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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Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

In a big life, where is the story? Everyone has not just one story, but thousands. Somewhere in your many years, encounters, lessons and relationships is the tale you need to tell. It may be sad, it may be joyful, complicated or simple, it might be just for you or it might be a story lots of people can share.  .....

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Seminar: Writing a Synopsis

Seminar: Writing a Synopsis

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Thursday 26 February, 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 seminar 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 (fiction and non-fiction) and hone synopsis-writing skills through practical exercises. .....

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Essentials of Publishing

Essentials of Publishing

Who: Amruta Slee with Nikki Gemmell, Mark Dapin, Chris Allen and Leta Keens and more
When:
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level:
All

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two day course you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table. .....

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Understanding Story Structure

Understanding Story Structure

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Saturday 28 March, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies for writers to be able to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to help you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants have the opportunity to practice the tools introduced on their own work so they can continue to use these skills as they develop their manuscript. .....

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Blogging for Beginners

Blogging for Beginners

Who: Will Kostakis
When:
2 x Saturday mornings: 2 & 9 May, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$220; Member: $155; Conc Member: $130          
Level: Beginner

There are two things a writer wants: to be published, and to be read. Thanks to advances in technology, the former has become a lot easier. All you need is a blog and time to fill it. Short for web log, a blog is an online journal that allows you to share your writing, be it creative, journalistic, or simply a personal account of your life. But there’s a big difference between being published and being read .....

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Writing a Sense of Place

Writing a Sense of Place

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 18 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

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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Creative Groove

Creative Groove

Who: Walter Mason
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 19, 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 31 May, 10am—1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

A course in re-igniting your creative spark and learning to share your gifts with the world.

The time has come for you to start making your mark! So often we put off our creative work. We tell ourselves that when the time is right, and when we are inspired and informed, our writing will begin in earnest. But guess what? The clock is ticking. You don’t have time to wait for the stars to align. You need to awaken your creative spark now and get working in earnest. You need to get your creative groove back. .....

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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 April; 5, 12, 19, 26 May; 2 June, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
Intermediate. This course assumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a high level of literacy.

This series of six workshops presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the tricks of the trade. .....

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