Australian Writers Centre- Writing in Bali & The Cowley Literary Award & Many Writing Classes

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Australian Writers' Centre
20 June 2013 Sydney: (02) 9929 0088
In this issue

  • TIP: Know your pronouns
  • Overseas tour: Writing in Bali
  • The Cowley Literary Award
  • TIP: First or firstly?
  • Plan ahead – Thriller Writing
  • WEBPICK: Portent’s Content
    Idea Generator
Valerie Khoo I’ve been busy writing this week. One of the stories I’ve been commissioned to write is for an an inflight magazine for an international airline. It’s not my first story for an inflight magazine and I love the idea that tens of  thousands of people from all over the world get to read it. I’ve loved magazines ever since I bought my first Dolly when I was 12 years old. And when I was first published in it – a lifetime ago – I was so excited.I started freelancing for magazines when I still had a fulltime corporate job. Since then I’ve been published in everything from The Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue, CLEO, Australian Financial Review magazine – and everything in between. I love crafting stories, meeting and interviewing fascinating people and I still get a buzz from seeing my byline in print.

If you’d like to write for magazines, you’ll enjoy our course Magazine and Newspaper Writing. You’ll discover:

  • Ideas – where to get them and which ones work
  • The industry – understanding the magazine/news market
  • Styles – all the different types of feature articles
  • Researching, structuring and actually writing
    your feature
  • Interviewing skills – whether it’s a CEO or circus clown, rock star or rocket scientist, learn the questions you need to ask
  • People power – who to approach to get the best subjects for your stories
  • Editor expectations of freelance writers
  • Selling your story – a step-by-step guide to successfully pitching your article or idea to a magazine
  • and MUCH more!
 
 
 

TIP: Know your pronouns

Believe it or not, there are seven different types of pronouns – seven! And understanding the difference between these different types can help you avoid common pronoun mistakes. So, here is a short definition of the seven types of pronouns.
 
Personal pronouns – can be used as a subject or object in a sentence and include I, you, he, she, it, we, they and who. They’re used to replace nouns representing people. For example:

I can see you!
He gave her flowers on her birthday.  
 
Reflexive pronouns – refers to another noun or pronoun (the subject) in a sentence and always ends in self or selves. For example:
 
Help yourselves to tea and coffee.
I’ll do it myself.
 
Possessive pronouns – indicate ownership. For example:
 
That cupcake is mine.

Demonstrative pronouns – indicate items that are near to or far from us, or demonstrate or point out specific things. For example:
 
This is Rambo’s food and that is Rex’s.
 
Relative pronouns – these are used to link a modifying clause to a noun phrase or clause, or add more information. The relative pronouns are who, whom, whose, which and that. For example:
 
This is George, who you met last year.

Interrogative pronouns – these are used to ask a question about a noun phrase. For example:
 
Who is in charge?

Indefinite pronouns – are used in place of personal pronouns where you are referring to a broad range of things or people. For example:
 
 Everyone was invited to the party.


Sydney Meetup with
Jessica Shirvington

Tickets are selling fast for our next informal networking event on Tuesday 2 July 2013. This is your chance to get together with fellow graduates and the wider community of the Australian Writers’ Centre, hear from a great presenter, and hopefully leave just that little bit more inspired to achieve your writing dreams.

Date: Tuesday 2 July 2013
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Where: The Kirribilli Club, Milsons Point
(right next door to us)
Who: Australian Writers’ Centre graduate and best-selling YA author, Jessica Shirvington will join us to talk about her incredible writing journey.
 
Tickets cost $10 each to cover venue costs. Any excess funds will be donated to the Doggie Rescue charity. Numbers are strictly limited!

You can buy your tickets here. Can’t wait to see you there!

 
ONLINE COURSE:
Magazine WritingWhatever you’re interested in – sport, politics, parenting, anything! – there could be a feature article in it. Our five week Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing will show you what it takes to kickstart your new writing career. You’ll learn all about generating ideas, writing features and selling your story to editors.

Five week online course starting the week beginning Monday 24 June 2013
Time
: Whenever it suits you
Cost: $395


Writing Picture Books
Think writing a picture book is simple? Maybe not. In this five-week course, editor and picture books expert Cathie Tasker will show you the secrets to writing a wonderful picture book. You’ll learn about language and rhythm, how to find the right voice for your book and how to get it published.

Five-week course starting Tuesday 25 June 2013
Time:
6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

 


From Blog to Book
Imagine turning your blog into a book. It can be done – just ask Kerri Sackville, successful blogger and now two-time author. Kerri will tell you all about how you too can turn your blog into a book deal. You’ll leave this two-hour session with a blueprint on how to build your online profile and become a published author.

