Courses

The Essentials of Publishing

The Essentials of Publishing

Who: Joel Naoum & guest speakers
When:
Saturday 24 March & Sunday 25 March, 10am–4pm
Cost:
Full price: $380; Member: $265; Conc Member: $230

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, small presses and self-publishing? .....

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How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer


Who: Bianca Nogrady
When:
Saturday 17 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Work when you want, where you want, for whom you want, and how you want: the description of a freelancer has changed somewhat since the days of the medieval mercenary warrior, but the principles remain the same.

The internet is transforming the media landscape, and while this has been to the detriment of the traditional in-house publishing model, it is opening up a wealth of opportunities for freelance writers. Succeeding in freelance writing takes determination, discipline and a thick skin, but master those and you can enjoy the many benefits of a freelance career. .....

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Seminar: Book Promotion Essentials

Seminar: Book Promotion Essentials

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
Thursday 8 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35

Learn the essentials of marketing your book and your author brand! Whether you’re an experienced author, new to the world of commercial publishing, or a self-published author, this informative seminar with award-winning author Aleesah Darlison will provide crucial information about marketing your book and your author brand.

These days, being an author is about more than just writing books. Often, people think the hard work is in getting a manuscript accepted for publication. But the real challenges start after your book is accepted for publication. .....

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Podcast Camp: Recording, Interviewing and Editing

Podcast Camp: Recording, Interviewing and Editing

Who: Kate Montague and Belinda Lopez
When:
2 x Saturdays: 24 February & 3 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $380; Member: $265; Conc Member: $230

If you’re keen to start or develop a podcast, this course will give you the skills to whip your ideas into shape. Aimed at novice and emerging podcast makers looking to create a new podcast project or develop their existing ideas and audio production skills, this course offers the opportunity to learn and practise recording and editing. .....

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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week course 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 trade. As well as the weekly face-to-face sessions, participants will receive multimedia resources for further skill development. .....

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Seminar: Scrivener 101

Seminar: Scrivener 101

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 30 January, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$70; Member: $50; Conc Member: $45

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting while helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

In this seminar, Lee Powell will guide you through a basic Scrivener tutorial. He’ll introduce you to Scrivener’s main functions, providing you with handouts including screenshots, and answer your how-to questions. You’ll gain an understanding of how to use Scrivener to assist with any writing project, particularly long ones, and leave with the confidence to use this powerful tool. .....

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Open House with Hachette Australia - SOLD OUT

 Open House with Hachette Australia - SOLD OUT

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name, phone number and the genre of your manuscript, and we will add you to the waiting list.

Friday 6 October, 9:30am – 4:30pm
At the NSW WRITERS’ CENTRE, CALLAN PARK*
*
Please note, this venue has been updated

This opportunity is open to Centre members only.
$45 members / $35 concession members
Phone bookings only – call (02) 9555 9757

How does a publishing house

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Blasting Through Writer’s Block - SOLD OUT!

Blasting Through Writer’s Block - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Kate Forsyth

When: Saturday 2 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All levels

All writers get blocked sometimes. Yet it’s those writers who learn how to blast through their blockage and keep on writing that manage to produce work, year after year, and so build themselves a career as a writer. Most aspiring writers dream of being able to make a living from their writing, yet writer’s block makes the process slow and arduous, as well as very time-consuming. .....

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Seminar: Research for Writers - 2017

Seminar: Research for Writers - 2017

Who: Helen O’Neill
When:
Tuesday 14 November, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
All

Research brings writing to life. Whatever the genre, from fiction to non-fiction, research is one of the most powerful tools any author can have at their disposal – and those who use it well create mesmerizing work.

This practical research seminar will show you how to harness, direct and exploit research to its best advantage for your writing, using everything from the basic tools of investigative journalism to the subtle nuances of critical, evocative detail. Learn a series of easy-to-follow techniques that will enable you to mount a meaningful search on any subject. Using real-life examples to demonstrate the dos and the don’ts, you’ll learn how, why and when to dive into research. Hunting down and using information can be an ethical minefield, and this seminar will demonstrate how to avoid the booby traps. It will also help you recognise when the time has come for your research to stop. .....

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Performance Skills for Writers 2017

Performance Skills for Writers 2017

Who: George Catsi
When:
Saturday 4 November 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

You’ve written your work and now you’re being asked to read it out loud – or you hope to soon.  Any public reading is a promotional moment that can convert a listener, if you read and speak well. You can prepare yourself to make the most of these moments.

Learn to face an audience with confidence and read your work to c

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Journalling for Creativity and Productivity 2017

Journalling for Creativity and Productivity 2017

Who: Claire Corbett
When:
Saturday 14 October 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All levels and types of writer will benefit, including academic writers and journalists

In this energising, fun and interactive course, you’ll learn how to create a daily journal for capturing ideas, enhancing productivity, and prioritising tasks. The aim is to reduce stress while increasing focus, organisation and playfulness. The course blends approaches from a number of sources on productivity and incorporates insights from brain research to harness what we know about motivation and concentration. The resulting approach is endlessly customisable. You can spend as little as five minutes a day on it. It is, in essence, a practical approach to mindfulness, with a focus on calm, creativity and clarifying priorities. .....

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