Sydney Writers’ Centre- The Hipster Lit Flowchart & “Write Your Novel” program & Many Other Writing Courses

Sydney Writers’ Centre- The Hipster Lit Flowchart & “Write Your Novel” program & Many Other Writing Courses

Phone: (02) 9929 0088

It was wonderful to see the inspired faces of our students at the last session of the 6-month “Write Your Novel” program this week. This wonderful program, tutored by Pamela Freeman, is the perfect course to keep you on track for your novel.

If you already have an idea for your novel, or even a first draft, this is a great opportunity for you to get feedback on how to make it ready to submit to an agent or publisher. It’s your chance to create the best possible version of your manuscript.

You’ll learn how to:
balance your cast of characters
fix structural flaws
write dialogue that advances your plot
find the best agent or publisher for your work
and so much more.
Our 6-month “Write Your Novel” program will only be held ONCE in 2013. (This year we held it twice and both courses booked out.) So we’re giving you lots of advance notice in case you want to commit the dates to your diary.

Also, if you want to secure your place, there is an early bird price of $1980 if you book before 21 December 2012. (Usual price $2150).

TIP: May versus might
What’s the difference between “may” and “might”? Both are often used to request permission but, according to most resources, there is a subtle difference – so be careful how you use them. The first difference is in the likelihood of something happening.

“May” is usually used to simply state the possibility or likelihood of something happening, while ‘might’ is used where there is more uncertainty involved.

For example:

It may rain this afternoon. (There is a possibility it will rain.)
It might rain this afternoon. (It’s possible it will rain, but unlikely.)

The second difference is in the tense of each word. The Macquarie Dictionary lists one meaning of “might” as “past tense of may”, so this should also be taken into consideration if you’re not sure which to use. The Oxford Dictionaries online suggests this distinction isn’t enforced so much these days. If you’re not sure, use “might” if you’re talking about something that’s happened, and “may” if talking about a current situation.

For example:

I may go home early if it rains. (present tense)
I might have gone home early if I’d known it was going to rain. (past tense)

Sydney Meet-up – only a few places left!
Our final Sydney meet-up for 2012 will be held next week on Tuesday 4 December from 6.30pm at the Kirribilli Club. This is your chance to meet fellow writers and the Sydney Writers’ Centre team, as well as hear from literary agent, Sophie Hamley about how to get an agent and what one can do for you.

Tickets are $10 and you can book online here.
There are only a few places left so get in quick!

Student Success
We’ve received more exciting news from one of our ONLINE COURSE: Magazine and Newspaper Writing graduates. Linda Delaney, who completed the course just a few months ago, wrote this to us:

Recently I completed the Writing for Magazines and Newspapers course, online. I loved it and it has helped me get published in Luxury Home Design magazine. I have always dreamed of writing for magazines and now I feel I have the tools and the confidence to make it a reality. My first double-page spread will be published next month (December 2012). It is the perfect complement to promoting my interior design business and an effective way to get my skills known by a broader audience than I could have imagined.

I would like to say a big thank you for the information and practical knowledge shared throughout the course.

Congratulations, Linda! We’re thrilled to hear about your success and can’t wait to read the article.

Upcoming courses
Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1

Don’t let 2012 go by without fulfilling your new year’s resolution to write! There’s still a chance for you to join our ONLINE Course: Creative Writing Stage 1, which starts soon. In this five-week course you’ll kickstart your creativity and learn how to turn those ideas in your head into a story. Lessons are delivered via our password protected online classroom so you can join us at any time, from wherever you are.

Five-week online course starting Monday 10 December 2012
(with a one-week break for Christmas)
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395
Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1

You love reading magazines. You’ve often thought of articles you’d like to write. But you’re not exactly sure about how to do this or if an editor would even be interested in your article. Join us for our final ONLINE COURSE: Magazine and Newspaper Writing for 2012. In this course you’ll learn what it takes to write a great feature and get it published.

Five-week online course starting Monday 10 December 2012
(with a one-week break for Christmas)
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Build Your Profile Using Twitter

Join us for this informative and entertaining seminar with Twitter guru, Kerri Sackville. Kerri joined Twitter just three years ago and in that time has built a devoted following and scored two book deals! In this seminar she’ll tell you how you too can build your online profile using this popular social media tool. If you’re not sure how or why you should tweet, this seminar is for you.

Two-hour evening seminar on Wednesday 12 December 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

How to Get Your Book Published

Want to know what it takes to get your book into bookstores? Our two-hour How to Get Your Book Published seminar will help you navigate the often rocky road to publication. You’ll learn how to write a book proposal, how to approach publishers, what to expect in your contract and much more.

Two-hour seminar on Wednesday 12 December 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

See Liberal Arts
Thanks to our friends at Icon Movies we have some free movie passes to give away, this time to the romantic drama Liberal Arts. Written, directed by and starring Josh Radnor (from How I Met Your Mother) this film is proving a hit with audiences and critics and recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Radnor plays Jesse; a jaded, thirtysomething whose life hasn’t worked out quite the way he’d planned. But when he returns to his old university to give a speech at his beloved former professor’s retirement dinner, Jesse meets Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) and sparks fly for the first time in a long time.

Check out more details and watch the trailer for Liberal Arts here. If you’d like to win one of 10 double passes just tell us about your favourite university or school teacher. Email your answers to courses [at] spindriftmedia [dot] com [dot] au by 5pm Friday 7 December 2012.

