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 Arts Centre, 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.


Editing Fiction with Pippa Carron

10am–4pm Saturday 30 April

Whether you intend to find a traditional publisher for your manuscript or publish it yourself, you will at some stage have to have it edited by a professional. This can be a very expensive process. However, you can reduce the cost substantially by learning how to self-edit. Plus it is a great skill to learn as it will improve your writing.

With hands-on exercises, this class will cover the whole spectrum of fiction editing, from structural editing (e.g. plot, theme, character arcs), through continuity editing (e.g. checking of historical and technical facts, action sequences, weather, clothes), to copy editing (e.g. grammar errors, use of language and literary devices) and proofreading (e.g. ensuring consistency in use of words, punctuation).

The class will finish by looking at the special needs of editing for manuscript assessment and competitions. Suitable for anybody at any stage of writing novels, novellas or short stories. Feel free to bring a manuscript to use during the day, and Pippa will be happy to discuss any aspect of editing your manuscript with you. There will be plenty of examples to use if you do not have a manuscript to work on.

Dr Pippa Carron is a free-lance nonfiction writer, editor, trainer, facilitator and consultant. She currently works for a range government and private sector clients, delivering training courses in writing skills and providing high-level writing and editing services through her company Yelsel International P/L and under the business name Writing in the Gap.  Pippa's writing and editing experience includes ebooks, government reports, academic papers, theses, high-level correspondence, conference papers, speeches, handbooks, training manuals and workbooks, issues papers, précis, business plans, magazine articles, travel articles, promotional flyers and brochures. She has also been writing fiction for the last few years.

Cost: $130 members, $105 concessional members, $195 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $155 concessional non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings: You can book into this course online or by calling 6262 9191. If you have any queries, please email admin@actwriters.org.au.


Perfect Your Nonfiction Book Proposal with Mary Cunnane

1pm-4pm Saturday 7 May

Senior publishing professional with international experience as an agent and editor, Mary Cunnane, will show you how to take your book proposal from a rough draft to a winning, fully-developed presentation that will garner the attention of agents and publishers  in Australia and, if appropriate, overseas. Topics covered will include ‘the pitch’; writing an overview/precis, sample chapters, marketing summary and analysis of similar/competing books, as well as how to craft a submission letter that will get your project out of the slush pile and on to the must-read queue.

Now a free-lance editor and publishing consultant, Mary Cunnane was vice president and senior editor at WW Norton & Company in New York.  On moving to Australia in 1998, she worked at Transworld before founding The Mary Cunnane Agency in 1999 which she ran until 2013.She has also served as vice president of the Australian Literary Agents Association and the Sydney PEN Centre. You can find her online at www.marycunnane.com and on twitter at @skylarksrising

Cost: $65 members, $50 concessional members, $130 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $100 concessional non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings: You can book into this course online or by calling 6262 9191. If you have any queries, please email admin@actwriters.org.au.


Do You Want to Write a Screenplay? with Rie Natalenko

10am-4pm Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May

This masterclass and workshop is designed for aspiring screenwriters — from beginners to more proficient writers.
The first day will cover:

  • The differences between writing prose (or writing for the theatre), and writing for the screen.
  • The importance of the story, and how to structure the story for maximum impact. The 3-act structure, story structure vs narrative structure, The 2 journeys of the hero.
  • The basics of screenwriting style and the industry ‘rules.’
  • The process of screenwriting

The second day, with a more workshop-oriented approach will cover:

  • Crafting good characters with minimum effort.
  • Openings and endings.
  • How to make dialogue realistic (rather than real.)
  • How to describe action for maximum impact in the minimum number of words.

By the end, students will understand the basics of screenwriting, experiment with screenplay structure, recognise industry-standard style, and plan their screenwriting process. They will craft interesting characters, improve their writing of dialogue and reframe their action writing for maximum impact.

Dr Rie Natalenko, whose doctorate is in screenwriting, has won several national and international screenwriting awards, including the IF award for best unproduced screenplay. She has written, produced and directed award-winning short films and has written scripts for many producers, and educational and corporate bodies. She has taught screenwriting at University and TAFE and has designed and conducted online screenwriting training for students and screenwriters worldwide.

Cost: $260 members, $225 concessional members, $325 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $275 concessional non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings: You can book into this course online or by calling 6262 9191. If you have any queries, please email admin@actwriters.org.au.


Short Order Short Fiction with Carmel Bird

10am-4pm Sunday 29 May              
  
Writing under pressure can be exciting and productive. Drawing on fresh inspiration, as well as a personal accumulation of ideas, each writer will accept the challenge to construct the first draft of a new short story of between one and two thousand words over the course of one day.

