Courses

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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Refining the Manuscript

Refining the Manuscript

Who: Toni Jordan
When:
Saturday 21 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           
Level:
Intermediate

The imaginative and intuitive first draft is finished, or almost finished, and the end of the manuscript is in sight. It’s time to see if the manuscript will hold water. This practical, hands-on workshop will encourage a forensic approach to refining the manuscript.

First, dialogue will need refining. The bad news is: 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 is: 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. .....

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The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly  
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 21, 28 February; 7, 21, 28 March; 11, 18 April; 2 May, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
All

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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Writing the Next Draft Workshop: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Writing the Next Draft Workshop: HSC English Extension 2 Major Work

Who: Anna Maria Dell’oso
When:
2 x Sundays: 22 February & 1 March 2015, 10am – 4pm
Cost:
$165

This workshop is about the universal next draft problem: ‘My concept is clear in my head but how do I get it to work on the page? 

Over two days, students will learn practical techniques to stimulate the imagination for the next draft of their Major Work. Using each student’s current draft, we will look more deeply at story design, character, dialogue, voice, point-of-view and editing. .....

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Seminar: Writing a Synopsis

Seminar: Writing a Synopsis

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Thursday 26 February, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Writers often moan and groan about synopses, but there’s no escape – if you want a literary agent to represent you or a commercial publisher to consider your manuscript, you can’t avoid it. Even self-publishers need to know how to encapsulate their book to grab a potential reader’s attention. A good synopsis can be the key to publishing success.

Many writers find tackling a 500 word synopsis more daunting than an 80,000 word manuscript. This seminar explores the role of the synopsis and offers practical tips and tools to help you work out what you need to put in, and what you need to leave out. We will look at synopses that have been successful for first-time Australian authors (fiction and non-fiction) and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises. .....

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