Upcoming workshops and events

All workshops require payment at time of booking. Bookings can be made by phone on 6262 9191 (Tuesday-Saturday), online or in person at the ACT Writers Centre office—Gorman House, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon. The Writers Centre has credit card facilities and EFTPOS. If paying by cheque, make payable to ACT Writers Centre. Enrolment will not be confirmed until payment is received.


In Conversation with Geoff Page

6pm–8pm Wednesday 7 May

The Australian Society of Authors national ‘In Conversation’ series features professionals from your industry talking about writing, publishing and the business of authorship. A combination of presentation, public interview and Q&A, join our speaker and fellow writers for wine, cheese and a chat.

Our guest for this event will be Geoff Page. Geoff is a Canberra-based poet who has published twenty one collections of poetry as well as two novels, five verse novels and several other works including anthologies, translations and a biography of the late jazz musician, Bernie McGann. His recent books include: A Sudden Sentence in the Air: Jazz Poems (extempore), Coda for Shirley(Interactive Press), Cloudy Nouns (Picaro Press) and 1953(University of Queensland Press). His books New Selected Poems and Improving the News were published in 2013. He also reviews Australian poetry extensively and organises monthly poetry readings and jazz concerts at The Gods Café in the Australian National University.

Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Code: All
Cost: $10 ASA & ACT Writers Centre members and their guests
Bookings: You can book online or by calling the ASA on 1800 257 121.


Create & Promote Your Own Ebook with Marcus Amann

10am–4pm Saturday 17 May

This workshop will cover what you need to do to successfully make and sell your own ebooks.  Topics covered will include:

  • The business of ebooks (why write an ebook? What sells well and what doesn't; improving your chances of success)
  • How to make your ebook (pros and cons of using an ebook publisher. Editing & design. Royalties. Publishing rights)
  • Doing it yourself (Which ebook format: Kindle, iBook, PDF? Protecting your work from thieves. Tips for doing it cheaply)
  • How to deliver your ebook (Your own web site vs. distributor web sites)
  • Doing it yourself (Setting up your own web site and autoresponder. Options for merchant accounts and shopping carts)
  • How to promote your ebook (Deciding on a single page or resource-rich web site. Blogs. Audio. Video. Social media. Search engines. Discussion lists. Email magazines. Affiliate programs)

Marcus Amann has been producing eBooks since 1995 and is a long-time technical writer and editor for a Canberra-based software company. Marcus has also worked as a freelance writer and has taught internet marketing at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Marcus updates this course every year to include the latest trends in internet marketing and how they can be used by authors.

Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Code: All
Cost: $110 members, $95 concessional members, $170 non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Writing a Page-turning Novel with Valerie Parv

10am–4pm Saturday 14 June and Sunday 15 June

In this 2-day workshop, bestselling author Valerie Parv will explore what elements go into making a page-turning novel. Aspects from word choices to relationships between characters will be considered as elements of pace, with the aim of making your book unputdownable. Saturday will focus on story development, perception and pacing, drawing readers into your fiction world, and structuring a series. On Sunday, participants will learn about creating 4-dimensional characters, using deep viewpoint, merging genres, and settings and timelines. The course will be a mix of specific examples, practical exercises and discussion, as well as allowing time for questions. Participants are welcome to bring along ideas, outlines or work-in-progress in order to relate the subject matter directly to your own writing. Everyone from writers with some understanding of writing craft to more advanced intermediates will benefit from this unique approach to structuring the novel.

Valerie Parv is one of Australia's most successful writers with over 29 million books sold in 26 languages, and a master of arts from QUT. Valerie proudly serves as an Australia Day Ambassador and is the only Australian author honoured with a Pioneer of Romance Award from RT Book Reviews, New York. In her most ambitious work yet, she combines romance and science fiction in her Beacons series, starting with Birthright (Corvallis Press, USA, 2012), and Earthbound, forthcoming.

Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Code: All
Cost: $220 members, $190 concessional members, $280 non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Finding Your Voice Online: A workshop series

Three workshops: You can register for an individual workshop or all three. 15% discount if you register for all three.

Intro to Blogging

1 Full Day + 3 hours a month later for extra technical help: 10am–4pm Saturday 21 June and 6pm–9pm Wednesday 23 July

The first half of the day will cover an introduction to blogging. We'll examine several popular author blogs & hone in on what makes them successful. We will look at different blogging platforms, such as Blogger, Tumblr, Wordpress, and video blogging, and we'll discuss which ones are appropriate for particular target audiences.

The second half of the day will be one-on-one technical advice. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops—by the end of the day, you'll have a blog, ideas for posts and an initial plan for your blog.

Then, just to make sure you're on the right track, everyone will come back together a month later for a ½ day session, to answer any questions that have popped up.

This course is designed for absolute beginners.

Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Cost:
$200 members, $180 concessional members, $265 non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.

Using Social Media to Find Your Voice

Full Day: 10am–4pm Sunday 6 July

The first half of the day will be an introduction to social media and the various platforms that writers can use, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. Participants will learn how to use social media to connect with other writers, readers and the publishing industry.

The second half of the day will allow people to ask technical questions, set up their own accounts if they don't already have one, and receive individualised advice and feedback.

This course is designed for absolute beginner to beginner levels. Previous dabblings in social media may be helpful but are not required.

Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Cost:
$125 members, $110 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.

Getting the Most Out of Your Blog

Full Day: 10am–4pm Saturday 19 July

This workshop is for writers who already have a blog and want to get more out of it. In the morning, we'll cover blog stylistics, brainstorming ideas for posts, how to use images on your blog, and audience development.

The second half of the day will be hands-on. Participants will work on their blogs and Mandy and Ellen will provide advice tailored to each participant's blog. By the end of the workshop, each participant will walk away with a year-long blog plan, tips to improve their blog design/layout and 50 ideas for blog posts.

This course is designed for beginner to intermediate. Participants must already have a blog.

Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Cost:
$125 members, $110 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.

About the Presenters
This workshop series is presented by Ellen Harvey and Mandy King.

After completing her BFA in Creative Writing, Ellen worked at Penguin Books. During that time she completed a graduate diploma in editing and book production, started editing for Candlemark & Gleam, a digital-first independent publisher, and ran the Sydney region for NaNoWriMo. Ellen is currently the editor of Scrapbook Creations, Australia's largest papercraft magazine. She also coordinates a local writing group and tweets about the intersection of writing, publishing and technology.

Mandy is the Communications Officer at the ACT Writers Centre. She previously ran the events and marketing program at Boulder Book Store, one of the U.S.'s largest independent bookstores. She was a founding member of Downtown Boulder's Social Media Advisory Council, which advises small businesses, government organisations, entrepreneurs and start-ups on how to build community through social media. She is currently a member of the Gorman House/Ainslie Social Media for the Arts (SMArts) group.

Between the two of them, Ellen and Mandy have started and/or written for over 20 blogs.

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Workshop codes

The Centre's workshops and seminars now carry a code to help you choose the right workshops to match your abilities. Adherence to the codes is not mandatory, but should be used as a guide as to whether a workshop is suitable.

1 = Established writer with at least one published book.
2 = Developing writers who may have been published in journals etc.
3 = Emerging writers with little or no published work yet.
4 = Writing for enjoyment/basic improvement.