Courses

2013 A Whole New World: Writing Speculative Fiction

Who: Pamela Freeman
When:
Saturday 11 May 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

A jam-packed one-day workshop with award winning writer Pamela Freeman.  We will look at those elements of writing which make speculative fiction different from everything else:  world-building, coherent systems of magic/technology/myth, the relationship between character and world, and the problems of structuring stories which arc over more than one book.  Pamela will give an up-to-date assessment of the state of the market in Australia and overseas, with some recommendations about the next step to take when you are ready to submit your novel or story.

Pamela will also leave time to answer your questions and address any uncertainties you may have about your specific sub-genre.

Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, horror, science fiction, science fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal crime, YA all of the above…. It’s a big genre and there’s room for everyone!

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2014 A Touch of Magic

SOLD OUT – please email us to go on a wait list.
Who:
Kate Forsyth
When:
Sunday 16 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Discover the secret of writing stories that enchant and enthrall the reader, opening a magical gateway so that they can escape to other worlds and other times. Master the tools of the craft so that you can weave a spell that will hold the reader captive till the last page is turned. Learn how to add that elusive touch of magic to your writing so that it shines like a beacon. Spend a day with Kate Forsyth and she promises you will be stimulated, motivated and inspired with new ideas, techniques, and solutions to help you write that novel you’ve always dreamed of. .....

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2014 The Story Road

SOLD OUT – to be advised of future speculative fiction workshops please email us.

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 18 October 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The journey is one of the strongest fantasy cliches. Stories often begin with someone setting out on a journey, which will end by the end of the story.  The structure of the story is formed by the journey and the matter of the story is the journey.  .....

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2015 Marvellous Journeys: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Who: Terry Dowling
When:
Saturday 18 April 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Want to write out of this world? Do you dream of the impossible? Then get ready to immerse your imagination in the genres of science fiction and fantasy with one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed speculative writers, Terry Dowling.

Terry Dowling has been described by Locus as “the most noted pro

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2015 The Story Road

Who: Isobelle Carmody
When:
Saturday 1 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The journey is one of the strongest fantasy cliches. Stories often begin with someone setting out on a journey, which will end by the end of the story. The structure of the story is formed by the journey and the matter of the story is the journey. 

But the most important journey a writer (or a character) will ever make is the inward journey.   .....

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Speculative Fiction Festival 2015

Speculative fiction is the literature of unbound imagination, an umbrella term broadly encompassing stories that feature fantastical, supernatural, or futuristic elements. Tales set in, at or on the fringe, teasing the peripheries of WHAT IF?

Join us on Saturday July 18th to explore a literary field that seeks to go beyond the farthest reaches of the imagination, to engage your sense of fear and wonder, and shed light on the possibilities and dangers that lie ahead.

The Speculative Fiction Festival is now SOLD OUT. Please contact the Writers’ Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to join the wait list. .....

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Writing Fantasy

Writing Fantasy

Who: C.S. Pacat
When:
Saturday 19 May & Sunday 20 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$380; Member: $265; Conc Member: $230

The best fantasy novels are the ones that keep you immersed until 3am – but how do you write a great fantasy novel? Join bestselling-author CS Pacat and learn the key stages of writing a page-turning fantasy, from ideas to final manuscript. You’ll get practical techniques for how to generate stories, build worlds and develop characters. You’ll also learn how to plot and structure your novel, along with effective pacing and exposition strategies. Finally, you’ll find out what happens next, and leave with tips for editing, preparing and publishing your manuscript. .....

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