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Year of the Novel: Phase Two

Year of the Novel: Phase Two

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Who: Emily Maguire
When: Phase two: 8 x Wednesday evenings: 27 May; 3, 10 , 17, 24 June; 1, 8, 15 July, 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.

In the first phase, we’ll work on getting the bare bones of your novel down on paper (or screen). We’ll talk about generating ideas and planning, and look at the basic elements of fiction – point of view, voice, narration, character, plot, dialogue and setting. .....

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Writing the Perfect Crime

Writing the Perfect Crime

Who: Barry Maitland
When:
Saturday 13 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Would you like to write gripping fiction, with vivid characters, strong and ingenious story lines and a powerful sense of place? Crime novels have all of these, and are among the most popular forms of fiction published today. In this workshop, Barry Maitland will talk about the craft of crime-writing and conduct focussed exercises which will help you to develop skills in key areas of practice, including: .....

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Writing Nature

Writing Nature

Who: Inga Simpson
When:
Saturday 13 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.
—  
John Muir

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers at all levels with a passion for the natural world.

You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message. .....

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From Manuscript to Publication

From Manuscript to Publication

Who: Linda Nix
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 25 July, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

Is your manuscript ready for publication? How do you know if it’s good enough to publish? How do you find the right publisher – or should you self-publish? Do you know what’s involved in the publishing process?

 This six week course takes a practical, hands-on approach to getting your manuscript – and yourself – ready for the world of publishing .....

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An Introduction to Plain English

An Introduction to Plain English

Who: Susan McKerihan
When:
Saturday 20 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

The objective of Plain English is to ensure that a document’s intended reader understands its messages quickly and accurately. What is a ‘reader-focused document’, and how it is achieved? What specific tools and devices can help make a document more readable?

This workshop will introduce you to the three aspects of a ‘readable’ document: .....

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The Short Story: As Long as a Piece of String

The Short Story: As Long as a Piece of String

Who: Kerryn Goldsworthy
When:
Saturday 20 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

A short story is like a halfway point between a poem and a novel. This is true not only in terms of its length, but also in terms of its subject matter, content and writing technique. There are topics to explore and tales to tell that are best suited to the form of the short story – topi

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You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

Who: George Merryman
When:
Saturday 27 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Dialogue should be the easiest part of writing, shouldn’t it? We all talk. Every day. All the time. We’re experts in talking, experts in dialogue. And yet writing truthful dialogue is one of the biggest challenges writers face.

This workshop aims to help writers meet the test of crafting authentic dialogue through a series of prese

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Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 11 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Learn how you can use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Dr Gillian Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, use punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she will also explain semi-colons.

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The Edge of Reality: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

The Edge of Reality: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Who: Mark Mordue
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600, Member: $420, Concession Member: $360

Sometimes referred to as ‘the literature of reality’ and ‘literary non-fiction’, creative non-fiction combines the narrative techniques of fiction and the expressive energy of poetry, with the research demands and interviewing skills of journalism — all working together in an accurate, ethical and involving depiction of reality.
 
In this workshop you will learn what makes compelling creative non-fiction and how to write it. This can mean anything from constructing high-quality feature articles and magazine profiles to developing your own memoir pieces, essays, travel and review writing. It is the stylistic force behind our best non-fiction books and journalism. Some of its most famous exponents include writers as varied as Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Helen Garner.
 
Over six weeks, this course will examine a series of readings by these writers and many others, as well workshop examples of your own writing in a series of practical exercises. .....

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Powering Your Blog

Powering Your Blog

Who: Karen Andrews          
When:
Saturday 25 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to take your blog to a new level? This course will help you plan your content, make the most of social media, and understand the importance of networking and building community.

Learn the key elements of content creation, the basics of content marketing, and pick up a raft of social media tips and essentials.  

During the day we will cover: .....

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Bringing Characters to Life

Bringing Characters to Life

Who: Kirsten Tranter
When:
Saturday 25 July, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Living, breathing characters are the key to successful fiction. The best plots emerge from characters’ actions and decisions. Without compelling, believable characters it can be hard to make readers care what happens next in your story. In this workshop you will discover ways to fully imagine your characters and bring them to life through dialogue, action and interaction with other characters and their environments. .....

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