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Tracks: Adelaide

SA Writers is delighted to be partnering with Express Media to host Tracks, a travelling pop-up program for young writers that brings the best of Express Media’s workshops, masterclasses, networking opportunities and special events to communities across Australia.

If you’re aged 14 to 25 and have a love of writing and storytelling, Tracks: Adelaide is an exciting day-long event just for you. Across the day, you’ll learn from some of the best writers in South Australia, take part in a fiction masterclass or a non-fiction masterclass, find out what opportunities there are for you in Adelaide and beyond, and discover what happens when you’ve been selected for publication. You’ll also hear the work of some of South Australia’s most exciting young writers, and meet the people and organisations that make the arts and literature community thrive. The full lineup will be released soon.

Price: General Admission A$25.00

Date: April 8, 2017

Getting Started

With Bethany Clark

Keen to leap into writing but not sure where to start? Looking for beginners inspiration or to reignite a lost passion? Then this is THE workshop to kickstart your new writing journey.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: April 9, 2017

Available Spaces: 13

How to Write ... Personality Flaws

With Stuart Baulk

In great storytelling it is often the small details that can turn characters and plots from one-dimensional to riveting and real. In this new seminar series, we invite a selection of experts to shine a light behind the scenes of their fascinating workplace, research, or specialist knowledge, for the benefit of our writers.

Cost: Full price $55 / Members $30 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$55.00

Date: April 11, 2017

Available Spaces: 35

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!

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: April 22, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

Brave Words: Honouring Your Life Story

With Ali Cobby Eckermann

Writing your personal life story, be it a memoir, family history or essay, can take great courage. Facing your truths instead of turning away, and understanding how to shape your complex experience into a creative narrative can feel overwhelming. This supportive and safe workshop is designed to support you to overcome the fears involved in sharing your story and instead find the bravery to embrace your literary voice.

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

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: April 23, 2017

Available Spaces: 16

Plotting and Pacing

With Amy Matthews

Very limited places! Book early. 

Whether you’re a plotter or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants organic writer, this workshop offers a bagful of tricks for creating gripping plots that move at a cracking pace.

This workshop will help you identify the major dramatic question of your work and develop a deeper understanding of your characters’ goals, motivations and conflicts so you can craft plots that twist when they’re supposed to twist, and turn when they’re supposed to turn. And along the way you will learn a handful of practical techniques that will not only improve your plotting and pacing, but also increase the emotional punch of your writing.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: April 30, 2017

Available Spaces: 6

Historical Fiction: Researching Your Way to Success

With Anthony Laube

They say truth is stranger than fiction, and in fact often the best creative writing is inspired by a real person, news story or event. Whether you are writing historical fiction or are just using a real event as a starting point, how can you make the most of historical sources and methodologies to improve the authenticity of your work? And how can clever research techniques lead to great historical writing?

In this exclusive workshop with librarian, historian and biographer Anthony Laube, you’ll discover useful research tools and a range of online resources that will help you unearth great historical inspiration. Drawing on his 30 years as a librarian at the State Library, Anthony will share the best ways to source new information, lead you in exercises designed to inspire your work, and demonstrate how you can turn your research into creative form.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: April 30, 2017

Available Spaces: 17

ONLINE: Creative Writing 101

 

Are you looking for inspiration to start your creative writing journey? If you have passion, ideas and motivation then this 6 week online course will add technique and confidence to your armoury, as well as offering you a range of approaches and practical exercises to help you generate great writing.

Cost: Full price $180 / Members $120 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$180.00

Date: May 1, 2017

Available Spaces: 39

Autumn Inspiration: Daily Writing Prompts

Want to stay motivated and write as the days get cooler? We’ve designed the perfect inspirational program for your creative writing. Every day during May an inspiring and specifically crafted writing prompt will be delivered straight to your inbox.

Cost: $30

Price: General Admission A$30.00

Date: May 1, 2017

Available Spaces: 99

Getting Ready to E-Publish

With Scott Zarcinas

Ebook publishing and platforms have come a long way in the past ten years, and the number of self published writers finding readers and financial success through this industry continues to grow. If you’ve got a blockbuster up your sleeve, you too can self publish your work on Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Google Play - all you need is the right “know how” and the drive to make it happen.

This workshop will give you the practical steps you need to follow to become your own publisher, along with insider tips on how to edit and present your work as an ebook. Plus, you’ll learn what not to do and how to avoid some of the most common mistakes writers make when self publishing online.

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

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: May 6, 2017

Available Spaces: 21

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?

One of the first steps towards getting published is understanding the publishing industry and how the publication process for traditional and self-published books works.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: May 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 20

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.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: May 13, 2017

Available Spaces: 21

Welcome to World Building

With Jason Fischer

Do you dream of creating your own written universe where all the rules are made by you? Are you imagining a world of dragons, or a space station where aliens meet and trade? If so then Aurealis Award-winning writer Jason Fischer will guide you through the steps needed to create your own world and setting, either to kickstart your own stories and comics, or just for fun.