This week on Writing Bar – videos, James Roy, Ramona Koval
We have two fascinating interviews for you this week on Writing Bar. The first is with children’s and YA author (and Sydney Writers’ Centre Creative Writing presenter) James Roy. He spoke to us about his latest book, City, the follow-up book to his award-winning Town. We spoke to him about writing for young people and why he was initially reluctant to call himself a kids’ book author. Watch the interview here.

We also spoke to broadcaster and journalist, Ramona Koval. Ramona would be well-known to ABC radio listeners. She was part of the team there for many years and presented the popular Book Show for five years. She’s also an accomplished writer and has just released By the Book: A reader’s guide to life. We spoke to her about some of those books and the process of writing a memoir. Watch the interview here.

Plan ahead – Summer School
January is an exciting time here at the Sydney Writers’ Centre because that’s when we hold our Summer School! We want to help all our readers get their new year off to a creative start so we’ve scheduled loads of our most popular courses as weekend or daytime intensives, as well as the usual evening classes.

We’ve got everything from Screenwriting Stage 1 to Travel Writing and Food Writing. Our most popular courses, Creative Writing Stage 1 and Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1, will also be part of the Summer School. A Summer School course would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone you love – or even yourself!

Oops Word
Thanks to Get Published reader, Bambi Ward, who sent us this pic from a recent car show.

Your cute? Your cute what?! Your is the possessive of you, and refers to something that someone has. So “Your cute” doesn’t make sense. If they meant “Your cute car” that would be okay, as they would be talking about something that belongs to you.

We think they meant to say “You are cute” so they should have used the contraction “you’re”.
Gift Vouchers
It’s that time of year again – Christmas is bearing down on us and we’ve only got so many hours in the day fit in all those end-of-year parties, shopping and Christmas lunch preparation.

If anyone on your Christmas list is interested in writing we have a solution – a gift certificate from the Sydney Writers’ Centre. To save you time (and stress!) you can order a gift voucher online here or call us on 02 9929 0088 for more information on what course you should buy.

For Christmas vouchers you’ll need to get your order in by no later than 5pm Friday 21 December 2012. Once we have your order we’ll express post a certificate to you the very same day.

Christmas shopping was never so easy.

WEBPICK: The Hipster Lit Flowchart
Are you looking for ways to impress your hipster friends? Or want to know what it takes to be a hipster? Maybe you have a hipster in your family and you just can’t decide what to buy them for Christmas. Well Goodreads has the answer – The Hipster Lit Flowchart.

Starting with the ultimate in hipster lit, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, this chart will guide you through a hipster’s must-read list. Don’t like violence in your books? Try Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust. Do you buy your coffee at Starbucks? (If so, shame on you!) Then Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is for you. There’s even appropriate hipster lit for lovers of vampire novels – The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich.

Other upcoming courses
Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When: Friday 30 November 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – FULL
When: Monday 3 December 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett
When: Wednesday 5 December 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – FULL
When: Thursday 6 December 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When: Monday 10 December 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 10 December 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Valerie Khoo – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 10 December 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Seminar: Build Your Profile on Twitter with Kerri Sackville
When: Wednesday 12 December 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
When: Wednesday 12 December 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: How to create and sell your eBook with Anna Maguire – NEW COURSE
When: Thursday 13 December 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Dates for 2013
Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Week beginning Monday 7 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 7 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/
Allison Tait – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 7 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 7 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Nicola Robinson – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 7 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

WEEKEND course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter
When: Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND Course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff
When: Saturday 12 January and Sunday 13 January 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Daytime intensive course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim
When: Monday 14 January to Friday 17 January 2013 (5 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Cost: $395

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Marina Go
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 16 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 17 January 2013 for six weeks
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Cost: $450

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 17 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 17 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Daytime intensive course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman
When: Monday 21 January to Friday 25 January 2013 (5 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Cost: $395

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White – NEW DATE
When: Week beginning Monday 21 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – NEW DATE

When: Tuesday 22 January 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Daytime intensive course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White – NEW DATE
When: Tuesday 22 January and Wednesday 23 January 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Successful Freelancing with Gayle Bryant
When: Tuesday 22 January 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 29 January 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Daytime seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – NEW DATE

When: Wednesday 30 January 2013 (two-hour daytime seminar)
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Cost: $85

WEEKEND Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When: Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND Course: Write a chick-lit novel with Lisa Heidke
When: Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
When: Every Monday starting Monday 4 February 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When: Every Monday starting Monday 4 February 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Writing for the web with Grant Doyle
When: Monday 4 February 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Tony Spencer-Smith
When: Thursday 7 February 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Melbourne seminar: How to Write a Business Book with Valerie Khoo
When: Friday 8 February 2013 (half-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: $295

Melbourne weekend course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Claire Halliday – NEW DATE
When: Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Melbourne weekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Kylie Ladd – NEW DATE
When: Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Tuesday 12 February 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: How to Write a Business Book with Valerie Khoo
When: Friday 15 February 2013 (half-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: $295

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 21 February 2013 for six weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $495

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 21 February 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard – NEW DATE
When: Thursday 28 February 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle – NEW DATE
When: Friday 15 March 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
When: Monday 18 March and 25 March 2013 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: Self-publishing – How to do it with Geoff Bartlett – NEW DATE
When: Monday 25 March 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Jeni Mawter
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 27 March 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – NEW DATE
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 4 April 2013 for six weeks
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Cost: $450

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 2 with Valerie Khoo
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 1 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Program: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
When: Every Monday starting Monday 1 July 2013 for six months
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $1980 (early bird price)

Sydney Writers’ Centre

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