Courses

Seminar: Social Media for Beginners

Who: Sarah Allen
When:
Thursday 12 February, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

In this session with the author’s secret weapon in book marketing, Sarah Allen, you’ll learn the absolute fundamentals for any author wanting to understand WHY you benefit from dedicating time to a social strategy, WHAT you might like to talk about in digital channels, WHEN are the best times to post content online, and HOW you can incorporate it into your busy day! .....

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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group - sold out!

Who: Nicola O’Shea
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 27 August; 10, 24 September; 8, 22 October; 5, 19 November, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$960; Member: $670; Conc Member: $580
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This course is now sold out. Please email us to put your name on the waiting list.

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this focused but friendly critique gr

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The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

 The Joys of Revision: Short Stories

Who: Steven Amsterdam
When:
Saturday 20 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This class is designed for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals. You must be willing (eager, actually) to submit a portion of a work-in progress (500-1000 words) two weeks in advance of the class.

Once you have a working draft, you get to the good part. Making it work. There’s no more aimless wandering, no more shorthand descriptions. You are clarifying the story, sharpening scenes and illuminating themes—and it is fun. Intended for writers who have published short fiction in online or print journals, this one-day workshop will cover tools and approaches for making your fiction tight. Through exercises we will develop ways to separate the author’s voice from the protagonist’s, choose the right details for description and dialogue, and visualise the overall flow and meaning of the piece. We will spend a part of the day workshopping each other’s writing in forensic detail, with the goal of refining the individual pieces as well as our own technique. .....

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Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Writing Place in Fiction and Non-fiction

Who: Vanessa Berry
When:
Saturday 3 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Places are full of stories, and every story has its place. Whether place is setting or subject, the skilful writing of place enriches your stories and connection with your readers. Landscape or cityscape, familiar or faraway, this workshop will build your ability to capture the essence of places so they come to life on the page.

Discover forms of place-based writing including psychogeography and nature writing, and how you can bring elements of these styles into fiction and non-fiction. You will learn a set of experiments and exercises that engage you with place, key research skills for deepening your knowledge and understanding of places and how to use your research to enhance character and narrative. .....

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Three

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Three

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 21, 28, September; 5, 12, 19, 26 October; 2, 9 November, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Full Price:
$880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
Participants should have a first draft or most of a full draft completed.

We’ll work on turning your novel draft into a brilliant manuscript. We’ll cut the fat, plump up the too-lean bits, polish the language and ensure you have the knowledge and skills necessary to launch your novel into the world. .....

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The Story Doctor

The Story Doctor

Who: Kate Forsyth
When:
2 x Sundays: 23, 30 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Emerging/advanced: Only writers with completed manuscripts of 50,000 words or more may enrol  (poetry and picture books are not eligible).

Have you finished the first draft of a novel, and want to get it ready to submit for publication? Have you already had a few rejections and are wondering what you have done wrong? Would

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Make It Funny: Writing Humour

Make It Funny: Writing Humour

Who: Bernard Cohen
When:
Saturday 15 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Writing humour is one of the most effective ways to engage your audience and make your writing memorable – and despite rumours to the contrary, anyone can learn the not-so-secret techniques for raising the comedic bar in their writing.

This hands-on, exercise-based full-day workshop will provide strategies to develop comic, comic, satirical and/

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Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Sunday, 23 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member:$110
Level:
All

Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old and intertwining imaginary plots into actual events and milieus. 

In this workshop you will comprehensively explore the techniques, tricks, ideas and pitfalls of bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps. .....

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Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime

Damsels, Detectives and Dead Guys: Writing Crime

Who: Candice Fox
When:
Saturday 26 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Writing crime fiction isn’t for the faint of heart. You’ve got to understand how to write compellingly as the hunter and the hunted – and having a strong stomach goes a long way too. A sound knowledge of forensics, crime fiction history and police procedures is the basic toolkit for the

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Creating Dynamic Characters 

Creating Dynamic Characters 

Who: Anthony Macris
When:
Saturday 3 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Emerging writers

Every writer knows that effective characters are perhaps the single most important factor in creating a story that will engage readers. E.M. Forster divided them into flat and round. Aristotle said they were less important than action. In this one-day workshop, we’ll look at the best of classic and contemporary approaches to how character operates in storytelling, and learn the techniques needed to create vivid characters that your readers will want to go on a journey with. .....

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