2018 Program

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Parramatta Centre for Writing

Creative Writing 101 with Luke Carman

There are no secrets, no cheats, maps or recipes to guide our development as creative writers. Creative writing, in all its forms, is a lived artistic practice – a kind of hero’s journey – and it is only through living it fully and faithfully that we can address the trappings of our path to progress. Dead sentences take root in our keyboards, clichés cling to our fingertips, and the riches of our imaginations seem always just beyond grammatical reach.
The award-winning author Luke Carman invites you to join him for a series of workshops, hosted by WestWords, where together we can dig those mixed-metaphors and dull sentences out by the root, cross the wild terrain of our imaginative landscapes, and live out our practice on the page in all its splendid potential.

First session: 10 May
Last session: 7 June
Thursday evenings for six weeks, 18.30-20.00

Cost: $250 member/$330 non-member

If you would like to sign up to become a member and access the member discount — which also gives you 24/7 access to a desk at WestWords’ Centre for Writing Parramatta Writers’ Room — you can do so here.

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Luke Carman is the author of An Elegant Young Man, which was awarded a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2015 and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. In 2014 he was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist. His work has been published in Meanjin, Sydney Review of Books, Heat, The Lifted Brow, Seizure, The Australian, Cultural Studies Review, Global Media Journal, SBS Online, ABC TV, Sonofabook, and so on.

 

LGBTQIA+ writing group

Western Sydney is a place that many people in the queer community call home. All LGBTQIA+-identifying writers are welcome to join this group which will be run by a queer-identifying facilitator. Participation is free!

7pm-8.30pm, Tuesday evenings starting 12 June. You can fill out the EOI here

Poetry with Michelle Cahill

In this series of three workshops poet and author Michelle Cahill will teach on aspects of poetic craft: image, metaphor and voice. The focus is on how writers can best hone their language and sensibility to communicate lyric and narrative from and about Western Sydney , threading and reinvigorating culture, home, history and community. Poetry can be a powerful energy, rupturing the heteronormative with the strange, the alien, the haunted, the natural, the surreal.

When: July 3, 10, 17, 6.30pm-8.00pm

Cost: $125 member/$165 non-member

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Michelle Cahill’s short story collection won the UTS Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. She is the author of three collections of poetry. Vishvarupa was short-listed in the VPLA and her latest collection is The Herring Lass.

 

 

Katoomba

Now What?  Re-writing Workshop with Inez Baranay

“I’ve written a first draft. Now what?!”

You know what comes next is revision, editing, rewriting, refining. But just how do you do that? What decisions do you have to make? Where do you start? When do you stop?

Many new writers think that having written a draft of new work, the work is done. What is done is that valuable first draft, essential for the next stage.

A workshop for writers who are serious about taking the next steps to improve their narrative works in prose, screenplay, fiction, non-fiction, hybrid, long or short forms.

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Inez Baranay is a highly regarded writing teacher and mentor, and the widely published author of 12 critically acclaimed books with short stories and articles published in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Wet Ink and others. To read some of her works online visit www.inezbaranay.com.

When: 10am-1pm on Saturday 5 and 12 May 2018

Where: The Den, WestWords Katoomba Writers’ Room, Gallery ONE88, 186/188 Katoomba Street Katoomba NSW.

Cost: $30 for members of The Den, $50 for non-members. Participants, in signing up, sign up for both days of workshops.

If you would like to sign up to become a member and access the member discount — which also gives you 24/7 access to a desk at The Den — you can do so here.

 

The Making of a Poem with Judith Beveridge

One of the root words for poetry is poesis—’making’. But what exactly ‘makes’ poetry and how do poems work? By looking at a variety of poems class members will uncover some of the elements surrounding the ‘making’ of poetry and gain a fuller understanding and appreciation of poetry’s power. This two-day course in both writing and appreciation is open to all those interested in the craft of poetry. The main focus will be in developing the writing and critical skills of each person. We will look at imagery, metaphor, sound, the line, and both free verse and formal verse. Each person will get to workshop their own poems.

When: May 26-27, 10am-5pm

Where: The Den, WestWords Katoomba Writers’ Room, Gallery ONE88, 186/188 Katoomba Street Katoomba NSW.

Cost: $150 for members, $220 for non-members.

Participants, in signing up, sign up for both days of workshops.

If you would like to sign up to become a member and access the member discount — which also gives you 24/7 access to a desk at The Den — you can do so here.

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Judith Beveridge has published six books of poetry all of which have won, or been short-listed for major prizes. Her next collection Sun Music: New and Selected Poems will be published in June, 2018, by Giramondo Publishing. She has been awarded both the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal and the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in literature. She has taught poetry workshops in high schools, universities and in community centres and has edited several anthologies. From 2005-2016 she was the poetry editor for Meanjin. Her work has been translated into several languages and has been studied in universities and schools.

Creative Writing for Fun and Profit* with James Roy

The best stories aren’t just about the events that happen – who these events happen to is really the key to an engaging piece of writing. Over five interactive (and occasionally challenging) sessions, award-winning writer James Roy will guide you through the boundless world of characters, and show you how to improve your creative writing by asking some searching questions of those characters once you’ve discovered them. Also covered will be idea-harvesting, killer beginnings, editing like a reader, and writing-practice tips that are proven. “Talent” and writing experience aren’t essential – just enthusiasm and willingness to share.
* Profit not guaranteed. Fun definitely.

