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Our city workshop program is presented in partnership with the Adelaide City Libraries.  ACL members receive a discount off the full price of City Libraries workshops. Contact ACL for a booking code.



Manuscript Incubator

with Bronwyn Tilley

A 5-month program for writers looking towards publication.

July – November 2019

It’s far easier to quit than to finish! Said someone famous at one time or another, but it’s so true. If you're looking for support to finish your draft and turn it into a final polished product, then this is the series for you. Maybe you got to ‘the end’ but feel something is missing? Maybe you have that polished product but you can’t get a second look from an agent or publisher, and feel deep down that something must be wrong with it? Join us and find out.

Price: General Admission A$1,350.00

Date: July 24, 2019

Available Spaces: 5

Teen Writers Club Term 4 2019

Term 4 dates: Saturdays, 12 October — 7 December, 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: October 12, 2019

Available Spaces: 3

Design & Conquer: Writing for Videogames

with Mighty Kingdom

Join Narrative Designers Brenna Hillier and Mark Riley from the video game development studio Mighty Kingdom to discuss the importance of storytelling in games and the process of developing an idea into an expansive narrative. This workshop will focus on practical skills and processes that participants will learn and then apply in group work.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: November 23, 2019

Available Spaces: 69


**This workshop has been cancelled**

Are you going to struggle with NANO this year? Are words too hard or are you too distracted by the Book of Face or binge-watching TV? Do you ever think to yourself, ‘If only I just had a solid day to write, I’d get so much done’? Then TWELVE, the literary lock-in, is for you and it's your second to last weekend in November if you're aiming for a high word count to brag about when you get back on the socials!

"TWELVE" means no excuses, no limits, no distractions. Crank your writing projects up to boiling point with twelve hours of uninterrupted writing. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done.

Whether you’re starting a novel, finishing a work-in-progress, or just looking for time to focus, TWELVE is the way to do it.


Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: November 24, 2019

Nurturing and Killing Characters

with Tony Shillitoe


Building and delivering characters your readers will love or hate, empathise with or despise, protagonists and antagonists, is central to powerful story-telling. Nurturing your characters is crucial. Choosing who to kill and when is even more so. This workshop aims to challenge you to review existing characters in your projects, help you nurture lovable, admirable and detestable characters, and encourage you to make choices about who will live and who will die.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: November 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 12

Labels, Pronouns and Beyond: Writing Queer

with Mag Merilees


A safe place to explore the challenges and pitfalls of writing queer lives (whether you're gay, straight or in between). Everything from profound questions of identity, to avoidance of the token gay brother, to the nitty gritty of pronoun-use. Join Mag Merrilees for a fun and frank practical session.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: December 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 18

Inside Publishing: Query, Synopsis, Submission

with Wakefield Press


First impressions do count!

You've written your story, you've edited it, you've polished it, now you're ready to send it out into the world! But will the world welcome your query letter if it doesn’t read right? If it doesn’t include all of the information? And, what is the correct information to include? Deep breaths. It doesn’t have to be hard but it does have to be done right.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: December 14, 2019

Available Spaces: 59

Writing Killer Crime

with Derek Pedley


Adelaide journalist and writer Derek Pedley draws on three decades of reporting, editing, reviewing and writing Australian true crime to deliver insights into the fraught process of finding the best ways to tell our worst stories. He will draw on cases that he's worked on, and also nationally prominent crimes, to give readers and writers a snapshot of what has grown to become one of non-fiction's most popular and controversial genres.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: December 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 75

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Adelaide City Library members receive a discount off the full price of selected Writers SA workshops. Please contact the Adelaide City Libraries to receive a promotional code to use when booking.