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The Short Story Cycle

Date: August 7, 2021

Publishers of Australian literature and media outlets are always on the hunt for short, high-quality writing - both fiction and non-fiction. Publication of short pieces puts your work in front of the literary world, and can be a stepping stone to further success. But each publication has their own pitch and submission guidelines, and the process can be long and sometimes frustrating. Luckily, there are habits and strategies that can make the cycle of submissions easier, and perhaps even enjoyable!

Build Your Author Profile

Date: August 14, 2021

Social media, author websites and marketing. It’s more important than ever for writers to think about our online presence – even before you've been published – in order to be discovered by publishers, agents, readers and fellow writers. Join literary sector leader Kate Larsen to find out what options are available to use online, how to use different websites and platforms to your best advantage, and how to balance your writing time alongside the time you need to spend building your brand as a writer.

Poetry Month SA Showcase

Date: August 20, 2021

Join Writers SA and the State Library of South Australia for a showcase of some of Adelaide's brightest poets. Featuring Natalie Harkin, Peter Goldsworthy, Louise Nicholas, Em Konig, Alison Flett, Bior Aguer Kuir, Stevie Zhao, Caroline Reid, Dominic Guerrera, and host Manal Younus.

Workspace: August Edition

Date: August 21, 2021

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.

The Author-Editor Relationship

Date: August 21, 2021

In this compact, informative session with experienced freelance editor Sumudu Narayana, we'll walk you through the role of an editor and their relationship to an author. We'll discuss the different levels of editing a manuscript needs and what an editor's purpose is — as well as what it isn't.


Date: August 25, 2021

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.

Think Tank

Date: August 25, 2021

Coming to you on the fourth Wednesday of each month 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.

Beginnings and Endings

Date: August 28, 2021

Beginnings are hard, and endings can be elusive, but one cannot exist without the other. Never letting go of the thread, the vital connection between the first scene and the last, is what makes a story complete and unforgettable. Through a series of brainstorming sessions and critical writing exercises, award-winning author Vikki Wakefield will take you through the steps needed to create a compelling beginning, find connections throughout your story, build the tension in the middle, and learn how to lay the trail that will lead you to a satisfying conclusion.

Build a Writer Website

Date: September 4, 2021

The best way to make yourself 'discoverable' online is with a professional website, so that you and your writing can be easily found by prospective readers, publishers and literary festival event bookers. In this practical session, we'll use a simple (and free) web-hosting platform to build a professional website from scratch. All you need is an email address, a tablet or laptop, a few stock images, and any text you'd like to include.

Film Adaptation for Authors

Date: September 7, 2021

Join owner/director of Adelaide production company Closer Productions, Rebecca Summerton, for an invaluable session on the process of bringing a book to life on screen.

Creating Characters

Date: September 11, 2021

Drawing on personality theories including the Enneagram and the seven deadly sins, this workshop will explore how to develop dynamic, three dimensional characters and villains with real personalities that jump off the page.

Writing Essays with Maria Tumarkin

Date: September 18, 2021

Essays are a unique literary form with a particularly high tolerance for paradox and complexity – one of the many reasons to love them. The essay’s drama is that of a writer’s mind at work – thinking in real time, making unexpected connections, changing, doubting, entering unchartered waters.

On Demand - 1001 Paths to Publication

Date: December 31, 2021

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.