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2017 Writers Retreat with Susan Midalia

 

Susan Midalia

Thinking and writing creatively.

Saturday 25th November and Sunday 26th November.  Please note that registrations close tomorrow at 5.00 pm.  Don’t miss out.

Memorable creative writing takes time. In our time-deprived, often frenetic world, this two-day writing retreat offers you a relaxed and stimulating environment in which to draft, reflect on and improve your writing. Fiction writer and editor Susan Midalia will offer guidance and individual feedback on your writing in the beautiful surroundings of the Peter Cowan Writers Centre. Just bring some writing implements, a love of language and story, and a willingness to try something new.

Susan Midalia has published three collections of short stories, all shortlisted for major literary awards: A History of the Beanbag; An Unknown Sky; and Feet to the Stars. Her first novel, the Art of Persuasion, will be published in April 2018. Susan is also a highly experienced workshop facilitator and editor, as well the judge of many short story competitions. She is currently on the board of writingWA and Margaret River Press, and is the Chair of the 2018 Perth Short Story Festival.

Saturday or Sunday only: Members $90 and Non-Members $110

Both days: Members $165 and Non-Members $200

Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

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For more information including the schedule for each day please see Flyer

To enrol please click onto our Online Registration Form.

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

Read a review of Susan’s work, click here.

Find your way to Writers Retreat, click the map below:

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Figurative Language 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 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.

Introduction To Poetry: Poetry of the Senses with Vivienne Glance (IPVG1) Saturday 11th 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.

 

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.

 

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

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This Saturday the 21st October 2017-Spaces still available.

Do you want to preserve your family’s legacy or learn more about your ancestors? Do you want to search your personal identity or gain insight into your past?

Join Josephine Taylor this Saturday for Writing Memoir, Autobiography and Biography, so as to encapsulate your real life experiences in order 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 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.

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

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 Spaces still available for Brooke’s workshop this Sunday

Writing short stories can be a lot of fun. You can let your imagination fly and the possibilities for your characters are endless! Writing a short story differs from writing a novel in several key ways: there is less space to develop characters, less room for lengthy dialogue, and often a greater emphasis on a twist. Therefore, all great writers use sensory language, and other techniques, to provide vivid details to their stories – think of touch, smell, sound and taste.

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.

If you want to make sure readers experience your story as vividly and continually as possible, Brooke Dunnell’s workshop is for you.

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.

Short Stories and The Bigger Picture with Susan Midalia (SSSM3) 23rd September 2017

SMShort story writing involves thinking carefully about the four ‘big’ elements that make up “the telling”: point of view, characterisation, setting and structure. Would a first or third person point of view best serve your purposes? How can we create an engaging sense of voice, or sketch in some interesting characters? How can setting and structure be made to matter in a story? Using short story writing exercises and models of memorable writing, this three-hour workshop will focus on those four “big picture” aspects in order to fully engage your reader in the story you wish to tell. Bring your writing implements, and a willingness to try something new.

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.

 

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.

Social Media Strategies and Personal Branding for Authors with Glennys Marsdon (SMGM1) Saturday 16th September 2017

photo2As the publishing world tightens, authors are expected to have greater input in the marketing process. In this era of social media that should be easy, right? But how do you stand out from the crowd when the crowd is growing and becoming more marketing savvy? And how do you make the most of your own unique personal brand?

Consumer psychology consultant and author Glennys Marsdon, has over 20 years experience helping blue chip clients refine their brand, as well as being profiled by US marketing guru Seth Godin and nominated for a Telstra Business Women’s Award. In this fun and practical workshop participants will be able to pick her brain and come away with an understanding of:

  • Purchase Decision Theory (why people buy books);
  • How to write a simple Marketing Plan;
  • How to develop a Social Media Strategy;
  • Understand the different levels of Personal Branding and which suits your needs;
  • Introductory work on your own Personal Brand;
  • Lots of case studies of marketing successes, including local authors;
  • Lots of time to ask your own questions in a friendly environment;
  • An opportunity to obtain supportive feedback from your peers;
  • Personal growth.

 

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.

 

Writing To Unravel: Your Authentic Path as a Creative Writer with Nicola Jane Le Breton (WTNB1) Saturday 2nd September 2017

photoIn this workshop you will be supported to reflect upon your creative journey through writing, to clarify your vision and purpose, and to write imaginatively about your artistic creations. Whether these artistic creations are literary, visual, tactile, musical, theatrical or other; whether past, present or future. A profound and satisfying process that helps put the wordless into words.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Editing and Revising Short Stories with Brooke Dunnell (ERBD2) Sunday 20th August 2017

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Sunday 20th August 2017 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm- Spaces still available

KILL YOUR DARLING!

We mean your manuscripts of course – editing is about ruthless cutting and revision.

In this workshop published Author Brooke Dunnell will cover the elements to consider, and tips on how to edit and revise so as to make your short stories more captivating to your readers.

 

 

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.

 

Writing About The Past: Historical Fiction, Biography, Memoir, Family History And Other Genres with Ian Reid (HFIR1) Saturday 5th August 2017

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Do you have a compelling family story to tell? Do you need help constructing a novel based on your family history? Perhaps delve into the past history of a place that you hold dear?
Join award-winning WA Author Ian Reid as he deconstructs how to write: Historical Fiction, Biography, Memoir and Family History.

This practical interactive session is intended for beginners and experienced writers alike.

 

What you will learn:

* How to construct a great piece of writing – focusing on memoir and family history.
* What principles apply to your writing regardless of its genre or mix of genres?
* What should your project’s starting-point be, and how do you develop the initial idea?
* What kinds of research will you need to undertake?

At PCWC we meet so many great people who are trying to write about their family history.
Do not miss this rare opportunity to get your piece of literature off the ground!

 

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.