2011 Write From Life: Memoir and Family History

Who: Amanda Hampson
When: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11HAMP10a

Learn practical skills and creative techniques that will turn your personal or family history into an engaging story. In this workshop experienced author Amanda Hampson will show you how to organise your research, develop your structure and storyline and where to find a perspective for telling your tale. You will find out how to borrow the tools of fiction writing such as context, setting and dialogue to bring your story to life. .....

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2011 Non-boring Non-fiction: True Stories that Sell (SOLD OUT)

Who: Nick Bleszynski
When: Sunday 27 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BLES11

What makes a best-selling non-fiction book? What are publishers looking for? How do you present and structure your non-fiction book and make the most out of your story?

Nick Bleszynski is the best-selling non-fiction author of Shoot Straight You Bastards!, You’ll Never Take Me Alive and Bloodlust. In this one-day intensive, Nick will cover all aspects of non-fiction writing. Nick will help you discover the power and importance of good research and what to do if you have holes in that research. He’ll demonstrate and help you practice writing theory, including structure, character, plot and synopsis. He’ll show you how the world of publishing works and how to understand market trends – essential tools in choosing a story for a best-seller. In short, in this course course Nick aims to give aspiring authors a realistic idea of what they need to do and how to do it. .....

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2012 Mentoring Your Memoir

Who: Goldie Alexander
When: Sunday 29 January 2012, 10am-4pm.
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code:  12ALEX1

Working as a professional author and tutor for 25 years, Goldie Alexander has facilitated many creative writing courses in many genres. She knows that people have wonderful life-stories to relate, yet find it hard to get started. Though they may tell their stories, collate bits of the past, even research the net, when it comes to setting it all down, they are not sure how to begin, much less how to continue. .....

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2012 Writing a Sense of Place

Who:  Felicity Castagna
Saturday 2 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90

Annie Proulx once said that Brokeback Mountain isn’t about two gay cowboys; it’s about the West and its sense of place. The expression “a sense of place” is a critical catchphase that often defies clear understanding. As readers we know when a writer has created a “great sense of place”. But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey “a sense of place”, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2012 Whose Life is it Anyway? (LAST MINUTE PLACES. BE QUICK!)

Who:  Jacqueline Kent
When: 6x Saturday afternoons; 21 & 28 April; 5, 19 & 26 May, 2nd June 2012, 1pm – 4pm. NOTE: 19 May (Only)- Time Change- 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: Full Price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325
Code: 12KENT4 

Whether you are setting down your experiences for your children or grandchildren, explaining your part in larger events, or describing a traumatic event to make sense of it for yourself, writing a memoir can be one of the most rewarding things you do. It can also be one of the most difficult, for a variety of reasons. Researching and writing the history of your family is equally fascinating, offering the opportunity to develop research and interviewing skills. And in both cases, finding the right words is satisfying and empowering. .....

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2012 Writing Emotion

Who:  Maggie MacKellar
When: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June 2012 10am-4pm.
Full price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

Whether your form is fiction, memoir or a blog, this course will challenge and stimulate the way you think about writing emotion.

This writing course is for anyone who is trying to write about the big moments in life – birth, death, love and the related transformations of the human spirit within these. .....

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2012 The Last Taboo: Writing in the Sacred Realms

Who: Jane Meredith
When: Saturday 4 February 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12MERE2

Perhaps you are a fiction writer, wanting to show your characters’ spiritual, as well as their emotional and practical lives? Or perhaps a poet, seeking to infuse your language with the numinous lifeforce? Or a playwright, bringing to life ancient characters from myth and fable? Maybe you write instructional, descriptive or biographical non-fiction, and are searching for practical ways to write about the intangible – or you just want to branch out! .....

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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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2012 Seminar: You Can't Make This Stuff Up


Who: Lee Gutkind
When: Tuesday 28  August 2012, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Full price:
$100; Member: $70; Conc Member: $60

Recognised as ‘the Godfather’ of creative nonfiction, Lee Gutkind, will define and describe creative nonfiction, the fastest growing genre in the publishing industry, both from a literary and a practical perspective.   This comprehensive seminar will cover everything from history and background, ethics, and storytelling research. Gutkind will focus on explaining and isolating craft – the literary techniques that are the anchoring elements of the creative nonfiction essay or book.  At the end of this seminar, participants will understand what creative nonfiction is – and isn’t – and how to make it communicative and dramatic. .....

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2012 Writing from the Heart

Who: Mary Moody
When: Saturday 24 November 2012, 10am – 4pm NOTE DATE CHANGE
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Many of us have a burning desire to write our story; to document the chapters and events of our lives both as a personal record and as a gift to family and friends. The tradition of oral storytelling, of passing family sagas from one generation to another, is gradually diminishing. So writing from the heart; telling the stories of a life; is a great legacy for future generations. We know there are so many wonderful and inspiring stories out there to be told! .....

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2013 Story of My Life: Writing Memoir

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Who: Benjamin Law
Saturday 16 February 2013, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

For many people, the most important thing they will ever write is the story of their life. But where do you start? And how can you honour the truth while still creating compelling, engaging stories for readers? If you’ve ever considered writing your life, but weren’t sure where, or how, to start, then join writer, journalist and memoirist Benjamin Law for an in-depth exploration of autobiographical narrative. Get some tips on what to include, what to edit and gain a refined understanding of how to put your life on the page. .....

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