Courses

Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 2 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Erotica has risen in popularity in recent times and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award while writing arousing and sensual prose? What exactly is best word for it? And how can you avoid falling into cliché?  .....

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E-books for Beginners

Who: Emily Craven
When:
Saturday 2 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Trying to get a handle on the E-Book Revolution? This workshop is for writers who wish to understand how changes in the publishing can benefit them. It covers opportunities for authors who would like to leverage technology to their advantage to increase their connection with readers and build a following.

The day will be a combination of presentations, exercises and practical demonstrations. In this workshop we cover why authors are trading traditional publishing for e-books, what an e-book is and how it is presented, the opportunities for emerging and established writers, how to format and create e-books, build a social media and author platform, and how to create and format your ebook ready for upload. .....

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Writing Fiction

Writing Fiction

Who: Steven Carroll
When:
Sunday 9 August 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Join Miles Franklin award-winning author Steven Carroll (Spirit of Progress) for this advanced workshop on writing fiction.  This one day intensive workshop will provide participants with an in-depth and practical insight into fiction writing. This course is tailored towards emerging to established writers who may be currently working on a manuscript, are about to commence a new body of work, or simply need an inspirational kickstart to create their next novel. .....

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The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 16 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In the writing world, memoir is the new black. Readers – and publishers – are hungry for distinctive, beautifully told true tales that give new insight into what it is to be human in a particular place, at a particular time. You don’t need to have been stuck between two rocks for 127 hours (or had a misery-drenched childhood) for your story to be worth telling – but you do need to know how to tell it in a way that will engage readers and offer something unique and valuable. .....

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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 16, 30 August; 13, 27 September; 11, 25 October; 15, 29 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this intense but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group of eight will submit a sample of their work (maximum of 6000 words, either short stories or novel extracts) for other group members and the convenor to provide constructive feedback on in the meeting. Providing critical feedback in this way will help group members to develop their analytical skills, spot room for improvement in their own work, and push their writing further. .....

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Write to Speak

Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill and Buddy Wakefield
When:
Saturday 23 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With years of professional experience, two award winning poetry slam experts look at ways of using stories and poetry to get your message across: from holding a microphone to expressing vulnerability to editing your text for a live presentation. This Wordshop uses one of the primary characteristics of poetry – say more with less – to assist participants to perform their writing more effectively. .....

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Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
4 x Sunday mornings: 24, 31 August; 7 14 September, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

This course is for people who are interested in writing fiction, travel or life stories. It is for those who have a story to tell and have been wondering how to get that story going—to access the creative energy and writing craft practices that bring stories alive on the page. The course imparts ways to entice creativity back into our writing and daily lives, through a combination of short presentations, discussion of selected readings, writing exercises and workshopping to explore new ways of seeing and ‘making things new’ as writers. We explore meditation techniques, drama and drawing to access the parts of us where the muse lives. .....

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Poetry Masterclass

Poetry Masterclass

Who: Mike Ladd
When:
Saturday 6 September, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

If you have had a poem or two published, or your first book released, and now want to take the next step, this is the course for you. In the first half of the workshop Mike will give his advice on what makes a poem successful and how to advance an individual writing style, as well as giving an overview of the current poetry scene in Australia and the opportunities that exist for poets. The second half of the masterclass will be more hands-on, with feedback and workshopping of poems. .....

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Open Access

When: Saturday 6 September, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $90; Member: $65; Conc Member: $55

A one day symposium focusing on how writers promote themselves and their work in the constantly changing world of publishing.

For writers and publishers, the challenge is always how to get a book into the hands of readers. Whether you self-publish or go with a mainstream publisher, whether it’s an ebook, print or both, the challenge of promoting yourself and launching your book into the world remains.

Open Access will bring together authors, publishers, a bookseller, digital expert, and industry professionals to talk about how they do this – their hits and their misses. .....

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Writing for Young Adults

Writing for Young Adults

Who: James Roy
When:
6 x Sunday mornings 7, 14, 21 September; 12, 19, 26 October, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360           

Award-winning YA author James Roy will take you on a tour of the YA scene, answering questions such as: Where does YA fiction fit into the wider publishing scene? What makes particular writing YA? What makes a writer a YA writer? And what happens next with your manuscript? .....

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Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 30 August; 6, 13, 20 September; 11, 18, 25 October; 1 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

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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