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Radical Devotion: Landscape Poetry for the 21st Century with Liana Joy Christensen (RD1611)

Saturday July 16th

LianaLike people, the world needs to be really seen, touched and loved in order for it to thrive.  Not just intellectually, but physically and spiritually.  Often indigenous people are much clearer about these responsibilities – but the task is great and all hands are needed here.  The work may sometimes happen quickly, but it can never be hurried.  It demands depth and presence. This is work worth the doing.

‘Slow Story Manifesto’

 The emphasis of this workshop will be on playing and having fun. It opens with a gentle reflection and sharing of landscapes that are significant to the individual and some warm-up writing exercises. This will be followed by a brief outline (with examples) of the Western tradition of landscape poetry from the pastoral to the Romantics, with an excursion into the Japanese tradition of haiku. Participants will then have the opportunity to experiment with writing in one of these forms. Having thus established the lineage of landscape poetry – and after a short break — there will be a brief discussion of the influence of ecology on eco-poetics. Participants are then encouraged to begin the draft of a landscape poem for the 21st Century.

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.

Writing Dramatic Dialogue with John Harman (WD1610)

Saturday June 25th

john-harmanA story is a complete process of change which has the ability to move readers’ feelings powerfully and pleasurably (or painfully) in a certain, definite way. Although the story arises out of and progresses through causality ? which develops into plot ? and is driven by the wilful and/or unconscious desires of a character or characters who are the main protagonist/s, much of the narrative is propelled by dialogue.

Good dialogue shows and expresses rather than tells. It makes the story fly.

A story may be structured like a journey with…a compass — the premise… theme… threads; a map — the plot; an enginethe motivation of the protagonist (and perhaps other central characters); fuel ? dialogue.

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

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.

Memoir Writing Made Simple with Maureen Helen (MMS169)

Sunday June 12th

maureen-helen-250x300This workshop is for anyone who wants to write (and publish) short life stories. It will combine ways to shape an incident from real life, into the form of a short memoir for publication, or for your own enjoyment.

Maureen-Helen is an experienced writer and facilitator of writing groups. She is the author of Other People’s Country and Elopement: a Memoir. She has a PhD in Writing.

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.

Kickstart Your Writing with Maureen Helen (KSW168)

Sunday May 29th

maureen-helen-250x300This is a fun workshop for new writers and for those who want to re-energise their writing. You will learn a number of enjoyable techniques and approaches to get your writing started and keep your writing-life on track.

Maureen Helen is an experienced writer and facilitator of writing groups. She is the author of Other People’s Country and Elopement: a Memoir. She has a PhD in Writing.

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.

Writing Fiction for Children with Ken Spillman (WFC167)

Saturday May 14th

Ken SpillmanThis 3-hour workshop is aimed at developing and emerging writers with an interest in the area of children’s fiction.  It will serve as a practical introduction and a source of motivation to turn ideas into books.

During the workshop participants will undertake a series of exercises designed to develop an understanding of the writing process and build confidence in individual abilities and ideas. Workshop participants are invited to bring along a story or story concept suitable for children or a YA readership, though this is not a prerequisite.

Discussions led by Ken will lead to greater clarity about structures, character and plot, editing, and the various market sectors.  Above all, participants will be inspired to develop their stories and encouraged to keep the process simple.

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.

Writing Short Stories: Final Steps – Pitching and submitting your work for publication with Laurie Steed (WSS165)

Saturday April 30th

Laurie SteedThe road to publication is a long and unforgiving one. While it’s always difficult to send one’s work out for submission, it’s vital that certain things are done before doing so. Such things include but are not limited to spelling, grammar, formatting, consistency, and professional presentation.

Thankfully, Dr Laurie Steed has been on both sides of the submission process and is keen to help writers do things better and more efficiently. In this workshop, he’ll go through the various benefits and pitfalls of submission, taking in common mistakes so that you, the writer, can avoid them when sending your work out into the world.

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.

Return of Writers Retreat:Session 3 with Susan Midalia (WRR146)

Saturday April 23rd 9:00am to 1:00pm 

There are still a few spaces remaining for tomorrow’s workshop.

SMSetting in a story can be natural or man-made; a political space; a site of memory or desire. And it can serve many purposes:  to make a place seem ‘real’; to create atmosphere; to symbolise something beyond itself. It can be used to develop a particular idea or contribute to our understanding of characters. Using short writing exercises and a discussion of examples, this workshop will show you how to create a subtle and engaging sense of setting to enhance your writerly intentions.

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.

Poetry Writing and Editing Workshop with Jackson (PWE164)

Sunday April 10th 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm  There are still spaces available for tomorrow’s workshop.   Walk-ins okay! 

Jackson pic 26-11-2014This workshop will have two parts. Part 1 will be poetry writing: leap or tiptoe out of your poetic comfort zone in a supportive group environment. Try some writing experiments — write in new ways. Part 2 will be poetry editing: learn how to refine your poems for publication, performance or competitions. An afternoon of fun with words for beginners and old hands. Please bring writing materials and, if you like, a poem or two to work on.

This is a rare opportunity to workshop with Jackson, who is a much-published poet and editor with training in mentoring and group facilitation. In 2014 Jackson won the Ethel Webb Bundell Poetry Award. In 2013 Mulla Mulla Press published her second collection ‘lemon oil’. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Writing at Edith Cowan University. Visit Jackson at proximitypoetry.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 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.

Plotting the Novel: A Workshop on the Devious Art of Plotting with John Harman (PNW163)

Saturday April 2nd

john-harmanA good plot is both the skeleton and sinews of the story, providing direction, definition and the power to move readers’ feelings to a satisfactory resolution. Yet many writers find plotting difficult. By understanding and experimenting with the nine-point arc of a typical plot, workshop participants will learn the devious art of plotting, discovering that plots are driven by the wilful or unconscious desires of the protagonists and that plot and character are two sides of the same coin —that the deepest desires and true personality traits of the major characters can only be unravelled through the exigencies of the plot. Getting the plot and character perfectly entwined is both the storyteller’s craft and art.

The structure of a story may be viewed as analogous to a journey

 a compass —   the premise… theme… threads.

a map    —     the plot.

an engine —   the motivation of the protagonist (plus other central characters).

the fuel  –     dialogue…  which drives the story.

The depth, dimensionality and authenticity of the plot are vital.  As the story may be a quest — either a physically or a psychologically dangerous journey in which the protagonist has a very hard time ? the writer needs to create a subtly structured yet believable chain of events that subjects the characters to all the physical, emotional and mental punishment the story is about to hand out.

Avoid disappointment! Spaces are still available register below to secure a spot!

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.

Writing Short Stories: Creating Memorable Fictional Characters with Laurie Steed (WSS162)

Saturday March 19th

Laurie SteedWe’ve all read unforgettable fictional protagonists and antagonists, and have marvelled at their richness of character. But how do you create such characters in your own work? Exploring both established character types and ways to play against type, this workshop by award-winning author Laurie Steed, leads writers of all ages and stages towards creating the types of characters that will stay with the reader, long after they have read the final 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.