Courses

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

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests: Kate O’Donnell, Anna Maguire, Linda Nix, 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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Fabulously Creative

Fabulously Creative

Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 6 December, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Time to dust off the writing shoes and show the world just how wonderful you are! In this one-day workshop come on a creative journey with Walter Mason as you explore your options, get daring and spend some time discovering that spark of sheer fabulousness that lies within us all. In a joy-filled day of imaginative discovery you will learn to say yes to your creative impulses and crash through the barriers – real and imagined – that have held you back till now. Walter will have you believing again in the wonderful world of possibility that makes you so special and your stories so unique. Whether it’s beating writer’s block, creating a truly tremendous new year or writing things down and making them happen, this workshop is just the thing to give you the tools to energise and inspire a creative new you. .....

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From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

From Seed to Story: Writing Picture Books

Who: Lisa Shanahan
When:
Saturday 6 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

A picture book is a unique meeting place. It’s the place where a text meets with the illustrations and the illustrations with a text. It’s a place where an adult meets with a child and a child meets with an adult. It’s a place where a child meets with themselves… and also with the world. So much in so little time!

So where do great ideas for picture books come from? And what really makes them work? Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan in this one-day course for beginning writers, as she shares the journey of creating a picture book from the first seed to final story. Learn the three essential elements of excellent picture book writing and discover, through practical exercises, fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from the everyday and the importance of playful, poetic line-by-line writing. An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will be given; including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents. .....

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Year of the Novel: Complete Course

Year of the Novel: Complete Course

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
Phase One: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 18, 25 February; 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 1, 8 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm.
Phase Two:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10, 17, 24 June; 1, 8, 15 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 30 September; 7, 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430 .....

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Writing Memoir: Advanced

Writing Memoir: Advanced

Who: Patti Miller
When:
4 x Thursday mornings: 29 January; 5, 12, 19 February 2015, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Concession Member: $265
Level: Advanced

This is an advanced memoir course for those who want to write more than a record or a history, for those who are ready for a creative journey.  This course will refresh the technique of writing from original memory and creating the texture of lived experience on the page, and will explore narrating voice, story-telling and narrative pacing and structure. There will be a special trouble-shooting section on the problems in finding form – an invaluable insight into the structural pitfalls that can await the memoirist – based on Patti’s work critiquing hundreds of manuscripts. .....

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Wildwords

Wildwords

Who: Pamela Cook
When:
Saturday 31 January, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Want to write but don’t know where to start? Through a series of writing exercises you will discover new ways to tap into your creativity and unleash your writing potential. Drawing on the philosophies of Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott and others, Wildwords will encourage new writers to connect with their inner self, write using their intuition and get words flowing onto the page. .....

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They Call it Chick-Lit

They Call it Chick-Lit

Who: Anita Heiss
When:
Saturday 31 January, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

So, you want to write a chick lit novel? First, throw out any preconceived notions of chick lit you may already have.  Then, join Anita Heiss, creator of the genre of ‘choc lit’ and author of bestselling novels Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming to learn how to write a novel that speaks to your readers through believable characters in authentic settings. Learn about developing storylines and plot points that take your readers on an emotional and evolutionary journey. Anita will highlight the importance of research, the value of dialogue and finding your own voice. By the end of the day, you should have written your synopsis! So, bring your sense of humour, your own stories of heartbreak and betrayal and be prepared to write, share and laugh. .....

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The Business of Freelance Writing

The Business of Freelance Writing

Who: Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 7 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Writing features for magazines doesn’t simply involve cobbling together a decent story. It also requires nailing a perfect pitch, doing robust research, arranging hard-to-get interviews, knowing your audience (and editor) and writing blistering copy that doesn’t let the reader go. Beyond that, it involves a lot of business know-how: good time management, keeping track of invoices and constant ideas generation. .....

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Seminar: Social Media for Beginners

Who: Sarah Allen
When:
Thursday 12 February, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
All

In this session with the author’s secret weapon in book marketing, Sarah Allen, you’ll learn the absolute fundamentals for any author wanting to understand WHY you benefit from dedicating time to a social strategy, WHAT you might like to talk about in digital channels, WHEN are the best times to post content online, and HOW you can incorporate it into your busy day! .....

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E-Publishing Survival

E-Publishing Survival

Who: David Henley
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24 February; 3, 10 March, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395

They said it would be easy. They said all you had to do was write the book. They never told you about the thousand and one things that need to get done to get your work out into the world.

Publishing has changed and for those considering self publishing there are many areas and obstacles to understand before you jump in. 

This course is a general primer course that combines some technical training with demonstrations, case studies and discussions of everything a self-publisher needs to know. Including how to make and distribute ebooks (the easy way and the hard way), promotion (publicity and marketing), social media, keeping your motivation and not giving up, and the business side.  .....

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