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Year of the Novel 2017: The Complete Course

Year of the Novel 2017: The Complete Course

With Emily Maguire
Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 18, 25 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 19, 26 September; 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 7, 14 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount)
Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430

Level: Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress or idea for a novel. .....

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Seminar: Scrivener 101

Seminar: Scrivener 101

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 31 January, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: Scrivener beginners, particularly those who are new to Scrivener

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting while helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. .....

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Remembering Your Creativity

Remembering Your Creativity

Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Sunday 5 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Many people think they’re not born creative, despite the intimations that whisper otherwise. However, new research shows that everyone was creative when they were young and we’ve just been taught to dismiss it, scorn it and eventually to forget how to do it. Over the course of this one-day workshop, you’ll recapture your creativity, and go home astounded with yourself. .....

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Making Short Stories Work

Making Short Stories Work

Who: Tegan Bennett Daylight
When:
Sunday 5 February, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging and established writers will benefit most from this course. Experience in finishing a short story is essential; publication is not.

So often we’re told to think of plot and character when writing short stories – but what about the words on the page? How can we make them simply better? Line by line, we’ll consider some of the stories of the greats, asking ourselves this question: how do the great short story writers keep our eyes on the page? Why do we keep reading a short story? We’ll also look at beginnings and endings, which are crucial to the short story. We’ll discuss, and practise, ways of turning a bland or dull opening paragraph into something urgent and memorable. We’ll consider how an ending works to bring together meaning, to make a short story echo in the reader’s mind long after it has been read. And we’ll look at the way movement occurs in your writing. Does the centre of your story slow down, become sludgy, or are you moving too quickly, leaving out essential information? How can we fix these problems? .....

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The Secrets of Science Writing

The Secrets of Science Writing

Who: John Pickrell
When:
Saturday 18 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners

John Pickrell is an author, award-winning science writer and the Editor of Australian Geographic magazine. In this one-day workshop he will talk about the craft of science journalism, guide you through approaches to researching and reporting news and feature stories and explain how to inject passion and colour into articles, while also turning complex technical information into clear and engaging copy. The workshop will feature practical exercises and also include advice on breaking into the industry. It will also briefly touch on the importance of social media, blogging and photography to budding science journalists. .....

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Personal Narratives: From Page to Podcast

Personal Narratives: From Page to Podcast

Who: Kate Montague and Belinda Lopez
When:
Saturday 11 February, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Suited for emerging and established writers wanting to gain practical skills to have their work heard in the burgeoning podcast market, and writers who are interested in audio as another medium for performance and creation

Bestselling essayist David Sedaris got his start because Ira Glass of This American Life heard him reading a story in a dingy club. For those without the luxury of being discovered by the godfather of podcasts, here’s a DIY approach to turning your personal stories into sonic gems. .....

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The Horse’s Mouth: Storytelling

The Horse’s Mouth: Storytelling

Who: Phil Spencer
When:
Saturday 11 February, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Any level, as long as you have a desire to perform your stories aloud

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. .....

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Year of the Novel Phase 1

Year of the Novel Phase 1

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost per Phase: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress or idea for a novel.

In this first phase, we’ll work on getting the bare bones of your novel down on paper (or screen). We’ll talk about generating ideas and planning, and look at the basic elements of fiction – point of view, voice, narration, character, plot, dialogue and setting. .....

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From First Draft to Polished Manuscript

From First Draft to Polished Manuscript

Who: Linda Funnell
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 22 February; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate/advanced writers who have or be close to having the first draft of a book-length work of fiction or narrative non-fiction.

So you’ve finished your manuscript – but is it good enough to catch a publisher’s eye? How can you revise your work to mak

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Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online

Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online

Who: Martin Langford
When:
26 February through 5 July, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level: Emerging writers

You’ve written some poems – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Writing YA Fiction

Writing YA Fiction

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Early/emerging YA writers

Young Adult Fiction, or ‘YA’, spans almost every genre, from fantasy to crime to romantic comedy, from dystopian to LGBTQ to steampunk. A relatively recent invention, YA is both controversial and hugely popular, with books like The Fault in our Stars and

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