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On-demand - 1001 Paths to Publication

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.

Price: General Admission A$50.00

Date: November 3, 2020

Available Spaces: 9972

Creating Your Kingdom: Building Storyworlds

with Gabiann Marin (two-part workshop)


Star Wars, Harrry Potter, Avatar, The Hunger Games, 1984, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings: the basis of these stories' ongoing legacy and rich storytelling is their believable and expansive storyworlds. The craft of writing is, at its heart, thinking about our world – its beliefs, values, social and cultural structures, and then taking those ideas and imagining how they could be different. New worlds, fictionalised creatures, fantastical ideas all need to be built around a coherent mythological and belief structure that reflects something of the values, conflicts and meanings in the narrative.

Price: General Admission A$180.00

Date: November 7, 2020

Available Spaces: 9985

Making Memoir Memorable

with Kylie Maslen


We all have a story to tell, but how do we make sure readers will connect with our own? While some people will have remarkable life experiences to detail, others will need to be more creative to make their story stand out – and cut through the slushpile to get your manuscript into the hands of publishers.

This workshop will teach you to find the best angles within your story and marry those themes with broader context and experience. You will learn to structure and fashion your story into an engaging, empathetic narrative that readers can relate to, and in doing so begin to craft a memorable memoir they can’t put down.

Maslen draws on her own experiences as a memoirist and author of Show Me Where It Hurts, while also being inspired by a rich tradition of memoir writing, from H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib, to Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith.

Price: General Admission A$50.00

Date: November 17, 2020

Available Spaces: 9980

The Art of the Literary Essay

with Fiona Wright


This session is all about demystifying the literary essay, by exploring some approaches to the form, ways of thinking about the work that it can do, and some possible ideas about exactly what it is and might be. Working from a number of examples and ideas from contemporary essayists, it will look at ways to write non-fiction that’s wide-ranging and engaging, and that shapes different kinds of materials and ideas into a coherent whole.

Price: General Admission A$50.00

Date: November 24, 2020

Available Spaces: 9975

Writing for the Education Market

with Louise Park


Many well-known children’s authors began their careers writing for the education market and continue to do so alongside successful trade careers. Education publishing offers wonderful diversity and scope; it is also one of the best training grounds for emerging writers. But what exactly is it?

Education writers are paid to create resources that support the Australian primary school curriculum. If you think this sounds limiting, think again! An education writer can find herself knee-deep in a historical fiction novel one moment and a biography of a famous inventor the next. It is engaging, varied and exacting all at once. Education writing is crafted to tightly written briefs and is heavily affected by editorial and design concerns, offering the perfect training environment for career writers. Writing for the education market sets writers up to spread their wings.

Join successful author of more than 400 books and an ex education publisher from Scholastic Australia to learn about education briefs and guidelines, how to accommodate editorial considerations, and the basics of education publishing contracts. You’ll find out what makes a winning manuscript, and you’ll learn skills easily transferable to trade publishing.


Price: General Admission A$95.00

Date: November 28, 2020

Available Spaces: 4

Writing Magical Realism

with Vikki Wakefield (in-person event*)


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: December 5, 2020

Available Spaces: 23

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