Courses

Pitch Perfect

Who: Claire Craig
When: Saturday 14 June, 10am – 4pm
Where:
ASA office, C1.05 22-36 Mountain St, Ultimo NSW 2007
Cost:
Full price $230; ASA & NSW Writers’ Centre members $155

For bookings contact the Australian Society of Authors on (02) 9211 1004 or click here.

Authors today need to be able to write, edit and promote their books. Developing an effective sales pitch as soon as possible is essential – whether it’s for a covering letter to a publisher, a book or a marketing blurb, or a verbal pitch. .....

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Kids & YA festival

SOLD OUT – Please call our office on 9555 9757 to go on our waitlist.
When:
Saturday 28 June, 10am – 6pm
Full Price
 $90; Member Price $60; Concession Member Price $50

The Kids & YA literature festival is back at the NSW Writers’ Centre, showcasing some of Australia’s best-known and beloved authors, illustrators and publishers.

The festival program includes panels such as ‘Creating Worlds of Magic & Wonder’ and ‘Publishers: What They’re Looking For and How to Impress Them’, as well as an opportunity at the end of the day for ticket holders to pitch their ideas to an expert panel for the chance to win prizes. .....

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Approaching Publishers

SOLD OUT – Please email us to add your name to the waiting list.
A seminar with Rochelle Manners. What are the best ways to approach a publisher? Are the rules different? What is always the same? What are the advantages of pitches, networking, and competitions?

This seminar will be held during the lunch hour of the Kids & YA Festival and will require a separate booking to attend. It will be held in the Henry Lawson room. Only Kids & YA Festival ticket holders can attend this seminar. Limited to 15 attendees. .....

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From Manuscript to Publication

From Manuscript to Publication

Who: Linda Nix
When:
6 x Saturday afternoons: 13, 20, 27 June; 4, 11, 25 July, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

Is your manuscript ready for publication? How do you know if it’s good enough to publish? How do you find the right publisher – or should you self-publish? Do you know what’s involved in the publishing process?

 This six week course takes a practical, hands-on approach to getting your manuscript – and yourself – ready for the world of publishing .....

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An Introduction to Plain English

An Introduction to Plain English

Who: Susan McKerihan
When:
Saturday 20 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

The objective of Plain English is to ensure that a document’s intended reader understands its messages quickly and accurately. What is a ‘reader-focused document’, and how it is achieved? What specific tools and devices can help make a document more readable?

This workshop will introduce you to the three aspects of a ‘readable’ document: .....

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You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

Who: George Merryman
When:
Saturday 27 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 series of prese

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Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Grammar Basics and The Perils of Punctuation

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 11 July, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Learn how you can use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Dr Gillian Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, use punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she will also explain semi-colons.

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Seminar: Book Publicity for Authors

Seminar: Book Publicity for Authors

Who: Jaki Arthur
When:
Thursday 30 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

In this seminar, experienced book publicist Jaki Arthur, presents a motivating and inspiring workshop all about book publicity – how it works, why it works, what it can do for you and how to do it!

You will discuss today’s media landscape and where your work and ideas fit within it, learn how to identify and approach targets, when (and when not to) to pitch, and finally, learn about the current book retail landscape in Australia and the Australian publishing industry in general – its strengths and its weaknesses. .....

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The Gentle Art of Persuasion

The Gentle Art of Persuasion

Who: Neil James
When:
Saturday 1 August, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

For more than 2,000 years, writers have wrestled with the problem of persuasion. What makes one text compelling and another pedestrian?

Neil James draws from fields as diverse as classical rhetoric, plain language and cognitive psychology to explore some practical techniques that can supercharge your text. Whether you are writing fiction or writing for the web, whether you want to add dimension to your characters or simply strengthen a submission, there is much to learn from the gentle art of persuasion. .....

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The Business of Being a Writer

The Business of Being a Writer

Who: David Henley, Benython Oldfied, Jaki Arthur, Chris Allen and Guests
When:
Saturday 5 September, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

It’s never been easy to be a writer but now it seems that there is more to do than ever, from self promotion to reading contracts, negotiating pay, managing multiple income streams, understanding the tax implications of foreign sales and how to make a splash in the social media ocean. Sometimes it seems that even being a part-time writer is a full-time job. .....

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Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Who: Eleanor Limprecht
When:
Thursday 8 October, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

How do you use the tools of journalism and investigation to research the stories you want to write and improve your fiction or non-fiction? This seminar will provide you with practical information about resources available (both online and traditional) and how to access them. Topics will also include how to organise your research, the ethics of research and how to put your research aside and just start writing. Students can expect to come away with new sources of information about their own project and practical ways to organise and use their research. .....

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