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.


Feature Writing and the Business of Freelancing: a Masterclass with Benjamin Law **SOLD OUT**

10am–4pm Sunday 2 November

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 Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter, and has completed a PhD in television writing and cultural studies.He is the author of two books—The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012)—and the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis. The Family Law has been translated into French and is currently being developed for television. Gaysia was published in India in 2013 and North America in 2014. Both of his books have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards, and he is now working on his next. Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend (The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age), frankie and The Monthly. He has also written for over 50 publications, businesses and agencies in Australia and worldwide. For more information about Benjamin and his work please visit http://benjamin-law.com

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.

Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room
Code: All
Cost: $110 members, $95 concessional members, $170 non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Bookings:This workshop is sold old. To go on the waiting list please email admin(at)actwriters.org.au


Riding the Wave of YA Success: A Fangs Optional Workshop with Kaz Delaney

10am–4pm Saturday 8 November

Commercially speaking, Harry Potter gave it a good nudge. Of course, when Stephenie Meyer brought Twilight into the arena, that nudge became a shove. And that's all it took for authors of Young Adult novels the world over to pick it up and carry it over the finish line to create one of the most amazing phenomena in literary history. Editors and publishers can't get enough YA fiction and everyone from Stephen King down wants a piece of the action.

Why is this happening? Kaz Delaney will speak about her own journey and examine the ingredients of a successful YA novel. She will discuss tone, markets, audience, agents, selling across two continents and popular culture in the context of the YA novel.

Participants will have the opportunity to create their own compelling YA protagonist and be encouraged to dig deep to find the story that drives them.

Award winning YA & children's author, Kaz Delaney, and her alter ego, Kerri Lane have currently sold 68 books between them. Kaz's current title Dead, Actually (Allen & Unwin) is a 'crossover novel', closing the divide between adult and teen fiction, and recipient of the ARRA Award for Favourite Paranormal for 2012, and the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel for 2012, and was long listed for a Davitt Award in the children's/YA section. Dividing her time between teaching and writing, Kaz formerly tutored Creative Writing for CSU's Enrichment Program as well as teaching and creating courses for the Australian College of Journalism. Almost Dead, the next in the Dead series, is a January 2014 release.

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 for the Education Market with Kerri Lane

10am–4pm Sunday 9 November

Writing for the education market can be lucrative and offers far more opportunities for publication. In fact, many of Australia's most prominent children's authors began their careers by writing education texts. So, how do you break into it, and what are the tricks?

This workshop looks at the education market and examines specific types of texts ranging from Early Readers through to Chapter Books and Young Adult novels, and beyond—to 'readers' targeted at the Adult Education market. Participants will learn about publisher requirements, deadlines, word counts, language level, suitable content and tone. The workshop will offer hints, tips and analyses of successful texts. Participants will come away with the knowledge and beginnings of their own text for Early Readers

Award winning YA & children's author, Kaz Delaney, and her alter ego, Kerri Lane have currently sold 68 books between them. Kaz's current title Dead, Actually (Allen & Unwin) is a 'crossover novel', closing the divide between adult and teen fiction, and recipient of the ARRA Award for Favourite Paranormal for 2012, and the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel for 2012, and was long listed for a Davitt Award in the children's/YA section. Dividing her time between teaching and writing, Kaz formerly tutored Creative Writing for CSU's Enrichment Program as well as teaching and creating courses for the Australian College of Journalism. Almost Dead, the next in the Dead series, is a January 2014 release.

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 on the Body with Sarah St Vincent Welch

12pm–5pm Saturday 15 November

Discover how developing a sense of 'the body' can take your writing to a new level. Explore the exhibition Pulse: Reflections on the body, at Canberra Museum and Gallery, through writing, with Sarah and a group of fellow writers. Be inspired by visual art and learn ways to bring your writing to life. This guided and immersive workshop caters for all forms, and will include writing exercises and games, time to view the exhibition, and time to write and discuss. Follow up material to encourage participants to continue writing will also be provided.

Sarah St Vincent Welch is a creative writing facilitator with over fifteen years of experience. She received a citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for ‘devising playful writing spaces that surprise, stimulate and support creative writing students to write and keep writing.’ Her short fiction has been published and anthologised, and has won the Marjorie-Graber McInnes Short Story Award twice. She won the inaugural Marian Eldridge Award, and The Jessie Litchfield Award. Sarah is interested in leading a continuing guided writing workshop that responds to exhibitions and collections.

Venue: Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)
Code: All
Cost: $54 ACTWC and M&G members, $48 concessional members, $84 non-members (includes 6 months of membership)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Publishing a Picture Book with Tania McCartney

10am–4pm Saturday 22 November

This workshop is designed for those seeking to both create and produce children's picture books. It would also suit those keen to learn more about both the trade publishing and self-publishing markets, their constructs and the skillsets required.

Participants will learn about the processes required to create a picture book. Segments will include ideas, planning, storyboarding, the fusion of illustration with text, editing, book layout, design, and sourcing an illustrator.

Participants will also learn about the pros, cons and pitfalls of self-publishing, before exploring the basics of the self-publishing process and its requirements. This allows participants to better understand the self-publishing process, and whether or not this is the path for them—financially, as well as in terms of career development. Costing and projected revenue will be covered, as well as the complexity of marketing, sales and distribution.

Trade publishing, the way it works and its expectations from authors and illustrators, will also be covered. Tania will offer priceless tips on gaining a foothold into the children's trade market, and how to approach publishers.

For those wishing to take on the illustrious picture book, from an author, illustrator or publisher perspective, this workshop offers invaluable insight.

Tania McCartney is an award-wining author of both children's and adult books. The founder of respected sites Kids' Book Review (www.kids-bookreview.com) and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, she is an experienced book and magazine editor, publisher, illustrator, reviewer and speaker. She has a great passion for juvenile literacy and book design. Tania's latest books include Tottie and Dot, An Aussie Year, and Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo: A journey around Canberra. Tania has lived in Paris, London and Beijing, and currently lives in Canberra with her supportive husband, two gorgeous kids, and a mountain of books. Visit her at www.taniamccartney.com

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.

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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.