Courses

Seminar: Scrivener 101 – SOLD OUT!

Seminar: Scrivener 101 – SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! Call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to go on the waitlist.

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 26 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Scrivener beginners

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting while helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. .....

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Breathing on the Mirror: Writing Memoir - one place left!

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing Memoir - one place left!

Limited places available – please call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to book

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 30 July, 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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Writing the Real: Creative Non-Fiction

Writing the Real: Creative Non-Fiction

Who:  Mark Dapin
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August; 7 September, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Learn how to write journalism, memoir and history. The course focuses on producing entertaining, original pieces of writing with intelligence, humour and emotional depth. The teaching method emphasises the practical over the theoretical. There will be at least two writing exercises in every lesson. Pieces will be written in class, and then discussed in a helpful, supportive fashion. Participants will be stretched by some of the exercises, but they will emerge from the course as more confident and accomplished writers. .....

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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group - sold out!

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 27 August; 10, 24 September; 8, 22 October; 5, 19 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this focused but friendly critique gr

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Seminar: DIY Publishing

Seminar: DIY Publishing

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests speakers including guest speakers including Abigail Nathan, Anna Maguire, Bronwyn Mehan, Joel Naoum, Emma Noble, Chris Allen, Patrick Lenton and Pat Naoum
When:
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Intermediate

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 publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion.  .....

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The Mindful Writer

The Mindful Writer

Who: Walter Mason
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 16, 23, 30 August; 6 September, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265
Level: All

Join Walter Mason as he combines the insights of meditation and mindfulness with the joy of creative writing. Diaries, poetry, fiction, memoir, essays – all can be approached from a place of profound stillness and great wisdom.  Go deep within to unleash your amazing capacity for story. .....

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The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

 The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

Who: Steven Amsterdam
When:
Saturday 20 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This class is designed for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals. You must be willing (eager, actually) to submit a portion of a work-in progress (500-1000 words) two weeks in advance of the class.

Once you have a working draft, you get to the good part. Making it work. There’s no more aimless wandering, no more shorthand descriptions. You are clarifying the story, sharpening scenes and illuminating themes—and it is fun. Intended for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals, this one-day workshop will cover tools and approaches for making your fiction tight. Through exercises we will develop ways to separate the author’s voice from the protagonist’s, choose the right details for description and dialogue, and visualise the overall flow and meaning of the piece. We will spend a part of the day workshopping each other’s writing in forensic detail, with the goal of refining the individual pieces as well as our own technique. .....

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Generating Ideas

Generating Ideas

Who: Sophie Cunningham
When:
Sunday 21 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Ideal for emerging writers, open to all

One of the most commonly asked questions published writers get asked is ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ and certainly one of the purposes of the day will be to come up with some answers to that question. But that’s the easy part.

This will be a day with a focus on creative process. Which ideas make for great conversational ambit but aren’t going to work when expanded to 60,000 words or more?  How do you know if the idea that is the focus of your novel or non-fiction work is one that is going to engage you deeply enough that you’ll find the stamina to stick with a project for what could be several years?  Sure, the idea might be a commercial one, but is it one you want to live with for a year, or two or three or ten? Alternatively, is your area of interest so particular and strange that you may never find an audience for it (and does that matter?). .....

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Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques

Dramatic Studio: Advanced Playwriting Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 27 August; 3, 10, 17, 24 September; 8, 15, 22 October, 1:30-4:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level: All

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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Introduction to Copywriting

Introduction to Copywriting

Who: Roseanna Donovan
When:
Saturday 27 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Multi-award winning creative director, copywriter and author, Roseanna Donovan, introduces would-be advertising copywriters to a world where art meets commerce, sometimes head-on.

The commercial imperatives of advertising require a different psychological and intellectual mind set to that of other forms of creative writing.  You need to be able to write within time, budget and media constraints, to understand the inputs and requirements of others with whom your work must be integrated, and to stream an often bewildering amount of complex information into succinct, persuasive, informative and entertaining messages. .....

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Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Who: Vanessa Berry
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Places are full of stories, and every story has its place. Whether place is setting or subject, the skilful writing of place enriches your stories and connection with your readers. Landscape or cityscape, familiar or faraway, this workshop will build your ability to capture the essence of places so they come to life on the page.

Discover forms of place-based writing including psychogeography and nature writing, and how you can bring elements of these styles into fiction and non-fiction. You will learn a set of experiments and exercises that engage you with place, key research skills for deepening your knowledge and understanding of places and how to use your research to enhance character and narrative. .....

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