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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.

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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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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
Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click theFlyer

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 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 mainly 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.

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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 here? 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.

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Flow – The Gentle Art of Seducing Your Muse

Do you want to write but find yourself stuck for inspiration? Do you sometimes write a lot, then mysteriously lose your flow? Would you like to establish a more reliable relationship with your muse? Come and discover some of the secrets that long term creative writers use to maintain a sustainable practice. This workshop is suitable for those who write poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction.

Liana writes and publishes in several genres. She is the author of Deadly Beautiful – Vanishing Killers of the Animal Kingdom. Her creative non-fiction, short stories and poetry appear in literary journals and anthologies, both in Australia and internationally.

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.

Detective, Historian, Storyteller: The Arts of the Biographer with Nathan Hobby

A biographer needs many hats – detective, unearthing sources that reveal a life more fully; historian, analysing and putting these sources into context; and storyteller, weaving it all into a compelling narrative. This workshop introduces these roles of the biographer and gives practical tips and exercises to help you develop your skills.

Nathan Hobby is writing a biography of the Australian novelist, Katharine Susannah Prichard, as a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. A chapter from the biography has appeared in Westerly. His novel, The Fur, won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award and is published by Fremantle Press. He writes about biography and other things on his blog, ‘A Biographer in Perth’, at www.nathanhobby.com

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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2017 Writers Retreat with Susan Midalia

 

Susan Midalia

Thinking and writing creatively.

Saturday 25th November and Sunday 26th November. 

Registrations close Friday, 24th November 5 pm .  Book now to avoid disappointment!

 

Memorable creative writing takes time. In our time-deprived, often frenetic world, this two-day writing retreat offers you a relaxed and stimulating environment in which to draft, reflect on and improve your writing. Fiction writer and editor Susan Midalia will offer guidance and individual feedback on your writing in the beautiful surroundings of the Peter Cowan Writers Centre. Just bring some writing implements, a love of language and story, and a willingness to try something new.

Susan Midalia has published three collections of short stories, all shortlisted for major literary awards: A History of the Beanbag; An Unknown Sky; and Feet to the Stars. Her first novel, the Art of Persuasion, will be published in April 2018. Susan is also a highly experienced workshop facilitator and editor, as well the judge of many short story competitions. She is currently on the board of writingWA and Margaret River Press, and is the Chair of the 2018 Perth Short Story Festival.

Saturday or Sunday only: Members $90 and Non-Members $110

Both days: Members $165 and Non-Members $200

Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

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For more information including the schedule for each day please see Flyer

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Call (08) 9301 2282, or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

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

Brooke

 Spaces still available for Brooke’s workshop this Sunday

Writing short stories can be a lot of fun. You can let your imagination fly and the possibilities for your characters are endless! Writing a short story differs from writing a novel in several key ways: there is less space to develop characters, less room for lengthy dialogue, and often a greater emphasis on a twist. Therefore, all great writers use sensory language, and other techniques, to provide vivid details to their stories – think of touch, smell, sound and taste.

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.

If you want to make sure readers experience your story as vividly and continually as possible, Brooke Dunnell’s workshop is for you.

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 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.