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.


Characters that Count with Cate Whittle **SOLD OUT**

10am–2pm Saturday 4 July

Having believable characters that readers care about is an integral part of breathing life into any story.  Without characters that count, the web that weaves your story together is incomplete, but before your characters can step into the story, you, the writer, need to know them better than they even know themselves.

As a writer, you must feel as though your characters are real before your readers will be able to, and, once you have worked out how to create characters that count, you will have one of your story foundations firmly in place.

In this introduction to creating characters that count, participants will be invited to think about some well known characters from a range of familiar stories written for children and young adults, look at ways of getting to know everything you need to know about your characters to help them come to life, and find out how to introduce your characters without overwhelming readers with too much information.

Local author Cate Whittle sometimes steps out of her imagination, where amazing characters take her on fantastic adventures, long enough to write their stories down.  Also a mum and a teacher, the stories are most often for children and young adults, and frequently feature a dragon in one form or another.  Cate’s characters have come to life in stories that have won prizes and been shortlisted in competitions, including the Terry Pratchett Prize in 2013 when she got to go over to England and meet Sir Terry, and have been published in various different magazines and anthologies since 2002.  Her first full length, illustrated children’s book (which features a dragon!) is due to arrive on the scene any day now, with three others in the series being published by Omnibus following soon afterwards.  You can read about Cate’s writing adventure at www.catewhittlewrites.com

Cost: $80 members, $55 concessional members, $145 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $110 concessional non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings:This workshop has sold out. To go on the waiting list, please email admin@actwriters.org.au


Creating Compelling Novels with Chris Andrews

10am–4pm Saturday 25 July

Readers have certain expectations that go far beyond genre. At the very least they expect to be entertained, but entertainment is subjective, even within genre.

Fortunately, there are story elements common across all forms of fiction, such as conflict, theme, and structure. Creating Compelling Novels will teach you to identify and apply these elements and many more so you can meet or exceed expectations.

Through practical exercises and group activities you'll learn how transform your ideas, characters, and storylines into a cohesive whole, potentially taking your stories well beyond the borders of genre— and all without selling out.

Discover exactly what each part of a novel must accomplish, why so many stories suffer from 'middle sag syndrome', and why so many novels fail to be compelling.

You'll gain a clear understanding of how to:

  • apply story structure without appearing formulaic
  • meet or exceed readers expectations
  • troubleshoot story problems
  • draw readers into an intense emotional experience they'll be desperate to share with all their friends.

You'll leave with the keys to making your novel resonate with the people who matter most – agents, editors, and readers.

Over the last ten years or so Chris Andrews worked as editor with CSIRO's Web Team and Internal Communications areas, and now runs Creative Manuscript Services full-time. He is currently negotiating a four-book deal with an Australian publisher through his literary agent.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


'A Sudden Enlargement of the World' with MTC Cronin

12pm–4pm Wednesday 29 July

A poetry workshop that will examine why you write poetry and the ways in which that affects what you write and how. Inspiration and motivation will be harnessed in the service of the poem rather than the writer. It will further help you to write what you don’t know how to write. ‘Out-of-this-world’ writing exercises designed to surprise the poem writer will produce poetry that itself contains epiphanies for both writer and reader.

Learning outcomes:

  • More about their motives
  • Objectivity about their work.
  • Positioning the work above the writer.
  • How desire can get in the way.
  • Something about the causal realm.
  • What they didn’t expect.
  • How to learn from their own writing.
  • Foregoing preconception.
  • Getting closer to what creativity really means.
  • Poetry is bigger than poems.

MTC Cronin has published twenty books (poetry, prose poems and essays), several of which have appeared in translation including her 2001 book, Talking to Neruda’s Questions, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Swedish. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, both internationally and in her native Australia. She currently lives, with her partner and three daughters, on a biodynamic farm in Conondale in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia. Recent poetry collections include The World Last Night (UQP, 2012), in possession of loss (Shearsman Books, UK,  2014) and The Law of Poetry (Puncher & Wattmann, 2015). Her 2001 book, Bestseller, is forthcoming in French translation (Editions de l'Amandier, Paris) in 2017.

