Courses

Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow

Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow

Where: NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle
When:
Saturday 8 November, 10:00am – 6:30pm
Full Price
 $90; Member Price $60; Concession Member Price $50

The Emerging Writers’ Festival returns to Sydney this year to present the EWF Roadshow for the third time, at the NSW Writers’ Centre on 8 November 2014. The festival features contemporary discussions on pop culture, criticism, mentorship, digital literature and much, much more.

The full day festival is filled with daring conversations around the art of writing, including direct access to industry figures, illustrated readings, performances by artists with disability, and a range of diverse panels. The festival includes a live writing group session from SWEATSHOP and an exhibition of comic art from Australia’s thriving graphic publishing scene. .....

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Making a Killing: Writing Crime

Making a Killing: Writing Crime

Who: Katherine Howell
When:
Saturday 1 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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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Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Who: Noeline Kyle
When:
Saturday 1 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

The seductive task of collecting more dates, names, obituaries and other data associated with our family histories – the piling up of the hundreds of documents until they spill willy-nilly from our homes/offices/computers – is the collect until you drop syndrome! Yes, it is great to find that elusive piece of information. But at some time you need to lift your head from that pile of data and think about how, where and in what way you will write and publish the family history, that memoir you have been thinking about for some time or the story of your journey through life/Mexico/the Antarctic.

Noeline Kyle will talk about strategies to get you to the desk and writing, and will provide practical ideas from her own writing and her work with supporting family historians for more than 30 years. In this workshop you will learn how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing and planning a text.

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.

Student Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
Dr Noeline Kyle
is an expert on the researching, writing and publishing of biography, women’s history and family history.  Her books include We Should’ve Listened to Grandma:  Women and Family History, (1988), Memories & Dreams: A Biography of Nurse Mary Kirkpatrick, (2001); Writing Family History Made Very Easy (2007); and Music, Myth & Memory: A Kyle Family History  (2008).  Recent books include How to Write & Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps (2011,NewSouth Books), Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and writing about women in family history & Citing historical sources : a manual for family historians (Unlock the Past, 2014). Her memoir Ghost child: a memoir (due 2014) charts the end of childhood, the end of her parent’s disastrous marriage and the ending of way of life, the traditional dairy farm, on the mid north coast of NSW.

Check out her website: <www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au>for updates on her publications, free downloads and writing family history information.

 

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Electric Literature

Electric Literature

Who: Connor Tomas O’Brien
Date:
Monday 10 November, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full Price: $55; Member/Conc Member: $35
Venue: 
NSW Writers’ Centre

Connor Tomas O’Brien, director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, leads an engaging and thought-provoking seminar on writing digital literature. Imagine you were living in the future, with access to any form of technology imaginable. What kind of story would you tell, and how? Explore the interplay b

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Market Development for Published Writers

BOOKED OUT

Who: Jaki Arthur
When:
Friday 14 November, 9.30am-4.30pm
Cost:
Free to successful applicants

Are you a published writer who wants to do more to build an audience for your work? Applications are now open for this free workshop funded by the Australia Council.

Part of a national program being delivered in each state, the workshop is a rare opportunity for published writers to work with an established publicity professional to build their national and international market reach. .....

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Writing for Radio

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
4 x Saturday afternoons: 15, 22, 29 November; 6 December, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Open to both beginning writers for radio as well as those with some experience, this four-part course is one of the most detailed, practical and ‘hands-on’ available. Each week, you will receive detailed notes and helpful writing exercises as well as have the chance to write your own radio play and workshop it in class. .....

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Literary Speed Dating

Literary Speed Dating

SOLD OUT! Please email us to go on the waitlist.
When:
Saturday 15 November, 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: NSWWC & ASA Members: $30

You will have a roomful of publishers and agents and three minutes to pitch your work, ask a question or exchange contact details. A listing of publishers and agents, and the work they are looking for, will be uploaded here closer to the date. Bring your solid story idea, business cards and pitching skills.

Publishers represented will include: Alex Adsett Publishing, Giramondo, Hachette, Harlequin Enterprises, Harper Collins, Random House, Walker Books. .....

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Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

Graphic Storytelling: Writing with Pictures and Drawing with Words

Who: Pat Grant
When:
Saturday 22 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Sometimes it feels like the ability to sling a decent sentence isn’t quite enough for a writer in the modern world. The literary landscape is now littered with screens, windows and graphic interfaces, and there is more and more demand for those of us that call themselves writers to also become image-makers. Writers who can incorporate visual communication techniques into their storytelling have a trump card in their pocket. .....

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Writing for Kids

Writing for Kids

Who: Deborah Abela
When:
Saturday 22 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The prime function of the children’s book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it. Roald Dahl

Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but like all writing, most of it is simply hard work. Join children’s author, Deborah Abela, as she takes you through a practical, hands-on day of writing activities to hone the skills you’ll need to write for kids and engage a child audience. She will also talk about how the kids’ publishing world works and offer advice on approaching a publisher with your treasured manuscript. Having spent twenty years writing for children, for both TV and in books, Deborah loves what she does and is keen to share her experiences of and insights into this specialised and rewarding profession.    .....

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Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests: Kate O’Donnell, Anna Maguire, Patrick Lenton, Bronwyn Mehan, Sarah Allen, Elisabeth Storrs and Dionne Lister
When: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about Print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion.  .....

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Art of the Essay

Who: Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 29 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In this workshop writer and essayist Anne Manne will discuss that most beguiling and versatile of art forms, the essay. She will also assist students in crafting their own and discuss approaches to getting published. What EXACTLY is an essay? The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing for students to read and discuss the genre, identifying the features they think make a piece work. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘Voice.’ But what about the necessary requirements to get your essays published? What is a ‘hook’ and how does it help to have a sparkling beginning to a piece? What differentiates essays in shape, style, content and length from other forms of writing such as academic writing, reports, opinion pieces, feature articles and reportage? .....

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