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Summer Inspiration 2017

Want to stay motivated and write over during these barmy summer days and nights? We’ve designed the perfect inspirational program for your creative writing. Every day during February, an inspiring and specifically crafted writing prompt will be delivered straight to your inbox.

Each morning you will be emailed a creative writing prompt to get your day’s writing underway, provide you with discipline and structure and you'll have the chance to join a dedicated online forum group to share your work and stay motivated. At the end of the month you'll have a bunch of new story/scene/character ideas that will keep your writing fresh for the rest of the year. Best of all, it's a lot of fun!

Price: General Admission A$30.00

Date: February 1, 2017

SA Manuscript Incubator

***The 2017 Manuscript Incubator is now booked out!***

If you wish to be added to a wait list, or a mailing list for information for the 2018 Incubator, please email [email protected]

 

Are you struggling to finish your manuscript? Looking for support to turn your first draft into a final polished product? The new SA Manuscript Incubator will challenge and inspire you, and give you the tools and networks you need to make 2017 the year of your manuscript.

This exclusive 10-month program is designed to provide the space and time, skills development, professional guidance and industry knowledge needed to complete your manuscript, and the skills and support to revise, redraft and refine it.

Cost: Full Price $1895 / Members $1195

Price: General Price A$1,895.00

Date: February 8, 2017

Four Thursdays: An online short story clinic with David Chapple

Planning to spend the summer holidays getting some of your stories out of head and onto the page? Join us in February for our first online short story clinic with David Chapple. Each month you’ll get readings to guide you, prompts to inspire you, and then you’ll submit your story for individual and group feedback.

Cost: Full Price $270 / Member Price $180 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$270.00

Date: February 16, 2017

Available Spaces: 81

Wrestling With Words: Techniques for Effective Revision

With Sara Taylor

When is a piece of fiction finished? Though the common image of ‘writing’ involves putting new words on the page, what makes many of our favorite books and stories wonderful is the time their authors spent wrestling with the words that were already there.

Whether you tend to tinker eternally or aren’t sure how to progress after the first draft, this workshop will provide you with tools and techniques to help carry you through the revision process.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

The Short Affair: Creating Compelling Short Stories

With Krys Lee

Stephen King once said that a short story is like a love affair, and a novel is like a marriage. What then do we expect of a brief love affair? Mystery, surprise, sometimes pathos. And to fall immediately in love.

This workshop will help you uncover the elastic nature of the short story and its possibility for invention and literary magic. It will focus on the synergy between the architecture of a story, and its character, language, and plot. And it will discuss ways to revive a stalled story beginning that continues to intrigue you.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 14

In My Opinion: The Opinionated Personal Essay

With Jessa Crispin

The personal, opinionated essay has become strangely controversial. Is it exploitative? Is it just women moping about, revisiting trauma for money? Are we all drowning in a sea of opinion?

And yet we keep reading personal essays because the immediacy, the vulnerability, and the thoughtfulness of a well-crafted essay makes them irresistible.

How, then, can a writer craft something beautiful centred around his or her idea or experience, but avoid the common pitfalls of the genre?

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Members price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

The Writer as Detective: Uncovering Untold Stories

With Kate Summerscale

True crime storytelling continues to gain momentum. But at a time when anyone with an internet connection can access a swathe of information themselves, what are some of the challenges for writers in this genre? And how do the best writers uncover and develop the stories that everyone else is missing?

In this workshop award-winning writer Kate Summerscale will walk you through the process of researching and writing true-crime stories, from how to find and use sources, to shaping your material into compelling narratives. She will discuss finding and using documents such as trial transcripts and newspaper reports, and the different ways of weighing, interpreting and using the evidence you find. She will also touch on the ethics of true-crime writing — such as gaps in the records, and mysteries of character and motive — and the difficulty of deciding what is true.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 11

Buried Forms: Rethinking Poetry in the Age of New Media

With Adam Fitzgerald

How do contemporary poets imbed and excavate traditional literature, as well as new media techniques, inside formal poetry? For example, in the poetry of Douglas Kearney, how do we find poetry not merely as a description of music and hip-hop, but as a radically interiorized demonstration of looping, synthesized vocals, and multilayered tracks?

This workshop will explore traditional “ekphrastic” poems from W.H. Auden and others, and compare them to the New York School “performative” forms of John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Bernadette Mayer, Amiri Baraka, as well as successive generations of contemporary innovative black poets such as Harryette Mullen, Fred Moten, Claudia Rankine and Morgan Parker.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 11

Inventing Reality: Strategies in Creating Your Own Voice

With Yuri Herrera

A uniquely written ‘voice’ is that elusive element that can elevate a manuscript from slush pile to publication, hooking publishers and readers along the way.

But what exactly is voice in this context? And how can you create a unique one that will improve your storytelling and help your work stand out from the crowd?

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Members price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 7, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

Poetic Form and Structure

with Jan Owen

This workshop with award-winning poet Jan Owen is an intensive session for writers interested in learning how to shape a poem through line length, word choice, and patterning devices such as alliteration, repetition and rhythm.

Covering free verse and also traditional rhymed and metered verse forms including the sonnet, ballad, tanka and villanelle, Jan will also offer pointers on poetic structure, including the development and change of ideas, feelings and attitudes within the poem.

Cost: Full price $160 / Members $95 (login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: March 25, 2017

Available Spaces: 18

Structure and Narrative Arc

with Jane Turner Goldsmith

You may be a brilliant wordsmith, but if your novel lacks a strong narrative arc it will fail to hook your reader and keep them turning the pages.

This workshop introduces you to the classic narrative arc structure on which most blockbusters — both films and novels — are based. Using examples, the importance of narrative and other structural elements of the novel will be discussed, and through group exercises and discussion, you will develop the skills to apply them to your own writing projects.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 3

Freelancing for Beginners

With Benjamin Brooker

It can be difficult to know where to start as a freelance writer and confusing finding answers to your many questions like how much should I charge? What makes for a good pitch? Which publications are right for me? Do I need an ABN, to register for GST? Can I claim expenses?

And while the freedom and idea of being your own boss can be exhilarating, self-discipline and an understanding of best practice processes are crucial if you are to avoid being overwhelmed by too much work, or left aimless and penniless by too little.

This workshop with freelance writer Ben Brooker is a practical guide to getting started and includes tips on how to make the most of it from someone who’s been there.

Cost: Full price $90 / Members $60 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: March 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 14