Courses

Writing for the Screen

Who: George Merryman
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week course will guide participants through the process of writing for film and television, from initial concept to final draft. With an emphasis on character, story and structure (the ABCs of screenwriting), each week focuses on a key element of storytelling for a visual medium. A series of presentations, discussions, screenings and writing exercises will allow you to explore screenwriting from the inside out. The course will lay out the first principles of writing for the screen, concepts that will serve you not only during the course but also throughout your writing career. For maximum benefit, the class size will be kept small so it can be run like a writers’ room, similar to those that create your favourite television shows. .....

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Story Planning and Design

Story Planning and Design

Who: Greg Bastian
When:
Saturday 26 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Hit a brick wall with your novel or short story? Are your characters adrift, your plot rudderless, your dialogue unconvincing? Chances are the story wasn’t planned sufficiently well at the outset. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore the essential steps in designing a compelling story — characters, plot, theme, setting, point of view, voice and genre. .....

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Book Publicity: Art Not Science Seminar

Who: Debbie McInnes
When:
Tuesday 29 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

In today’s world of instant communication, it is important for authors to understand the changes in the media landscape and how to navigate them. The way to publicise a book has changed dramatically over the past five years.  In this workshop we will look at the use of traditional media including print, television, radio and electronic, as well as the online world and particularly the role of social media in promoting a book. .....

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Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 2 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Erotica has risen in popularity in recent times and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award while writing arousing and sensual prose? What exactly is best word for it? And how can you avoid falling into cliché?  .....

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E-books for Beginners

Who: Emily Craven
When:
Saturday 2 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Trying to get a handle on the E-Book Revolution? This workshop is for writers who wish to understand how changes in the publishing can benefit them. It covers opportunities for authors who would like to leverage technology to their advantage to increase their connection with readers and build a following.

The day will be a combination of presentations, exercises and practical demonstrations. In this workshop we cover why authors are trading traditional publishing for e-books, what an e-book is and how it is presented, the opportunities for emerging and established writers, how to format and create e-books, build a social media and author platform, and how to create and format your ebook ready for upload. .....

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Editing Essentials

Editing Essentials

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
4 x Wednesday evenings: 30 July; 6, 13 & 20 August, 6:30pm-9:30pm (Please note date change from printed program: course starts one week earlier).
Cost: Full price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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Writing Fiction

Writing Fiction

Who: Steven Carroll
When:
Sunday 9 August 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Join Miles Franklin award-winning author Steven Carroll (Spirit of Progress) for this advanced workshop on writing fiction.  This one day intensive workshop will provide participants with an in-depth and practical insight into fiction writing. This course is tailored towards emerging to established writers who may be currently working on a manuscript, are about to commence a new body of work, or simply need an inspirational kickstart to create their next novel. .....

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The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 16 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In the writing world, memoir is the new black. Readers – and publishers – are hungry for distinctive, beautifully told true tales that give new insight into what it is to be human in a particular place, at a particular time. You don’t need to have been stuck between two rocks for 127 hours (or had a misery-drenched childhood) for your story to be worth telling – but you do need to know how to tell it in a way that will engage readers and offer something unique and valuable. .....

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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 16, 30 August; 13, 27 September; 11, 25 October; 15, 29 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group of eight will submit a sample of their work (maximum of 6000 words, either short stories or novel extracts) for other group members and the convenor to provide constructive feedback on in the meeting. Providing critical 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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Write to Speak

Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill and Buddy Wakefield
When:
Saturday 23 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With years of professional experience, two award winning poetry slam experts look at ways of using stories and poetry to get your message across: from holding a microphone to expressing vulnerability to editing your text for a live presentation. This Wordshop uses one of the primary characteristics of poetry – say more with less – to assist participants to perform their writing more effectively. .....

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Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
4 x Sunday mornings: 24, 31 August; 7 14 September, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

This course is for people who are interested in writing fiction, travel or life stories. It is for those who have a story to tell and have been wondering how to get that story going—to access the creative energy and writing craft practices that bring stories alive on the page. The course imparts ways to entice creativity back into our writing and daily lives, through a combination of short presentations, discussion of selected readings, writing exercises and workshopping to explore new ways of seeing and ‘making things new’ as writers. We explore meditation techniques, drama and drawing to access the parts of us where the muse lives. .....

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