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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

Workshops

Writers SA members receive a discount to all ticketed workshops.

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For information about our cancellation and refund policy, please read our terms and conditions before you register for a workshop. 

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.

 

 

Teen Writers Club Term 3 2019 - Group One

with Jason Fischer

 

This Teen Writers Club is designed for teens 12–14 years old, however the suggested age range is a guide only and if you have any queries, please contact info@writerssa.org.au. Group two is designed for young people aged 15–17years old.

 

Term 3 dates: Saturdays, July 20th to Sept 21st, 10:30 am – midday.

Price: General Admission A$200.00

Date: July 20, 2019

Available Spaces: 14

Teen Writers Club Term 3 2019 – Group Two

with Jason Fischer

 

This Teen Writers Club is designed for teens 15–17 years old, however the suggested age range is a guide only and if you have any queries, please contact info@writerssa.org.au. Group One is designed for young people aged 12–14 years old.

 

Term 3 dates: Saturdays, July 20th to Sept 21st, 12:30 to 2:00pm

Price: General Admission A$200.00

Date: July 20, 2019

Available Spaces: 1

No More Excuses

with Kerry Rowett

 

Many of us start out writing a book feeling very inspired and excited, but the truth is, writing, publishing and promoting a book (or books!) can bring up many challenges and blocks, and that initial excitement can soon give way to long hours, unexpected hurdles, confusion or overwhelm (or all of the above!).

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: July 20, 2019

Available Spaces: 15

A Delve Into The Destitute

presented by the Migration Museum

 

Join experts from the Migration Museum as you take a guided tour through the remaining buildings of Adelaide's Destitute Asylum, which housed the 'deserving' poor alongside expectant mothers and the aged and infirm, from the 1850s to 1918. Learn about the 1600 babies born in the Lying-In hospital, and their mothers. Discover more about the Asylum and how restrictive life could be behind the imposing stone walls.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: July 21, 2019

Available Spaces: 11

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: 9

Crafting a Killer Cozy

with Jane Hinchey

 

Everyone wishes they had a crystal ball to look into to predict the next genre fiction trend but you don’t need a shiny glass sphere to see that Cozy Mystery is one of the fastest-growing genres right now for indie authors and aspiring writers alike, especially if you’re thinking of writing to market*.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: July 28, 2019

Available Spaces: 8

Self-Editing for the Savvy Author

with Nicola Markus

 

The feelings writers experience when it comes to editing their own work after seven or even seventeen drafts are often varied and complex, not least because it can be a lengthy part of the publishing process and expensive if you’re passing it on to a third party editor or proof-reader. Something you can do to save both time and money is to polish the text as much as possible before submitting it to a professional editor, publisher or agent.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: August 4, 2019

Available Spaces: 11

Digital Marketing for Creatives

with Lana Guineay

 

Whether you’re a freelancer, author, or emerging writer, a digital profile is a powerful tool to market yourself and your work to potential readers, employers, or publishers across the world. But where should you focus your efforts online, and how do you do so in way that’s authentic and works best for you?

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: August 17, 2019

Available Spaces: 14

Goal, Motivation, Conflict

with Bronwyn Tilley

 

If you’ve started writing a book or even reached the end of one or ten drafts, can you confidently say your characters are fully fleshed, with clear motivations and believable goals? What about the obstacles that inevitably get in their way – do you have enough of them and are they in the right places?

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: August 18, 2019

Available Spaces: 14

TWELVE

Do you struggle to find time to write? 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.

"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: August 31, 2019

Available Spaces: 14

Story to Screen

with Holly Lyons

 

Are you a writer with a passion for visual story telling? In this workshop, you’ll learn essential screenwriting tips from script writer, Holly Lyons. Using an original idea for a story that you’re happy to share with the group, Holly will take you through the process to transform that idea into a story with impact suitable for film or TV.

Price: General Admission A$180.00

Date: September 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 43

Comics Club for Young Writers

with Georgina Chadderton (creator of George Rex Comics)

 

Learn from local comics artist and writer Georgina Chadderton (George Rex Comics) about the basics of how to put together a comic – from creating a character to thumbnailing a story, learning how to match the words with the pictures, and learning how to fold and make your own mini-comic.

Price: General Admission A$55.00

Date: September 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 16

Who Needs an Agent Anyway?

with Alex Adsett

 

Have you ever wanted to spend a day with a literary agent and a publishing consultant who has more than 20 years experience and can discuss the ins and outs of contract and copyright law? Want to know how to pitch your story to an agent? Well, here's your chance! In this full day workshop, you'll meet Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services. Alex will cover topics such as representation, who needs an agent and who doesn't, what is a pitch and how to do it right, the tips and traps of traditional contracts and how to know who's genuinely going to publish your book and what the current scams look like.

Price: General Admission A$180.00

Date: September 14, 2019

Available Spaces: 32

Writing for Change

with Tory Shepherd

 

How do you “write for change”? How do you convince people to see another point of view, or even change their minds?

Thanks to social media everyone has an opinion these days, but it’s easy to dash off 140-characters – it's much harder to craft a piece that will (hopefully!) withstand the scrutiny of subeditors, editors, and of course readers. At the same time, there’s more demand than ever before for opinion pieces, which means more opportunities for freelancers. It’s also a powerful way that advocates and lobbyists can make their case.

Price: General Admission A$115.00

Date: September 21, 2019

Available Spaces: 38

The Long Shadow of Tolkien

with Jason Fischer

 

Join Jason Fischer for a deep-dive into Tolkien's fantasy works, exploring his wide influence on fantasy storytelling. Participants will also get an overview of the future of genre writing as it finally wriggles loose from Tolkien's long shadow. Second breakfast is not provided.

Price: General Admission A$180.00

Date: September 28, 2019

Available Spaces: 39

Writing YA

with Poppy Nwosu

 

Are you interested in writing for young readers? Young Adult fiction covers a wide range of exciting and diverse genres, and has a passionate readership of young and old alike. Aimed at new and emerging writers, this workshop will cover everything you need to know about YA and provide insight into the thriving Australian YA community.

Price: General Admission A$0.00

Date: September 28, 2019

Available Spaces: 14

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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.