Cost: $60 members, $50 concessional members, $125 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Fiction Writing and History with Gillian Polack

10am–4pm Saturday 1 August

This is an introduction to history research for the fiction writer. It looks at the difference between the questions fiction writers ask and the questions historians answer and discusses strategies for finding the information you need for your writing. During the course you will talk about what history is and how histories are written. You will look at the importance of using the past or a sense of the past to enrich your novel and how to use it without weighing the novel down. You will also address issues such as how historically accurate different types of novels can and should be to meet the needs of readers.

Gillian Polack has twenty-five years of experience as a historian, and over fifteen years of working with novelists on the history in their fiction. She has doctorates in both history and in creative writing and is currently completing an academic study of how writers handle history in fiction. She has worked with over two dozen historical fiction, historical romance, historical fantasy and science fiction writers. Gillian has four novels published (one of which was a Ditmar finalist) and has edited two anthologies (one of which, again, was a Ditmar finalist). Her next book, The Middle Ages Unlocked, a guide to Medieval England for writers and others, will be released in June 2015.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Flash Fiction with Angela Meyer

10am–4pm Saturday 15 August

Very short stories have been around a long time. Kafka, Woolf and Hemingway all have stories that can be read in a matter of minutes. Angela Meyer, whose debut collection of flash fiction, Captives, was released in 2014, will provide an introduction to this satisfying form. In this full day workshop Angela will encourage you to delight in brevity, and allow you to experiment with notions of character, conflict and resolution, and evocation of place and mood, in few words.

In 2014 a collection of Angela Meyer's flash fiction, Captives, was published by Inkerman & Blunt. She has reviewed for publications such as The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald, and interviewed authors at writers' festivals around the world. Her fiction has been published widely, including in Best Australian Stories 2014. She now works in publishing. Find her at literaryminded.com.au / @LiteraryMinded / facebook.com/literarymindedblog

This tour is made possible by the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Reading to Write with Angela Meyer

10am–4pm Sunday 16 August

Before Angela Meyer published her first collection of fiction she spent more than ten years actively becoming a better reader, through study, blogging, interviewing authors, judging prizes, writing professional reviews for a range of media, and now as a commissioning editor. In this masterclass, Angela will share some of what she has learnt about the importance of becoming a better reader, in order to grow as a writer. You will uncover the nuts and bolts of your own favourite books, and other popular, award-winning or influential works of literature, through reviews, discussion and creative responses. You'll hear what other writers have to say about their process. And you will discover that reading both deeply and widely will help you to find your true 'voice'.

In 2014 a collection of Angela Meyer's flash fiction, Captives, was published by Inkerman & Blunt. She has reviewed for publications such as The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald, and interviewed authors at writers' festivals around the world. Her fiction has been published widely, including in Best Australian Stories 2014. She now works in publishing. Find her at literaryminded.com.au / @LiteraryMinded / facebook.com/literarymindedblog

This tour is made possible by the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Feature Writing and the Business of Freelancing with Benjamin Law

10am–4pm Saturday 5 September

The life of a freelance writer is tough. How do you transition from the occasional article to regular commissions or your own column? Join Benjamin Law for this full-day intensive class as he explores the essentials of successful freelance writing, and illuminates the business of freelancing in an ever competitive market. Learn how to generate great story ideas, hook publishers, and create an impressive portfolio to establish a solid professional brand. Pitch your feature article and get the feedback to get your freelance career off the ground.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Generate endless ideas for stories
  • Seduce editors with solid pitches
  • Plan, research and craft stories
  • Invoicing and management
  • Time management

Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist and screenwriter. He is the author of two books – The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) – both of which were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. He is the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis, and has just finished writing TV adaptation of The Family Law for SBS and Matchbox Pictures. Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekendfrankie and The Monthly, and has written for over 50 publications, businesses and agencies in Australia and worldwide.

