Literary programs, workshops, and talks—plus exclusive events for Writers SA members. See what’s on, both in person and online.
*Second seat limited release. Bookings reopened* Join bestselling author of Laurinda and One Hundred Days, Alice Pung (VIC), for a special writing workshop on finding one’s literary voice. Pung will share her own rules for crafting evocative and moving fiction, from delving into personal experience and family history, to creating authentic inner worlds on the page.
Come take a seat at the Context longtable to discuss the rocky terrain of life writing with Alice Pung (VIC) and Melanie Pryor, moderated by Jessica Alice. Who are the arbiters of truth? What makes a story truthful? And can a reliable narrator exist in memoir?
Indulge yourself in this enthralling line-up of writers and songwriters who will lead us on an expedition through the senses.
Pip Williams (author of The Dictionary of Lost Words and The Bookbinder of Jericho) and Elena Carapetis (playwright of ‘Antigone’, State Theatre Company SA) discuss the intricacies of using storytelling as a mechanism for advocacy. Hosted by writer and editor Smriti Daniel, these accomplished writers of the page and stage will share their approach to utilising the craft of language – and fiction – to address social issues with nuance and purpose.
Join artist and author of award-winning memoir The Mother Wound, Amani Haydar, for a special workshop on writing inspired by visual art.
If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making a book, the imprint it leaves on the world, and what publishers are searching for in their model manuscript, join the director of Wakefield Press, Michael Bollen, and owner of MidnightSun Publishing, Anna Solding, to get into the nitty gritty of the publishing industry — and what will set your work apart from the rest.
Join two remarkable writers for an intimate and insightful closing event of the festival. Amani Haydar’s The Mother Wound (winner, 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction) and Kylie Maslen’s Show Me Where It Hurts (shortlisted, 2021 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for Non-Fiction) take the authors’ experiences with the health and justice systems to explore the personal and broader social ramifications of pain, trauma and grief.
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.
As part of the 2023 Nature Festival, join author Jennifer Mills in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens to explore ways to write with the natural world.
Join the Writers SA team for the ultimate bootcamp to write a book in a month!
The Teen Writers Club is a place for high school aged writers to make new connections, be inspired, and develop their writing. We provide a safe, fun and engaging program for passionate young writers of all interests, ages and abilities.
Join J.P. Pomare, the award-winning author of Call Me Evie, In The Clearing, and Tell Me Lies, to learn new skills and approaches to writing captivating literary thrillers.
Romance is the second highest selling genre of literature in the world and with it comes conventions and certain reader expectations. Whether you want to write 'happy ever afters', 'happy for nows', or add a touch of romance to your own genre, this workshop will give you the fundamental building blocks to bring your characters together for a journey your readers won't soon forget.
In the world of commercial fiction, powerful beginnings and endings are crucial in captivating your readers and enticing them into the pages of your book. Strong beginnings will set the scene, establish the tone and foreshadow the conflicts to come; while effective endings fulfil the promises you make at the start, tying up loose ends and leaving a strong impression on your reader.
When writers work together, something magical happens, and Writers SA's digital Work Space is back in November!
Join script/screen expert Holly Lyons as she shares methods for fast-tracking plots and storylines using writing room techniques originally designed for TV. Learn these skills and apply them to your own project, whether you are crafting episodic scripts for screen or plotting chapters in your novels.
Join author, cultural historian and essayist Maria Tumarkin for a workshop on writing essays.
Understanding a character's backstory helps to drive your narrative and entices your readers to care about your characters and dive deeper into your story. Too much backstory however, can turn even the best books into an info dump nightmare! Join author Laurel Cohn for this interactive workshop to discover what to reveal and what to conceal when it comes to backstory.
Join us for this exclusive lunch-time session with Pantera Press as we discuss the ins and outs of this family owned and run publishing house.
Are you looking to develop richly complex and diverse characters for your stories but are not sure how to go about it? Join Dr Helen Edwards for a workshop on developing authentic characters using sensitively researched information and drawing from lived experience.
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.
Whether you're looking to make a career out of self-publishing or have just one book to publish, but you don't know where to start, this workshop will help you with the knowledge you'll need to bring your manuscript to market.
Writers SA presents an on-demand workshop you can watch in your own time for a short time. Making up the foundation of almost all fast paced fiction is the concept of Goal, Motivation, Conflict, the 'who, what, why and why not'. In this short video, we'll walk you through the steps to see if your story has it.
Join Writers SA's Bronwyn Tilley as we navigate what a successful query letter should look like when you're ready to start submitting to publishers and agents so you can create one of your own!
Writers SA presents an on-demand workshop you can watch in your own time for a short time. We'll analyse what makes a great 3D character, as well as what you need in order to keep your plot exciting and your reader turning the pages.
**NEW DATE - Explore storytelling through words and illustrations to create beautiful picture books that captivate readers.
Not yet a Writers SA member? Join for as little as $60 and unlock a range of benefits!
- 30% discount on all workshops and services
- a free 20-minute consultation with our Director upon sign up
- advice, information and support in your writing activities
- career pathway support and opportunities
- access to a community of writers
- opportunities to meet industry professionals
- opportunities for publication and promotion
… and much more!