Courses

2011 Character Flaws (SOLD OUT)

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty
When: Sunday 6 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11MORI11

‘Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.’ (Abraham Lincoln)

‘Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan’ (Robert A. Heinlein)

Strong characters are essential to effective creative writing — and if your characters are strong enough, they will do your writing for you (while you relax and have a cup of tea). In this one-day course, best-selling author Jaclyn Moriarty (Feeling Sorry for Celia, Dreaming of Amelia) will discuss and help you practise techniques for creating characters that leap from the page. .....

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2011 We're Talking Dialogue

Who: Gary John Baxter
When: Sunday 13 November 2011, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 11BAXT11

Many good novels are let down by weak or mundane dialogue. Plays rely heavily on dialogue and film dialogue has its own unique requirements. Gary Baxter is an internationally recognised playwright, novelist, actor and director. In this course he will investigate how dialogue defines and creates character in novels, stage plays and screenplays. .....

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2012 Stuck! Therapy for Writer's Block

Who:  Geoffrey Atherden
When:
Saturday 11 February 2012-10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12ATHE2

Writers can get stuck at a number of stages in a project: stuck at the beginning when uncertainty about how to get going, where to start, whether the idea is good enough, or how to do justice to the research creates paralysis; stuck in the middle when the work grinds to a halt, maybe because the energy and passion have gone out of the writing, or maybe because of an unresolved problem earlier in the draft, or possibly because the idea which seemed so good at its beginning just doesn’t seem to have a satisfactory ending; or stuck at the end when fear of allowing someone else to read the work can send the writer back to yet another edit or rewrite. This workshop will cover a number of techniques for overcoming blocks at all of these stages, exploring mind games, check lists as well as physical exercises. The workshop aims to give writers a toolbox containing a range of potential lubricants to ease a writer’s block. .....

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2012 Sharp Speech! A Writing Great Dialogue Intensive

Who:  Van Badham
When:
Sunday 13 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This writing course will develop your ability to craft effective dialogue, a key skill publishers or producers are looking for when they are assessing your work. .....

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2012 Navigating Through a Writing Project

Who: Melissa Bruce
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings; 14,21 & 28 March; 4, 11 & 18 April 2012, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price $540; Member $380; Conc Member $325
Code:
12BRUC6

Having problems kickstarting ideas? Have trouble sticking with a creative problem? Then struggle with finishing a project? “Navigating Through a Writing Project” looks to give helpful hints to get through all stages of the creative process. .....

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2012 Plotting and Planning

Who:  Laurine Croasdale
When:
Saturday 5 May 2012 10am-4pm
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This writing course is a practical look at plotting with lots of writing exercises, group work, discussion and constructive critiques.

Plotting is the backbone of your story – no matter what your genre – and understanding the basics of plotting will help you get your story into shape and provide a launching point for writing. .....

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2012 The Characters Who'll Get You Published

Who:  Catherine Hammond
When:
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2012- 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $290; Member $205; Conc Member $175
Code:
12HAMM4

This practical course will focus on the portrayal of characters in both fiction and non-fiction, responding to such issues as: What if my characters all seem to sound and behave almost the same? What is meant by a “well-rounded” character? The relation of character portrayal to storyline development will be examined, with emphasis on avoiding the common error of using characters as mere vehicles to move the plot along or convey messages dear to the author. .....

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2012 The Grammar Gig (sold out)

Who:  Selena Hanet-Hutchins
When:
Saturday 21 April 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
  12HANE4

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Ever hovered over a hyphen, or a “which” or “that”? Have valuable workshop minutes been lost in debate about apostrophes, or “and” or “but” at the start of a sentence? Uncertain of those semicolons? Every writer, whether master or novice, can improve their craft by developing their skills in grammar. Every published writer knows the value of submitting a “clean” manuscript for publication. Beyond knuckle-rapping and rote learning, English grammar is a system of rules and principles that allow us to communicate meaningfully with one another, and can take your writing from flat or forced to fantastic. .....

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2012 Writers' Toolkit: The Elements of Fiction

Who:  Emily Maguire
When: Sunday 13 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code: 12MAGU5

In this one-day intensive, Emily will provide an introduction to the elements of fiction including character, point of view, voice, setting and plot. She will discuss each element using examples from contemporary and classic works of fiction, which will then be reinforced through short writing exercises. .....

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2012 Blogging for Beginners

Who: Angela Meyer
When: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 March 2012-10:30am-1:30pm

Where: Leichhardt Library, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW

Cost: Full Price $180; Member $125; Conc Member $110
Code: 12MEYE3

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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2012 Seminar: The Business of Being A Writer

Who: Judith Ridge, Angelo Loukakis, Pamela Freeman and Dale Hollingsworth
When: Saturday 25 February 2012, 10am – 5pm
Cost: Full Price $150; Member $105 (30% disc); Conc Member $90 (40% disc)
Code: 12RIDG2

You decided to become a writer because you’re good at expressing yourself creatively. What you weren’t expecting was all those other aspects you have to deal with – contracts, copyright, finances and how to promote yourself. .....

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