Writing Powerful Poetry with Jackson (WPPJ1) Saturday 22nd April 2017

Jackson pic 26-11-2014Learn how to express emotions in your poems. See how great poets manipulate words to make magic and mystery. Find out how form creates feeling. We’ll read and discuss a selection of published poems, and get inspired to write your own. Whether you’re a curious beginner or already well-versed, you’re sure to have fun. Don’t forget your writing materials!

 

 

 

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

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Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

Science Fiction Writing with Shane McCauley (SFSM1) Saturday 8th April 2017

Poet Shane McCauley
Shane McCauley

The aim of this workshop is to develop a sense of your own voice and style as a writer of fiction.

This is an opportunity to explore the very nature of story-telling, from pre-historic origins through myth and legend, fairytale and anecdote, fable and modern realism.

Both the theory and practice of short fiction writing will be considered in various ways, though the emphasis will be placed on honing skills through many practical and entertaining exercises. Individual feedback will be given, as well as periodic critiquing of stories by the group as a whole.

The workshop will focus on the traditional ingredients of the story, such as methods of characterisation, plotting (or not!), establishing point of view, creating setting and atmosphere. Key techniques such as writing dialogue, when, how and why to begin and end stories will also be practised. Considerable time will be allocated to the all-important area of editing and re-drafting.

Generating ideas will be another topic of investigation, and the sometimes tricky business of the borders between truth and fiction will be examined. By the end of this workshop, it is hoped that participants will be writing stories confidently and submitting them successfully to literary and other journals and to the many story competitions on offer in Australia and elsewhere.

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

 

Memoir Writing with Susan Midalia (MWSM2) Saturday 1st April 2017

SMWhy do certain people, events, places and objects from our past continue to matter to us? Why might it matter to re-create those memories with words?

This three-hour workshop will help you discover the words that honour your memories, whether for your own benefit or for those who wish to read about your past. We will consider the difference between memoir and autobiography; the nature of memory itself – subjective, fragmented, sometimes intense, and always subject to change. Also the use of different kinds of language and techniques to make your memoir “live” on the page.

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

Building Tension in Your Novel: Conflict and Theme with Laurie Steed (BTLS1)

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Due to unforeseen circumstances the workshop with Laurie Steed has had to be rescheduled to a date later in the year.

Theme: What is a theme? The difference between plot and theme. Ways to ascertain the key theme or themes of one’s work during the revision process. Ways to approach more typical fictional themes to ensure optimum originality in your writing: Subversion, allegory, and metaphor.

Conflict: Find the theme, find the conflict. Waging war: internal and external conflict motivators.

Your protagonist: what do they want and what’s currently in their way? Plot and conflict: building tension throughout your narrative through the use of foreshadowing, revelation and competing wants within the characters.

Great books and stories are hard to put down. They’re compelling, engaging and rewarding all at once.

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

The Best Words in Their Best Order with Susan Midalia (BWSM1) Sunday 12th March 2017

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Unfortunately this workshop is now full.

Susan Midalia has published three collections of short stories, all of them shortlisted for major literary awards. This workshop will equip both emerging and more experienced writers with an understanding of how to write memorable short stories: ones that draw the reader in, enchant them or disturb them, make them laugh or cry. All you need to bring is equipment for writing, an open mind and a willingness to learn. And having fun is mandatory!

Susan aims to improve people’s understanding of how to deploy narrative conventions and language to achieve the effects they desire. As someone with over thirty years of teaching experience, at both secondary and tertiary level, Susan is able to communicate effectively with both emerging and more experienced writers, and with a range of age groups from schoolchildren to adults.

 Unfortunately this workshop is now full.

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

Figurative Language: Style and Point of View with Marcella Polain (FLMP1) Sunday 19th November 2017

marcella-polain-photoIn this time of Twitter, Snap Chat, sound bytes and single-slide presentations, where quick, short and fleeting is mandatory, does figurative language still have a place? I argue it is essential – but why? What does it offer? How can its use assist our poetic writing, and how can the reading and writing of poetry assist our thinking?

Join us in taking a little time to look at ways poets use the figurative to deepen communication and experience, and to write a bit ourselves.

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

Poetry Editing with Shane McCauley (PE1621)

Spaces are still available for this workshop which will be held tomorrow.

Saturday November 5th

Poet Shane McCauley

This workshop aims to encourage an objective critical attitude to the poems we write by considering building-blocks such as phrasing, structure, implication, observation and the element of surprise. It provides a useful supplementary session to the August ‘Introduction to Poetry’ workshops, as well as being helpful to anyone who wants to hone their poetry technique or consolidate their poetic voice.

The focus is firmly on practical matters – how to shape a poem, what to include and exclude, how to utilise imagery to the best effect, how to incorporate sounds and rhythms in both traditional and free poetic forms. We will examine examples of the good and not-so-good (and along the way meet a certain Mr William McGonagall).

Participants are encouraged to bring a few copies of a poem for group discussion, (depending on time available) though this is by no means compulsory. Although those attending should leave having gained more insight into their writing practice, we should also have enjoyed ourselves along the way!

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

Introduction To Poetry: Poetry of the Senses with Vivienne Glance (IPVG1) Saturday 4th November 2017

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The most common of the 5 senses writers engage with is the visual one. This workshop is aimed at encouraging writers to explore their other senses too, as well as extend their visual sense. Using a series of prompts or triggers, from 3 different ‘areas’, poets will be encouraged to engage their imagination and their senses. The 1st trigger will be located in a poetic sense: rhyme, rhythm, form, metre, etc. The 2nd trigger engages with the 5 senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and hearing. The final trigger is an imaginative prompt to help inspire a poem.
Vivienne will provide some props to encourage an awakening of the senses, such as scented herbs and perfumes, highly textured objects (e.g. cloth, rocks, tree bark etc.), soundscapes, tasty and not-so-tasty snacks etc. Touch, taste, sound, sight and smell – how we furnish our poems with sensations can help them live in the reader’s imagination. During this workshop, you will generate new writing by engaging all 5 senses, as well as expand your poetic vocabulary, expressions, use of metaphor, and more.

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

 

Writing Memoir, Autobiography and Biography with Josephine Taylor (WMJT2) Saturday 21st October 2017

photo2Writing Memoir, Autobiography and Biography with Josephine Taylor

This workshop will explore how you can use real life experiences and creative writing techniques to write effective and memorable memoir or biography.

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.

Detail and Description in Short Stories with Brooke Dunnell (DDBD3) Sunday 8th October 2017

BrookeThis is the third of the three workshops with Brooke. This workshop will cover tips for selecting details and making vivid descriptions and imagery. According to actor and writer John Hodgman, “specificity is the soul of narrative”.

Find out how to create the precise, well-placed details and evocative descriptions that help bring a story to life.

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquires.

To join via Skype

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.   Please click the ECU map.