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Drafting and Editing for Publication with Josephine Taylor

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.

 

The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing with Glennys Marsdon

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.

Writing Your Life Story with Rosemary Stevens

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Recite Techniques for Remember and Performing Poetry with Sanna Peden

You know people will connect better with your poetry if you perform it well, but how do you translate text to performance? And 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.

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

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

 

 

Writing Memoir, Biography and Autobiography with Josephine Taylor

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 main 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

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

Short Stories: The Second Draft and Beyond with Brooke Dunnell

Do you have a first draft of a short story? Not sure where to go from where? 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.

Please click the Map to Venue.