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.


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.


Poetry Masterclass Intensive with Jen Webb

Presented by Australian Poetry and ACT Writers Centre
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 June, 10am to 4pm

This bespoke poetry masterclass intensive, taken by well-known poet and scholar, Jen Webb, is for eight poets only, providing intimacy and focussed attention for your work across the weekend. Please send three poems up to 60 lines each, your email address and phone number to: jen.webb@canberra.edu.au, by 21 May midnight. Successful candidates will be advised by 25 May with payment required to secure your booking by 5 pm 27 May. If the fees are an issue, please note this in your initial application. If you identify as of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander and/or of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse background, please also note this in your application. Participants will be provided with a short recommended reading list ahead of the workshop. There will also be information on submitting your work for publication, including in the ‘Australian Poetry Journal’ (next volume November 2016).

This workshop initiative is funded by the ACT Arts Fund.

Professor Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice, and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra.
Jen is the author or co-author of 14 scholarly books, and editor of another 7. Titles include Creative Manoeuvres: Writing, Making, Being (2014, Cambridge Scholars Publishing), New Writings from the South Pacific (USP 2007) and Reading the Visual (2004, Allen & Unwin). Her most recent scholarly books are Researching Creative Writing (2015, Frontinus) and Art and Human Rights: Contemporary Asian Contexts (with Caroline Turner; 2015, Manchester UP). 
Jen is also a creative writer who has published many prose fiction pieces and poems in Australia and abroad. Her work includes the poetry collections Proverbs from Sierra Leone (2004, Five Islands Press), Stolen Stories Borrowed Lines (2015, Castlemaine), and (with Paul Hetherington) Watching the World: Impressions of Canberra (2015, Blemish Books), and the short story collection, Ways of Getting By (2006, Ginninderra Press). She also produces handmade books, and has exhibited these in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. She is founding editor of the literary journal Meniscus http://www.meniscus.org.au/, and the ACT editor for the Australian Book Review’s “States of Poetry” mini-anthologies.

Cost: Total $220, or for current Australian Poetry subscribers / ACT Writers Centre members, $170.
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings: This course is open by application only. Please send three poems (up to 60 lines each), your email address and phone number to jen.webb@canberra.edu.au by 21 May midnight. For any queries, please contact 6262 9191.


Structural Editing for Nonfiction with Pippa Carron

10am-4pm Saturday 18 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.


Advanced Creative Writing with Jenny Bond

10am-1pm on Sundays from June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10

Perhaps you’ve completed a foundation course in creative writing, such as Basics of Creative Writing, and you’re eager for more. Or you might already have some writing under your belt and are looking for ways to improve your skills. Advanced Creative Writing is designed for those that have begun a piece of fiction and are keen to take their writing to the next step, completing their first draft.

During the course, technical aspects of fiction writing will be studied and put into practice in an encouraging, collaborative and nurturing environment.

Course topics will include:

  • Creating engaging characters: Making your characters well-rounded and believable, and ensuring their voices are unique and distinct.
  • The scaffold: Building an effective narrative structure in order for your story to move towards a satisfying climax and resolution.
  • The building blocks: Making every scene perfect, including dialogue, pacing, time and exposition. Achieving just the right balance of scene and summary.
  • The finishing touches: Proofreading, revising and editing your work once the first draft is complete.
  • Then what comes next?

The most effective way to enhance and hone your skills is to apply them. With this principle in mind, Advanced Creative Writing has been developed as a practical course where participants will be required to complete writing tasks that will then be discussed by the group in a workshop setting.

By the end of the four-week course you’ll improve your creative writing skills and have the confidence, motivation and inspiration to continue and complete your own short story or novel.

Passionate about the written word, Jenny Bond hopes to motivate others to harness their creativity. An ex English teacher and now an active author of historical fiction, Jenny is currently completing her fourth novel. In this course she will inspire budding novelists and writers to begin their work of fiction and will offer them the tools to see it through to the end. As a working mother of two young boys, Jenny understands the challenges involved in finding the inspiration and time to make this dream a reality.

Cost: $380 members, $353 concessional members, $445 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $403 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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