This workshop is a hands on and interactive way to learn how to build worlds with words, and will involve drawing maps, creating creatures, and talking about the natural laws observed by writers when creating their fantasy settings.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: May 20, 2017

Available Spaces: 21

Picture Book Perfect

With Mike Dumbleton

How hard is it to write and publish picture books?  What are the tricks and the traps of the trade you need to know to make it easier? 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.

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

Price: General Admission A$160.00

Date: May 21, 2017

Available Spaces: 19

Show Don’t Tell

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘show, don’t tell’, but what does it really mean? And can your writing break this golden rule and still be successful?

This workshop explores various narrative modes to help you effectively tell your story, and guides you through techniques to apply them. Using various practical exercises and techniques, you will learn how to create writing that is succinct, contemporary, economic and powerful.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: May 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 21

Setting and Place

With Kerryn Goldsworthy

Places are extremely limited! Book early to avoid disappointment

Whether your novel is based in a well-known city or a small, imaginary country town, in the outback or beside an ocean, the way you write setting and place is crucial in shaping your story and creating good fiction.

This workshop with respected author and teacher Kerryn Goldsworthy will show you how to situate your story in vivid places that create mood and strengthen your characters.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: May 28, 2017

Available Spaces: 5

Structure and Narrative Arc

With Jane Turner Goldsmith

Re-run by popular demand!

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. The importance of narrative and other structural elements of the novel will be discussed using examples, and you will develop the skills to apply them to your own writing projects through group exercises and discussion.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: May 31, 2017

Available Spaces: 12

Digital Bootcamp with The Walkleys

Ready to shake up your storytelling skillset? Looking to learn from some brilliant journalists and writers who are using the digital space to challenge
and disrupt traditional formats?
SA Writers is again partnering with The Walkley Foundation to present a weekend for aspiring and experienced journalists and writers who want to
explore the newest tools, techniques and structures for cutting edge reporting and storytelling.

Learn from some of the most innovative storytellers from around the country and discover how they are tackling the challenges of an increasingly fast-paced online world. From translating your story into a serialised podcast, to building your online presence with social content, and using digital tools to find, verify and tell stories in new ways, get fake news ready and whip your writing into shape with the Walkleys’ Digital Boot Camp.

One day: $95 members ($160 non members)

Two days: $180 members ($260 non members) 

Prices:
  • General Admission 1 Day (A$160.00)
  • General Admission 2 Days (A$260.00)

Date: June 2, 2017

Available Spaces: 44

Distilling the Personal Into Fiction

With Cameron Raynes

You’ve probably heard the common writerly wisdom that you should write what you know. But what if you were instead to write about what you were feeling? What if you wrote about what impassioned you, or what made you angry?

Starting from the Tolstoyan premise that happiness just isn’t interesting, this workshop explores how writers can tap into their own vulnerabilities to produce works of fiction that engage, ring true, and have an authenticity they would otherwise not have. It will help you understand how your individual experience of difference can open up unique vistas in your work, and how you can return, through art, to a place where you can write about what it is to be human.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: June 17, 2017

Available Spaces: 21

Powerful Playwriting

With Alexis West

Turning words on the page into visual performance is both challenging and rewarding, and it can expand the scope of your narrative while providing you with a unique creative storytelling experience. But where do you start when translating your ideas and words into a dynamic piece of playwriting? And what are some of the practical steps you can take to create engaging stories for the theatre?

Join playwright, poet, and performer Alexis West in this interactive workshop as she leads you through practical approaches to turning your words and stories into powerful plays.

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: June 17, 2017

Available Spaces: 21

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!

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

Price: General Admission A$90.00

Date: June 18, 2017

Available Spaces: 11

CHARACTER FEST: Crafting Compelling Characters

One of the biggest challenges for writers across the board, whether crafting creative fiction or short story, is to create authentic characters. Likeable or not, unrelatable and two-dimensional characters can often ruin a great plot or idea and slow down plotting and pacing, preventing readers from investing in the story.

Compelling characters on the other hand can draw the reader in, create interest, smooth over plot defects, and keep your story moving along.

Join us as we spend a full day delving into the depths of crafting compelling characters with a series of workshops, panels and seminars with award-winning writers, psychologists, body language experts and more. Immerse yourself in the world of personality ticks and tricks,  learn how to create empathy for your characters and engage your readers, and discover how body language can be translated onto the page.

 

Cost: Full price $180 / Members $120 (Login to register with the Member Price)

Price: General Admission A$180.00

Date: June 24, 2017

Available Spaces: 20