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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.

 

Writing Short Stories: Plot and Theme with Laurie Steed (WSS161)

Saturday March 12th  Unfortunately this workshop is now fully booked out!

Laurie SteedYour story’s plot is the sequence of events that affects other events through the principle of cause and effect. But how does one skilfully manage these events and in doing so, create a story that’s not only well plotted but also compelling to the reader. In this workshop, award-winning author Dr Laurie Steed explains the basics of plot and theme, and how to work with each in pursuit of engaging, innovative, and exciting fiction.

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 ECU map.

 

 

 

Memoirs/Biography:Writing Short Life Stories-2000 Words with Dr Maureen-Helen (MBWSS1)

Sunday, 22 November 2015, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

maureen-helen-250x300“Memoir writing made simple: writing a short memoir and getting results!”
At the end of this three-hour session, participants will feel confident about writing short stories from their own lives. They will understand
• The basics of memoir and biography
• The basics of a short story
• How to capture memories to write about
• How to shape an incident from real life into the form of a short memoir
• How to write a story
• Next steps
• Publications and competitions
Note: This is a basic level, fun workshop aimed at beginners. As part of the course Dr Maureen-Helen will read and comment on 2000 words from each participant. Personal read and comment is $25 for each piece of writing submitted within a month of session completion.

Register Now!

$38 Members $48 Non-members

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

Trudy Graham Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

Picture of Group at TGJL

The Trudy Graham Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose results with the Judge’s Report and President’s Comments are now available on the Competition Page.

First Place was awarded to Kerrin O’Sullivan for ‘The Last Days of Rue Bebelons”.

Second Place was awarded to Erica Woolgar for “The Woman who loved Owls”

Third Place was awarded to Cassie Hamer for “The Little Death”

The Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth went to Courtney Ingvarson for “Drift”

Susan Stevens, President, Courtney Ingvarson Winner Judge's Encouragement Award for Youth and Maureen-Helen, Judge picture 2

PCWC President, Susan Stevens with Courtney Ingvarson winner of the Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth, with the Judge, Maureen-Helen.

The four Highly Commended Certificates went to

Natalie Truong for “Escaping Vietnam”

Elizabeth Hobbs for “What is This?”

Carmel Lillis for “Red Work”

Tom Slack for “The Chocolate Maker”

The four Commended Certificates went to

Heather Webster for “Which came First?”

Jean Snelling for “Our Special Place”

Willa Hogarth for “Death Cafe”

Peter Newell for “Letter to Ingrid”

We also had one very special visitor to the Awards Celebrations.  And he is our very favourite four legged companion animal.  His name is Rupert and he decided that he would like to get into the picture as well.  Here he is with Courtney and her mother.

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Rupert with Courtney and her mother.

How to Write a Memorable Short Story for Youth 12-18 (WFYTE1)

Monday, 14th September 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Susan MidaliaA creative writer is someone who loves words and who, by using his or her imagination, tries to think beyond the obvious and predictable.

This workshop will encourage you to use your creativity by practising short exercises, both oral and written: for example, imagining yourself as a colour or a place; structuring a story through the use of different points of view; creating a character in three sentences; asking you to write the next sentence to a story that begins: “One day Jack woke up to find his socks walking out the door.”

You will even be encouraged to break the rules: to write about something that’s physically impossible – like those walking socks for example; or to make up your own words. All you need to bring to the workshop is some writing equipment, your enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new.

Unfortunately this workshop is now fully booked out.

Cost: $15

To join, fill out an Online Registration Form. For further details, click the Flyer .

Please bring pen and some papers.

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

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So You Want to Write Poetry 2 with Shane McCauley (WP1615)

Saturday August 20th

Poet Shane McCauley

This workshop will cater for all those who have been interested in writing poetry, but have yet to try, as well as those who have already begun the journey into the art and craft 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 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.

The workshop aim to be as wide-ranging as possible within the three-hour time frames. As indicated, they are firmly aimed both at ‘beginners’, as well as those already afflicted by the poetry bug!

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.

Beyond The First Draft: Preparing Your Work For Submission (BFDLS1)

Dr. Steed

Saturday, 15th August 2015, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

So you have a draft but are not sure of the next steps? Come along to this three hour session to learn more about what you can do to move your draft forward:

  • Formatting
  • Strong beginnings and endings
  • Common errors  in submitted stories

Your story doesn’t have to be perfect. Just show up and you’re well on your way towards writing memorable, original, and ultimately more publishable fiction.

Unfortunately this workshop is now booked out.

$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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For more information about Dr. Laurie Steed, visit his website.

The Intelligent Skilful & Evocative Use of Language as the Basis of Memorable Writing (IULMW1)

Susan MidaliaSaturday, 5th September 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

A writer is someone in love with language: words that can unsettle us or move us to tears; that can amuse, enchant, enrage, and nudge us into new ways of looking at the world. But whatever effects you’re aiming for, you should try to use language that’s intelligent – the product of careful thinking; skillful – handled with imaginative flair; evocative – words that suggests much more than the relatively few words on the page.

Using short writing exercises and samples from memorable stories, this workshop encourages you to think beyond the obvious, to find ways of using words to captivate readers from your opening sentence.

Unfortunately this workshop is now fully booked out!

$20 Members $30 Non-members

To join, fill out an Online Registration Form. For further details, click the Flyer .

Please bring pen and some paper.

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

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Memoirs/Biography:Editing and Rewriting (MBERW1)

Sunday 12th July 2015 (1:30 pm to 4:30 pm)

Dr. Maureen-Helen

At the end of this three-hour session, participants will understand
• The importance of writing first draft freely without editing or censorship. (Hemingway’s advice to writers to ‘Write drunk, edit sober!’
• The essential role of editing in producing a story
• The need for time and space between first draft and editing
• Skills for structural editing
• How to ask for feedback (who to ask, what you want from them, how to ‘hear’ feedback without being hurt, etc)
• How many drafts and rewrites are enough?

Register Now!

$38 Members $48 Non-members

A few workshop spaces are still available, however register now to avoid disappointment.

Click onto our Online Registration Form  to enrol immediately, or download the Registration Form.    For further details, click the  Flyer

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

Back to Workshop List.

To join via Skype