This tour is made possible by the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Writing for Children with Susanne Gervay

10am–4pm Saturday 26 September

Kids' writing involves a broad range from school magazine, blogs, board, novelty, picture, children's, YA, New Adult, fiction and nonfiction books, educational, apps, e-books, self-publishing. They are different but all include - writing, craft, editing, critiquing, industry knowledge, the pitch and pathways to publication.

Bring a few pages, a chapter, a picture book, part of your manuscript to workshop. Come with your questions, ideas and more questions. This workshop is a mix of craft, writing development, understanding the industry and becoming armed with more information to pursue your writing life.

Awarded an Order of Australia for children’s literature, Susanne Gervay is published in Australia and internationally. Her children’s books cross all ages from picture books to young adult novels. She is recognized for her writing on social justice and anti-school bullying.  Her I Am Jack series has been adapted into an acclaimed play and is currently touring Australian theatres to be followed by its second US tour. A Writer Ambassador for Room to Read, Role Model for Books in Homes, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, former Chair of the NSW Writers Centre and head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, she is committed to the worldwide community of children’s writers and illustrators. www.sgervay.com

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


A Raft of Drafts with Lizz Murphy

3pm–5pm Saturday 10, 17, 24 October; and 7, 14, 21 November (6 Saturdays over 7 weeks)

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 six 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 bring 8 extra copies to the workshop; send to Lizz 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 2015). 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 

(Please note that there will be no workshopping on Saturday October 31.)

Cost: $400 members, $350 concessional members, $465 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $400 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


The Basics of Fiction Writing with Ian McHugh

10am–4pm Sunday 11 October

This workshop aims to teach participants about structure and elements of prose fiction. Participants will take away insights into the basic elements of writing fiction, and tricks, tools and rules of thumb for how to make them work, as well as practical experience in applying these ideas to the development of their own stories. The workshop is divided into sessions on: story elements; structure and plot; getting the details right; creating and planning stories; and the importance of critique.

Ian McHugh’s debut short story collection, Angel Dust, was a finalist for the 2014 Aurealis Awards and is available from Ticonderoga Publications. You can find more of Ian's stories, which have appeared in professional and semi-pro magazines, webzines and anthologies in Australia and internationally, at ianmchugh.wordpress.com. His stories have won grand prize in the international Writers of the Future contest and been shortlisted five times at the Aurealis Awards, winning in 2010.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Writing a Non-boring Family History with Hazel Edwards

10am–4pm Saturday 17 October

Every family has secrets. And the extraordinary ‘ordinary’ stories deserve to be told. Researching and finding the best way to tell these stories can be a fascinating journey and the chance to create a valuable resource for your descendants. But, how do you create an account that is memorable, engaging and not boring?

Hazel's Non-Boring Family History workshop covers topics including:

  • Researching and Interviewing Skills
  • How to organise your material
  • Structuring a Book 
  • Making it interesting for the reader
  • Formatting and Publishing Options
  • Handling Family Secrets
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • How to write using all senses and perspectives
  • Launching and Marketing possibilities

Suitable for all who wish to improve their writing skills as well as for those contemplating or struggling with a book length project such as a family history, corporate history or autobiography/memoirs. Also suitable for those writing family history stories and anecdotes for younger children in their families.

Hazel Edwards writes quirky, thought-provoking fiction and fact for adults and children, and has her own e-bookstore for favourite print books which are now e-pubs. (http://www.hazeledwards.com/shop.) Best known for There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake series, now translated into Chinese and other media, Hazel has two grandsons for whom she writes a story each birthday. A documentary on reactions to f2m: the boy within a coming- of -age YA novel about transitioning gender was made by Kailash Studio. Outback Ferals her YA novel set in Darwin, is a sequel to Antarctica’s Frozen Chosen, researched during her 2001 Antarctic expedition. Hazel runs book-linked workshops on Authorpreneurship and Writing a Non Boring Family History. Keen on students learning about real heroes, Hazel’s Aussie Heroes series for 10 year olds includes Weary Dunlop & Fred Hollows & Edith Cowan. Trail Magic; Going Walkabout for 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail with her son Trevelyan is the latest adventure memoir. A director of ASA, (Aust Society of Authors) and a National Reading Ambassador, in 2013 Hazel was awarded an OAM for Literature. Currently she’s writing her memoir Let Hippos Eat Cake; Being a Children’s Author or Not.

