Courses

2014 Writing a Sense of Place

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Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 8 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphrase 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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2014 The Business of Freelance Writing

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Who:
Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 8 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing features for magazines doesn’t simply involve cobbling together a decent story. It also requires nailing a perfect pitch, doing robust research, arranging hard-to-get interviews, knowing your audience (and editor) and writing blistering copy that doesn’t let the reader go. Beyond that, it involves a lot of business know-how: good time management, keeping track of invoices and constant ideas generation. .....

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2014 The Art of Story: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Who: Arnold Zable
When:
Saturday 22 March 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

You have a story to tell, or an idea for a story, perhaps several ideas. Taken from life, your own life, or what you have observed in others. Perhaps you have begun to write it, and are stuck. The most important question is: What is the best way to tell the story? As fiction or non-fiction? Novel or memoir; short story or feature? The borderline between fiction and non-fiction is not as distinct as some would have it. There are techniques are common to both. There are also hybrids that cross the boundaries in daring and imaginative ways. .....

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2014 Writing From Life

2014 Writing From Life

Who: Alice Pung
When:
Saturday 8 March 2014, 10am-4pm
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM ORIGINAL COURSE PROGRAM
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing from life is tricky – how do you transform a personal narrative (your own, or someone else’s) into something that interests other people? How do you write from life without being too insularly specific or blandly generic? What are the things you choose to hide, and the things you reveal?

This full day workshop will look at writing from life from the perspective of character, plot, dialogue and most importantly, the heart of the story. It will go through a series of short exercises to help you hone in on these skills, so please come ready to write.  .....

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2014 Seminar: Writing a Synopsis

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Monday 7 April 2014, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Writers often moan and groan about synopses, but there’s no escape – if you want a literary agent to represent you or a commercial publisher to consider your manuscript, you can’t avoid it. Even self-publishers need to know how to encapsulate their book to grab a potential reader’s attention. A good synopsis can be the key to publishing success.

Many writers find tackling a 500 word synopsis more daunting than an 80,000 word manuscript. This workshop explores the role of the synopsis and offers practical tips and tools to help you work out what you need to put in, and what you need to leave out. We will look at synopses that have been successful for first-time Australian authors and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises. .....

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2014 The Art of the Essay

This course has been postponed. New date to be announced. Click here to email us and receive updated information.
Who:
Anne Manne
When:
Saturday 12 April 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In this workshop writer and essayist Anne Manne will discuss that most beguiling and versatile of art forms, the essay. She will also assist students in crafting their own and discuss approaches to getting published. What EXACTLY is an essay? The morning session will open with some examples of good essay writing for students to read and discuss the genre, identifying the features they think make a piece work. The workshop will look at techniques which help students cultivate their own distinctive style and the importance of developing your own unique author’s ‘Voice.’ But what about the necessary requirements to get your essays published? What is a ‘hook’ and how does it help to have a sparkling beginning to a piece? What differentiates essays in shape, style, content and length from other forms of writing such as academic writing, reports, opinion pieces, feature articles and reportage? Ways to orient your essay writing to fit the requirements of publications you submit to will be discussed.  The afternoon will be devoted to practising the art of essay writing. Anne Manne will give a choice using a file of a contemporary issue or an essay topic of own for free choice and get students to craft part of that essay. Then in the final part of the workshop, the group will discuss the work presented by fellow students. Along the way we will discuss writer’s block, and ways of overcoming your inner critic!
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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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2014 The Art of Travel Writing

Who: Bruce Elder
When:
Saturday 3 May 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Many people return from a holiday or a journey overseas believing that what they have experienced is worth writing about. They may have written a diary or a blog which they have shared with friends and family. This course is designed to explore how those memories and jottings can be turned into articles worthy of publication and even books about the rich and unique experience of travel. The course will focus on techniques for turning memories of a journey or a holiday into entertaining and evocative prose; the importance of integrating personal experience with careful research; and the complex mechanics and deep satisfaction of seeing your travel experiences published. .....

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2014 Turning Memory into Memoir

Who: Jan Cornall
When:
4 x Sunday mornings: 1, 15, 22, 29 June 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

Do you have a lifetime of stories to tell, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to turn memories into memoir by accessing your authentic writer’s voice and bringing to the page the stories and characters you know so well.  Using meditative writing techniques Jan will take you deep into sense memory, where you can discover how to create the descriptive detail needed to bring your stories to life. You need a few other things too, like a strong narrator voice and an ability to turn ‘the ordinary’ into ‘the extraordinary’ – it’s all possible with a little bit of help. Use this opportunity to kickstart your memoir and by the end of the course you can have the tools, confidence and discipline to continue writing a full memoir, collection of stories or memoir based works. .....

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2014 The Ultimate Selfie: Writing Memoir

Who: Jo Case
When:
Saturday 16 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

In the writing world, memoir is the new black. Readers – and publishers – are hungry for distinctive, beautifully told true tales that give new insight into what it is to be human in a particular place, at a particular time. You don’t need to have been stuck between two rocks for 127 hours (or had a misery-drenched childhood) for your story to be worth telling – but you do need to know how to tell it in a way that will engage readers and offer something unique and valuable. .....

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2014 How to Get Work as a Freelance Writer

Who: Fran Molloy
When:
Saturday 20 September 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

How can you get your favourite magazine to publish an article you write – and pay you for it? Should you write the story first, and post it – or email it? How much can you charge? Can you earn an income from my writing? This course is a practical guide to the world of freelance writing and freelance journalism – which are not always the same thing! .....

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