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Editing Short Fiction: Write Drunk, Edit Sober with Susan Midalia

Saturday 14th July 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Ernest Hemingway advised creative writers to “write drunk, edit sober”: that we should be spontaneous and free from inhibition when writing, and then edit our work with a clear understanding of its inevitable flaws. In this workshop, short story writer and novelist Susan Midalia will consider how to edit your writing in order to produce what Samuel Taylor Coleridge called “the best words in their best order.” Editing can include either paring back or embellishing; eliminating repetitions and extraneous material; finding alternative words; considering how a change in point of view or structure can make your story more engaging or challenging for readers.

Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, all of them shortlisted for major literary awards. Her first novel will be published by Fremantle Press in 2018. She is also an experience freelance editor and workshop facilitator, the judge of several literary awards, and a board member of writingWA and Margaret River Press.

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 inquiries.

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.

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Fired Up: The Tools and Courage to Publish Memoir with Suzanne Covich

Sunday 24th June 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm Spaces still available!

This workshop aims to assist writers to achieve a published memoir. It will focus on the process of writing memoir; ways to keep memories alive, journaling, poetry, art; how to break through walls of silences, the doubts and fears from start to finish. Memoir is not simply a recording of events, that’s the start. How to take hold of them, sink in them, swim in them, how to raise them up, shape them and make them dance across the page while maintaining integrity and keeping safe, is the key. In this workshop, writers will be asked to write the title of their memoir, a plot line and, write the opening paragraph.

Suzanne Covich
Dr Suzanne Covich, author of When We Remember They Call Us Liars (Fremantle Press, 2012) has been writing since her early thirties and has published poetry and short stories in a number of Australian literary journals and anthologies including, Quadrant, Island, Northern Perspective, Southern Review, Meanjin, Poetry Australia, Summer Shorts, New Beginnings and She’s a Train and She’s Dangerous. Her work has also been performed on ABC Radio National. She is the first Australian to win two, National Teaching In Excellence Awards (NEITA) and the editor of A Circle in a Room Full of Squares (2002). Coming from what she calls ‘the other side of the track’ her commitment to education and writing is paramount, as is her ongoing determination to expose silences that erode human dignity.

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 inquiries.

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.

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Recite! Techniques for Remembering and Performing Poetry with Sanna Peden

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE  

You know people will connect better with your poetry if you perform it well, but how do you translate text to performance? How can you memorise the poem in the first place? This workshop includes tips and techniques suitable for writers of all levels who are interested in improving their performance and memorisation skills.

 

Sanna Peden is a lapsed academic and recovering writer with an interest in character, research and performance. Sanna is a regular reader in Perth’s spoken word world; her poetry has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, Visible Ink, Westerly and is forthcoming in the Poetry D’Amour anthology. Sanna has taught writing, public speaking and research skills for several years at the University of Western Australia.

 

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

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.

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So You Want to Write: An Introduction to Creative Writing with Josephine Taylor

Have you always wanted to write, but don’t know how to start? Started to write, but become completely lost? Join experienced facilitator Josephine Taylor in a workshop that will introduce you to different forms of creative writing – fiction, creative non-fiction, life writing and poetry. Through examples and fun activities, participants will be introduced to writing techniques that will provide the confidence to continue writing well beyond this workshop!

 

Josephine Taylor

Josephine Taylor is a writer and freelance editor, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, and an Editorial Board member of Margaret River Press. She is also Associate Editor at Westerly Magazine, where she reviews and edits creative and scholarly writing. Her work has been anthologised and has appeared in diverse publications, including Australian Book Review, Axon and Southerly. Josephine regularly presents and facilitates in the areas of creative writing and Australian fiction. She is passionate about literature and creativity – and she loves teaching!

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 inquiries.

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.

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Different Pathways to Publication

With many pathways to publication it’s especially important to find what works for you! Join Hannah and Josephine to learn about publication opportunities for your writing, including competitions, large and small; online publications; genre and literary journals; independent publishing houses; and larger commercial publishers. This is a workshop that welcomes all styles of writing for advice and information shared in a non-threatening environment, especially suited to early-career writers.

 

Josephine Taylor

Josephine Taylor is a writer and freelance editor, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, and an Editorial Board member of Margaret River Press. She is also Associate Editor at Westerly Magazine, where she reviews and edits creative and scholarly writing. Her work has been anthologised and has appeared in diverse publications, including Australian Book Review, Axon and Southerly. Josephine regularly presents and facilitates in the areas of creative writing and Australian fiction. She is passionate about literature and creativity – and she loves teaching!

