Courses

A Play in Two Days

 A Play in Two Days

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
Sunday 26 March and 2 April, 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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Breathing Life into Language: Writing Poetry

Breathing Life into Language: Writing Poetry

Who: Mark O’Flynn
When:
Saturday 1 April, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/general

Ever get that sinking feeling when a poem isn’t working? Does it often end up in the bin? This course will present a diverse range of writing exercises designed to trigger creative responses to problems that often stall the poem. These triggers will stimulate different aspects of poetic language in fresh and varied ways from the physical to the ab

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Character & Dialogue - SOLD OUT!

Character & Dialogue - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Toni Jordan

When: Saturday 1 April, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

The bad news: bad dialogue stands out. It distracts from your story. It’s ungainly and ugly. If you write bad dialogue, even if everything else is great, good readers will think you’re not a good writer. The good news: good dialogue glistens. It’s elegant. It gleams and glows and makes everything better. The very good news: of all the elements of a novel, dialogue is the easiest to improve. Learning to write good dialogue also helps you understand your characters because dialogue is character in action. Hearing characters speak can bring them to life. .....

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Seminar: Crowdfund it!

Seminar: Crowdfund it!

Who: Anna Maguire
When:
Thursday 6 April, 6:30–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
All

Crowdfunding has become an accepted way of potentially raising funds for small publishers and self-publishers. According to Books+Publishing, Australian crowdfunded publishing projects raised $1.2 million in 2014. Although we see many crowdfunding success stories in the press, publishing as a category does not have a great success rate – around 30-40 per cent is average.  With such low chances of success, this workshop will enable you to plan your crowdfunding campaign with all the information you need to have the best opportunity to succeed. .....

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Ignite Your Creative Fire

Ignite Your Creative Fire

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 6:30–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Creativity is important in every art form – the challenge for writers is how to access your creative energy and bring it to the page. Whether you are experienced or a novice, at the beginning, or part way through your writing project, in this course you will learn how to bring the fire of creativity into every aspect of your writing.  .....

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How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

Who: Bianca Nogrady
When:
Saturday 29 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop will best suit emerging and established writers looking to earn a living as a freelancer.

Work when you want, where you want, for whom you want, and how you want: the description of a freelance has changed somewhat since the days of the medieval mercenary warrior, but the principles remain the same.

The internet is transforming the media landscape, and while this has been to the detriment of the traditional in-house publishing model, it is opening up a wealth of opportunities for freelance writers. Succeeding in freelance writing takes determination, discipline and thick skin, but master those and you can enjoy the many benefits of a freelance career. .....

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Blogging For Beginners

Blogging For Beginners

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 29 April & 6 May 10am-1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

**To complete this course, please check that you are confident and able to complete the following technical tasks. If you are unsure, contact the Centre on 9555 9757.

  • Access your email account remotely, for example, from a computer that is not your own
  • Upload files to the internet
  • Access a wi-fi internet connection
  • Download and install computer software
  • Use an external storage device such as a USB
  • Install and operate computer accessories such as a printer
  • Use the internet with confidence based on frequent experience
  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘social media’ and identify websites that fit into this category

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What Women Want: Writing Commercial Women’s Fiction

What Women Want: Writing Commercial Women’s Fiction

Who: Dianne Blacklock, with guest speakers Anna Valdinger and Joel Naoum
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May; 6 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate

What is Women’s Fiction anyway? Is it fiction written solely by women, or fiction written solely for women? Or is it so called because it’s fiction written about women? Funny, there isn’t a corresponding label for men’s fiction. Yet women could hardly be considered a sideline to the main game – they are not only the biggest readers and buyers of books, they also write more books than men. There wouldn’t be a publishing industry without women, and therefore books that speak to women are not only important but integral to the literary landscape. .....

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Introduction to Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Introduction to Digital Marketing Essentials for Authors

Who: Patrick Lenton
When:
Thursday 4 May, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
emerging and established writers who are new to digital marketing, with a particular focus on digital, self published and genre authors

In the current publishing climate, knowledge of how to market and grow an online author profile is essential. This seminar will cover practical applications for authors beginning to use social media and digital marketing to sell books. .....

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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Wednesday 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 six-week course 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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Understanding Story Structure

Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 13 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner to intermediate. This course assumes you have a substantial piece of writing, or have a plan for a piece of writing that you need help structuring.

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript. .....

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