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Making Compelling Podcasts - limited places available!

Making Compelling Podcasts - limited places available!

Only one spot remaining – call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

Who: Miles Martignoni

When: Saturday 2 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All skill levels are welcome. This course can help you create new original work or adapt written material for audio.

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of what is needed to create a compelling podcast. We will examine each stage of the podcast production process: .....

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Advanced Poetry: Drafting as Creative Practice

Advanced Poetry: Drafting as Creative Practice

Who: Ron Pretty
When:
Saturday 9 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Emerging and established (not recommended for beginning poets)

Explore ways of developing a first draft into a fully crafted poem. Drafting is sometimes felt to be synonymous with drudgery or copy-editing, but this workshop will demonstrate the creative aspect of the process, opening up possibilities for the poem that the writer hadn’t previously imagined. .....

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Introduction to Memoir

Introduction to Memoir

Who: Lee Kofman
When:
Saturday 9 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Early and emerging

Since the memoir boom in the late 1980s, this popular genre has undergone many exciting developments, becoming one of the most creative and innovative literary forms.

Join memoirist Lee Kofman and learn about the common characteristics of memoirs and about their different sub-types, such as bibliomemoir and immersion memoir. You’ll identify different themes and focuses for memoir writing, whether short or long, and how to structure your life stories so that they make for engaging reading. .....

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Seminar: Advanced Digital Marketing for Authors

Seminar: Advanced Digital Marketing for Authors

Who: Patrick Lenton
When:
Tuesday 12 September, 6:30–9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level: For authors looking to improve their existing online presence 

Writing a book is hard, but selling it can be even harder. If you’ve got a book coming out or you’re launching a series and you want to know how to get the most out of online marketing, this is the seminar for you. Authors who have already set up their online author platform (such a website or social media account) and are looking to utilise it with an efficient and tailored marketing strategy will get the most out of the seminar. .....

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Striking Storytelling for Companies and Causes

 Striking Storytelling for Companies and Causes

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith and Linda Vergnani
When:
Saturday 16 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Stories have a unique power to engage and convince. Facts and figures alone aren’t enough to motivate people. When you write striking stories, people are far more likely to remember and be influenced by the message you want to convey.

But to work their magic, stories need to be well crafted. This course is about how to write powerful stories, whether for a blog, a speech, a case study or on behalf of a campaign or cause. It uses examples of successful storytelling from the media, top organisations and not-for profit groups. Participants will be involved in lively discussion and writing exercises, covering: .....

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Year of the Novel: Phase 3

Year of the Novel: Phase 3

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Tuesday evenings: 19, 26 September; 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 7, 14 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress or idea for a novel.

Phase Three: Nip, tuck, primp and preen.
This is where we take a long hard look at your very good novel and figure out how to make it brilliant. We’ll cut the fat, plump up the too-lean bits, polish the language and do whatever else is necessary to ensure your novel is ready to face the world. .....

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Open House with Hachette Australia - SOLD OUT

 Open House with Hachette Australia - SOLD OUT

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name, phone number and the genre of your manuscript, and we will add you to the waiting list.

Friday 6 October, 9:30am – 4:30pm
At the NSW WRITERS’ CENTRE, CALLAN PARK*
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Please note, this venue has been updated

This opportunity is open to Centre members only.
$45 members / $35 concession members
Phone bookings only – call (02) 9555 9757

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Seminar: Financial Fundamentals for Writers

Seminar: Financial Fundamentals for Writers

Who: Monica Davidson
When:
Tuesday 10 October, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
This workshop is suited to established writers who are partly or completely making their living from their creative craft.

Managing an irregular income is one of the hardest aspects of working as a writer. Learning some of the basics of financial management can make the difference between survival and prosperity – even better, you might learn how to turn your creative pursuits into profit. .....

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Dramatic Studio: Contemporary Playwriting Techniques

Dramatic Studio: Contemporary Playwriting Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 14, 21, 28 October; 4, 11, 18 November, 1pm–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395
Level:
All

A six-week practical and intensive study of contemporary theatre and the writing techniques needed to succeed in it. Led by one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, each session will concentrate on a range of topics including contemporary dialogue techniques, characterisation principles, dramatic structure, contemporary theatre genres and the latest trends in national and international theatre. Over half of each session will involve hands-on, practical workshopping of the participating writers’ scripts. .....

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Journalling for Creativity and Productivity

Journalling for Creativity and Productivity

Who: Claire Corbett
When:
Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All levels and types of writer will benefit, including academic writers and journalists

In this energising, fun and interactive course, you’ll learn how to create a daily journal for capturing ideas, enhancing productivity, and prioritising tasks. The aim is to reduce stress while increasing focus, organisation and playfulness. The course blends approaches from a number of sources on productivity and incorporates insights from brain research to harness what we know about motivation and concentration. The resulting approach is endlessly customisable. You can spend as little as five minutes a day on it. It is, in essence, a practical approach to mindfulness, with a focus on calm, creativity and clarifying priorities. .....

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Advanced Short Story Workshop

Advanced Short Story Workshop

Who: AS Patric
When:
Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Committed beginners and early to established

This advanced workshop will take short story writers through an intensive study of the craft and techniques essential for writing unique and vital stories.

Explore character development, narrative function, voice and tone, ideas and aesthetics specific to short stories, with a focus on how to deploy these skills practically. Move away from literary mimicry with a renewed awareness of the clichés of conception and form. .....

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