Courses

2012 The Essentials of Editing

Who:  Tony Spencer-Smith
When: 4x Thursday evenings; 19 & 26 April, 3 & 10 May 2012 -6:30-9:30PM
Cost: Full price: $360; Member: $250; Conc Member: $215
Code: 12SPEN4

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2012 Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow - Sold Out!

SOLD OUT!

When: Saturday 3 November 2012, 10am – 6pm
Full Price
 $80; Member Price $55; Concession Member Price $45

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is back at the NSW Writers’ Centre, presenting the best of their annual ten-day festival in a special one-day event.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow program includes a series of panels and discussions about writing, writers and literary life; practical sessions such as The Pitch – offering no-holds-barred advice on the art of pitching your writing to editors, publishers and agents; the much-loved Creative Writing Bootcamp; and Living Library. .....

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2012 Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Sunday 22 July 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

This writers’ workshop will show you how to use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Dr Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, use punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she will also explain semi-colons. Illustrations will be provided (where possible) from the participants’ own work. .....

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2012 Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
8 x Thursday evenings: 6, 13, 20 & 27 September; 4, 11, 18 & 25 October 2012, 6:30pm -9:30pm
Full price:
$800; Member: $560; Conc Member: $480

Do you want to work as an editor? Think you have what it takes to proof and copy edit professionally? Need to brush up on your editing skills?

Pamela Hewitt is a freelance editor, writer, trainer, and the proprietor of Emend Editing. In this course, Pam will introduce you to the skills and secrets of professional editing.  Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in a rapidly evolving industry. As the digital revolution moves from online sales to online presentation, from webtext to ebooks, editors need to understand the demands of an increasingly globalised and freelance world. This means you need business nous as well as 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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2013 Revision: Your Path to Publication

SOLD OUT
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Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Sunday 24 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Successful authors often note that the art of a good book lies in the revision process. Getting your story down (whether fiction or non-fiction) is a great achievement, but the real work begins with rewriting. And rewriting. And more rewriting. 

In this workshop, designed specifically for writers with a completed draft of a book-length work, editor Laurel Cohn explores the three key aspects to the art of revision: stepping out of writer mode and into revision mode; identifying the heart of the narrative; and shaping the text to honour the story. Each of these aspects requires a different perspective and particular tools and strategies.  .....

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2013 The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
4 x Thursday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23 May 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2013 Getting to Grips with Grammar

Sold Out – please email [email protected]wc.org.au to go on waitlist.
Who:
Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 15 June 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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2013 Fiction Feedback

Who: Elizabeth Cowell
When:
8 x Sunday mornings: 30 June; 14, 21 28 July; 4, 11, 18, 25 August 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580

Bring your fiction writing to the next level by learning to evaluate and edit your own work in this intense but friendly focus group, convened by experienced fiction editor Elizabeth Cowell.

Prior to each meeting, four writers from the group of eight will submit samples of their work—either short stories or extracts from a novel (a maximum of 6000 words per piece). Each member of the group, including the convenor, will provide critical feedback on these pieces. The writers will have a chance to respond to this feedback, and a general discussion of writing fiction will follow. Group members are welcome to discuss particular challenges they are facing in their work. .....

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2013 Editing Essentials

Who: Elizabeth Cowell
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 22 & 29 October; 5 & 12 November 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265          

Grammar, spelling and punctuation are important when you’re writing for publication, but a professional edit involves much more than correcting typos and putting all the apostrophes in the right place. Whether you’re writing a novel, a thesis or a PowerPoint presentation, your work needs the right structure and focus. Your expression should be clear and clean, and your words should say exactly what you mean. .....

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2014 Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Thursday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May; 5 June 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This course assume 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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2014 Getting to Grips with Grammar

SOLD OUT – please email us to go on a wait list.
Who:
Mark Tredinnick
When:
Saturday 14 June 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Everyone who wants to write will need to get comfortable with the inner life of sentences. If you’re going to write, you’re going to need to get to grips with grammar.

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be? .....

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