Courses

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

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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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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 April; 5, 12, 19, 26 May; 2 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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Lyric and Experimental Form

Lyric and Experimental Form

Who: Kate Lilley
When:
Saturday 2 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

This masterclass is designed for anyone interested in the exciting experimental possibilities of writing, reading and hearing lyric poetry. Why has lyric been the dominant poetic mode for so long? What are its defining characteristics and obsessions? Are there many kinds of lyrics? We will explore the enduring history of the lyric as a poetic mode devoted to forms of desire and eloquence, intersubjectivity and persuasion. We will look at some fascinating and influential examples from the Renaissance to the present, including Shakespeare’s sonnets and some contemporary versions and deformations of them as flashpoints in the literary history of gender and sexuality. The emphasis will be on the links between lyric poetry’s past and future: its transhistorical and transnational reach, sustained experimental capacity, and ability to showcase the nature of poetic thought and the full range of negative and positive feeling. Participants are invited to bring a couple of lyric poems, their own and/

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Blogging for Beginners

Blogging for Beginners

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 2 & 9 May, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level: Beginner

There are two things a writer wants: to be published, and to be read. Thanks to advances in technology, the former has become a lot easier. All you need is a blog and time to fill it. Short for web log, a blog is an online journal that allows you to share your writing, be it creative, journalistic, or simply a personal account of your life. But there’s a big difference between being published and being read .....

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Monologue Magic

Monologue Magic

Who: Vanessa Bates
When:
Sunday 3 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           
Level:
All

This full day writing for theatre workshop sees participants work with playwright Vanessa Bates to create, write and develop their own monologue. The workshop will look generally at writing for theatre but hone in on the creation of character and voice. Vanessa will take you through several creative exercises to explore the magic of monologues. Her play The Magic Hour starring acclaimed actor Ursula Yovich is made up of a series of monologues based on fairy tales and part of the workshop will examine these monologues and look at how they were written and developed. This workshop is practical – come prepared to write, to read and to perform (a little!). Above all be prepared to enjoy yourself!
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Putting Real Life on the Page

Putting Real Life on the Page

Who: Matthew Condon
When:
Sunday 3 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110          
Level:
All

In this workshop, Matthew Condon will focus on the practical side of writing non-fiction and getting students to be enthused about tackling their manuscripts. He will explain the very basic elements of structure, points of view, research, interview techniques if required, dialogue and fictional devices that can be used to enhance non-fiction. .....

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