will explore what makes a good story – characters that are sympathetic and believable, a compelling and relevant plot, a vivid setting, a strong beginning and satisfying ending, deft use of narrative building blocks, and memorable use of language. Along the way, Kate will illuminate the Hero’s Journey and other traditional story structures, the difference between stereotypes and archetypes, and the importance and purpose of rhythm and pace. .....

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Self-Publishing Program 2018

Self-Publishing Program 2018

Who: Joel Naoum
When: Thursday evenings starting 28 June 2018
Cost: Full price: $1640; Member price: $1365

Self-Publishing Program 2018
Do you want to self-publish your book, but you’re not sure where to start?

Taking a hands-on approach, this program will guide you through a professional quality self-publishing process, including briefing a cover design, typesetting and creating digital files, establishing ebook and print on demand distribution, as well as learning the fundamentals of marketing your book. .....

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Introduction to Life Writing

Introduction to Life Writing

Who: Patti Miller
When:
6 x Friday mornings: 27 July; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week course will set you on the journey of writing your life. In a creative and supportive environment, it offers ways of accessing memories, of finding your writing voice, of bringing the details to life, of creating the lived reality of experience on the page and beginning to find its structure.  There will be readings, discussions and writing exercises with individual comments on your work. There is a limit of 12 enrolments to ensure everyone has time to receive feedback on their own work. .....

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