With over 300 courses, there’s something for everybody, from Music or Writing, to learning more about your favourite topic in History, Science or Literature. Whether it’s French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian or Swedish; WEA is the place to start learning a language.

Meet some of WEA’s best tutors at our One Night Only specials, trace political developments with our Politics at Lunchtime program, or learn about some special places at our Travel Tuesday evenings. Our Practical Art program has everything from basic drawing skills to Calligraphy and Oil Painting. Or take up Yoga or Tai Chi and investigate our healthy living courses.

Our range of IT and Gadget courses is terrific if you need to brush up on your skills, and you can improve your management and workplace communication skills, all in our Business programs.

You don’t have to wait until the start of term– we have a terrific range of April Holiday courses, plus special courses to celebrate Reconciliation Week and the Sydney Writers' and Film Festivals.

Bathurst St will also be changing during Autumn, with a large development continuing at 286 Sussex St, next door to WEA Sydney (corner of Bathurst and Sussex Sts). This site is part of the City of Sydney’s planned gateway to the redesigned Darling Harbour. While WEA may suffer some inconvenience during the development process, the end result will be a fresh, modern and revitalised Bathurst St.

Enjoy your Autumn at WEA!

Michael Newton | Executive Director

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      • Capturing Sensuality and Sexuality in Your Writing

        Whether you plan to write a classic like “Lady Chatterley's Lover”, Erotic Fiction like “Fifty Shades of Grey” or anything in between, the rule is the same – write from the heart and you’ll find an audience who’ll resonate with your words. You’ll learn how to balance sensitive sensuality with scintillating sexuality, allowing you to create a truly unique and memorable manuscript or screenplay.


        • Unravelling your story – plotting the beginning, middle and end.
        • Identifying your writing difficulties and hurdles.
        • Balancing passion with plot, pace and perspective.
        • Opportunities to read your writing (if you wish) and talk about proofreaders/editors and publishing/producing possibilities.

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Explain why they are writing what they are writing i.e. their purpose in writing.
        2. Evaluate the best way to write their story and to connect with their audience.
        3. Discuss when to use knowledge and when to use imagination.
        4. Develop a regular writing routine and build a network of fellow writers.
      • French Beginners 1 Weekend Workshop (A1)
        This course is an introduction to French for any student wishing to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. Students will develop skills to use in conversation, reading, listening and writing.

        TEXT: Alter Ego A1+ (2012) Dossier 0 & Dossier 1: Leçons 1-2.

        CLASS PLAN
        2 full-day sessions that aim to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in elementary French.

        Conversational French and an introduction to cultural practices, with a focus on clear explanation of basic language principles.

        Topics (as related to textbook)
        [Dossier 0 Découvertes pp. 14-24]

        • French names and surnames
        • Identifying a language
        • Introducing oneself (1)
        • Getting to know others
        • Counting (0 to 69)
        • Communicating in the classroom
        • Identifying other Languages and Nationalities
        • Naming countries

        [Dossier 1 – Les uns, les autres – Leçon 1 pp.26-29]

        • Formal and Informal greetings
        • Using tu or vous
        • Introducing oneself (2)
        • Give/Ask for personal information (1)
        • Times of day
        • Elements of Identity

        Grammar (as covered in textbook topics)

        • Adjectives of nationality (masculine/feminine)
        • Verb “s'appeler” and “être” - Present tense
        • Definite articles
        • Gender of country names
        • Verb Avoir Present tense
        • Possessive adjectives (1)
        • Negation using ne…pas

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Speak clearly and be understood in basic French in particular to talk about themselves and exchange basic with others.
        2. Demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of French.

        IMPORTANT: Textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.

        Abbey’s Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 | www.languagebooks.com.au

      • Introducing your Digital Camera

        This class is for the beginner. Learn how to use your camera more effectively than just pressing the shutter button. Take control of the essential functions to effect changes in your photographs. Learn techniques for functional and creative application. Practical class exercises, visual displays and weekly practical homework assignments. Photographic excursion included. All digital cameras are suitable provided they have manual mode operation.


        • Camera Care. What is a camera? Camera obscura. Locate the most important controls, the Mode Dial, F.Stops and Shutter Speeds and their effects.
        • Reciprocity. Depth of Field effects. Movement effects. ISO.
        • Focus modes. Focal lengths.
        • Visual examples and discussion
        • White Balance. Picture Styles/Controls. Metering modes. The Histogram.
        • Excursion

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Use the camera more confidently and creatively.
        2. Make more informed decisions about composition and exposure.
        3. Derive greater pleasure and satisfaction in taking photographs.
      • Japanese for Travellers Weekend Workshop

        Conversational Japanese for travel situations. Learn key expressions and practice with the class in real-life travel situations, focus on developing speaking and listening skills and enjoy an insight into Japanese culture.

        Tutor supplied material


        • Introducing yourself
        • Numbers
        • Alphabet

        Booking a hotel

        • Prices
        • Change, how to pay

        At the cafe and at the restaurant

        • How to order drinks and food
        • Ask for recommendation


        • Bus, Train
        • Buy tickets
        • Know the time and the date

        Asking for directions

        • Finding your way in town
        • Asking questions


        • Department stores
        • Sizes, colours

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Speak clearly and be understood in basic Japanese in business or travel settings.
        2. Demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of Japanese.
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