2011 Poetry Masterclass: a Long Lunch with Les Murray

Who: Les Murray
When: Saturday 15 October 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $205; Member: $145; Conc Member: $125
Code: 11MURR10

Want some help with your poetry? Looking for feedback on how you can improve your work?

Les Murray is Australia’s leading poet and has won the TS Elliot and the Queen’s medal. He has published over 30 books of poems and essays that have been translated in more than 20 languages. In this very special masterclass, open only to advanced writers, Les will rigorously workshop students’ poems, providing valuable feedback and advice on all poetry contributions. A delicious lunch will be provided for all students. .....

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2011 Poetry: a Practical Workshop

Who: Peter Skrzynecki
When: 2 x Sunday mornings: 20 & 27 November 2011, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Code: 11SKRZ11

Peter Skrzynecki is the author of nine volumes of poetry including the award-winning Headwaters, There, Behind the Lids and Immigrant Chronicle. Join him for a practical, round-table discussion of your work in a friendly, supportive environment.

Here’s how it works: each student will bring in no more than 5 poems of no more than 30 lines each. Make sure you don’t include your name anywhere on the poem. Poems will then be discussed by the class, with the author remaining anonymous, providing constructive feedback and insight into each work. .....

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2012 What's Poetry, What's Not

Who:  Brook Emery
6 x Wednesday evenings; 7, 14, 21 & 28 March; 4 & 11 April 2012, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Full price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325

This six-week course is designed to help beginning and intermediate poets get a grasp on what really makes poetry different from prose and what makes poetry (especially their own) come to life. The course is both theoretical and practical and, while concentrating on the writing of poetry, pays due attention to the importance of reading poetry. .....

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2012 Poetry: Appreciation and Creation (Sold Out)

Who:  Robert Gray
When: Sunday 29 January 2012, 10am-4pm.
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12GRAY1

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Robert Gray is offering a course which looks at the history of poetry in English and at the techniques which make the best of this work so effective. He offers new ways to use these traditional skills, which students can draw upon in writing their own work. He also aims to sharpen critical judgment and appreciation, so as to improve the spontaneous, crucial decisions a poet makes while in the act of writing. All genres of poetry will be discussed, from formalist to concrete, with a particular emphasis on contemporary free verse. A course rich enough to benefit the work of both beginners and advanced writers, including those whose special interest is prose. .....

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2012 Moments of Grace: A Poetry Workshop

Who:  Peter Skrzynecki
When: Saturday 23 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This poetry writers course is  designed to develop your writing by illustrating how the Ordinary can reveal the Extraordinary and how these experiences exist around us all the time. .....

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2012 Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow - Sold Out!


When: Saturday 3 November 2012, 10am – 6pm
Full Price
 $80; Member Price $55; Concession Member Price $45

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is back at the NSW Writers’ Centre, presenting the best of their annual ten-day festival in a special one-day event.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow program includes a series of panels and discussions about writing, writers and literary life; practical sessions such as The Pitch – offering no-holds-barred advice on the art of pitching your writing to editors, publishers and agents; the much-loved Creative Writing Bootcamp; and Living Library. .....

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2012 Plan to be Published

Who: Les Wicks
When: 2 x Sundays: 5 & 12 August 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$320; Member: $225; Conc Member: $190

If you write and are reaching the point where you would like your work to get out there into the wider world, then this course will help you to reach that new level. This course is for all styles and all ages. Les Wicks’ workshops are known for their constructive & friendly orientation. This workshop will have an emphasis on the nuts and bolts of establishing a poetry audience.  .....

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2012 Poesis: Making Poetry

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Who: Judith Beveridge
When: 6 x Thursday evenings: 25 October; 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November 2012, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

In her long poetry career Judith Beveridge has been awarded the NSW, Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and published four books of poetry. She is also the poetry editor of Meanjin. Join her for this six-week introduction to poetry writing and appreciation. .....

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2012 Writing 21st Century Poetry


Who: Pam Brown
When: Sunday 2 December 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This course is an opportunity to develop your poetry with award winning poet, editor (Jacket 2, Overland) and reviewer Pam Brown.  Over the day, Pam will closely consider free-form poems and make useful suggestions within a contemp

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2013 Poetry: For the Beauty of the Edge

Who: Martin Langford
6 x Tuesday evenings: 19 & 26 March; 2, 9, 16, & 23 April 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

Explore and refine your poetry in a challenging and supportive environment.

Martin Langford has published six books of poetry, has directed Australian Poetry three times, and is a keen advocate of new and emerging poets in Australia. In this workshop, Martin will focus on both the creative and the editorial aspects of writing: on producing the raw material of the poem and on shaping it. .....

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2013 Moments of Grace: A Poetry Workshop

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Peter Skrzynecki
Saturday 22 June 2013, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Throughout the centuries, poets have tried to capture moments of spiritual awakenings when the world as we know it falls away and we enter a different realm. We return changed, having become part of an experience that liberates us and transforms us, however momentarily, into a new self, touched with an awareness we did not possess previously. These moments of grace, as they are often called, are not exclusive to any religion, tradition or culture. They exist primarily at an elemental level but fill us with understanding, love and compassion of humanity that is universal. Moments of grace occur often in encounters with silence, stillness, light, love, music, birds/

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