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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Digital DIY: Reaching Your Readers with Ebooks and Print on Demand

Who: Roz Hopkins and guests: Kate O’Donnell, Anna Maguire, Linda Nix, Bronwyn Mehan, Sarah Allen, Elisabeth Storrs and Dionne Lister
When: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Want to take control of your publishing? Interested in ebooks? Unsure about Print-on-demand?

This two-day seminar covers the nuts and bolts of doing your own digital publishing, from identifying your audience to formats, uploads and promotion.  .....

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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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The Business of Freelance Writing

The Business of Freelance Writing

Who: Benjamin Law
When:
Saturday 7 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

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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E-Publishing Survival

E-Publishing Survival

Who: David Henley
When:
4 x Tuesday evenings: 17, 24 February; 3, 10 March, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395

They said it would be easy. They said all you had to do was write the book. They never told you about the thousand and one things that need to get done to get your work out into the world.

Publishing has changed and for those considering self publishing there are many areas and obstacles to understand before you jump in. 

This course is a general primer course that combines some technical training with demonstrations, case studies and discussions of everything a self-publisher needs to know. Including how to make and distribute ebooks (the easy way and the hard way), promotion (publicity and marketing), social media, keeping your motivation and not giving up, and the business side.  .....

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Refining the Manuscript

Refining the Manuscript

Who: Toni Jordan
When:
Saturday 21 February, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           
Level:
Intermediate

The imaginative and intuitive first draft is finished, or almost finished, and the end of the manuscript is in sight. It’s time to see if the manuscript will hold water. This practical, hands-on workshop will encourage a forensic approach to refining the manuscript.

First, dialogue will need refining. The bad news is: bad dialogue stands out. It distracts from your story. It’s ungainly and ugly. If you write bad dialogue, even if everything else is great, good readers will think you’re not a good writer. The good news is: good dialogue glistens. It’s elegant. It gleams and glows and makes everything better. The very good news: of all the elements of a novel, dialogue is the easiest to improve. .....

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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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