Courses

Upcoming courses

From our base in Sydney,  the Centre presents an annual program of courses including writers workshops, masterclasses and professional development seminars. Our training is delivered by published authors who are experienced teachers, and covers the full range of genres and styles of writing.

 

[My involvement with the NSWWC] has been invaluable… I won second place in the Australian Women’s Weekly Short Story Prize and have been the Pacific Region Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. I would not be at this stage of development if I had not joined the NSWWC.  Terri Green, Writer

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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Creative Manoeuvres

Creative Manoeuvres

Who: Mark O’Flynn
When:
Saturday 24 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Learn techniques for generating creativity and leave with inspiration for a productive year of writing ahead. Join novelist, memoirist and poet Mark O’Flynn for this one-day workshop aimed at developing your creative manoeuvres. We’ll be writing, but also playing. Exercises and group discussion will stimulate different aspects of the creative process, bring some clarity to issues of form, and cut through some of the confusion about what is actually being written. .....

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Understanding Story Structure

Understanding Story Structure

SOLD OUT. Email us to go on the waitlist.

Who: Laurel Cohn
When:
Sunday 25 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

A story is like a creature. It can have a multitude of limbs and unusual features, but it needs to be able to stand on its own and deliver its creator’s intent. In order to be viable, your story needs to have healthy vital organs and a strong spine. In this workshop I introduce tools and strategies that allow writers to check that their story has the key elements required to carry a compelling story. Being able to identify the backbone of the story is crucial to helping you work out whether you have unwanted growths that need to be excised or require additional material needed for balance. Participants will have the opportunity to practise these strategies in their own work. .....

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Turning True Stories into Fiction

Turning True Stories into Fiction

SOLD OUT – Email us to join the waitlist

Who: Michael Sala
When:
Saturday 3 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

The essential building material of both fiction and memoir is the writer’s life experiences. Our experiences include the people we have known or met, the problems we have encountered, and the events that have shaped us as people and writers. This course is designed to teach writers how to use writing craft to shape their personal experiences into compelling fiction—or to find a potent narrative thread in the autobiographical vantage point. .....

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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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The Inside Scoop: Writing for Children

The Inside Scoop: Writing for Children

Who: Aleesah Darlison
When:
Saturday 10 March, 9:30am-3:30pm*
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120
*Please note early start time.

Do you dream of becoming a published children’s author? Have you written a story manuscript you think might be ready to take to the next step? Do you need advice about the submission process, publishers, contracts and agents? Attend this workshop and have all your questions answered.

Join award-winning children’s author Aleesah Darlison for an eye-opening and inspirational introduction to writing for children. She will lead you on a path to success by demystifying the children’s publishing industry: who the major players are, the formats and word lengths for various age groups and genres, how to structure submissions and who to send your work to. Topics covered will also include contracts and agents, manuscript assessments, the importance of writers’ groups and networking and the many opportunities that exist for you to get your children’s story published now. .....

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Open House with Penguin Random House

This event is now sold out. Please email us, mentioning the genre of your manuscript, to be added to the wait list.

When: Friday 16 March, 9:30am-4pm
Cost: $45
Bookings open 9 January 2018.
This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only.
Please phone the Centre to make a booking on (02) 9555 9757.

How does a publishing house work? Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission? .....

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Adventures in Essays

Adventures in Essays

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

There are almost as many definitions of the essay as there are practitioners of the form. An essay may be reflective, descriptive, analytical, critical, lyrical, personal: any of these things and more. The essay is a welcoming form, because it can encompass almost any subject or approach, and yet to write an essay can also feel intimidating. Our writing techniques, our personal interests and our thoughts are laid bare for the reader. .....

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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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Lessons to Learn from Commercial Fiction

Lessons to Learn from Commercial Fiction

Who:  Kate Cuthbert
When:
Saturday 24 March, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

No matter your chosen style or genre, there is so much to learn from your colleagues writing commercial fiction. Build great worlds like a fantasy author, learn to pace like a crime writer, and access your characters’ emotional landscape like a romance author. This course will give you the tools to develop your craft skills with concrete examples, in-class practice, and a fantastic take-home reading list. .....

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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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