Courses

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 - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

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. .....

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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 - limited places available!

Writing for Children - limited places available!

Only one spot remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

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. .....

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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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Seminar: Research for Writers

Seminar: Research for Writers

Who: Helen O’Neill
When:
Tuesday 14 November, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
All

Research brings writing to life. Whatever the genre, from fiction to non-fiction, research is one of the most powerful tools any author can have at their disposal – and those who use it well create mesmerizing work.

This practical research seminar will show you how to harness, direct and exploit research to its best advantage for your writing, using everything from the basic tools of investigative journalism to the subtle nuances of critical, evocative detail. Learn a series of easy-to-follow techniques that will enable you to mount a meaningful search on any subject. Using real-life examples to demonstrate the dos and the don’ts, you’ll learn how, why and when to dive into research. Hunting down and using information can be an ethical minefield, and this seminar will demonstrate how to avoid the booby traps. It will also help you recognise when the time has come for your research to stop. .....

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Creating Unique Picture Books

Creating Unique Picture Books

Who: Hilary Bell and guest speaker Matthew Martin
When:
Saturday 25 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Early/emerging, appropriate for writers and illustrators, and individuals as well as collaborative partnerships

Do you have a beautiful picture book in you trying to find its way onto the page and into the world? Let Hilary Bell, author of bestselling Alphabetical Sydney, hel

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Writing Beautiful Sentences — limited places left

Writing Beautiful Sentences — limited places left

Only one spot remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

Who: Inga Simpson
When:
Saturday 25 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

There are limited places in this course. Please call to enrol on (02) 9555 9757.

This full-day interactive workshop with Inga Simpson explores a range of techniques for making your sentences more beautiful. .....

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