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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

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Teen Writers Club: Term 1, 2022

Date: January 29, 2022

The Teen Writers Club is a place for high school aged writers to make new connections, be inspired, and develop their writing. We provide a safe, fun and engaging program for passionate young writers of all interests, ages and abilities.

It's Never Too Late: Debuting after 45+

Date: February 2, 2022

**SOLD OUT. Email [email protected] to be added to the wait list** Life can be hectic, and responsibilities often take priority, but it’s never too late to kickstart your dream of becoming a published writer! In this three session series, Karen Wyld will share her tips on publishing and forging a literary career after a 'certain age'.

Work Space: Summer Edition (online)

Date: February 5, 2022

When writers work together, something magical happens, and Writers SA's Work Space is back in-person! Work Space is a physical place to get together with other writers and just write. Over the course of a day, we'll dig deep to hit those word count goals. Whether you're planning to write a novel in a month or get a neglected creative project back on track, this day is designed for you to carve out some hardcore writing time.

Feeling, fighting and fiction through food

Date: February 5, 2022

Food can act as a metaphor in storytelling, whether it be about growing up, representing class, gender and race or anchoring a story in place.

Developing Your Story (For Screenwriters and Playwrights)

Date: February 7, 2022

Following on from Richard James Allen’s Finding Your Story workshop, this workshop will support you to develop the theme of your big idea and its unique potential through dramatic storytelling as a scriptwriter.

Writing The Perfect Novella

Date: February 19, 2022

Join A.S. Patrić as he delves into the literary art form that squeezes comfortably between short stories and novels, the novella.

Create and Share your ‘Absolute’ Hero

Date: February 19, 2022

Participants will create a character to share in a collaborative workshop session based on the fundamentals of writing for comics and games.

Writing Queer Characters with Alison Evans

Date: February 22, 2022

Join Alison Evans for a thoughtful workshop centered around writing queer stories that don't rely on stereotypes or tropes.

Think Tank

Date: February 23, 2022

Coming to you on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting in February is Writers SA's Think Tank presented in partnership with City of Adelaide's City Library. Get together with other writers in this informal space to discuss concepts, test plotlines, workshop a synopsis, and brainstorm and get feedback on your ideas in this fast-paced hour of creative construction.

Writing a Verse Novel

Date: February 26, 2022

Verse novels combine poetry and prose in inventive ways, and tell a long-form narrative through verse.

Crafting Interactive Narratives

Date: February 27, 2022

How do you craft an interactive story that branches, unfolds, weaves over itself and transforms through every reading?

No Limits Programming Reference Group (invite only)

Date: February 28, 2022

Our No Limits: Young Regional Writers program offers a diverse range of online and in-person writing workshops and events focused in three regional SA locations: Riverland, Eyre Peninsula and Limestone Coast.

Top Ten Tips with Tony Birch

Date: March 1, 2022

Join author, academic and activist, Tony Birch as he shares his top ten tips for writing and a literary career.

Engaging the Senses

Date: March 5, 2022

Engaging the Senses is a workshop in writing and performance where participants will explore how poetry and memory exists in the body through physical movement, expressions and the voice.

Queer Poetics

Date: March 5, 2022

This masterclass unpacks the research and writing methods Joelle Taylor used to write C+NTO & Othered Poems. Exploring poetic narrative, the praise poem, and LGBT hidden histories, this session will allow you to develop your own response to queer space and self.

Writing Truth, Avoiding Harm? Memoir in the Confessional Age

Date: March 5, 2022

Memoir can be a powerful form—but one that also has the power to cause harm to others, and even to the author themselves. This masterclass with Dr Yves Rees will explore the complexities involved, helping you develop a personal ethics of memoir writing.

Theme, Symbolism and Imagery

Date: March 6, 2022

With a mixture of tuition, examples and exercises, Emily Bitto will help you to understand the macro-level themes at the heart of your project and to use these as a way of generating plot, character, and scenes, as well as enriching your prose on the level of the sentence and image.

Sweatshop: Better Writing with Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Date: March 6, 2022

Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad offers a Sweatshop-style masterclass, which will give participants a first-hand experience of the kind of full-intensity creative writing model involved in being a 'good writer'.

First Draft with Jennifer Mills

Date: March 9, 2022

Are you looking for professional support and a strong peer network to help you finish your book or refine your first draft? If you're working on a first draft or a draft that just isn't working, Writers SA's First Draft program can help you shape your novel and stay on track.

Who Do You Think You Are? Telling Our Stories Through Performance Poetry

Date: March 12, 2022

How do we tell the stories that made us?

Maximising Your Word Count

Date: March 19, 2022

If you’re at a point after the festive season where you need a metaphorical group hug and a gentle push back into your writing practice, or the headspace to start something new, join Rebekah Clarkson to discuss what holds writers back from putting words on paper, learn some tricks and tips, and get a big day of writing in.

Finding Your Way in a Fantasy World

Date: March 20, 2022

How many epic stories have you started, only to lose your way, get bogged down or run out of steam part way through? Fantasy author Jo Spurrier will guide you through the process and share tips from her writer's toolbox that should set you back on track in your fantastical world.

Thousands of Words: Visual Poems

Date: March 21, 2022

In this special workshop for World Poetry Day you'll explore the possibilities of digital tools to create poems that combine text and image.

Futurolinguistics

Date: March 26, 2022

Join Dr Alice Gorman to examine and test the method of exploring other worlds through language to then turn into stories.

Poetry Belongs to All of Us

Date: March 27, 2022

Anyone can write poetry about anything. In this workshop you’ll be guided to draft a poem of your own by award winning poet and published author Caroline Reid.

Poetry Studio with Jill Jones

Date: March 30, 2022

Are you a developing poet looking to hone your existing craft, kick start older poems that feel just a little tired, or steer your poetry into new areas? Poet and academic, Jill Jones, will introduce new and old concepts in this four month intensive.

On Demand – 1001 Paths to Publication

Date: December 31, 2022

Writers SA presents an on-demand workshop that you can watch in your own time for a short time. Two videos will give an overview of the traditional publishing model in Australia, and overseas, followed by some self-publishing options. You can then download the FAQ's and a spreadsheet with some handy details about which genres are best represented by Australian vs overseas markets.

On Demand – Self-publishing 101

Date: December 31, 2022

Whether you're looking to make a career out of self-publishing or have just one book to publish, but you don't know where to start, this workshop will help you with the knowledge you'll need to bring your manuscript to market.

On Demand – Goal, Motivation, Conflict

Date: December 31, 2022

Writers SA presents an on-demand workshop you can watch in your own time for a short time. Making up the foundation of almost all fast paced fiction is the concept of Goal, Motivation, Conflict, the 'who, what, why and why not'. In this short video, we'll walk you through the steps to see if your story has it.