Forest for the Trees: Sydney Writers' Festival Seminar
Thursday 23 May, 10am – 4.30pm
Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW
Cost: Full price $45, Concession $35*
*NSWWC members are eligible for the concession price
Forest for the Trees is a one-day seminar looking at the current state of publishing for Australian writers. The seminar brings together writers, publishers, marketers, and agents to discuss what is happening in 2013.
Established writers Emily Maguire and Delia Falconer talk about the challenge of maintaining a career as a writer. Publishers, large and small, will talk about the creative avenues they are using to find and promote authors. .....
Who: David Henley
When: 6 x Tuesday evenings: 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 1, 8 April, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price: $660; Member: $460; Conc Member: $395
This course is for beginners, but students must be comfortable with using the internet and providing online portals with personal and financial information.
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. .....
Seminar: Essentials of Publishing
Who: Amruta Slee and guests
When: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
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. .....
Understanding Story Structure
Who: Laurel Cohn
When: Saturday 5 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
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. Being able to identify the backbone of your 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. In Laurel Cohn’s experience as a developmental editor, structural issues are common. In this workshop you will be introduced to the idea of storyboarding for writers. This is a useful tool to help you discover the spine of your story, the key elements that your story can’t do without, and ideas that can be trimmed away. In addition to storyboarding, through practical exercises we will explore other strategies to help you understand and hone your story structure. .....
Seminar: Writing a Synopsis
Who: Laurel Cohn
When: Monday 7 April, 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. .....
From Manuscript to Publication
Who: Linda Nix
When: 6 x Saturday afternoons: 14, 21 June; 5, 12, 19, 26 July, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
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. .....
Seminar: Social Media for Beginners
Who: Sarah Allen
When: Tuesday 24 June, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member:$35
In this session with publicist Sarah Allen, you’ll learn the absolute fundamentals for any author wanting to understand WHY you benefit from dedicating time to a social strategy, WHAT you might like to talk about in digital channels, WHEN are the best times to post content online, and HOW you can incorporate it into your busy day!
From defining your author brand and finding your unique voice online; choosing social media channels to help build an author platform; and seeing how good content always increases engagement (and your return on investment), you’ll leave this session armed with newfound social media knowledge, eager to put it into action.