There is no formula for writing a short story, but there are guidelines that can act as a useful basis for the free construction of a powerful narrative. Writers will briefly share quick written responses to a series of questions, giving rise to a discussion of inspiration, point of view, tense, tone, characterization, structure, style, pace, dialogue, beginnings and endings, and the role and power of the title.

Most of the day will be taken up with the writing of the stories.Carmel will personally monitor the work of each writer. This workshop is intense and demanding. Stories may be briefly shared at the end of the afternoon, depending on time and the feeling of the group.

Carmel Bird has been teaching writing since 1980 in universities and other places in Australia and overseas. She designed the novel-writing course for RMIT when the writing courses were starting there. Her books on writing are used extensively in courses. The most recent review of Carmel’s writing is in ABR for October 2015. She appeared In Conversation with Marion Halligan at NLA in October 2015. Her most recent collection of short stories is My Hearts Are Your Hearts, published by Spineless Wonders, and her most recent essay is Fair Game, published by Finlay Lloyd.

Cost: $130 members, $105 concessional members, $195 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $155 concessional non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings: You can book into this course online or by calling 6262 9191. If you have any queries, please email admin@actwriters.org.au.


Structural Editing for Nonfiction with Pippa Carron

10am-4pm Saturday 11 June             

Structure is the underpinning architecture of all nonfiction books. It has to flow correctly from macro-scale down to individual sentences, phrases and words.  Being able to edit the structural components of your nonfiction book will pay off dramatically when it comes time to find a professional editor or if you intend to self-publish.

With hands-on exercises, this class will look at everything to do with structure, from applying a handy generic macro-structure, to identifying the most appropriate logical flow of information at chapter and section level; from resolving matrix problems and issues arising from lack of parallel construction to helping your reader with sentence-level signposts.

Suitable for all writers, writing any type of nonfiction work. Feel free to bring a manuscript to use during the day, and Pippa will be happy to discuss any aspect of editing your manuscript with you. There will be plenty of examples to use if you do not have a manuscript to work on.

Dr Pippa Carron is a free-lance nonfiction writer, editor, trainer, facilitator and consultant. She currently works for a range government and private sector clients, delivering training courses in writing skills and providing high-level writing and editing services through her company Yelsel International P/L and under the business name Writing in the Gap (see www.writinginthegap.com).  Pippa's writing and editing experience includes ebooks, government reports, academic papers, theses, high-level correspondence, conference papers, speeches, handbooks, training manuals and workbooks, issues papers, précis, business plans, magazine articles, travel articles, promotional flyers and brochures. She has also been writing fiction for the last few years.

Cost: $130 members, $105 concessional members, $195 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $155 concessional non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings: You can book into this course online or by calling 6262 9191. If you have any queries, please email admin@actwriters.org.au.


A Raft of Drafts with Lizz Murphy

10:30am-1pm every Saturday from 11 June—2 July
(11, 18 & 25 June; 2 July)

So you have a raft of draft poems and you don’t know what to do with them! They’re in all states. Some poems still need a lot of work while others are getting close to the finish line, but when it comes to the next step you feel a bit at sea. Don’t jump ship! Book into A Raft of Drafts and get help to catch the next wave.

A Raft of Drafts is a series of four workshopping sessions guided by published poet Lizz Murphy, suitable for new and developing writers with a small folio of poems in progress. Lizz will help you develop your self/critiquing, drafting and editing skills with the aim of advancing or even finalising some of those poems. Includes feedback, advice on related issues and writing exercises.

Participants are asked to bring poems to share and workshop with the group. (Please send a copy of your poem to admin@actwriters.org.au in advance.)

Lizz Murphy has published 12 books of different kinds. Her seven poetry titles include Portraits: 54 Poems and Six Hundred Dollars (PressPress), Walk the Wildly (Picaro), Stop Your Cryin (Island) and Two Lips Went Shopping (Spinifex). Her eighth poetry title Shebirds is forthcoming (PressPress). She is widely published in Australia and overseas. Lizz was born in Ireland and has lived in the rural village of Binalong near Canberra for a long time. Lizz’ awards include: 2011 Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize (co-winner), 2006 CAPO Singapore Airlines Travel Award, 1998 ACT Creative Arts Fellowship for Literature, 1994 Anutech Poetry Prize. Recent special mentions include: Highly Commended - 2013 Blake Poetry Prize; finalist - UK’s 2013 & 2014 Aesthetica Poetry Competitions.
She blogs at: lizzmurphypoet.blogspot.com 

Cost: $360 members, $333 concessional members, $425 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $383 concessional non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings: You can book into this course online or by calling 6262 9191. If you have any queries, please email admin@actwriters.org.au.

 

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