Courses

2012 Where is the Love? How to put Romance into Your Writing

Who:  Dianne Blacklock
When:
Saturday 10 March 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12BLAC3

Dianne Blacklock is the author of eight novels of contemporary women’s fiction. Her books encompass a broad range of life experiences – marriage, divorce, family, work and … love. But what self-respecting novel doesn’t have a love story embedded somewhere in its narrative?

In ‘Where is the Love?’ Dianne will present a workshop designed for both beginners and experienced writers – anyone who lacks confidence exploring and developing the more romantic elements of their books – love, sex, the whole catastrophe. Dianne has been surprised by how many, even experienced, writers squirm at the idea of writing a love scene – and not in a good way. .....

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2012 The He(art) of Romance Writing

Who: Valerie Parv
When: Saturday 8 September 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

The He(art) of Romance Writing takes you into the heart of the world’s biggest-selling genre. Valerie Parv, has sold nearly 30 million books in 26 languages, and says romance novels are far easier to read than they are to write. Yes, the hero and heroine share an attraction from first meeting, but how do you keep millions of readers turning pages to find out if these two achieve their happy ending? The answer lies in the unique roles of dialogue, viewpoint and characterization in the romance genre. Whether you’re writing for print, ebooks or a combination; and intending to publish with traditional publishers or independently, these elements remain key. .....

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2012 Turn up the Heat: Writing Sizzling Sex Scenes

Who: Nicole Murphy
When: Saturday 27 October 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

There are few scenes harder to get right than a sex scene. It needs to sizzle, it needs to be sensual, it needs to be intimate and emotional and it needs to be anatomically possible.

This workshop will look at how you use character, setting and language to create a scene that will satisfy both character and reader, while also being true to the creed of every scene needing to move the story forward. .....

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2013 They Call it Chick Lit: Real Writing for Real Women

SOLD OUT – to be placed on the waitlist please email [email protected]

Who: Anita Heiss
When:
Sunday 17 March 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

So, you want to write a chick lit novel? First, throw out any preconceived notions of chick lit you may already have.  Then, join Anita Heiss, creator of the genre of ‘choc lit’ and author of bestselling novels Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming to learn how to write a novel that speaks to your readers through believable characters in authentic settings. Learn about developing storylines and plot points that take your readers on an emotional and evolutionary journey. Anita will highlight the importance of research, the value of dialogue and finding your own voice. By the end of the day, you should have written your synopsis! So, bring your sense of humour, your own stories of heartbreak and betrayal and be prepared to write, share and laugh. .....

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2013 Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 13 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Erotica has risen in popularity in recent months and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award whilst writing arousing and sensual prose? And how can you avoid falling into cliché?  .....

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2014 Romancing the Page

Who: Anne Gracie
When:
Sunday 4 May 2014, 10am-4pm PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE (as original date was scheduled for Mother’s Day).
Cost: Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Writing romance is not a matter of simply following some formula; like all popular fiction, it must delight and surprise readers. It’s much more varied than most people realise, and accounts for a huge chunk of the international fiction market. It’s character-driven genre fiction and even adding a thread of romance to a story in another genre will extend the appeal of that book — if you do it well. .....

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2015 Wildwords

Who: Pamela Cook
When:
Saturday 31 January 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Want to write but don’t know where to start? Through a series of writing exercises you will discover new ways to tap into your creativity and unleash your writing potential. Drawing on the philosophies of Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, Anne Lamott and others, Wildwords will encourage new writers to connect with their inner self, write using their intuition and get words flowing onto the page. .....

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2015 Breathing on the Mirror: Writing About Yourself and Others

Who: Kate Holden
When:
Saturday 7 March 2015, 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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2015 They Call it Chick-Lit

Who: Anita Heiss
When:
Saturday 31 January 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

So, you want to write a chick lit novel? First, throw out any preconceived notions of chick lit you may already have.  Then, join Anita Heiss, creator of the genre of ‘choc lit’ and author of bestselling novels Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming to learn how to write a novel that speaks to your readers through believable characters in authentic settings. Learn about developing storylines and plot points that take your readers on an emotional and evolutionary journey. Anita will highlight the importance of research, the value of dialogue and finding your own voice. By the end of the day, you should have written your synopsis! So, bring your sense of humour, your own stories of heartbreak and betrayal and be prepared to write, share and laugh. .....

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2015 Writing Romance: Where is the Love?

Who: Dianne Blacklock
When:
Saturday 14 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Dianne Blacklock is the author of nine novels of contemporary women’s fiction. Her books encompass a broad range of life experiences – marriage, divorce, family, work and…love. But what self-respecting novel doesn’t have a love story embedded somewhere in its narrative?

In ‘Where is the Love?’  Dianne will present a workshop designed for both beginners and experienced writers – anyone who lacks confidence exploring and developing the more romantic elements of their books – love, sex, the whole catastrophe. Dianne has been surprised by how many, even experienced, writers squirm at the idea of writing a love scene – and not in a good way. .....

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2016 What Women Want: Writing Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Who: Dianne Blacklock with guest speakers Ber Carrol and Anna Valdinger
When: 6 x Wednesday evenings: 30 March; 6, 13, 20, 27 April; 4 May, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate

What is Women’s Fiction anyway? Is it fiction written solely by women, or fiction written solely for women? Or is it so called because it’s fiction written about women? Funny, there isn’t a corresponding label for men’s fiction. Yet women could hardly be considered a sideline to the main game – they are not only the biggest readers and buyers of books, they also write more books than men. There wouldn’t be a publishing industry without women, and therefore books that speak to women are not only important, but integral to the literary landscape. .....

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