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Writing Speculative Fiction

Writing Speculative Fiction

Who: Marianne de Pierres
When:
Saturday 30 April, 10am-4pm Saturday, 23 July*
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Award-winning science fiction author, Marianne de Pierres, will conduct a comprehensive workshop on writing speculative fiction. Participants will learn how to amass the right tools for world building; how to create convincing worlds that are authentic, logical, and original; and how to effectively blend the sub-genres of speculative fiction to create more exotic stories. .....

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Making a Killing: Writing Crime - limited places available!

Making a Killing: Writing Crime - limited places available!

Who: Katherine Howell
When:
Sunday 1 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Limited places left: call to book 9555 9757

Ideal for writers who are working on or planning a crime novel, this one day workshop teaches the key elements of crime fiction—character, setting, plot, and suspense—and how to employ them in ways that keep the reader turning pages. By the day’s end participants will understand the importance of the four elements and be able to assess how well they are functioning in their own work. They will have new tools that enable them to develop and improve these elements, and will be able to produce stronger and more publishable work as a result. .....

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Eyes on the Road: Writing Short Stories - sold out!

Eyes on the Road: Writing Short Stories - sold out!

Who: Cate Kennedy
When:
Saturday 7 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110 
Level:
All levels, but should have had some experience in at least trying to write fiction

This course is now sold out. Please email us with your name and phone number to go on the wait list. 

Everyone wants their writing to be bold and memorable rather than hesitant and laboured, but how do we plunge in with verve and confidence, to assure our reader of our natural storytelling authority?  What are some of the ways we can get our ‘hands on the wheel’ to establish and maintain that faith? This workshop will look at how to signal authority through voice, tone, rhythm, imagery and control of structure, so that we can begin to write prose which is not bogged down in cautious hesitancy but full of its own confident, fluent momentum. .....

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Blogging For Beginners - one place left!

Blogging For Beginners - one place left!

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 7 & 14 May, 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level:
Beginner to Intermediate

One place left: Please call us to book on (02) 9555 9757

There are two things a writer wants: to be published, and to be read. Thanks to advances in technology, the former has become a lot easier. All you need is a blog and time to fill it. A blog is an online journal that allows you to share your writing, be it creative, journalistic, or simply a personal account of your life. But there’s a big difference between being published and being read. .....

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Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 10, 17, 24, 31 May; 7, 14 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc. Member: $360
Level: Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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Writing From Life

Writing From Life

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Saturday 28 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

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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Seminar: Collaborative Writing

Seminar: Collaborative Writing

Who: Denise Tart, Jenny Crocker and Jane Richards
When:
Thursday 26 May, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: For all writers at any stage interested in collaborative or group fiction writing.

Not every talented writer is suited to a life of solitary scribe, yet literary collaborations are still rare. One exception is the successful novel, The Painted Sky by Alice Campion (Random House 2015). Three of its five authors have created an online community dedicated to group fiction writing (groupfiction.net) and in this interactive workshop, the trio will share their secrets for collaborative success. .....

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A Play in Two Days

A Play in Two Days

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Beginner and intermediate aspiring playwrights. As we will be starting from scratch, it is preferable to come prepared to write a new play rather than work on a pre-existing idea.

Do you write for the stage? Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a refresher, in this practical course multi award-winning playwright Hilary Bell will take you through the fundamentals of playwriting. .....

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Grammar Essentials

Grammar Essentials

Who: Susan McKerihan
When:
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Any writer who missed out on learning grammar at school and feels at a disadvantage when trying to improve their writing skills. Also those who did learn grammar school, but have forgotten the finer details and would like a refresher

A knowledge of grammar gives people confidence when writing. Whether you write for pleasure or for work, creatively or as part of a technical role, grammar can help you manage the mechanics and nuances of good style. However, many people today didn’t learn grammar at school, so they struggle to understand how and why a piece of writing works or doesn’t work. .....

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Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

Facts More Compelling Than Fiction: Writing Narrative Journalism

Who: With Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Intermediate

If you’ve read Truman Capote’s brutal In Cold Blood, Hunter S. Thompson’s mind-bending Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Susan Orlean’s slow seduction by the natural world in The Orchid Thief or Chloe Hooper’s tangled navigation through Aboriginal deaths in custody in The Tall Man, you’ll already know real stories are often more compelling when they’re told properly: like actual stories. But narrative journalism doesn’t just stop at books. It is also the writing you’ll find in most magazines, from broadsheet newspaper supplements to travel journals and women’s glossies. .....

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Two - sold out!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Two - sold out!

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 June; 6, 13, 20, 27 July, 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.

This course is now sold out. Please email us to go on the waitlist: info@nswwc.org.au

We’ll put some flesh on the bones of your novel-in-progress, looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper still 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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