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Workshops

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: 66

Show Don’t Tell

With Rebekah Clarkson

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: 8

Setting and Place

With Kerryn Goldsworthy

***This event is not booked out. If you wish to be added to a waitlist, please contact [email protected]***

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

Structure and Narrative Arc

With Jane Turner Goldsmith

***This event is now booked out. If you wish to be added to a waitlist, please contact [email protected]***

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

Cultural Centre For The Dead: Creative Writing Workshop 2

With Manal Younus

The SA Writers Centre, in partnership with the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, have announced an exciting new round of free creative writing workshops as part of the ongoing Cultural Centre for the Dead project.

Run in the surrounds of Enfield Memorial Park, the Cultural Centre for the Dead is an ongoing community based project which – through creative writing and performance – seeks to open a dialogue with writers from diverse cultural backgrounds on their experience of a universal yet shared topic: death. Specifically the project seeks to uncover the ways in which traditional death practices can impact and influence the way we live our lives.

Price: General Admission A$0.00

Date: June 4, 2017

Available Spaces: 18

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: 18

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: 20

Cultural Centre For The Dead: Creative Writing Workshop 3

With Alexis West

The SA Writers Centre, in partnership with the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, have announced an exciting new round of free creative writing workshops as part of the ongoing Cultural Centre for the Dead project.

Run in the surrounds of Enfield Memorial Park, the Cultural Centre for the Dead is an ongoing community based project which – through creative writing and performance – seeks to open a dialogue with writers from diverse cultural backgrounds on their experience of a universal yet shared topic: death. Specifically the project seeks to uncover the ways in which traditional death practices can impact and influence the way we live our lives.

Price: General Admission A$0.00

Date: June 17, 2017

Available Spaces: 16

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: 3

How to Write ... Fashion

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.

After two successful sessions in the world of crime, and psychology, this time we are bringing you insights into Fashion!

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

Presenter TBA

Price: General Admission A$55.00

Date: June 20, 2017

Available Spaces: 42

Cultural Centre For The Dead: Creative Writing Workshop 4

With Alexis West

The SA Writers Centre, in partnership with the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, have announced an exciting new round of free creative writing workshops as part of the ongoing Cultural Centre for the Dead project.

Run in the surrounds of Enfield Memorial Park, the Cultural Centre for the Dead is an ongoing community based project which – through creative writing and performance – seeks to open a dialogue with writers from diverse cultural backgrounds on their experience of a universal yet shared topic: death. Specifically the project seeks to uncover the ways in which traditional death practices can impact and influence the way we live our lives.

Price: General Admission A$0.00

Date: June 22, 2017

Available Spaces: 19

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: 14