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A Metre and a Half: Familiar and Foreign Poetic Forms with Sanna Peden

This Saturday 10th March 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm-Spaces still available!

This workshop will explore two very different poetic metres: the iambic pentameter and the trochaic tetrameter, best known from Shakespearean sonnets and Finnish folk poetry respectively. We will explore the structure and themes of these poetic traditions, and use a combination of original texts as well as prose and lyric translations as a starting point for writing your own poems in these classic metres. The workshop is suitable for poets of any level who want to increase their poetic arsenal and experiment with both familiar and unusual poetic styles.

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, and is currently translating the Finnish folk epic The Kalevala.

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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March to April

Day Month Workshop Title Workshop Payment Code
Sat March 10th A Metre and a Half: Familiar and Foreign Poetic Forms with Sanna Peden(Concluded) FFSP1
Sat March 17th Detective, Historian, Storyteller: The Arts of the Biographer with Nathan Hobby (Concluded) ABNH1
Sun March 25th Flow – The Gentle Art of Seducing Your Muse with Liana Joy Christensen (please click here) SMLC1
Sun April 15th Short Stories: The Second Draft and Beyond with Brooke Dunnell (please click here) SSBD1
Sat April 28th Sombreros and Other Cultural Hats with Rashida Murphy (please click here) CHRM1

Workshops

 

Day Month   Workshop Title Workshop Payment Code
Sat March 10th A Metre and a Half: Familiar and Foreign Poetic Forms with Sanna Peden(Concluded)  Concluded
Sat March 17th Detective, Historian, Storyteller: The Arts of the Biographer with Nathan Hobby (Concluded) Concluded
Sun March 25th Flow – The Gentle Art of Seducing Your Muse with Liana Joy Christensen (please click here)
 
Concluded
Sun April 15th Short Stories: The Second Draft and Beyond with Brooke Dunnell (please click here) Concluded
Sat April 28th Sombreros and Other Cultural Hats with Rashida Murphy Concluded
Sat May 12th Writing Memoir, Biography and Autobiography with Josephine Taylor
 
Concluded
Sat May 26th How to Typeset a Book for Createspace using only MSWord and Windows Paint” with Rosanne Dingli TCRD1
Sat June 9th Recite! Techniques For Remembering and Performing Poetry with Sanna Peden RPSP2
Sun June 24th Fired up: The Tools & Courage to Publish Memoir with Suzanne Covich
 
PMSC1
Sat July 14th Editing Short Fiction: Write drunk, edit sober with Susan Midalia
 
EFSM2
Sun July 29th Writing Your Life Story with Rosemary Stevens (please click here)
 
LSRS1
Sat August 11th The Pro’s and Con’s of Self-Publishing with Glennys Marsdon (please click here) SPGM1
Sat August 25th Drafting and Editing for Publication with Josephine Taylor (please click here)
 
DPJT2
Sun September 9th Editing Your Short Stories (or Fiction) with Shane McCauley (please click here)
 
SSSM1
Sat September 29th Memoir Writing: Writing the Self and Others with Susan Midalia (please click here) WRSM3
Sun October 14th Drafting, Editing and Revising Towards Publication with Ian Reid (please click here) DEIR1
Sat October 27th Write to Unravel: Your Creative Path as a Writer with Nicola-Jane Le Breton (please click here) WTUNB1
Sat November 10th Scavenge! An Introduction to Found Poetry with Sanna Peden FPSP2
Sat November 24th Science Fiction Writing with Shane McCauley SFSM2

Write to Unravel: Your Creative Path as a Writer with Nicola-Jane Le Breton

In this workshop you will be supported to reflect upon your creative journey as a writer, to clarify your vision and purpose, and to write imaginatively about your writing projects – past, present and future. A wonderful opportunity for experienced and beginning writers alike to gather new inspiration and meaning in a safe and supportive environment. The writing exercises may generate raw material useful for forewords, blurbs, bios, blogs and grant applications. A profound and satisfying process that helps put the wordless into words.

Nicola-Jane Le Breton

As a writer and a community arts facilitator, Nicola has worked in the genres of memoir, poetry, literature and theatre, including facilitating collaborative script writing for performance. Her great strength as a teacher is creating a safe space for participants to discover and develop an authentic writing voice, regardless of their level of experience. Nicola is a self-publishing consultant and editor with Fontaine Publishing Group in East Fremantle.

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

Drafting, Editing and Revising Towards Publication with Ian Reid

Whatever professional editing your work may eventually receive when accepted for publication, if you’re a serious writer you must initially be your own editor, able to see your draft material through the eyes of a vigilant reader and undertake rigorous revision.

Learning how to have an editor in your head is just as important for non-fiction (e.g. memoir writing, biography or history) as for short stories and novels.

So this workshop will help you to scrutinise your text meticulously at all levels, from content and structure to the stylistic details.

 

Ian Reid

Ian Reid is the author of more than a dozen books including non-fiction as well as historical novels. He also has extensive experience as an editor of numerous book publications, magazines and professional journals. His writings, which have won international awards, have been translated into several foreign languages. He has taught literature and creative writing in universities and is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at UWA.

His website is at: www.ianreid-author.com

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

Memoir Writing: Writing the Self and Others with Susan Midalia

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 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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

Editing Your Short Stories (or Fiction) with Shane McCauley

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 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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

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.

 

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

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.

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.

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.

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.

Please click the Map to Venue.