 

Hannah van Didden

Hannah van Didden is a Perth-based writer and book designer. Pieces of her have appeared in publications such as Southerly (Aust.), Breach (Aust.), Hippocampus Magazine (US), Atticus Review (US), and Southword Journal (Ire). While trying to stay faithful to writing novels and helping others get their writing ready for publication, she entertains a love affair with short forms. In another life, she helps others to run their projects with discipline and creativity. This balance feeds her writing—and potentially yours—when you seek her advice or come to her workshops.

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 inquiries.

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.

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How to typeset a book for Createspace using only MSWord and Windows Paint with Rosanne Dingli

Spaces still available!

Saturday 26 th May 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Rosanne Dingli has typeset more than 50 titles for Createspace, Amazon’s paperback production arm.
In this workshop, she projects her MSWord onto the screen to show exactly how to typeset a manuscript and get it right EVERY time. Insert illustrations, headers and footers, page numbers, glyphs and great chapter headings.
Produce a book like a pro using Rosanne’s hints and tips. Bring your laptop and learn on your own manuscript. Handle some paperbacks made in this way and see how well they fit into readers’ expectations.

Rosanne Dingli
Rosanne Dingli is an award-winning novelist who has owned her own imprint since 2012. Producing and publishing her own books and those of others has enabled her to find some quick and easy ways to typeset paperbacks that conform to standard publishing expectations.
Find Rosanne Dingli at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rosanne-Dingli/e/B002BOJFCM
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 inquiries.

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.

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Writing Memoir, Biography and Autobiography with Josephine Taylor

Saturday 12th May 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

This workshop will outline the different forms of life writing, and explore how real-life experiences and creative writing techniques can be used to write effective and memorable memoir, autobiography and biography. Participants can bring draft auto/biography, but we will focus mainly on life-writing exercises, with feedback and with tips galore. Participants will discover how much fun it is to write a life!

Josephine Taylor is a writer from Perth, where she holds the following positions: associate editor, Westerly magazine (UWA); adjunct lecturer, Edith Cowan University; and editorial board member, Margaret River Press. Her published work includes short forms of fiction and life-writing, and she is currently writing a novel. Josephine teaches in the areas of creative writing, editing and Australian fiction. Her workshops are informative, vibrant and fun.

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 inquiries.

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.

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Sombreros and Other Cultural Hats with Rashida Murphy

Saturday 28th April 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Learn how to write culturally authentic characters, in their own voices, in this workshop by award winning author Rashida Murphy. Join Rashida as she speaks about social justice in storytelling and helps you craft stories about encounters with ‘others’ while acknowledging the challenges of diversity and discrimination.

Rashida Murphy has published her short fiction and poetry in various international literary journals and anthologies, including the Westerly, Open Road Review and Veils Halos and Shackles. Her debut novel, The Historian’s Daughter was shortlisted in the Scottish Dundee International Book Prize in 2015 and is available now from UWA Publishing. In 2016 she was a guest editor at the Westerly and is on the editorial board at Café Dissensus. Rashida has a Masters in English Literature and a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University. In 2016 she was the joint winner of the Magdalena Prize for feminist research for her thesis which includes the novel The Historian’s Daughter. She has judged several literary competitions and was a writer-in-residence at KSP Writers Centre in 2017.

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 inquiries.

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.

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Short Stories: The Second Draft and Beyond with Brooke Dunnell

Sunday 15th April 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Do you have a first draft of a short story? Not sure where to go from here? Need tips on how to improve it for possible publication? Through discussion, examples and short exercises, this workshop will provide techniques on how to streamline and strengthen your writing to bring each draft closer to your vision.

Brooke Dunnell’s short fiction has been published in Best Australian Stories, Westerly, Meanjin, Etchings, New Australian Stories 2 and other anthologies, and has been recognised in various competitions. Brooke judged the 2017 Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose and is a past PCWC Writer-in-Residence. She has taught on a range of writing topics for both children and adults, and has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia.

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 inquiries.

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.

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Flow – The Gentle Art of Seducing Your Muse

Spaces still available. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Sunday 25th March 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Do you want to write but find yourself stuck for inspiration? Do you sometimes write a lot, then mysteriously lose your flow? Would you like to establish a more reliable relationship with your muse? Come and discover some of the secrets that long term creative writers use to maintain a sustainable practice. This workshop is suitable for those who write poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction.

Liana writes and publishes in several genres. She is the author of Deadly Beautiful – Vanishing Killers of the Animal Kingdom. Her creative non-fiction, short stories and poetry appear in literary journals and anthologies, both in Australia and internationally.

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 inquiries.

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 Map to Venue.