When: Sunday June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, 10am-12pm

Where: The Den, WestWords Katoomba Writers’ Room, Gallery ONE88, 186/188 Katoomba Street Katoomba NSW

Cost: Member $210, Non-member $275

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James Roy is the author of 34 books. James’ latest novel for children, One Thousand Hills (written with Noël Zihabamwe) won the Young People’s Literature Award in May this year. It also won the Young People’s History Prize at the NSW Premier’s History Awards in 2016.

Previous titles include Miss UnderstoodAnonymity Jones and Edsel Grizzler: Rescue Mission. Captain Mack and Billy Mack’s War both received Children’s Book Council Honours, and Town received the 2008 NSW Premier’s Award.

 

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Write well! For girls and boys aged 8-12 with Jacqueline Harvey

Do you like to write? Do you dream of seeing a book with your name on the cover? Do you just want to write great stories that people will enjoy reading?

Award winning, best-selling children’s author Jacqueline Harvey loves working with students just like you to help bring those great ideas to life. She will be conducting a ‘hands on’ writing workshop where students will get to discuss their ideas, do lots of writing and share their work with others. From the original concept through to drafting, editing and publishing, the workshop will focus on a range of activities, designed to assist young writers to develop their skills and gain an in-depth understanding of the writing process. The workshop will cover many aspects of writing including:

■ Finding and developing ideas

■ Creating believable characters

■ Using place and setting to spark ideas

■ Developing plausible plots

■ Using dialogue effectively

■ Literary devices

■ The importance of editing

A series of practical exercises will give budding writers opportunities to explore style, voice and other key elements of writing as well demystifying the publishing process.

Where: 391 Wedderburn Road, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn

When: 18 April, 10am-4pm

Cost: $50/$30 concession

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Jacqueline Harvey is the author of the Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series. Her first picture book, The Sound of the Sea, was awarded Honour Book in the 2006 CBC Awards.

The Why, When and How of Self Publishing with Natalie Muller

Self-Publishing has always been a valid form of publication, but with so many options how do you even start? This course will look at the in’s and out’s of self publishing. What are the technical options? What format should you use? What help is available? How do I market this? Should I self publish or continue seeking a traditional publisher? Who is out there to beware of? Self Publishing can be a wonderfully liberating activity, or a terrible waste of time and money, arming yourself with the correct information can make all the difference.

When: 6 May, 10am-4pm

Where: 391 Wedderburn Rd, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn

Cost: $30 for members of the writers’ room, $50 for non-members

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Natalie Muller holds a Masters of Arts in Writing from Swinburne University. In 2013 she developed and implemented the BMCC Library Editor-in-Residence program, working with local Blue Mountains writers to develop their work, a program now in its fifth year. She is the founding editor of  Black Cockie Press and The Wild Goose Literary e-Journal, specialising in new Australian writing. She is also the author of the novel Poisoning the Nest.

Poetry workshop with  Mark Treddinick

A one-day workshop, part inspiration, part technique, part practice, with acclaimed poet Mark Tredinnick, for aspiring and experienced poets alike, and everyone interested in learning more about how good poems work.

When: 20 May, 10am-4pm

Where: 391 Wedderburn Rd, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn

Cost: $30 for members of the writers’ room, $50 for non-members

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Haiku and Tanka Workshop, including ginko walk, with Julie Thorndyke and Beverley George

Part nature walk part poetry adventure, join Beverley George and Julie Thorndyke on a full-day workshop wandering the bushland of the writers’ retreat, responding to your surrounds through the mediums of haiku and tanka.

When: July 22, 10am-4pm

Where: 391 Wedderburn Road, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn

Cost: $50/$30 concession

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Beverley George is an Australian poet who has been writing haiku, tanka, and haibun since 1997. A writer also of mainstream poetry, articles, and short stories, she won the W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia and New Zealand in 2004 and 2005, the Vera Newsom Poetry Prize 2005 and the Society of Women Writers (NSW) Prize 2006. From 2000-2006 she was the producer and editor of the magazine, Yellow Moon, which enjoyed an international reputation and readership. In 2006, she founded Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal, the first journal in Australia dedicated entirely to tanka. She was president of the Australian Haiku Society 2006-10, has presented a paper on haiku in Australia in Matsuyama, Japan and one on tanka in Australia in Tokyo, Japan. In 2009 she convened the four-day 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference in Terrigal, Australia.

Julie Thorndyke has written two collections of tanka poetry, Rick Rack and Carving Granite. Her stories and poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. Leader of the local Tanka Huddle, Julie was appointed continuing editor of Eucalypt: a tanka journal in 2017. Julie’s first picture book will be published by IP in 2018. More of her writing may be read on her website https://jthorndyke.wordpress.com/

Writing and illustrating with Ursula Dubosarsky and Tohby Riddle 

Intended for children 8-12, join Ursula Dubosarsky and Tohby Riddle on a full-day worikshop as they show you how to write and illustrate your own children’s stories!

