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Procrastinating Writers - Procrastinate No More!

Are you a ‘non-practising’ writer? Has a lack of time, energy or self-belief stopped you from starting and completing your writing project? Are you trapped within a writer’s block or stuck writing/re-writing the same old chapter? But importantly, have you noticed how discipline alone will not help? Whatever your writing issue, you’re not alone; many writers (both amateur and professional) feel the same level of frustration when not able to follow through with a promise to... [More]

Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (a Japanese form of short poem) captures a moment in nature. It is a doorway to Zen practice – it’s a way to write what you know. A ginko is a walk in nature, during which your writing hand keeps moving just like your legs. Whatever sights, sounds and smells you experience can transform... [More]
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Construction of English: Phrases, Clauses, Sentences and Paragraphs

Once we know the nine parts of speech, we can successfully construct phrases, clauses, sentences and paragraphs. If we can’t identify the subject, verb/s and predicate or distinguish a statement from a question, how can we write eloquently by manipulating the elements of English? Come and discover easy ways to solve the common problems that professional writers and editors encounter, by systematically studying each element of English and completing four exercises. Please bring a... [More]
Construction of English: Phrases, Clauses, Sentences and Paragraphs
$119 inc GST / $107
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Synopsis Writing: Wowing them with your Synopsis and Logline

Ask any publisher/producer – it’s your logline and synopsis that determines whether your book or script gets read, but the process of writing a scintillating summary of your work is difficult. Nowadays, writing coaches ask writers to draft a logline and synopsis before they start work, as it helps to anchor the writing process. Whether you’re starting or finishing your writing, come learn the art and science of synopsis writing. COURSE OUTLINE 9.30-11.00am – First session: The... [More]
Synopsis Writing: Wowing them with your Synopsis and Logline
$119 inc GST / $107
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Successful Self-publishing - What You Need To Know

It has been said that there’s a book in all of us. Some of us write manuscripts but decide to leave them well alone at the bottom of a drawer. Others amongst us persevere and work to become published and self-published authors. This course looks at the strong but capricious writing urge, the mysterious transformation of a manuscript into a book, e-book or article and the Way of the self-publisher, offering practical tips from beginning to end. If you have ever wanted to write and... [More]
Successful Self-publishing - What You Need To Know
$216 inc GST / $194
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How to Tell Historical Stories

The past is a source of characters, conflicts and dramas that are a delight to hear and tell. In this workshop we will not be examining social movements and dates, but sharing theatrical tales that inspire and thrill. You will learn techniques of voice and body language, how to adapt large complicated stories into stories suitable for different audiences and settings, plus hear some fun stories from the past. Please bring pen and paper. Note: There will be short breaks for morning... [More]
$104 inc GST / $94
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Procrastinating Writers Advanced Workshop

This course is for those who have already attended the ‘Procrastinating Writers’ course. It offers an opportunity to retune your writer’s fork, read your writing in a familiar setting and hear structured feedback. You’ll receive the brand new Practising Writer’s Reference Chart - a simple A4 chart which tells you, in an instant, where you are in the procrastinating cycle and what to do to return to being a practising writer. COURSE OUTLINE 9.30-11.00am – First Session: Retune your... [More]
Procrastinating Writers Advanced Workshop
$119 inc GST / $107
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Journal & Memoir Writing

There is an art to journal and memoir writing that lifts it from the banal to the sublime. Spend a day learning how to write meaningful and creative journals and memoirs. Explore styles of writing that best reflect your thoughts and experiences and which will make for useful reading and future satisfying reflections. Note: There will be short breaks for morning and afternoon tea and a break for lunch – lunch is NOT included. COURSE OUTLINE Read and review and analyse model examples... [More]
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Blogging your Interest: Share your Passion with the World

Turn your passion into an engaging blog that attracts readers from around the world. Grasp the basics of setting up a blog saving you weeks of research and frustration. Learn the tips, tricks and successful tactics behind creating and updating a blog, how to stay motivated and where to find inspiration. Get an overview of the essential free blogging tools that help you make your blog look great, track visitors, promote your blog, including on social media. Learn time saving... [More]
Blogging your Interest: Share your Passion with the World
$70 inc GST / $63
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Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry, Prose and Drama

This one-day workshop will explore the technical and artistic skills of creative writing across the three major genres of writing. It will introduce styles, structures, techniques and give opportunities to study examples as well as to start writing for yourself. This course is suitable for novice writers wishing to learn more and is also suitable for those looking to polish their skills to write for competitions or publication. SUGGESTED READING Studying Poetry, Barry Spurr,... [More]
Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry, Prose and Drama
$104 inc GST / $94
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