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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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Memoir Made Simple

Memoir Made Simple

Who: Amanda Hampson
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 20, 27 May; 3, 17, 24 June; 1 July, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Most people have interesting life stories or family history, and many toy with the idea of writing them – someday. Initially there are more questions than answers. Where to start? How to tell the story? What to include or leave out? What period should it cover?

Join Amanda Hampson, author of three novels and teacher of aspiring novelists, to learn how to apply the techniques of fiction, such as structure, pace, description and dialogue, to writing memoir and family history, and turn anecdotes and facts into a compelling story. .....

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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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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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