When: 25 August, 10am-4pm

Where: 391 Wedderburn Road, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn

Cost: $50/$30 concession

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Ursula Dubosarsky wanted to be a writer from the age of six, and is now the author of over 50 books for children and young adults, which have won several national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. Apart from fiction and pictures books such as “Too Many Elephants in This House”, she has also written the non-fiction “Word Spy” books about the English language. Her latest novels are “The Blue Cat”, set in harbourside Sydney in 1942, “The Red Shoe”, set during the Petrov spy crisis in 1954, and “The Golden Day”, set in a girls’ school in 1967. She lives in Sydney with her family.

Tohby Riddle is an award-winning writer, illustrator, cartoonist, designer and sometime editor based in Sydney. He has written and illustrated numerous well-loved picture books; written a young adult novel; was the cartoonist for Good Weekend for nearly ten years; and is a former editor of The School Magazine, a literary magazine for children published by the NSW Department of Education.

School for Style: Creative Writing Masterclasses with Mark Tredinnick

The Wedderburn Writing Workshop: A Creative Writing Masterclass. A practical and inspiring workshop run every other Sunday from 5 August to 14 October. Led by acclaimed poet Mark Tredinnick (author of The Little Red Writing Workshop), and conducted in the lovely weatherboard schoolhouse where Mark curates events for WestWords, the workshop covers all genres and caters for writers of all ages and stages. A chance, over three months, to develop your craft, get some terrific writing done, and make progress, under Mark’s tutelage, toward a finished manuscript.

When: Every second Sunday starting 5 August to 14 October (6 sessions), 10am-4.30pm

Where: 391 Wedderburn Rd, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn

Cost: $330 for non-members, $250 for members

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In Conversation: Hugh Mackay and Mark Tredinnick

Mark and Hugh will be in conversation to discuss Hugh’s latest work of non-fiction, whose subject is working towards a more compassionate, less anxious society. They will discuss uses of the imagination as well as politics in fashioning a kinder and less anxious society, as well as the different kinds of truth fiction and non-fiction tell.

When: 21st September, 6.30pm-8pm

Where: 391 Wedderburn Rd, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn

Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members

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Hugh Mackay is Australia’s leading social researcher, and the author of eighteen books — eleven in the field of social analysis and ethics, and seven novels. His recent books include The Good LifeThe Art of Belonging and Beyond Belief. Hugh is a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, New South Wales, Wollongong, and Western Sydney universities. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Writing Place with Mark Tredinnick and local Indigenous Elder

A two-day workshop on nature writing and the evocation of place, led by Mark Tredinnick (“one of our great poets of place”) and including a walk in the nearby Dharawal National Park led by a local Indigenous elder.

When: 20th and 21st of October, 10am-4pm

Where: 391 Wedderburn Rd, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn

Cost: $150 for members, $220 for non-members

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Mark Tredinnick—whose many books include Almost Everything I Know, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book—is a celebrated poet, essayist, and writing teacher. “One of our great poets of place,” Judy Beveridge has called him. His honours include the Montreal and Cardiff Poetry Prizes, The Blake and Newcastle Poetry Prizes, two Premiers’ Literature Awards, and the Calibre Essay Prize. The Blue Plateau, his landscape memoir, shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize. He travels and teaches widely, in schools and at festivals, through Australia and in the US and UK. and he works with the corporate sector to explore the truths and graces poetry gives access to. Last year his poem “The Horse” won the ACU Poetry Prize; in March 2017, his poem “Panic Very Softly, Love” won the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize. In 2017, too, he judged the Montreal and Blake Poetry Prizes.

Three of Mark’s poems—“Sandhill Cranes,” “Frogmouth on the Wire,” and “Catching Fire”—translated by Isabelle Li, appear in Famous Writing in World Literature, published by ZZHW (The Writers Publishing House), in November 2017. In November, a collection of poems he wrote inhouse in 2016 for the landscape architecture firm TCL, appears in book form: Anthology: Gardening the Future: An Essay in Plants, Poetry, and Image.

Andrew Motion has written of Mark Tredinnick: “his is a bold, big-thinking poetry, in which ancient themes (especially the theme of our human relationship with landscape) are recast and rekindled.” He is at work on a memoir of the reading life, Reading Slowly at the End of Time. His next Australian collection of poems, Days and Nights, will be published by Pitt Street Poetry in mid 2017; a fourth collection, Walking Underwater, appears in the US (Hip Pocket Press) later that year. He’s just finished a collaboration, A Hundred Miles From Home: One Hundred Haiku, with poet Peter Annand and painter John R Walker. “Like the singing of the birds he loves,” Jean Kent has said, “Mark Tredinnick’s poetry feels artlessly beautiful.”

Mark Tredinnick is the father of five. He lives and writes at Picton.

 

 

What Now? (Re)writing workshop
May 5, 2018
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Creative writing masterclass 6 week course with Mark Tredinnick
August 5, 2018
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July 22, 2018
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Creative Writing for Fun and Profit with James Roy
June 3, 2018
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October 20, 2018
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May 6, 2018
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