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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

The Story Doctor - sold out!

The Story Doctor - 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: 2 x Sundays: 23, 30 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210 
Level: Emerging/advanced: Only writers with completed manuscripts of 50,000 words or more may enrol  (poetry and picture

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Writing Memories

Writing Memories

Who: Beth Yahp
When:
6 x Saturday mornings: 15, 22, 29 October; 5, 12, 19 November, 10am- 1pm
Cost: Full Price:
$600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level:
All

This interactive workshop focusses on ways to access, investigate and capture your memories and lived experience in words, images and stories for both memoir and fiction writers. We’ll explore JM Coetzee’s intriguing contention that ‘all autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography’ in practical writing exercises and thoughtful discussion of literary texts as well as participants’ own writing produced in class. The emphasis is on starting a writing practice and learning writing craft skills and techniques to sustain and inspire the telling of your life stories. .....

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Make It Funny: Writing Humour

Make It Funny: Writing Humour

Who: Bernard Cohen
When:
Saturday 15 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Writing humour is one of the most effective ways to engage your audience and make your writing memorable – and despite rumours to the contrary, anyone can learn the not-so-secret techniques for raising the comedic bar in their writing.

This hands-on, exercise-based full-day workshop will provide strategies to develop comic, comic, satirical and/

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Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide

Writing for Children: An Insider’s Guide

With: Davina Bell          
When:
Saturday 22 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Beginner/Intermediate

What makes a great children’s book? How do I turn my idea into a story? How do I submit my work – and where should I send it? Should I get an agent? Should I give up?!

In this interactive and informative workshop, Davina Bell will give you an insider’s guide to writ

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Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Reliving the Past: Writing Historical Fiction

Who: Sulari Gentill
When:
Sunday, 23 October, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member:$110
Level:
All

Writing fiction often begins with a single shining idea. Historical fiction is about setting that idea in a time and place that has existed and been recorded. The historical novelist’s art is that of weaving a new story into the old and intertwining imaginary plots into actual events and milieus. 

In this workshop you will comprehensively explore the techniques, tricks, ideas and pitfalls of bringing history into a narrative in a way that enhances rather than swamps. .....

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Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Seminar: Finding the Detail: Research Tools for Writers

Who: Eleanor Limprecht
When:
Tuesday 25 October, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost:
Full price: $55; Member: $40; Conc Member: $35
Level:
Beginning/Intermediate

How do you use the tools of journalism and investigation to research the stories you want to write and add detail to your fiction or non-fiction? This seminar will provide you with practical information about resources available (both online and traditional) and how to access them. Topi

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Everything You Need to Succeed in HSC English Extension 2

With Felicity Castagna
NSW Writers’ Centre: Sunday 30 October, 10am-4pm
Casula Powerhouse: Sunday 6 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
$55*

* The course at Casula is available for a subsidised price to students from eligible Western Sydney schools. For details, please call (02) 9555 9757.

This one-day course will take students far beyond the fundamentals of writing to look at what distinguishes great Major Works across all textual forms. The course will focus on:

What makes an original and distinctive creative work: Students will look at the current trends in major works and creative writing more broadly as well as looking at some distinguishing features of each form and what makes for a successful major work. .....

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HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

HSC English Extension 2: The Reflection Statement

Who: Felicity Castagna
Where:
NSW Writers’ Centre
When: Sunday 4 June, 10am-1pm
Cost:
$30

Students will learn what the Board of Studies is looking for in a reflection statement. Topics covered include the fundamental information that must be included in your statement, focusing on what really matters, how to pack a lot of information into a small space, how to discuss creative writing practice in sophisticated ways and how to show that your work is informed by theory and research.


Participant Requirements

Pen and paper .....

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Write to Speak

Write to Speak

Who: Miles Merrill
When:
Saturday 5 November, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Writers don’t always think ahead to potentially performing their work when they’re going through the difficult writing process. But knowing how to perform and speak your words is essential, both in terms of marketing and professional development, but also for building your confidence in the public arena. .....

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Book Publicity for Authors

Book Publicity for Authors

With: Jaki Arthur
When:
Saturday 5 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: All

Experienced book publicist Jaki Arthur presents a motivating and inspiring workshop all about book publicity – how it works, why it works, what it can do for you and how to do it!

You will discuss today’s media landscape and where your work and ideas fit within it, learn how to identify and approach targets, and when (and when not to) to pitch, and finally, learn about the current book retail landscape in Australia and the Australian publishing industry in general – its strengths and its weaknesses. .....

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Writing for Children

Writing for Children

Who: Jacqueline Harvey
When:
5 x Tuesday evenings: 8, 15, 22, 29 November; 6 December, 6:30-9:30 pm
Cost: Full Price:
$500; Member: $350; Conc Member: $300
Level: All

Writing for children is big business. Despite the oft forecast demise of reading, demand for quality children’s books is strong and there has been significant growth in this market over the past few years.

If you’re keen to write stories that will keep children reading under the covers after lights out, if you’re interested to know more about the puzzling business of publishing, or if you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths, then this course is for you. .....

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