Courses

What If to What Next: Unlocking Creativity

What If to What Next: Unlocking Creativity

With: Sian Prior
When:
Sunday 30 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

You want to write. You have some great ideas and a strong desire to be published (or published again). You just need to get it all down. But why can it be so damned hard to move from impulse to action?

In this course we will look at some practical strategies for overcoming our anxious ‘what ifs’ and turning ideas into stories. As Thomas Mann famously wrote, ‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’  Writing requires stamina as much as it requires imagination, and fortunately stamina is something you can develop over time. .....

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The Essentials of Editing

The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: 4 x Wednesday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23 September, 6:30pm-9:30pm
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 (whether in the workplace or a piece of writing), 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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The Business of Being a Writer

The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley, Benython Oldfied, Jaki Arthur, Chris Allen and Guests
When:
Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

It’s never been easy to be a writer but now it seems that there is more to do than ever, from self promotion to reading contracts, negotiating pay, managing multiple income streams, understanding the tax implications of foreign sales and how to make a splash in the social media ocean. Sometimes it seems that even being a part-time writer is a full-time job. .....

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Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books

Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When: Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to write for children? Have you written a picture book manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about publishers? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered.

Creating picture books is one of the most interesting, exciting and rewarding literary processes. It’s also one of the most challenging. Join multi-published, award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, as she provides you with an introduction to this wonderful genre. Aleesah will share the secrets of her success, demystify the creative process, provide you with the tools and structures to write your own picture book text, and give insight and encouragement on how to achieve your dreams of becoming a published picture book author. .....

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A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Poetry Masterclass

A Leaf that Tells a Tree: Poetry Masterclass

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Who: Mark Tredinnick
When
: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 September and 6, 13 October, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Poems—such small things, like birds and bombs and epiphanies—are a lot bigger than they seem; they go off! They make more noise (not to mention mess and beauty and love and other kinds of useful damage) and they travel farther than seems possible. A poem, if it’s any good, is much longer and wilder on the inside than the out. .....

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From Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

From Punchline to Pathos: Writing Comedy

Who: Luke Ryan
When:
Saturday 12 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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 razor-sharp, Sedaris-style routines.

Starting with a general introduction into the types and forms of comedic writing, we’ll focus primarily on the mechanics of comic memoir: how to spot comic anecdotes in our own lives; how to draw out the beats and empathetic heart of a story; how to find the punchline and impart the message. We’ll focus on joke form and construction, and the day will finish with a reading and masterclass session with the student’s own work. .....

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The ‘I’ Word: Writing Memoir

The ‘I’ Word: Writing Memoir

Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 19 September, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180, Member: $125, Conc Member: $110

Writing (and reading) memoir has never been more popular. But how do you tell your story and hold a reader’s attention for the space of a book, or an essay? What’s unique about your experience, and why do you want to share it? 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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Seminar: Getting Published in the U.S.

Seminar: Getting Published in the U.S.

Who: Shirin Yim Bridges
When:
Tuesday 22 September, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Are you ready to crack the American book market? Or are you close enough to want to visualise the day you do? Whether your book is fiction, non-fiction, how-to, self-help, memoir, poetry, or an anthology, this seminar is for you. Shirin Yim Bridges, first published by U.S. publisher Chronicle Books while living in Australia, since published multiple times by Big Six publishers and now a U.S. publisher herself, will give you an exclusive overview of the current state of the U.S. publishing industry, your largest potential market. .....

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2015 Year of the Novel: Phase Three

2015 Year of the Novel: Phase Three

Sold Out! Email us to go on our waitlist.
Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase three. 8 x Wednesday evenings: 30 September; 7, 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Full Price: $880, Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

Make 2015 the year you finally write that book. Over three phases of eight weeks each, acclaimed author Emily Maguire will give you the tools, support and encouragement you need to plan, write and edit your novel. .....

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Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Who: Eleanor Limprecht
When:
Thursday 8 October, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

How do you use the tools of journalism and investigation to research the stories you want to write and improve your fiction or non-fiction? This seminar will provide you with practical information about resources available (both online and traditional) and how to access them. Topics will also include how to organise your research, the ethics of research and how to put your research aside and just start writing. Students can expect to come away with new sources of information about their own project and practical ways to organise and use their research. .....

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Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 14, 21, 28 November; 5 December, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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