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Memoir Writing: Writing the Self and Others with Susan Midalia

Saturday 6th October 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Memories can be voluntary or unbidden; pleasurable or painful; recalled from childhood or the more recent past. They are often sensorial, imbued with our desires and fears, and are always subjective. We use memory to build a narrative about ourselves and our lives, stories which can either remain fixed or shift with the passing of time. In this workshop, short story writer and novelist Susan Midalia will help you to find ways of creating a voice and honouring your memories in ways that matter to you, and which – if you choose to reveal your stories – will matter for other readers.

 Susan Midalia

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 experienced freelance editor and workshop facilitator, the judge of several literary awards, and a board member of writing WA 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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Editing Your Short Stories (or Fiction) with Shane McCauley

Sunday 9th September 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Join a group of fellow fiction writers in the beautiful setting of the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre as we look at ways of lifting our short stories to another level by considering examples of great and not so great literature. Examples will be critiqued and participants are encouraged to bring samples of their work for assessment within the frame of a 3-hour workshop. We will also consider relevant comments by respected editors and literary judges on what constitutes publishable or award-winning fiction. The aim is to learn how to become more successful writers, and to have fun while doing so!

 

Shane McCauley

Shane McCauley is a graduate of both the University of Western Australia and Sydney He has been a TAFE/University lecturer since the mid 1970’s, and has had eight books of poetry published. Most recently, he has published Ghost Catcher (Studio Press 2012), The Drunken Elk (Sunline Press 2010) and Trickster (Walleah Press 2015). He has had over 1300 poems published in Australian and overseas journals. He has won many major literary awards, including the Tom Collins Poetry Prize, the Poetry Australia Bicentennial Poetry Award and the Max Harris Poetry Award. Recently he has been awarded first prize in the Poetry d’Amour Award, Glen Phillips Poetry Prize (PCWC), Patron’s Prize (PCWC) and Peter Cowan Writers Centre Anniversary Prize. He conducts a fortnightly poetry workshop for the OOTA Writers Group at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

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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Drafting and Editing for Publication with Josephine Taylor

Saturday 25th August 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Do you love writing but are uncertain how to ready your work for competitions or publication? Have you written some pieces but lack the confidence to submit them? Through information, practice tips and editing activities, this workshop will focus on how to prepare your writing for competitions and publication. Participants will gain confidence in their editing skills and discover how satisfying and enjoyable it is to draft and edit.

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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The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing with Glennys Marsdon

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

Technology has made self-publishing easier. Unfortunately, this ease of publishing has opened up the industry to some ruthless operators.

Consumer psychology consultant, columnist and author Glennys Marsdon is passionate about making sure vulnerable consumers do not get taken advantage of. During her time on a consumer protection Board she became aware of several scams in the self-publishing area. These insights plus her own 10 year experience in self-publishing forms the basis of this workshop.

This is not a workshop about the nuts and bolts technical aspects of self-publishing. Instead participants will come away with an understanding of:
•Do you have the personality for self-publishing?
•The benefits of self-publishing
•Tips to maximise the benefits
•The pitfalls of self-publishing
•Tips to avoid scams and other costly mistakes
•Case studies of successes
•Time to ask specific questions

Glennys Marsdon

Her first short story won first place in the Stirling Literary Award 208. Her first novel 50 Ways To Grieve Your Lover has been used in international disasters such as the NZ Pike Mine Disaster, and resulted in her being profiled in a worldwide competition run by Seth Godin about people making a difference. She had published six books, has a monthly column, and her blog is read in over 60 countries.

Glennys Marsdon’s passion for people and solving problems saw her train as a consumer psychologist. She then spent 25 years helping organisations with their brand/advertising campaigns, KPI development, new product, customer service and employee research, before opening her own consultancy, The Customer’s Voice in 2000. Her research has been behind many products we still use today, and instrumental in various Ad campaigns and social issues including drug abuse, domestic violence and higher education. In 2012 she was nominated for the Telstra Business Women’s Award and she now sits on several boards. She is also the Australian Society of Authors Professional Development Office in W.A.

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 Your Life Story with Rosemary Stevens

Spaces still available!

Do you have a story to tell based on your own life or family history? How can you capture these unique moments and bring them to life on the page? This workshop provides the tools and encouragement to get started and keep going in a safe and relaxed environment. No previous writing experience is necessary, simply bring along a notepad and pen, together with a sense of curiosity and a lifetime of memories. Suitable for all ages and stages of life.

Rosemary Stevens has a doctorate in creative writing from Curtin University, where she teaches creative and professional writing. She enjoys running memoir, fiction and travel writing workshops in the community, and previously worked as a travel writer in S.E. Asia, and in London for a literary agency and international publishing company. Her fiction and non-fiction works have been published nationally and in South East Asia.

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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Twist Your Own Adventure with Hannah van Didden

Sunday 4th November 2pm-4pm

This workshop is suitable for young writers aged from 10 to 15 years of age.

One day you wake up and decide to take a walk. This day begins as any other day, but this walk is not like any other walk. You think you know where your path leads, but you don’t—at least to start with. Accompany Hannah on a wild ride past the known realm of your imagination to create a truly twisted tale… if you dare.

 

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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Proudly supported by City of Joondalup

 

Self-Editing and Submitting for Publication

Saturday 10th November 1.30pm-4.30pm

Self-Editing and Submitting for Publication with Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden

Join Josephine and Hannah to learn how to edit your short-form writing and ready it for submitting to publishers or competitions. With their different yet complementary backgrounds in writing, editing and publication, your facilitators bring a wealth of tips and practical exercises in relation to self-editing, organising your writing life, dealing with rejection, self-promotion, identifying the right opportunities for your style, and submitting the final version – as the best it can be!

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.

 

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

 

Proudly Supported by the City of Joondalup

 

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.