Courses

2013 Blasting Through Writer's Block

Who: Kate Forsyth

When: Saturday 2 March 2013, 10am-4pm

Cost: Full price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Ernest Hemingway said the scariest thing in the world was a blank sheet of paper. Harper Lee never finished the book she began writing after To Kill A Mockingbird. Joseph Conrad was so haunted by his writer’s block that he wrote ‘I want to howl and foam at the mouth … the effort I put out should give birth to Masterpieces as big as mountains (but only) brings forth a ridiculous mouse every now and again.’
All writers get blocked sometimes. Yet it is 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.
Professional writers have all sorts of tricks and techniques to make sure writer’s block does not become writer’s paralysis. Kate Forsyth is the author of 23 books, which have been published all around the world. In a fast-paced, intense workshop, learn how to overcome the fear of the blank page and get the creative juices flowing, how to blast through the fears and doubts holding you back, and how to keep your well of creativity overflowing so that you are always brimming over with ideas, energy and enthusiasm. .....

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2013 Blogging for Beginners

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Who: Angela Meyer
When:
Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April 2013, 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$200; Member: $140; Conc Member: $120

You want to start a blog but you’re really not sure where to begin. It could be for business, pleasure, criticism, charity, or to build a profile or portfolio. Which platform will you use? How do you make it look good? Should you have a topic or theme, or just dive in? Will you allow comments? .....

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2013 Seminar: Social Media for Writers

Who: Zena Shapter
When:
Wednesday 1 May 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $50; Member: $35; Conc Member: $30

Ever wondered… why all the fuss about social media? Isn’t Twitter for twits and Facebook for teenagers?

Introducing you to the most popular social media platforms, Zena Shapter will guide you through the minefield that is social networking… from a writers’ perspective.

Learn how to use the internet to promote your writing, connect with other writers, find inspiration and information online. Talking about the unstated rules of online engagement, Zena will show you how to build your online writing profile and have you itching to get started! .....

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2013 The Essentials of Editing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
4 x Thursday evenings: 2, 9, 16, 23 May 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost: Full price:
$400; Member: $280; Conc Member: $240

Editing and proofreading are a vital part of the writing journey. A first draft is only the start of a process that turns raw copy into polished gems ready for the reader. This course, for people who need to edit their own work or documents in the workplace, will show participants how to carry out the three layers of editing: substantive editing, which looks at the big picture; copy-editing, which ensures that each sentence is well-constructed; and proofreading, which eliminates the errors that slipped through the first two stages. .....

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2013 Presentation Skills for Writers

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

You’ve written your work and now you’re being asked to read it out loud.  Whether at a festival or any form of public reading these are promotional moments that can convert a listener, if you read it well. You can prepare yourself for these moments. This one-day intensive works directly on enhancing you as a public reader of your work. Working with the group we’ll introduce performance techniques to help you find your voice. This is an active day: part-public speaking, part-theatre, with speakers at all levels and any genre able to explore their voices. Award winning writer and performer George Catsi will be able to give individual feedback in a group context.  .....

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2013 Ebooks for Beginners

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Who: Emily Craven
When:
Sunday 14 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Trying to get a handle on the E-Book Revolution? This workshop is for writers who wish to understand how changes in publishing can benefit them. It covers opportunities for authors in this e-book revolution and how they can leverage technology to their advantage to increase their connection with readers and build a following. .....

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2013 Spreading the Word: PR for Authors

Who: Vicki Morrison
When:
Tuesday 16 July 2013, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35           

Today’s publisher expects their authors to contribute significantly to the publicity of their books. But most authors are not trained as publicists, so where do you start?

Whether you are published traditionally or as an e-book, this course will give you a strong platform from which to leverage yourself and your books to your reading audience.

In this course, you will learn the best ways to address e-marketing & PR so that you can expand your brand, your audience and build sales.

After attending Spreading the Word, you will be able to: .....

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2013 Story Planning and Design

Who: Greg Bastian
When:
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210

Hit a brick wall with your novel or short story? Are your characters adrift, your plot rudderless, your dialogue unconvincing? Chances are the story wasn’t planned sufficiently well at the outset. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore the essential steps in designing a compelling story — characters, plot, theme, setting, point of view, voice and genre.

At a pace that suits the group, we go through the essential steps in designing a good story, each step featuring practical writing assignments and comparative discussions.  It’s surprising how much you can learn from the experiences and comments of other writers in the group. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished author, you’ll leave this workshop with a comprehensive plan of the story you are currently working on, as well as a sound method for designing future writing projects. Suitable for aspiring and emerging writers. .....

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2013 Jumpstart Your Short Story

Who: Barry Divola
When:
Sunday 11 August 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Do you want to write short fiction but you’re not sure exactly how to go about it?

Do you have a lot of ideas but they never seem to become stories?

Do you start something but then hit a dead-end a page or two in and get discouraged?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Jumpstart is the course for you. There’s never been a better time to write short fiction. From best-seller George Saunders (Tenth Of December) to Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan (A Visit From The Goon Squad), the genre is finally gaining the kudos it deserves. The good news is that short fiction is, you know, shorter than a novel. The slightly less good news is that you have to really work at it to tell your story well and make it sing on the page.  .....

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2013 The Secrets of Persuasive Writing

Who: Tony Spencer-Smith
When:
Saturday 19 October 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Words are powerful tools to persuade, explain, motivate and inspire. This course is for people who already write well but want to increase the impact and intensity of their words.

Whether you are a business writer trying to influence staff, a blogger, a speechmaker, a campaigner for a cause or someone writing a memoir, you need to connect with and involve your readers. .....

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2013 Storytelling for a 21st Century Audience

Who: Matt Finch
When:
Saturday 9 November 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

There is no-one in the library when the children arrive.
Blood is pooled on the front step.  Within, bookshelves have been knocked to the ground, their contents spilled across the carpet.
The children suspect a prank. “Is this a murder mystery game?”
Before anyone can answer, there’s a cry from outside.
The children run to the exit. Deformed figures are approaching: the walking dead.
Zombies attack!  The children scream as their teachers barricade the doors.
Only a storyteller can save them now…
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