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Getting Started as a Writer with Dr Maureen-Helen (GSWNW1)

Getting Started as a Writer: Open to All New Writers with Dr Maureen-Helen (GSWNW1)

Sunday 28 June 2015 (1.30-4.30 pm)

Dr. Maureen-HelenAt the end of this three-hour session participants will have some of the basic skills used every day by successful writers. They will understand the importance for writers of:

– Writing every day
– Developing a routine that enables them to write
– Reading every day – all genres are good
– Journal-keeping
– Note-keeping
– Regular exercise
.- Playfulness (‘Play is the intelligence having fun’- Einstein).
– Keeping drama on the page
– Ways to get around self-doubt and self-criticism
– Having several creative projects underway

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$38 Members $48 Non-members

For further details,click the Flyer.

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

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Editing Your Poetry with Shane McCauley (EPWSM1)

Editing Your Poetry with Shane McCauley (EPWSM1)
Saturday 30 May 2015 (1.30- 4.30 pm)

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 March Introduction to Poetry Workshop, 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 best effect, how to incorporate sounds and rhythms in both traditional and free poetic forms.   We will examine examples of the good and the not-so-good (and along the way meet a certain Mr William McDonagall).

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!

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$38 Members $48 Non-members

To know more, check the Flyer .

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Writing Powerful Poetry with Jackson

Writing powerful Poetry with Jackson

Sunday 17 May 2015 (1.30- 4.30 pm)

A student once asked me, ‘When I read a great poem, I feel something. Why?’ This workshop will focus on some of the answers to that question. Learn how to express emotions in your poems. See how great poets manipulate words to make magic and mystery. Find out how form creates feeling. We’ll read and discuss a selection of published poems, and get inspired to write our own. Whether you’re a curious beginner or already well-versed, you’re sure to have fun. Don’t forget your writing materials!

Unfortunately Jackson’s workshop for this Sunday is now fully booked out with no more spaces available.

Members $38 or Non Members $48

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Short Fiction Stories Under 600 Words With Susan Midalia

Edith Cowan House Morning

Short Fiction: Stories Under 600 Words (FINISHED)

7th March 2015 (1.30-4.30pm) Short Fiction Stories Under 600 Words with Susan Midalia

Members $38 or Non Members $48

Writing a short story of less than 600 words means giving readers a bracing shot of whisky instead of a mature bottle of wine. It means recreating the thrill of a first date instead of the dogged familiarity of a marriage. This three-hour workshop, focused on short writing exercises and self-editing, aims to help you create that sense of intensity and the unexpected in your writing. It will also demonstrate the value of subtlety, restraint and precision, and the importance of what is not said, of what can be suggested beyond those relatively few words on the page. All you need to bring is pen and paper, and a love of story and language.

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Research in Memoir and Biography with Dr Maureen-Helen

Edith Cowan House Morning

Research in Memoir and Biography with Dr Maureen-Helen (FINISHED)

15th March 2015 (1.30-4.30pm) Research in Memoir and Biography with Dr Maureen-Helen

Memoir writing is becoming increasingly popular among baby boomers so we recommend that you register immediately as this workshop will be very popular.

Members $38 or Non Members $48

Life and fictional writers who want to include historic or current factual events need the skills to do research and to write that research seamlessly into their work.

Dr Maureen- Helen will show you some of the methods that can be used for note-keeping, tools for researching and then incorporating your findings into your story in a way that enhances and creates a meaningful background to your work. She will emphasize the importance of reading regularly and widely.

Maureen-Helen is an experienced teacher and published author. Her memoir ‘Other People’s Country’ (ABC Books 2008) was listed for a Walkley Award and short listed for the Premier’s Book Awards (SLWA WA History Prize). She holds a PhD in writing.

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Introduction to Poetry Shane McCauley

Edith Cowan House Morning

Introduction to Poetry Shane McCauley (FINISHED)

28th March 2015 (1.30-4.30pm) Introduction to Poetry with Shane McCauley

Members $38 or Non Members $48

This workshop caters for all who have been interested in writing poetry, but have yet to try, as well as those who have already begun the journey into the realm of poetry but want to find out more. We will look at such matters as: poetry, verse and worse; the fundamentals of imagery, sound and form; poetic strengths and weaknesses (i.e. what can go wrong!); and particular types of poetry suitable for beginners (such as haiku and other short forms). Useful and entertaining practical writing exercises will be included. We will also look ahead to other practical matters such as submitting poems to journals and the many competitions currently available in Australia. This workshop aims to be as wide-ranging as possible within the three-hour time frame. As indicated, it is firmly aimed at both “beginners” as well as those already afflicted by the poetry bug!

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Landscape Poetry with John Charles Ryan

Landscape Poetry with John Charles Ryan (FINISHED)

18th April 2015 (1.30- 4.30 pm)

The Sssss of Landscape Poetry: Sense, Spirit, Science, Song, Story

Ever wandered lonely as a cloud, like William Wordsworth? With glimpses of creeks and a vision of mosses, like Henry Kendall? With the cold clean pulse of the tide, the touch of sea in greeting, like Judith Wright? Finding the right words for the natural world is the art of landscape poetry. Infusing your writing with sense, spirit, science, song and story will put nature on the page. Come animate your verse by exploring the five sssss of landscape poetry in this interactive three-hour workshop. We’ll begin by reading, thinking about and discussing examples from Australian landscape poetry. We’ll then venture into the bushland surrounding Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre to exercise our senses and practice finding words for flora, fauna, fungi, sky, soil, stones.

John Ryan is a landscape poet and environmental philosopher. He is the author of the botanical poetry and illustration book Two With Nature (2012, Fremantle Press) and a number of other titles about the South-West Australian environment, including Green Sense (2012, TrueHeart Press).

Members $38 or Non Members $48

Saturday’s weather looks good – 26 c and sunny. Please remember to bring pen, paper, walking shoes, and any other things that you might require for writing outdoors.

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