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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Writing Speculative Fiction

Writing Speculative Fiction

Who: Marianne de Pierres
When:
Saturday 30 April, 10am-4pm Saturday, 23 July*
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Award-winning science fiction author, Marianne de Pierres, will conduct a comprehensive workshop on writing speculative fiction. Participants will learn how to amass the right tools for world building; how to create convincing worlds that are authentic, logical, and original; and how to effectively blend the sub-genres of speculative fiction to create more exotic stories. .....

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Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner to intermediate. This course assumes you have a substantial piece of writing, or have a plan for a piece of writing that you need help structuring

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript.  .....

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Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Two - one spot available!

Year of the Novel 2016 - Phase Two - one spot available!

Who: Emily Maguire
When:
8 x Wednesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 June; 6, 13, 20, 27 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost per Phase: Full Price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
Students should be prepared to come to the first class with a specific work-in-progress.

There is one spot open in this course. To book, please call (02) 9555 9757.

We’ll put some flesh on the bones of your novel-in-progress, looking at structure, style and theme, and going deeper still with character, voice and plot. As we approach the year’s half-way mark we’ll also talk about how to stay focused and motivated to see this thing through to the end. .....

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You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

Who: George Merryman
When:
Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Dialogue should be the easiest part of writing, shouldn’t it? We all talk. Every day. All the time. We’re experts in talking, experts in dialogue. And yet writing truthful dialogue is one of the biggest challenges writers face.

This workshop aims to help writers meet the test of crafting authentic dialogue through a s

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Going Down in History: Writing Historical Fiction

Going Down in History: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Jesse Blackadder
When:
Sunday 26 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: General level

Spanning the dawn of human history to recent memory, historical fiction is a rich and popular genre, encompassing human experience across vast geographies, cultures and eras. And history is one place where you can plunder true stories, rework them as you like, and be safe from the repercussions. Or can you?

This writing workshop will explore how to write dramatic and powerful historical fiction. Through hands-on exercises you will learn to bring the past to life and your ideas into written form. Jesse will outline the main methods for researching historical fiction. You’ll explore drawing on history as a rich source of stories; the perils and rewards of using real characters, events and settings; how ‘truth’ and fiction can mingle and enrich each other; and how language can be used to create a sense of time and place. .....

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Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online

Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
17 July through 30 November, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level:
Emerging writers

You’ve written some short stories – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Extending Your Creativity

Extending Your Creativity

Who: Sue Woolfe
When:
Saturday 23 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginners and intermediate writers

We are all wired for creativity, but too often as adults we let our creativity fade.  In this workshop, you not only find how to access your creativity again, but also how to form a spellbinding story out of the potent words that emerge. Experienced creativity teacher and writer Sue Woolfe will use her research into neuroscience to guide you from idea to story. .....

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Fiction Feedback: A Critique Group

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

Take your fiction-writing and evaluation skills to the next level in this focused but friendly critique group convened by fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

Prior to each meeting, three writers from the group will submit

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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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