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Workshops

Writing for Middle Grades

with Adam Cece

So you want to write middle grade fiction? Great decision! Because publishers are always looking for new voices in middle grade, and you'll be writing for one of the most passionate and fun audiences imaginable. But what defines middle grade? What are the popular themes? And what are the common dos and don’ts of writing for middle graders? And what are the publishing opportunities for your middle grade manuscript. This fun, informal workshop will teach you all about writing for this mega-popular market.

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: October 21, 2017

Available Spaces: 16

Getting Published

with Sarah Tooth

There is an overwhelming amount of information available on how to get published, and – based on other writers’ anecdotes – an infinite number of pathways to publication. But with a surplus of information, where do you start? And how do you decide which is the right path for you and your work?

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: October 21, 2017

Available Spaces: 0

TWELVE

Do you have trouble finding the time to write? Are there too many distractions around you? Do you often think to yourself, ‘if only I just had a day to write, I would get so much done?’ If so, then The TWELVE experience is for you!

TWELVE is your ‘no excuses, no limits, no distractions’ opportunity to get your writing projects heated up to boiling point. No escape, no diversions, no wandering focus – just twelve uninterrupted hours of unadulterated writing. When there are no distractions, there’s nothing left to do but write and you will surprise yourself at how much you get down on the page.

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: October 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 2

The Editor's Hat

with Kevin O'Brien

When you’re writing creatively you often need to turn off your inner editor; otherwise, you’d never get those words onto the page or finish a first draft. Once you have one, though, it’s time to switch hats and put on your editor’s one. But what does editing your own manuscript really entail?

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: October 29, 2017

Available Spaces: 1

Creative Cookbooks: Capturing Family & Food Memories - Mt Gambier

with Liz Harfull

as part of our Regional Writers Project

Have you always wanted to create your own family recipe book? Or capture treasured recipes handed down through generations alongside short stories about the family members who shared them? Or perhaps you have found yourself in charge of compiling a cookbook to raise money for your favourite community group?

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: November 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 18

Picture Book Perfect - Barmera

with Mike Dumbleton

as part of our Regional Writers Project

How hard is it to write and publish picture books?  And what tricks and the traps of the trade should you know before you try?

This workshop with award-winning children’s author Mike Dumbleton will answer these and many more questions you might have about creating stories for children.

Using various activities to deepen your understanding of the writing process from initial ideas to final revisions, Mike will also provide you with helpful ideas to assist with word-choice, dialogue, story structure, point of view, the use of rhyme and self-editing. And he will share practical strategies to help aspiring writers develop and refine their manuscripts to make them as perfect as possible before submitting to a publisher.

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: November 11, 2017

Available Spaces: 17

Writing Great Funding Applications

with Sarah Tooth

A successful arts grant can help writers and artists establish a long term career and create new opportunities for themselves and their artistic community. So why do so many applications fall short of success?

A good idea is not enough – you also need to be able to quickly and professionally convey your project in a way that sweeps the assessors up in your passion and vision.

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: November 11, 2017

Available Spaces: 19

Writing a Killer First Chapter

with Paul McVeigh

Have an idea for a novel and don’t know where to start? Have you finished your novel and want to make sure you avoid the rejection pile?

This course will help you write a first chapter that grabs the attention of agents, editors and readers. With lots of no-nonsense advice and practical exercises this course sold out in London with Felicity Yap’s Yesterday selling for 6 figures just 2 weeks later.

Price: General Admission A$180.00

Date: November 18, 2017

Available Spaces: 19

Turning Life into Great Short Stories - Port Lincoln

with Rebekah Clarkson

as part of our Regional Writers Project

Flannery O’Conner famously once said: ‘Nothing more needs to happen in a writer’s life once they’ve reached twenty, they will have enough material for stories to last a lifetime.’ But how can you mine your own life and experiences to create a work of compelling fiction?

Join acclaimed and award-winning contemporary short story writer Rebekah Clarkson as she guides you through a range of exercises to unearth the brilliant stories that can be triggered from your own life.

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: November 19, 2017

Available Spaces: 18

Catch Those Memories: An Introduction to Memoir Writing

with Elizabeth Hutchins

An increasingly popular genre, memoir can encompass family stories, your own memories, travel writing, or even fictionalised history.

This workshop with author Elizabeth Hutchins will offer you a range of strategies to approach writing memoir, whether you have a project underway, have done some family history research or are just getting started.

