Courses

2011 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

Who: Melaina Faranda
When: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11FARA10

Are you an expert procrastinator? Does writing ever feel like a painful, plodding process? Do you easily slide into overwhelm and critical paralysis, even to the extent of not letting yourself write? Do you ever feel blocked and afraid that nothing you write will be good enough or that you might not have what it takes… .....

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2012 Beginner's Mind: Writing as a Meditative Practice

Who: Joyce Kornblatt
When: Sunday 22 April 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code: 12KORN4 

If we let go of our beliefs about how to write, what to write and whether or not we’re any good at writing, what might we discover about our creativity?

In this experiential course, we’ll explore writing from what Zen Buddhists call “beginner’s mind”. Using gentle meditation practices, we’ll allow breath, silence and movement to guide us through a series of writing experiments. In this unconventional way, we’ll experience directly what it means to write with immediacy, empathy, courage and playfulness. We’ll discover form, voice and point of view. Giving up what we already know, we’ll write directly from the body’s rich and surprising wisdom. This course is open to both new and experienced writers, to those for whom the words are flowing and to those who feel “stuck”, to those who have a spiritual path and to those interested in learning about the rich relationship between meditative practice and the art of writing. .....

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2012 Writing Emotion

Who:  Maggie MacKellar
When: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June 2012 10am-4pm.
Full price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

Whether your form is fiction, memoir or a blog, this course will challenge and stimulate the way you think about writing emotion.

This writing course is for anyone who is trying to write about the big moments in life – birth, death, love and the related transformations of the human spirit within these. .....

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2012 The Last Taboo: Writing in the Sacred Realms

2012 The Last Taboo: Writing in the Sacred Realms

Who: Jane Meredith
When: Saturday 4 February 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12MERE2

Perhaps you are a fiction writer, wanting to show your characters’ spiritual, as well as their emotional and practical lives? Or perhaps a poet, seeking to infuse your language with the numinous lifeforce? Or a playwright, bringing to life ancient characters from myth and fable? Maybe you write instructional, descriptive or biographical non-fiction, and are searching for practical ways to write about the intangible – or you just want to branch out! .....

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2012 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

Who: Melaina Faranda
When:
Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

Are you an expert procrastinator? Does writing ever feel like a painful, plodding process? Do you easily slide into critical paralysis, even to the extent of not letting yourself write? Do you ever feel blocked and afraid that nothing you write will be good enough or that you might not have what it takes?

You do have what it takes. We all, without exception, have an extraordinary and unique creative ability waiting to be awakened and unleashed. Inside each of us, inside of you, is a brilliant font of creativity that can be readily and effortlessly tapped into. In this fun, energetic and transformative workshop, you’ll learn how to trick your brain into flow through a variety of powerful tools, techniques and exercises that enable you to instantly access your subconscious creative genius and switch off the inner critic. You’ll discover how to transcend your fears, overcome blocks, and make the writing process one of joyous self-discovery. You will learn techniques to bypass the limitations of your conscious thinking to access a deeper and more powerful writing voice than you may have previously encountered. No matter how blocked you currently feel, prepare to be astonished by the original, striking and prolific writing you will produce during this workshop! .....

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2012 Writing at the Barriers: Obstacles as Creative Gifts

Who: Joyce Kornblatt
When: Sunday 21 October 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

In this workshop, you’re invited to recognize what blocks your creativity, and experiment with ways to transform those obstacles into opportunities.   What’s possible when you stop believing in limitations and enter writing as a field of possibility and revelation.

Some questions we’ll explore:

     –What blocks you from beginning?  .....

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2013 Free to Write: Writing with Greater Fluency and Pleasure

SOLD OUT
Have a look at our other great creativity course Revitalising Creativity: Nourish Your Writing or email to be notified of future courses with Stephanie Dowrick.

Who: Stephanie Dowrick
When:
Sunday 14 April 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

A day with highly successful writer Stephanie Dowrick, for writers at all levels. .....

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2013 Revitalising Creativity: Nourish Your Writing

Who: Jane Meredith
When:
Sunday 28 April; 5, 19, 26 May 2013, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

Creativity is vital to writing that’s alive on the page, that reaches out to engage and intrigue readers. It springs from play, from improvisation, from fooling around with language and ideas and dabbling in the unknown. Whether you are a novelist, poet, playwright, short story or inspirational or life writer this course asks you to dig up your established ground, sow some surprising seeds, add the fertiliser of your discernment and stand back and see what happens. .....

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2013 Writing Essentials: Sustain Your Creative Life

SOLD OUT
To view our other upcoming creativity workshops click here.

Who: Stephanie Dowrick
When:
Saturday 27 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In this one-day workshop you will have a rare chance to explore your writing processes at greater depth. Using stimulating reflections, discussion and exercises, you will think about choice, context and content, as well as craft. You might, for example, want to consider how you have “arrived at” your subject matter; how you are using language in your work – and what you are reading; how you are drawing on your own experiences, directly or indirectly; whether you have discovered the forms of writing that suit your questions best; what it might mean to see with a “poet’s eye” (even if you never write poetry); how you are nourishing your curiosity, and what would allow you to write with greater dedication and pleasure. The desire to write is itself a gift; this course explicitly nourishes that. It is suitable for writers in all genres, and at all stages. .....

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2013 Art and Soul of Writing

Who: Sally Swain
When:
4 x Friday mornings: 6, 13, 20 & 27 September 2013, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265          

Where has your creativity gone? Don’t fret. It’s not far away. Discover (or rediscover) your creative pulse. Ignite (or reignite) your passion for writing. Give yourself permission to ‘get it wrong’ and you will find your strong authentic voice.

In this course you’ll engage with simple, guided exercises for starting and keeping on going. Move through fear, stuckness and procrastination towards full, alive expression. Write to relax, release and revitalise. Write from your senses. Explore the rhythms and textures of words. Write easily from your past, present and even your future. Let it all hang out – the dark, the tedious, the silly, the soppy – and you’re bound to find gems amongst the murk. .....

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2013 Unleash Your Creativity and Discover the Genius Writer Within!

SOLD OUT – to join the waiting list or be notified about similar courses please email us.

Who: Melaina Faranda
When: Sunday 10 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Are you an expert procrastinator? Does writing ever feel like a painful, plodding process? Do you easily slide into critical paralysis, even to the extent of not letting yourself write? Do you ever feel blocked and afraid that nothing you write will be good enough or that you might not have what it takes? .....

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