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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 4th 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.

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

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

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This is the second of three workshops with Brooke. This workshop will cover the elements to consider and tips for editing and revising short stories, as well as first drafts into shape from the overall structure, down to individual sentences. Attendees will learn how to ‘kill your darlings’, identify unwanted gaps and work each work to produce a story that if ready for submission.

 

 

 

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

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This practical interactive session is intended for beginners and experienced writers alike. It will engage with questions such as the following:

 

 

 

 

 

  • What different forms of fiction or non-fiction can historical writing take, and how important are the distinctions between them?
  • 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 into a fully-fledged narrative?
  • What kinds of research will you need to undertake?

 

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.