This tour is made possible by the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Authorpreneurship, The Business of Creativity with Hazel Edwards

10am–4pm Sunday 18 October

In the business of creativity, the author is the brand. Writers and illustrators are solo operators in the business of ideas. This session is designed for aspiring and published writers, biographers, illustrators and those who have a professional attitude towards the publishing of their books and ideas. 

This session will cover:  

  • the project management of books and scripts for children or adults (fiction and non fiction)
  • book proposals
  • time and energy management
  • co-writing collaborations and partnerships
  • choosing an agent
  • handling success and rejection
  • publicity and PR
  • managing websites and social media
  • building your author brand

Participants should bring a current work-in-progress manuscript to use within the session.

Hazel Edwards writes quirky, thought-provoking fiction and fact for adults and children, and has her own e-bookstore for favourite print books which are now e-pubs. (http://www.hazeledwards.com/shop.) Best known for There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake series, now translated into Chinese and other media, Hazel has two grandsons for whom she writes a story each birthday. A documentary on reactions to f2m: the boy within a coming- of -age YA novel about transitioning gender was made by Kailash Studio. Outback Ferals her YA novel set in Darwin, is a sequel to Antarctica’s Frozen Chosen, researched during her 2001 Antarctic expedition. Hazel runs book-linked workshops on Authorpreneurship and Writing a Non Boring Family History. Keen on students learning about real heroes, Hazel’s Aussie Heroes series for 10 year olds includes Weary Dunlop & Fred Hollows & Edith Cowan. Trail Magic; Going Walkabout for 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail with her son Trevelyan is the latest adventure memoir. A director of ASA, (Aust Society of Authors) and a National Reading Ambassador, in 2013 Hazel was awarded an OAM for Literature. Currently she’s writing her memoir Let Hippos Eat Cake; Being a Children’s Author or Not.

This tour is made possible by the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Speculative Fiction Masterclass with Marianne de Pierres

10am–4pm Saturday 24 October

In this full day masterclass, Marianne de Pierres will address some of the key issues in writing speculative fiction, including how to build convincing worlds, maintain narrative drive, and effectively blend sub-genres. A section of the workshop will also be spent on sharing current industry insight and the exploring the concept of creating adaptable content for New Media--how to survive in the brave new world of publishing.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Excellence in world-building
  • How to maintain narrative drive
  • How to successfully blend speculative fiction genres
  • How to create speculative fiction for the new world of publishing
  • Current industry insight

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular Parrish Plessis trilogy and the award-winning Sentinents of Orion and Peacemaker series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into ten languages and adapted into a role-playing game, while the Peacemaker series is currently being adapted into a novel adventure game. Marianne has also authored children’s and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy a dark fantasy series for teens. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and three galahs (and once upon a time three sons–before they grew up). Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Visit her websites at www.mariannedepierres.com  www.tarasharp.com.au and www.burnbright.com.au

This tour is made possible by the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Bringing Real Life to the Page with Matthew Condon

10am–4pm Saturday 7 November

The class will examine ways to successfully turn real life stories—crime, memoir, biography , social or environmental issues, travel—into creative nonfiction. It will identify core stories worthy of development into long form, narrative structure, voice, character development, research methods, dialogue and other key elements in the creation of a book-length narrative. It will also look at writing methods and the writing life in general, revision and editing of a final manuscript, and publishing. Matt is also happy to discuss student manuscripts/projects and any difficulties they're experiencing as a way of attempting to resolve any issues they may have.

