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Seminar: Scrivener 101 - SOLD OUT

Seminar: Scrivener 101 - SOLD OUT

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 30 January, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$70; Member: $50; Conc Member: $45

This course has been sold out. If you’d like us to contact you if a place becomes available, please call 9555 9757.

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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Shaping the Short Story

Shaping the Short Story

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 7, 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This intensive six-week course enables students to thoroughly get their heads around creating memorable, contemporary short stories. The course will cover the basics as well as challenging students to think about the short story form in more complex ways. Each class will cover a set of specific skills, which will lead students through the process of creating a short story from start to finish. Students will be given a course book, writing exercises and the opportunity to discuss and develop their own work. At the end of the course, students will be invited to submit one story for a written critique by Felicity. .....

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Year of the Novel: Three Phases

Year of the Novel: Three Phases

Who: Emily Maguire
When:

Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings; 5, 12, 19, 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 18, 25 September; 9, 16, 23, 30 October; 6, 13 November, 6:30-9:30pm
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430

Make 2018 the year you finally write that book. Over three phases of eight weeks each, acclaimed author Emily Maguire will give you the tools, support and encouragement you need to plan, write and edit your novel. .....

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Year of the Novel: Phase 1

Year of the Novel: Phase 1

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

In this first phase, we’ll work on getting the bare bones of your novel down on paper (or screen). We’ll talk about generating ideas and planning, and look at the basic elements of fiction – point of view, voice, narration, character, plot, dialogue and setting.

Throughout, Emily Maguire will use examples from classic and contemporary fiction and from students’ work-in-progress to explore the topics covered, and guest speakers will share their insights to further expand your understanding of how published writers do what they do. .....

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Online Feedback Intensive: Poetry

Online Feedback Intensive: Poetry

Who: Martin Langford
When:
11 February through 21 June, online
Cost:
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245

You’ve written some poems – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Online Feedback Intensive: Children's Writing

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
11 February through 21 June, online
Cost:
Full Price: $315; Member: $260; Conc Member: $245

You’ve written some picture books or early readers – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Writing History: You Can’t Google It!

Writing History: You Can’t Google It!

Who: Mark Dapin
When:
Saturday 17 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

It takes more than just Google! Mark Dapin interviewed 160 people and spent two and a half years reading press clippings and searching government archives to produce his prize-winning history of Australia’s Vietnam-era national service scheme, The Nashos’ War.  In this workshop, Mark will focus on developing interviewing skills, checking facts, and working with archived documents. He will teach how to separate facts from folklore and, perhaps most importantly, how to turn cold dead facts into living, vibrant prose. He will also discuss researching and writing family histories and personal memoirs.  .....

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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week course 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 trade. As well as the weekly face-to-face sessions, participants will receive multimedia resources for further skill development. .....

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Podcast Camp: Recording, Interviewing and Editing

Podcast Camp: Recording, Interviewing and Editing

Who: Kate Montague and Belinda Lopez
When:
2 x Saturdays: 24 February & 3 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $380; Member: $265; Conc Member: $230

If you’re keen to start or develop a podcast, this course will give you the skills to whip your ideas into shape. Aimed at novice and emerging podcast makers looking to create a new podcast project or develop their existing ideas and audio production skills, this course offers the opportunity to learn and practise recording and editing. .....

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Creative Manoeuvres

Creative Manoeuvres

Who: Mark O’Flynn
When:
Saturday 24 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Learn techniques for generating creativity and leave with inspiration for a productive year of writing ahead. Join novelist, memoirist and poet Mark O’Flynn for this one-day workshop aimed at developing your creative manoeuvres. We’ll be writing, but also playing. Exercises and group discussion will stimulate different aspects of the creative process, bring some clarity to issues of form, and cut through some of the confusion about what is actually being written. .....

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Understanding Story Structure

Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Sunday 25 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

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 that allow writers 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 helping you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants will have the opportunity to practise these strategies in their own work. .....

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