Character Masterclass
with Kate Forsyth

Saturday, 24 August

Why is it some books you read linger in your heart and mind for the rest of your life, while you have trouble remembering much about another book only a few days later? And how do we, as writers, create characters that sing and dance and leap? How do we tell a story that makes someone we have never meet sigh, and laugh out loud, and weep? Discover how with Kate Forsyth.

Welcome Event
with Angela Gardner

Tuesday, 3 September

Join us for drinks, nibbles and readings to welcome 2019 ACT Writer-in-Residence Angela Gardner to the Canberra writing/poetry/arts community. Enjoy a relaxed gathering to hear from Angela on her aims for the residency. Angela Gardner is a visual artist and poet and founding editor of the poetry journal Foam:e.

Setting and Place Masterclass
with Jack Heath

Saturday, 28 September

Sprawling or claustrophobic, real or invented, past or future, the setting can make or break your story. In a small room in present-day Canberra, award-winning author Jack Heath – who has set his bestselling novels everywhere from outer space to a noir distortion of Houston, Texas – will show you how to build a world without slowing your story down or losing sight of the characters.

Making Your Book Work
with Valerie Parv AM

Saturday, 12 October

Don’t know the right place to start? Have plot holes in the middle? You don’t need a formula, you need a road map – how to make one that leaves you free to write your story, your way. Discover selling secrets to push your writing further so readers NEED to know what happens next.

with Ginger Gorman

Saturday, 26 October

Kickstart your freelance writing career. Ever wish you could diversify your income streams through freelance writing? Or do you desire more flexibility in your approach to work? Professional freelance writers turn these dreams into reality through hard work and industry know-how. Kickstart your career in this six-hour intensive on the ins and outs of freelancing. This workshop is suitable for those who need help turning their writing skills into income or rejuvenating their freelancing career.

Picture Book Perfection
with Irma Gold

Saturday, 9 November

In this workshop you’ll learn everything you wanted to know about writing picture books. As both an author and an editor working in children’s publishing, Irma will give participants an honest and realistic insight into the publishing industry. You’ll learn how to create work that young readers will love, and explore and develop new ideas through exercises.