Matthew Condon is the author of several novels, works of nonfiction, and is the two-time winner of the Steele Rudd Award for short fiction. His novels include The Motorcycle Café, The Pillow Fight and The Trout Opera. His non-fiction titles include Brisbane and, as editor, Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long Wet Summer of 2010-2011. In 2013 he published  Three Crooked Kings – the first instalment in a trilogy on the life and times of former Queensland police commissioner Terry Lewis, and crime and corruption in Queensland and NSW over a half-century. The book tells an epic story of corruption so deeply entrenched that it changed Queensland society. It was awarded the John Oxley Library Award 2013, and was shortlisted for several other awards.  The second volume, Jacks and Jokers, was published in April 2014 and was nominated for a Walkley Award. The final instalment in the trilogy—All Fall Down—will be published this year. Condon has worked as a journalist for thirty years both here and overseas. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Creative Arts at the Queensland University of Technology.

This tour is made possible by the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Horror Writing with Kaaron Warren

6pm–9pm Friday 13 November

Why should you write horror fiction? Because it allows you to explore the worst and best of humanity and, if you’re honest, yourself. Good horror fiction should chill, disturb, creep-out and frighten. Learn some of the tricks of the trade with one of Australia’s most awarded horror writers, Kaaron Warren.

Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Award Nominee and Shirley Jackson Award winner Kaaron Warren has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Fiji. She’s sold almost 200 short stories, three novels (the multi-award-winning Slights, Walking the Tree and Mistification) and five short story collections including the multi-award-winning Through Splintered Walls. Her latest short story collection is The Gate Theory. Kaaron is a Current Fellow at The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where she is researching Robert Menzies, Sir William Ashton, and the Granny Killer, John Wayne Glover. The resulting crime novel should see print in 2016.

You can find her at http://kaaronwarren.wordpress.com/ and she Tweets @KaaronWarren

Cost: $60 members, $40 concessional members, $125 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $90 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Literary Speed Dating

1:30pm–3:30pm Friday 13 November

You will have a roomful of publishers and agents and three minutes to pitch your work, ask a question or exchange contact details. A listing of publishers and agents, and the work they are looking for, will be uploaded to this page closer to the date. Bring your solid story idea, business cards and pitching skills. This event is held by the Australian Society of Authors in Sydney, NSW. There are 10 spots available for ACTWC members. This event will sell out—book early!

Want to sharpen your pitching skills? Read A Decent Proposal by Rhonda Whitton and Sheila Hollingworth and/or attend our Pitch Perfect course in Sydney on Saturday 5 September 2015.

Cost: $30 ASA, ACTWC & NSWWC members
Venue: Barneys Church, 57-61 Mountain St, Ultimo
Bookings: Bookings can be made online, or by calling 1800 257 121. You will need your membership number to secure your place.


Write Your Book on a Weekend with Jan Cornall

10am–4pm Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 December

'Everyone has a book inside them’ so they say, but how do you get the darn thing out! In one weekend learn everything you need to know about how to write your novel, memoir or nonfiction book, and how to wrestle the overwhelmingly big idea into small do-able chunks. In a supportive and creative atmosphere write your synopsis, chapter outline, and begin your first chapter. Revise the essential elements of writing craft and set future goals. Create a timetable for regular writing that could see you with a draft manuscript in 3–6 months. All genres, all levels of experience welcome.

Writer/performer Jan Cornall has written fifteen produced plays and musicals, a feature film, novel, a collection of poems and stories, and has been awarded several grants and fellowships. Her novel Take Me To Paradise (2006) and her most recent book Archipelagogo (2103) were both launched at Ubud Writer's and Reader's Festival. For more than a decade Jan has taught writing at writer's centres and universities (UWS, UTS) and with her company, Writer's Journey, mentors writers and leads international writing workshops and retreats in Bali, Fiji, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam and Morocco. Each year a number of her writers go on to publish with major publishing houses. www.writersjourney.comau

Cost: $250 members, $180 concessional members, $315 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $280 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 by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.

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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.