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

From First Draft to Polished Manuscript - SOLD OUT!

From First Draft to Polished Manuscript - 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: Linda Funnell
When:
6 x Wednesday evenings: 22 February; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Full price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Intermediate/advanced writers who have or be close to having the fir

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Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online - SOLD OUT!

Poetry Feedback Intensive – Online - 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: Martin Langford

When: 26 February through 5 July, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level: Emerging writers

You’ve written some poems – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you? No matter what stage you’re at in your writing development, feedback can take your writing to the next level by providing valuable insight into your own work and sharpening your editing skills and critical eye. .....

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Writing YA Fiction

Writing YA Fiction

Who: Jaclyn Moriarty
When:
6 x Tuesday evenings: 28 February; 7, 14, 21, 28 March; 4 April, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: Early/emerging YA writers

Young Adult Fiction, or ‘YA’, spans almost every genre, from fantasy to crime to romantic comedy, from dystopian to LGBTQ to steampunk. A relatively recent invention, YA is both controversial and hugely popular, with books like The Fault in our Stars and

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Grammar and Punctuation Basics

Grammar and Punctuation Basics

Who: Gillian Polack
When:
Saturday 4 March, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

Learn how you can use the building blocks of grammar and punctuation to create writing that says what you need it to say. Gillian Polack will teach you how to polish your prose, using punctuation and paragraphing to evilly manipulate the mind of the reader; she will al

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Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction

Teen Buzz: Writing Great Young Adult Fiction

Who: Sophie Masson
When:
Saturday 4 March 2017, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
This workshop is mainly pitched at early and emerging writers interested in or currently writing YA, but also may interest established writers considering moving into YA from other areas.

In this exciting and practical one day workshop, presented by well-known YA author Sophie Masson, you’ll discover what makes good Young Adult fiction—both novels and short stories—and how it differs from children’s books as well as writing for adults. .....

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Memoir Made Simple - limited places available!

Memoir Made Simple - limited places available!

Please call the Centre on (02) 9555 9757 to enrol.

Who: Amanda Hampson
When:
6 x Sunday mornings: 5, 12, 19, 26 March; 2, 9 April, 10am–1pm
Cost:
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Most people have interesting life stories or family history, and many toy with the idea of writing them – someday. Initially there are more questions than answers. Where to start? How to tell the story? What to include or leave out? What period should it cover? .....

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Romancing the Page

Romancing the Page

Who: Anne Gracie
When:
Saturday 11 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
All

Romance is character-driven genre fiction. Forget about “the formula” — there’s no such thing. Like all popular fiction, it must delight, surprise and entertain readers.  Romance (in all its varied guises) accounts for a huge chunk of the international fiction market, and even adding a thread of romance to a story in another genre will extend the appeal of that book — as long as you do it well. .....

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Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors

Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors

Who: Emma Noble
When:
Saturday 11 March, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125, Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginning/Intermediate

Self-publishing seems like it has never been more viable. Your options for bringing a book to market are myriad, easy to access and cheaper than ever. But what happens next? How do you make your book stand out from the crowd and find your readers?

You have two options: hire a publicist or do it yourself, depending on your personal time an

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Workshop bundle: Book Publicity & Digital Marketing

Workshop bundle: Book Publicity & Digital Marketing

Interested in self-publishing or want to know how to better promote your books? You can learn how to be a DIY publicist with Emma Noble and master the basics of digital marketing with Patrick Lenton.

For a limited time, members have access to our special bundle pricing — 15% off. Enrol in these two great courses for only $140.


Book Publicity for Self-Published Authors

Who:
Emma Noble
When:
Saturday 11 March, 10am-4pm
Regular price:
Full $180 | Member $125 | Conc Member $110
Book publicist Emma Noble will teach you the basics of running your own book publicity campaign. She’ll also help traditionally published writers to better understand the activities of their in-house publicist. .....

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Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online - SOLD OUT!

Short Story Feedback Intensive – Online - 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: Kerryn Goldsworthy
When:
12 March through 17 July, online
Cost:
Full Price: $285; Member: $235; Conc Member: $225
Level:
Emerging writers

You’ve written some short stories – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Or you have some great ideas for stories but you don’t know where to begin. Or you’ve made lots of starts and then thrown them away. Or maybe you’ve finished some stories and sent them off to literary editors, but you’re having a hard time getting them published. Sound like you? .....

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Open House with Penguin Random House - SOLD OUT!

Open House with Penguin Random House - SOLD OUT!

Friday 17 March, 9.30am – 4pm

This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only.
Bookings by phone only: (02) 9555 9757
$45 members/$35 concession member

How does a publishing house work?  Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether or not to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission?

On Friday 17 March, Penguin Random House, the largest trade publisher in Australia, will be in residence at the NSW Writers’ Centre.

Meet publishers from Penguin Random House as they take you through how

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