Courses

2013 Public Voice, Personal Essay

Who: Rebecca Giggs
When:
 Sunday 15 September 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

“If my mind could gain a firm footing, I would not make essays,” wrote Michel de Montaigne in 1585, “I would make decisions”. This workshop focuses on experimentation in the personal essay; its central concern is how productive equivocation might retain a public voice, to engage with ideas beyond observations.

For our purposes the ‘personal essay’ is not mere diary work or self-analysis. Neither is it critical review. Rather such an essay folds together the interior and exterior worlds of the author, trialing an idea or stance. The workshop pays particular attention to voice in the personal essay, examining closely how some of the best writers in this genre have developed their unique style of address. Workshop attendees will have the chance to model future essays and get feedback on their current essayistic projects. .....

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2014 The Art of the Essay

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Who:
Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 12 April 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In this workshop writer and essayist Anne Manne will discuss that most beguiling and versatile of art forms, the essay. She will also assist students in crafting their own and discuss approaches to getting published. What EXACTLY is an essay? The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing for students to read and discuss the genre, identifying the features they think make a piece work. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘Voice.’ But what about the necessary requirements to get your essays published? What is a ‘hook’ and how does it help to have a sparkling beginning to a piece? What differentiates essays in shape, style, content and length from other forms of writing such as academic writing, reports, opinion pieces, feature articles and reportage? Ways to orient your essay writing to fit the requirements of publications you submit to will be discussed.  The afternoon will be devoted to practising the art of essay writing. Anne Manne will give a choice using a file of a contemporary issue or an essay topic of own for free choice and get students to craft part of that essay. Then in the final part of the workshop, the group will discuss the work presented by fellow students. Along the way we will discuss writer’s block, and ways of overcoming your inner critic!
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2014 Art of the Essay

Who: Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 29 November 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
In this workshop writer and essayist Anne Manne will discuss that most beguiling and versatile of art forms, the essay. She will also assist students in crafting their own and discuss approaches to getting published. What EXACTLY is an essay? The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing for students to read and discuss the genre, identifying the features they think make a piece work. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘Voice.’ But what about the necessary requirements to get your essays published? What is a ‘hook’ and how does it help to have a sparkling beginning to a piece? What differentiates essays in shape, style, content and length from other forms of writing such as academic writing, reports, opinion pieces, feature articles and reportage?
Ways to orient your essay writing to fit the requirements of publications you submit to will be discussed.  The afternoon will be devoted to practising the art of essay writing. Anne Manne will give a choice using a file of a contemporary issue or an essay topic of own for free choice and get students to craft part of that essay. Then in the final part of the workshop, the group will discuss the work presented by fellow students. Along the way we will discuss writer’s block, and ways of overcoming your inner critic!

Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Pen and paper.
About the tutor
A former columnist with The Age and The Australian, Anne Manne’s most recent longer essays on contemporary life have appeared in The Monthly. Her book Motherhood; How should we care for our children (2005) was a finalist in the Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. Her Quarterly Essay Love and Money; The Family and the Free Market, was published in 2008. A memoir, So this is Life, Scenes from a Country Childhood, Melbourne University Press, was published in 2009 and 2011. Her Monthly essay on chid abuse, ‘Ebony, The Girl in the Room’ was selected for The Best Australian Essays, a ten year collection, Black Inc, 2011.
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2015 The Business of Freelance Writing

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Who:
Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 7 February 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Writing features for magazines doesn’t simply involve cobbling together a decent story. It also requires nailing a perfect pitch, doing robust research, arranging hard-to-get interviews, knowing your audience (and editor) and writing blistering copy that doesn’t let the reader go. Beyond that, it involves a lot of business know-how: good time management, keeping track of invoices and constant ideas generation. .....

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2015 The Edge of Reality: Writing Creative Non-Fiction

Who: Mark Mordue
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 22, 29 July; 5, 12, 19, 26 August, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600, Member: $420, Concession Member: $360

Sometimes referred to as ‘the literature of reality’ and ‘literary non-fiction’, creative non-fiction combines the narrative techniques of fiction and the expressive energy of poetry, with the research demands and interviewing skills of journalism — all working together in an accurate, ethical and involving depiction of reality.
 
In this workshop you will learn what makes compelling creative non-fiction and how to write it. This can mean anything from constructing high-quality feature articles and magazine profiles to developing your own memoir pieces, essays, travel and review writing. It is the stylistic force behind our best non-fiction books and journalism. Some of its most famous exponents include writers as varied as Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Helen Garner.
 
Over six weeks, this course will examine a series of readings by these writers and many others, as well workshop examples of your own writing in a series of practical exercises. .....

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2015 Between Facts and Feeling: The Art of Feature Writing

Who: Benjamin Law*
When:
Saturday 5 December, 10am–4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Navigating the ocean between facts and feeling, feature stories combine journalism’s passion for truth and analysis with creative writing’s appreciation of people and place.

The goal? To reel your audience in, and keep them reading until the end.

Aimed at early and emerging writers, this workshop gives a comprehensive introduction to the subtle art of writing feature stories through a combination of instruction and practice. You’ll learn what makes an article newsworthy, strategies to generate newsworthy ideas and how to see fresh angles in topical issues. Once you’ve got a solid idea in place, learn how to transform it into a gripping story. .....

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Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2015

Saturday 7 November 2015

The NSW Writers’ Centre is proud to announce its second Creative Non-Fiction Festival, curated by journalist, TV screenwriter, author and Good Weekend columnist Benjamin Law.

Our 2016 festival is for aspiring and practising writers, looking to hone their non-fiction skills in memoir and essay, criticism, profile and biography, science and medicine, opinion and columns, investigative journalism and travel writing. Beyond specific genres, another panel (‘Finding New Audiences’) sheds light on how non-fiction writers can translate their work into other platforms (radio, television and stage), while sessions titled #Protips and ‘How to Seduce an Editor’ offer invaluable industry insights from experts. .....

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Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2017

Creative Non-Fiction Festival 2017

Saturday 25 March 2017

The NSW Writers’ Centre is delighted to have the award-winning author and journalist Mark Dapin at the helm of this year’s festival, pulling together a dynamic program of some of Australia’s biggest non-fiction names and brightest up-and-comers.

The festival is a space to connect with and learn from a community of writers, publishers and editors committed to the power of words. As Mark says, it’s all here – “discussions of the topics that dominate the working lives of creative non-fiction writers: the joy and pain of research; the glamour and exhaustion of travel; the endless search for new ways to wrench a living out of words.” Plus pointers from some of Australia’s leading editors, publishers and book reviewers. .....

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How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer


Who: Bianca Nogrady
When:
Saturday 17 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Work when you want, where you want, for whom you want, and how you want: the description of a freelancer has changed somewhat since the days of the medieval mercenary warrior, but the principles remain the same.

The internet is transforming the media landscape, and while this has been to the detriment of the traditional in-house publishing model, it is opening up a wealth of opportunities for freelance writers. Succeeding in freelance writing takes determination, discipline and a thick skin, but master those and you can enjoy the many benefits of a freelance career. .....

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Adventures in Essays

Adventures in Essays

Who: Anwen Crawford
When:
Saturday 17 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

There are almost as many definitions of the essay as there are practitioners of the form. An essay may be reflective, descriptive, analytical, critical, lyrical, personal: any of these things and more. The essay is a welcoming form, because it can encompass almost any subject or approach, and yet to write an essay can also feel intimidating. Our writing techniques, our personal interests and our thoughts are laid bare for the reader. .....

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