Courses

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

In a big life, where is the story? Everyone has not just one story, but thousands. Somewhere in your many years, encounters, lessons and relationships is the tale you need to tell. It may be sad, it may be joyful, complicated or simple, it might be just for you or it might be a story lots of people can share.  .....

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Getting to Grips with Grammar

Getting to Grips with Grammar

Who: Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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For the Beauty of the Edge

For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24, 31 March; 14, 21, 28 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360          
Level:
All

Explore and refine your work in a challenging and supportive environment. Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, has directed Australian Poetry Festivals, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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Essentials of Publishing

Essentials of Publishing

Who: Amruta Slee with Nikki Gemmell, Mark Dapin, Chris Allen and Leta Keens and more
When:
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level:
All

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two day course you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table. .....

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Eat Your Words

Eat Your Words

Who: Stephanie Clifford-Smith
When:
Saturday 21 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

How do you translate what you’ve just put in your mouth into words people will want to read? How do you engage your reader, getting them to share your response to the experience? This workshop will look at key ingredients in the language of flavour, texture and aroma. We’ll look at what makes the best food writers stand out from the crowd, while helping you find your own food writing voice. .....

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Understanding Story Structure

Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 28 March, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

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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Writing Picture Books

Writing Picture Books

Who: Frances Watts
When:
Saturday 28 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

As any children’s author knows, the limited word count does not mean that writing picture books is easy. In the words of Mem Fox: ‘Writing a picture book is like writing War and Peace in haiku.’

Frances Watts has both written and edited award-winning picture books. From the perspective of a writer, Frances will explore the special narrative requirements of the picture book genre, including story arc, structure, pace, character development and visual narrative. Using this knowledge, the class will examine successful picture books, analysing how and why they work, before embarking on a series of practical exercises through which students will learn to develop ideas, and to employ the techniques of successful picture book writing in their own work. .....

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Writing a Sense of Place

Writing a Sense of Place

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 18 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphrase that often defies clear understanding.  As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place.’ But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Who: Terry Dowling
When:
Saturday 18 April, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Want to write out of this world? Do you dream of the impossible? Then get ready to immerse your imagination in the genres of science fiction and fantasy with one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed speculative writers, Terry Dowling.

Terry Dowling has been described by Locus as “the most noted prose st

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Creative Groove

Creative Groove

Who: Walter Mason
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 19, 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 31 May, 10am—1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

A course in re-igniting your creative spark and learning to share your gifts with the world.

The time has come for you to start making your mark! So often we put off our creative work. We tell ourselves that when the time is right, and when we are inspired and informed, our writing will begin in earnest. But guess what? The clock is ticking. You don’t have time to wait for the stars to align. You need to awaken your creative spark now and get working in earnest. You need to get your creative groove back. .....

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Writing for Kids

Writing for Kids

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Tuesday evenings: 21, 28 April; 5, 12, 26 May, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level:
All

Writing for children is big business.  Despite the doom and gloom about the state of the publishing industry, the children’s market remains robust and growing.  Children are reading and the demand for quality books is strong.

If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Morris Gleitzman, then this course is for you. .....

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