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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 Map to Venue.

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.

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

photo2Writing Memoir, Autobiography and Biography with Josephine Taylor

This workshop will explore how you can use real life experiences and creative writing techniques 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 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.

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

BrookeThis is the third of the three workshops with Brooke. 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.

 

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.

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 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.