Fantasy and Speculative Fiction with Liana Joy Christensen (FWLJC1) Saturday 27th May 2017

photo2“What if?” and “Why?” are perennial questions. The writer can chose to explore responses to those questions in a number of different ways. Fantasy and speculative fiction are particularly valuable genres because they allow the writer to slip the moorings of the “real” and set sail into the realm of the imagination. This type of writing may be free, but it is far from chaotic. In order to carry a reader on the journey certain skills and techniques are needed, above and beyond the general requirements of good writing. This workshop examines some highly successful examples of both short and long form fantasy and speculative fiction in order to illuminate some of those skills and techniques. There will be several short writing exercises to allow participants to devise generative “What if?” questions and begin to stock their imaginative writing toolkit. The workshop is suitable for the simply curious as well as people who are already engaged in writing fantasy/speculative fiction works.

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 ECU map.

 

 

Creating Your Premise: How To Engage Your Reader with Rosanne Dingli (CPRD1) Saturday 13th May 2017

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In a step further – for the writer who already understands some creative processes – Rosanne Dingli now proposes a look into construction of meaningful premise.

The premise is the process of establishing the foundation of a story. It’s the central idea that holds the essence of a story’s structure and drives the actions of the characters within the plot, so as to grab the attention of the reader.

This is for writers who want to dare to write fiction that is more than simple entertainment; that goes beyond general storytelling, fiction that engages with provocative glimpses into the complexities of the human condition.

 

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 ECU map.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating the Poetry of Bob Dylan and other Contemporary Poets with Sanna Peden (CPSP1) Saturday 6th May 2017

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Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances this workshop has had to be rescheduled to a later date which will be in July.   Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 

Dylan has leaned on the power of poetry to such an extent, that in 2016, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

As spaces are still available come and join Sanna Peden this Saturday afternoon in a workshop where you too will learn the impact of poetry in all its forms. Acquire the skills needed so as to craft your words to achieve a profound effect on the reader.

You will be reflecting on Bob Dylan and other poets as a prompt to awaken your inner senses.

Like Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, Tennyson and Dylan you too will be able to employ the power of poetry as a form of self-expression, deeper meaning and significance.

 

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 ECU map.

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.

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.

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

Poet Shane McCauley
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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.

 

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.