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CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

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Teen Writers Club Term 1 2020

Term 1 dates: Saturdays, 18 January — 7 March 2020 , 10:30am to 12:00pm

 

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

The club meets on Saturdays during school term, and is guided by Writers SA staff, mentors and a guest teacher. The program is shaped by the interests of the group, and they’re supported to set and achieve their own writing goals.

We provide creative workshops, information on the industry and careers, mentoring, and the opportunity for support for school-based writing projects.

Price: General Admission A$200.00

Date: January 18, 2020

Available Spaces: 8

First Draft 2020

A 5-month program for writers working towards completing their first full length manuscript

February–June 2020

Are you looking for structured support and a strong peer network to help you finish your book? Writers SA's First Draft program provides fortnightly writing group meetings, a tailored workshop series, professional feedback and consultations, and peer-group support to keep you on track to complete your first draft by halfway through the year.

This program is suitable for anyone working on a long-form writing project, including fiction and narrative nonfiction in any genre, including poetry.

Price: General Admission A$1,350.00

Date: February 12, 2020

Available Spaces: 11

Writers Studio: Masterclass with John Marsden

with John Marsden

 

Every book is different. Some stories are bursting at the seams with well-developed characters and a network of complexities; others might follow one character who engages, willingly or unwillingly, with a compelling situation.

Language, characterisation and plot can all be powerful tools for authors to employ. The more that writers of fiction can hone their skills in these areas, the more impact upon readers they are likely to have. Join bestselling author John Marsden as he charges recklessly but joyously into all three of these areas (plot, language and characters). You’ll gain insight into his methods and hear advice on how to improve your own writing and storytelling, as he passes on the learning he has gained from his own writing career, which spans more than forty books. 

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: March 1, 2020

Available Spaces: 11

Writers Studio: The Laws of the Game

**This session has been cancelled**

 

with Benjamin Law

 

The Laws of the Game

definition- a rule defining correct procedure or behaviour in a sport (in this case, the publishing industry)

 

A dilemma we face as authors is to follow religiously, or, without abandon break, the rules and conventions of the writing game and publishing industry. Always show, don’t tell. Only write what you know. Don’t attempt to publish anything remotely controversial or suffer the wrath (of…everyone?), only submit to one house or publication at a time, etc.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: March 3, 2020

Writers SA Think Tank

Join Writers SA's new writing circle, the Think Tank.

Get together with writers every month to pitch concepts, test plot-lines, workshop a synopsis, and brainstorm and get feedback on your work in this fast-paced hour of creative construction at the Adelaide City Library.

Held at 5:30pm at Adelaide City Library on the first Wednesday of every month, beginning Wednesday 5 February 2020.

Free for all Writers SA members and the public.

 

City Library Meeting Rooms 1 & 2Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (Enter via Francis St)

 

 

 

 

Price: General Admission A$0.00

Date: March 4, 2020

Available Spaces: Unlimited

A Day with Lee Kofman

*This event books you for both workshops with Dr Lee Kofman* Please click individual event links to book into single workshops.

 

Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

10:30am to 1:30pm

Click to book single session

Creative non-fiction is an expansive and exciting genre that includes many popular sub-genres, such as memoir, political or familial biography, poetic personal essays, investigative journalism, true crime and travel writing, and much more that resist easy categorisation. In this workshop you will learn about the main genres and the common principles in gripping creative non-fiction writing, such as making the author into a character, writing vivid prose, developing a narrative journey, and incorporating research seamlessly.

Learn from one of the best Australian writers in the business, Lee Kofman (VIC), about how to blend beautiful language with serious reportage, how memoir can make cultural and political critique, and how creative non-fiction allows us to explore both internal and external worlds.

Price: General Admission A$180.00

Date: March 14, 2020

Available Spaces: 36

Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

with Dr Lee Kofman (see event series to book both workshops for a reduced rate)

 

Creative non-fiction is an expansive and exciting genre that includes many popular sub-genres, such as memoir, political or familial biography, poetic personal essays, investigative journalism, true crime and travel writing, and much more that resist easy categorisation. In this workshop you will learn about the main genres and the common principles in gripping creative non-fiction writing, such as making the author into a character, writing vivid prose, developing a narrative journey, and incorporating research seamlessly.

Learn from one of the best Australian writers in the business, Lee Kofman (VIC), about how to blend beautiful language with serious reportage, how memoir can make cultural and political critique, and how creative non-fiction allows us to explore both internal and external worlds.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: March 14, 2020

Available Spaces: 37

Writing through Discomfort

with Dr Lee Kofman (see event series to book both workshops for a reduced rate)

 

"What do you do when your husband claims to be madly in love with you, but doesn't desire you sexually? When your therapist is more interested in opening an online sex-toy shop with your husband than in saving your marriage? Do you try yet another counsellor, get divorced or settle for a sexless marriage?" — On Lee Kofman's The Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

"By the time she was eleven and living in the Soviet Union, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that have shaped her sense of self and her view of the world." – On Lee Kofman's Imperfect

 

Writers’ best works usually dwell in the caves of shame. Shame is a reliable barometer to detect those urgent stories we need to tell. But how to dare, and find the right language, to write about what makes us or others uncomfortable? Find the courage to write about what matters to you and work through ethical issues involved (in both fiction and non-fiction), using practical exercises and strategies to make literature out of the uncomfortable.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: March 14, 2020

Available Spaces: 50

Writing Magical Realism

with Vikki Wakefield

 

Magical Realism embraces the odd, the unusual, the mythical and the magical, by altering the world in which we already exist. Often considered the weird kid at the literary table, Magical Realism has yielded some of our most celebrated literature—stories that blend the ordinary with the extraordinary without justification or explanation. But is it a true genre, a style, or a complex literary mode? Do we need a label? Are there rules and conventions?

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: March 22, 2020

Available Spaces: 6

Writing for the Education Market

with Pamela Rushby

 

Are you interested in writing for children and youth in the educational market? Join successful author of more than 200 books, Pamela Rushby, as she explains the ins and outs of getting your book into schools and on educational lists. In this nuts and bolts workshop you'll learn what the market is, what formats there are (not just print books), what educational publishers are looking for and how to gain an edge – and keep it. In this field, writers for children are constantly in demand and you might have just the thing they're looking for.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: March 28, 2020

Available Spaces: 15