Courses

2011 Going Down in History

Who: Jesse Blackadder
When: Sunday 16 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BLAC10

History is one place where you can plunder true stories, rework them as you like, and be safe from the repercussions.

Or can you?

If you’re interested in writing historic fiction, author Jesse Blackadder (The Raven’s Heart) will take you on an enjoyable jaunt through the trials and travails of working with history. Through hands-on exercises you will explore 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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2012 Taking the Mystery out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

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Who:  Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 18 February 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12ARMS2

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Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2012 Writing Memoir - Advanced SOLD OUT

Who: Patti Miller
When: 4 x Thurday mornings: 2, 9, 16 & 23 August 2012, 10am-1pm
Full price:
$400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

This is an advanced memoir course for those who want to write more than a record or a history, for those who are ready for a creative journey.  This course will refresh the technique of writing from original memory and creating the texture of lived experience on the page, and will explore narrating voice, story-telling and narrative pacing and structure. There will be a special trouble-shooting section on the problems in finding form – an invaluable insight into the structural pitfalls that can await the memoirist – based on Patti’s work critiquing hundreds of manuscripts. .....

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2013 Taking the Mystery Out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

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Who: Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 2 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2013 Writing Family History Made Very Easy

Who: Noeline Kyle
When:
Sunday 18 August 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

The seductive task of collecting more dates, names, obituaries and other data associated with our family histories – the piling up of the hundreds of documents until they spill will-nilly from our homes/offices/computers – is the collect until you drop syndrome! Yes, it is great to find that elusive piece of information. But at some time you need to lift your head from that pile of data and think about how, where and in what way you will write and publish the family history, that memoir you have been thinking about for some time or the story of your journey through life/Mexico/the Antarctic.

Noeline Kyle will talk about strategies to get you to the desk and writing, and will provide practical ideas from her own writing and her work with supporting family historians for more than 30 years. In this workshop you will learn how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing and planning a text.

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

You can purchase Noeline Kyle’s book, Writing Family History from our website. Click here.

About the tutor
Dr Noeline Kyle
is an expert on the researching, writing and publishing of biography, women’s history and family history.  Her books include We Should’ve Listened to Grandma:  Women and Family History, (1988), Memories & Dreams: A Biography of Nurse Mary Kirkpatrick, (2001); Writing Family History Made Very Easy (2007);Music, Myth & Memory: A Kyle Family History  (2008).  Her most recent book How to Write & Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps was published in 2011 by NewSouth Books. She will publish two books in 2013 with Unlock the Past: Finding Florence, Maude, Matilda, Rose: Researching and writing about women in family history and Citing historical sources : a manual for family historians, and her memoir Landscapes of my childhood: a memoir is due for publication soon. Check out her website: www.writingfamilyhistory.com.au for updates on her publications, free downloads and writing family history information.

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2014 Taking the Mystery out of History: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Diane Armstrong
When:
Saturday 1 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Whether you are thinking about writing a historical novel, or have made a start, stalled, and need help to get going, this workshop is for you.

A historical novel is the passport to a bygone world, but for the passport to be valid, the book must be authentic, believable, and evocative. In this lively workshop, award-winning author Diane Armstrong will discuss ways of bringing your historical fiction to life. .....

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2014 Making History

Who: Peter Stanley
When:
Sunday 13 April 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

It’s never been easier to research and write history. The internet, responsive archives and libraries and the laptop computer make it possible to research and write more easily than ever before. But it is arguably harder to get history books published than ever before. This course, presented by one of Australia’s most active historians, will help you to decide what to research, how to go about that research; how to structure and complete an historical manuscript and how to go about preparing it to have the best possible chance of securing publication. .....

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2015 Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Saturday 29 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

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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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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2016 Writing History: You Can't Google It - SOLD OUT!

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Who: Mark Dapin
When: Saturday 13 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

It takes more than just Google! Mark Dapin interviewed 160 people and spent two-and-a-half years reading press clippings and searching government archives to produce his prize-winning history of Australia’s Vietnam-era national service scheme, The Nashos’ War.  In this workshop, Mark will focus on developing interviewing skills, checking facts, and working with archived documents. He will teach how to separate facts from folklore and, perhaps most importantly, how to turn cold dead facts into living, vibrant prose. He will also discuss researching and writing family histories and personal memoirs.  .....

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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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