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: November 25, 2017

Available Spaces: 19

Synopsis and Pitching

with Patrick Allington

You’ve completed your manuscript and are ready to pitch it to publishers. But where do you start?

Presenting your novel and pitching the right way is a vital first step towards getting a busy publisher to pluck it out of the slush pile and read it.

In this informative workshop with respected editor and author, Patrick Allington, you will learn how to write a concise and alluring synopsis that reflects your manuscript’s unique selling points, and how to polish your pitch documents to make publishers take notice.

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: November 26, 2017

Available Spaces: 19

Crafting Great Short Stories and Fiction - Streaky Bay

with Rebekah Clarkson

as part of our Regional Writers Project

The best stories are often the ones that surprise us, the ones we never meant to write, or the ones that seem to come from nowhere.

Join acclaimed and award-winning contemporary short story writer Rebekah Clarkson as she guides you through a range of exercises to help trigger your own brilliant and unexpected short story and fiction writing ideas.

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: December 2, 2017

Available Spaces: 18

TWELVE

Last chance to focus on your writing before the silly season kicks off!

 

Do you have trouble finding the time to write? Are there too many distractions around you? Do you often think to yourself, ‘if only I just had a day to write, I would get so much done?’ If so, then The TWELVE experience is for you!

TWELVE is your ‘no excuses, no limits, no distractions’ opportunity to get your writing projects heated up to boiling point. No escape, no diversions, no wandering focus – just twelve uninterrupted hours of unadulterated writing. When there are no distractions, there’s nothing left to do but write and you will surprise yourself at how much you get down on the page.

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: December 2, 2017

Available Spaces: 10

Turning Life into Great Short Stories - Ceduna

with Rebekah Clarkson

as part of our Regional Writers Project

Flannery O’Conner famously once said: ‘Nothing more needs to happen in a writer’s life once they’ve reached twenty, they will have enough material for stories to last a lifetime.’ But how can you mine your own life and experiences to create a work of compelling fiction?

Join acclaimed and award-winning contemporary short story writer Rebekah Clarkson as she guides you through a range of exercises to unearth the brilliant stories that can be triggered from your own life.

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: December 3, 2017

Available Spaces: 18

Creative Cookbooks: Capturing Family & Food Memories

with Liz Harfull

Have you always wanted to create your own family recipe book? Or capture treasured recipes handed down through generations alongside short stories about the family members who shared them? Or perhaps you have found yourself in charge of compiling a cookbook to raise money for your favourite community group?

Writing recipes that make it easy to successfully reproduce your grandmother’s fruit cake, your neighbour's trifle, or that delicious dish you make every week for your children, is not quite as simple as you might suspect!

Join award-winning cookbook writer and historian Liz Harfull as she reveals the practical steps needed to preserve the wisdom and knowledge of the cooks that inspire you, and help you create recipes and stories that are easy to follow - and a joy to eat!

 

Originally from Mount Gambier, Liz Harfull is a national best-selling author who has written three books celebrating the stories, recipes and secret tips of amateur cooks across Australia. Her first book, The Blue Ribbon Cookbook, explored the world of agricultural shows and amateur show cooking competitions in South Australia. Now recognised as a classic, it even took the author to Paris where it won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award. Liz is also well known for her acclaimed book Almost an Island: the story of Robe, the national best-selling Women of the Land, about women running their own farms, and her most recent book, City Girl Country Girl. A keen amateur cook and historian, Liz now she lives in the Adelaide Hills, occasionally finding time to bake scones and make jam, while juggling a busy writing career.

 

Venue: City Library Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (Enter via Francis St)

 

Cost: Full Price $90 SAWC Members Price $60

Adelaide City Library members (who aren’t currently SA Writers members) can receive a discount off the Full Price of selected SA Writers Centre workshops. ACL members please contact the Adelaide City Libraries on [email protected] to receive a Promotional Code to apply when making a booking with us.

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: December 3, 2017

Available Spaces: 19

First Draft

A 12-month program for writers working towards completing their first manuscript

January - December 2018

Are you looking for some structured support to help you finish your book? The First Draft program provides monthly writing group meetings, a tailored workshop series, professional feedback and consultations, access to a season of our Daily Inspiration prompts, and peer support to keep you on track to complete your first draft by the end of the year.

This program is suitable for people writing fiction and narrative nonfiction in any genre, including poetry.

