Courses

2012 Creating Travel Literature

Who: Brendan Shanahan
When: Saturday 12 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Code: 12SHAN5

Travel writing has spawned categories and sub-categories, but the travel novel has increased in standing as serious literature. More than a memoir, an exceptional travel novel is a distinct blend of the personal, the novel and the cultural, defined by the clarity of the writer’s voice and language, and the wit of observation.  .....

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2012 The Art of Travel Writing

Who: Bruce Elder
When: Sunday 6 May 2012, 10am-4pm
Full price: $150; Member: $105; Conc Member: $90
Location: NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle, Sydney

This course for prospective travel writers is designed to explore how those memories and jottings can be turned into articles worthy of publication and even books about the rich and unique experience of travel. .....

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2012 Writing a Sense of Place

Who:  Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 2 June 2012, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price $150; Member $105; Conc Member $90
Code:
12CAST6

Annie Proulx once said that Brokeback Mountain isn’t about two gay cowboys; it’s about the West and its sense of place. The expression “a sense of place” is a critical catchphase that often defies clear understanding. As readers we know when a writer has created a “great sense of place”. But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey “a sense of place”, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2012 The Best Job in the World: An Introduction to Travel Writing

Who: Ben Stubbs
When: Saturday 17 November 2012, 10am – 4pm
Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

“You have the best job in the world!” is something that travel writers regularly hear before heading off on assignment.

It’s not just a profession for the intrepid and unattached though. Find out if you’ve got what it takes to be a published travel writer yourself. Travel writing is an amazing occupation for writers and travellers who are itching to explore different cultures and curious to see how the world works. This introductory travel writing course is designed to tap into your own passion for writing and travelling – using your holiday journals and unfiltered travel experiences – to look at how, with a collection of practical writing techniques, you can jump into the world of travel writing yourself. .....

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2013 Travel Writing with Spirit

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Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 13 April 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

With the success of books like Eat, Pray, Love, travel writing has become more personal and more linked with intimate journeys that are spiritual, romantic and quirky. This course will teach you what to look out for when you travel and how you should record it. Light-hearted, fun and sometimes meditative, Walter’s workshop is practical and focused on inspiring you to write down the personal side of your journeys and on sharing your insights with others. This workshop will explore the power of connection and how we can transcend the description of monuments, transport and traffic conditions and concentrate instead on the infinitely more fascinating realms of relationship and self-realisation. The goal is to create genuinely fascinating stories about why we travel and how it changes us. .....

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2013 Writing a Sense of Place

ONE SPOT LEFT!

Who:Felicity Castagna
When:
Sunday 16 June 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$165; Member: $115; Conc Member: $100

Annie Proulx once said that Brokeback Mountain isn’t about two gay cowboys; it’s about the West and its sense of place. The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphase that often defies clear understanding.  As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place.’ But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2013 Writing Your Journey

Who: Walter Mason
When:
Saturday 26 October 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           

As more and more of us travel, many are becoming increasingly interested in recording their journeys. In this course Walter will take you through the ways you can capture the essence of place as well as your experiences and perceptions.

Whether it’s blogging for friends and family, creating journal articles or ebooks, or pitching a full-scale intimate travel memoir, the new forms of travel writing require us to be a part of the story and to expose our own interests, tensions and vulnerabilities. This course will teach you how to balance all this, and offer you some effective techniques for capturing vibrant word-portraits that will enliven your writing and help to re-create vivid memories. .....

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2014 Writing a Sense of Place

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Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
Saturday 8 February 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

The expression ‘a sense of place’ is a critical catchphrase that often defies clear understanding.  As readers we know when a writer has created a ‘great sense of place.’ But what does that mean? It’s hopelessly vague. In this course students will meticulously consider the techniques used by writers to convey ‘a sense of place’, as well as looking at the role it plays in creative writing. When writing about place, the writer must consider more than just its physical attributes or location. .....

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2014 The Art of Travel Writing

Who: Bruce Elder
When:
Saturday 3 May 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Many people return from a holiday or a journey overseas believing that what they have experienced is worth writing about. They may have written a diary or a blog which they have shared with friends and family. This course is designed to explore how those memories and jottings can be turned into articles worthy of publication and even books about the rich and unique experience of travel. The course will focus on techniques for turning memories of a journey or a holiday into entertaining and evocative prose; the importance of integrating personal experience with careful research; and the complex mechanics and deep satisfaction of seeing your travel experiences published. .....

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2014 Inviting the Muse: Creativity for Writers

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
4 x Sunday mornings: 24, 31 August; 7 14 September 2014, 10am-1pm
Cost:
Full price: $440; Member: $310; Conc Member: $265

This course is for people who are interested in writing fiction, travel or life stories. It is for those who have a story to tell and have been wondering how to get that story going—to access the creative energy and writing craft practices that bring stories alive on the page. The course imparts ways to entice creativity back into our writing and daily lives, through a combination of short presentations, discussion of selected readings, writing exercises and workshopping to explore new ways of seeing and ‘making things new’ as writers. We explore meditation techniques, drama and drawing to access the parts of us where the muse lives. .....

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2014 Travel Writing in the 21st Century

LIMITED PLACES LEFT

Who: Claire Scobie
When:
Saturday 18 October 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

With the rapid evolution in online communication, travel writing is changing, and changing fast. Today, travel writers are thinking about their brand, their image, their next blog post. Writers for print media are honing new skills to stand out among the virtual crowd. Meanwhile bloggers are learning the craft of traditional travel journalists. .....

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