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Literature and Writing

Taking English literature courses in Sydney can enrich your life in many surprising ways. Have you ever thought about why some literature, such as Shakespeare’s work, remains in production century after century? His plays deal with timeless themes such as the complexities of love, hunger for power, and betrayal. In a constantly-changing, high-tech world, it’s comforting to know that not everything has changed. If you’re ready to dive in, WEA Sydney can help. We offer short courses in Sydney in our fully-equipped classrooms. Our building includes a library and our tutors are experienced and fully qualified.

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Great Dames! 4 Extraordinary Female CBEs from the World of Arts

Dames are women recognized for their extraordinary contributions to society. This course looks at the colourful and remarkable lives of four of the 20th century’s best: Sibyl Thorndike, Edith Evans, Rose Macaulay and Judith Anderson. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face SUGGESTED READING Fabled Shore, Rose Macaulay COURSE OUTLINE Dame Sybil Thorndike –... [More]
$149 Limited / $134

<p>Dames are women recognized for their extraordinary contributions to society. This course looks at the colourful and remarkable lives of four of the 20th century’s best: Sibyl Thorndike, Edith Evans

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15 Aug

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The Longest Journey: Dante's Divine Comedy Paradiso

Dante’s epic journey through hell, purgatory and paradise takes him through regions where good and evil, the vices and virtues, and ultimately happiness and flourishing, are vividly and memorably invoked, represented and described. We examine the central questions, ideas and concerns; Dante's extensive literary, philosophical and religious debts... [More]
$113 Limited / $102

<p>Dante’s epic journey through hell, purgatory and paradise takes him through regions where good and evil, the vices and virtues, and ultimately happiness and flourishing, are vividly and memorably

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20 Aug

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Vile Villains of Literature to Get Us Reading

Meet some truly vile villains whom we will love to hate and how they entice us into reading such as Shakespeare's Iago, Highsmith's Tom Ripley and Tolkein's Sauron. Learn how writer’s use villains to add tension, excitement and conflict to their stories to make them more enjoyable and thought-provoking for their audiences. DELIVERY MODE... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Meet some truly vile villains whom we will love to hate and how they entice us into reading such as Shakespeare's Iago, Highsmith's Tom Ripley and Tolkein's Sauron. Learn how writer’s use villains

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01 Sep

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Pan's Gift of Forgetting - Kenneth Grahame and 'The Wind in the Willows'

Kenneth Grahame never imagined he was writing a masterpiece when he created The Wind in the Willows. This talk looks at his odd and interesting life and work and examines some of the more esoteric secrets of his most beloved book. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face SUGGESTED READING The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame Among the Bohemians, Virginia... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Kenneth Grahame never imagined he was writing a masterpiece when he created <em>The Wind in the Willows</em>. This talk looks at his odd and interesting life and work and examines some of the more

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02 Sep

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Sewing the Creative Seed: A Beginner's Guide to Story Writing

Whether you’re returning to creative writing after a long hiatus or a budding writer who is just beginning the journey after years of working in another industry, the idea of writing a story can be a daunting task. There is the struggle to decide what and who to write about, let alone where to start. Discover and renew the joy of writing creatively... [More]
$67 Limited

<p>Whether you’re returning to creative writing after a long hiatus or a budding writer who is just beginning the journey after years of working in another industry, the idea of writing a story can be

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07 Sep

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Four Great Speeches in History and Why They Worked

Unpack four famous speeches in history to see why they were so successful and have become an enduring part of culture. These are the great speeches of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Kennedy’s Inaugural address, Mandela’s Cape Town rally and King’s “I have a dream”. Each of the four speeches will be unpacked for content, context, style and rhetoric.... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>Unpack four famous speeches in history to see why they were so successful and have become an enduring part of culture. These are the great speeches of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Kennedy’s

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08 Sep

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The Kalevala and The Nibelungenlied: Epics of the North

From ancient folktales and myths, The Kalevala in Finland, and The Nibelungenlied in Germany were compiled and written down to form national epics with profound cultural power in each country. Explore the origins, stories, characters, meanings, values, and significance of these epics as well as looking at some of the adaptations that have been... [More]
$67 Limited

<p>From ancient folktales and myths, The Kalevala in Finland, and The Nibelungenlied in Germany were compiled and written down to form national epics with profound cultural power in each country.

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10 Sep

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Fabulous Forms and Features of Poetry

There is a fabulous array of poetry ranging from the well-known sonnet and ballad to the lesser known villanelle and sestina. We will explore the various forms of poetry such as odes and elegies and their features to delve into the joys and mysteries of poetry as a fascinating and engaging form of literature discover, or rediscover some fabulous... [More]

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Capturing (Difficult) Truth in Memoir

If life is a puzzle and if each of us represents one small piece of this puzzle, then we owe it to life, we owe it to ourselves and most importantly we owe it to each other to capture the colours and contours of our life. When we write the truth – even the most difficult truth and especially the most difficult truth – we give a gift to ourselves... [More]

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Perfect Punctuation: Commas, Colons and Co.

Become au fait with the full stop, comma, question mark, colon, semi-colon, dash, apostrophe, hyphen, ellipsis, exclamation mark and solidus, along with their partnered comrades: quotation marks, parentheses, brackets and braces – and for extra fun, learn the three ways to set up a bulleted list, better known as dot points! Punctuation is the key... [More]

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