The program includes: 

  • 10 x group meetings (February - November)
  • 6 x half day workshops of your choice (see recommended workshops below)
  • 1 x in-depth consultation about your writing project
  • 1 x First Feedback
  • 1 x Daily Inspirations prompts
  • 1 x TWELVE writing intensive
  • Access to a private online space to share work and ideas
  • Support from SA Writers Centre staff

Monthly Group Meetings:
February - November on the first Wednesdays of the month, 5:30–7pm

Recommended Workshop Series:
A series of 6 half-day workshops specifically designed for writers working on their first manuscript. These be programmed bi-monthly through the year on Saturday afternoons (dates will be released in early November).

  • Getting Started
  • Structure and Plotting
  • Character
  • Point of View
  • Setting
  • Show Don't Tell

Full Price $1350  SA Writers Centre Member Price $890

Price: General Admission A$1,350.00

Date: January 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 16

Manuscript Incubator

A 12-month program for writers with a completed first draft, looking to publication

January - December 2018

Are you looking for support to turn your first draft into a final polished product?

This exclusive program is designed to provide the space, skills, guidance and knowledge you needed to revise, redraft and refine your manuscript, and get yourself ready to pitch.

Participants will have access to high quality writing workshops, a monthly writing group for support and critique, professional manuscript feedback, career consultations with industry experts, and more.  This program is suitable for people writing fiction and narrative nonfiction in any genre, including poetry.

The program includes: 

  • 10 x group meetings
  • 6 x half day workshops of your choice (see recommended workshops below)
  • 1 x in-depth consultation about your writing project
  • 1 x First Feedback
  • 1 x Daily Inspirations prompts
  • 1 x TWELVE writing intensive
  • Priority access to pitching opportunities and industry meet ups
  • Access to a private online space to share work and ideas
  • Support from SA Writers Centre staff

Monthly Group Meetings:
February - November on the second Wednesday of the month, 5:30–7pm

Recommended Workshop Series:

A series of 6 half-day workshops specifically designed for writers refining and preparing their manuscript for publication. These be programmed bi-monthly through the year on Saturday afternoons (dates will be released in early November).

  • Getting Published
  • Editing and Drafting
  • Plotting and Pacing
  • Beginnings and Endings
  • Dialogue
  • Synopsis and Pitching

Full Price $1350  SA Writers Centre Member Price $890

Price: General Admission A$1,350.00

Date: January 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 15

Career Track Program

A 12-monthh program for published writers

January - December 2018

Entry to this program is by application.

Are you a published writer who has realised that publication is the beginning of the journey, not the end? Have you had a publication outcome, but still feel lost about where to go from here? Or are you looking to solidify your writing career and source new professional networks and opportunities?

The Career Track program is designed to offer structured ongoing support for mid career, ‘mid list’ authors. It includes monthly group meetings, a weekend intensive, access to professional support and advice, and support to diversify careers and build profiles.

The year-long program will provide you with all the information and support you will need to build your professional networks, skills and profile, covering topics such as understanding the publishing industry and alternative publishing options, money matters for writers, how to get funding, discovering professional opportunities, how to sell your book, new digital possibilities, connecting with readers and more.

All participants will also have the opportunity to appear in our program at least once in 2018/19, either as part of our workshop program, reading events, festival programming, residencies, regional touring program or through other promotional activities. An appropriate opportunity will be developed individually with SA Writers Centre staff.

This program is suitable for authors from any genre, including fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. It is open by application to writers with at least one professional publication.

The program includes: 

  • 10 x group meetings
  • 1 x weekend intensive
  • 2 x individual career consultations with SA Writers Centre staff
  • Access to a private online space to discuss work and ideas
  • Access to support from SA Writers Centre staff
  • Invitations to VIP industry events, including Adelaide Writers Week Closing Party
  • Advice and support to appear in SA Writers Centre program, including workshop program, reading and festival events

 

Weekend Intensive:

5 - 6 May 2018

Two full days of talks and presentations covering agenting, financial management, how to make the most of professional opportunities, marketing and publicity, social media, digital possibilities, alternative publishing options and their pitfalls, how to network, how to connect with readers through festivals, book groups, libraries and schools, and how to diversity your skills and income.

 

Monthly Group Meetings:

Monthly February - November on the first Wednesday of the month, 5:30–7pm

Group meetings will include a short presentation followed by discussion. Topics will be co-curated by SA Writers Centre staff and group members.

 

To apply, please email us for an application form.

 

Full Price $1,350   SA Writers Centre Members Price $890 

Price: General Admission A$1,350.00

Date: January 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 15