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

Creating Unique Picture Books

Creating Unique Picture Books

Who: Hilary Bell and guest speaker Matthew Martin
When:
Saturday 25 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Early/emerging, appropriate for writers and illustrators, and individuals as well as collaborative partnerships

Do you have a beautiful picture book in you trying to find its way onto the page and into the world? Let Hilary Bell, author of bestselling Alphabetical Sydney, hel

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Writing Beautiful Sentences — SOLD OUT

Writing Beautiful Sentences — SOLD OUT

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Inga Simpson
When:
Saturday 25 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

There are limited places in this course. Please call to enrol on (02) 9555 9757. .....

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Point of View: A Practical Guide - SOLD OUT!

Point of View: A Practical Guide - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Anthony Macris

When: Saturday 2 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/Established

Point of view is one of the most important techniques in fiction writing, an

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Blasting Through Writer’s Block - SOLD OUT!

Blasting Through Writer’s Block - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Kate Forsyth

When: Saturday 2 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All levels

All writers get blocked sometimes. Yet it’s 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. .....

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Seminar: Scrivener 101

Seminar: Scrivener 101

Who: Lee Powell
When:
Tuesday 30 January, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$70; Member: $50; Conc Member: $45

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long documents. It gives you complete control of the formatting while helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

In this seminar, Lee Powell will guide you through a basic Scrivener tutorial. He’ll introduce you to Scrivener’s main functions, providing you with handouts including screenshots, and answer your how-to questions. You’ll gain an understanding of how to use Scrivener to assist with any writing project, particularly long ones, and leave with the confidence to use this powerful tool. .....

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Year of the Novel: Three Phases

Year of the Novel: Three Phases

Who: Emily Maguire
When:

Phase One: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 6, 13, 20, 27 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Phase Two: 8 x Tuesday evenings; 5, 12, 19, 26 June; 3, 10, 17, 24 July, 6:30-9:30pm
Phase Three: 8 x Tuesday evenings: 18, 25 September; 9, 16, 23, 30 October; 6, 13 November, 6:30-9:30pm
Complete Course – Three Phases (additional 10% discount): Full Price:
$2375; Member: $1660; Conc Member: $1430

Make 2018 the year you finally write that book. Over three phases of eight weeks each, acclaimed author Emily Maguire will give you the tools, support and encouragement you need to plan, write and edit your novel. .....

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Shaping the Short Story

Shaping the Short Story

Who: Felicity Castagna
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 7, 14, 21, 28 February; 7, 14 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This intensive six-week course enables students to thoroughly get their heads around creating memorable, contemporary short stories. The course will cover the basics as well as challenging students to think about the short story form in more complex ways. Each class will cover a set of specific skills, which will lead students through the process of creating a short story from start to finish. Students will be given a course book, writing exercises and the opportunity to discuss and develop their own work. At the end of the course, students will be invited to submit one story for a written critique by Felicity. .....

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Writing History: You Can’t Google It!

Writing History: You Can’t Google It!

Who: Mark Dapin
When:
Saturday 17 February, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

It takes more than just Google! Mark Dapin interviewed 160 people and spent two and a half years reading press clippings and searching government archives to produce his prize-winning history of Australia’s Vietnam-era national service scheme, The Nashos’ War.  In this workshop, Mark will focus on developing interviewing skills, checking facts, and working with archived documents. He will teach how to separate facts from folklore and, perhaps most importantly, how to turn cold dead facts into living, vibrant prose. He will also discuss researching and writing family histories and personal memoirs.  .....

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Professional Editing

Professional Editing

Who: Pamela Hewitt
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 21, 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360

This six-week course presents the essentials of professional editing. Using practical examples and sample texts, you will work through the skills you need in an increasingly globalised and outsourced publishing industry. This means you need business nous combined with technical know-how and a feel for language. Editing is a compelling and rewarding career and this is a hands-on introduction to the trade. As well as the weekly face-to-face sessions, participants will receive multimedia resources for further skill development. .....

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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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