Thursday 27 June 2013
Time:
6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

 
 

Overseas tour: Writing the Senses in Bali

What? It’s June already? If you’re like us you’re probably already thinking about that well earned break later in the year. And what better way to spend a week off than indulging your passion for writing in the beautiful surrounds of Ubud, Bali.

Staying in your own room at a beautiful resort set on the outskirts of Ubud, you will be able to write every day and explore the ancient culture of Bali. Each morning for five days you’ll take part in workshops designed to re-awaken the senses and enhance your writing. The afternoons are yours to explore the town and countryside of Ubud.

This tour always fills quickly so ensure your place by booking early.

Writing the Senses in Bali with Patti Miller
Dates:
Saturday 10 August to Saturday 17 August 2013

You can find out more or download an itinerary here.


The Cowley Literary Award

The Cowley Literary Award is a new short story competition open to writers all over the world. Administered by Australian Art Sales, the competition is for fiction or non-fiction stories of up to 4,000 words. There is no set theme – you can write on whatever you want.
 
First prize will be $4,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,000. The competition has been open since January and judges – including bestselling novelist, Belinda Alexander; journalist and writer Sally Bryant; and author and journalist Mark Dapin – have already selected finalists for the months of January to May.

You have until Sunday 30 June 2013 to enter and details and an entry form can be found here.


TIP: First or firstly?

When referring to a number of points in your writing, should you use “first” and “second”, or “firstly” then “secondly”? Here’s what Grammar Girl suggests:
 
“First” and “second” are better choices than “firstly” and “secondly” for two reasons:

  • The shorter versions serve the same purpose as the longer versions. Shorter is often considered better in such cases.
  • The “-ly” forms get awkward when you reach bigger numbers–“seventhly,” “eighthly,” and so on.

Recently, I saw someone complaining that all uses of enumeration are clumsy elementary-school style, but I disagree and still use enumeration in my writing when it seems appropriate. I believe enumeration can make arguments easier to follow. Of course, sometimes, a bulleted list is a better choice than any kind of enumeration.
 
Our Fairfax Style Guide agrees – always use “first”, never “firstly”.


 

Plan ahead – Thriller Writing

 

Want to know how to make your thriller an engaging, edge-of-your-seat novel that readers won’t be able to put down? Let best-selling author of The Genesis Flaw and Thirst, LA Larkin, show you how in this five-week course.

You’ll learn the eight “must haves” of a good thriller, the dos and don’ts of action scenes, how to build pace and suspense in your novel, and much more.

  Book now
   


Did you know

Baz Lurhmann’s flamboyant adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has already grossed millions of dollars in ticket sales worldwide. Sales for the book have also skyrocketed – according to The New York Times, sales have increased from around 50,000 copies a year to 280,000 in 2013.  
 
So it may be a surprise to learn that when Fitzgerald first published The Great Gatsby in 1925 it sold only 30,000 copies, despite the critics loving it. In fact, Fitzgerald never made a lot of money from his books – and what he did make was usually spent quickly as he and his partner Zelda drifted from party to party. His final royalty cheque, which he received in 1940 not long before his death, was for the grand total of $13.13, for the sale of only 40 copies of his books.


WEBPICK: Portent’s Content
Idea Generator

Got a vague idea of what you want to write about for your latest blog post but just can’t think of the right angle? Or do you just need a catchy title to draw readers in? Try Portent’s Content Idea Generator.

Just type in your subject – for example, cats – and the content generator will give you your topic. Okay, so they’re usually humorous, but you’ll also get some useful tips on how the choices you make about your blog post titles will help you build an audience.
 
And just for your interest, my next blog post about cats may just be called “8 ways knowing about cats will land you in jail.”
 
Check it out here.


 
“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.”Words of wisdom from – Catherine Drinker Bowen
 
 
 

Upcoming courses

 
Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait
When: Week beginning Monday 24 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Week beginning Monday 1 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

New dateOnline Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
When: Week beginning Monday 1 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

New dateOnline Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
When: Week beginning Monday 8 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 15 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Sydney coursesSeminar: How to Create and Sell Your eBook with Anna Maguire – FULL
When: Thursday 20 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85Weekend Course: Write a Chick-Lit Novel with Lisa Heidke
When: Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry – FULL
When: Monday 24 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 25 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When: Thursday 27 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Weekend course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Weekend course: Writing About Food with Carli Ratcliff – FULL
When: Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Program: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman – FULL
When: Every Monday starting Monday 1 July 2013 for six months
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $2150

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Holly Nott
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 4 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

New dateSeminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
When: Wednesday 10 July 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Daytime seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
When: Friday 12 July 2013 (two-hour morning seminar)
Time: 10 am – 12 noon
Cost: $85

Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
When: Tuesday 16 July and 23 July 2013 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
When: Wednesday 17 July 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 17 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 18 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When: Friday 19 July 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
When: Monday 22 July 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Monday starting Monday 22 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 24 July 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Build Your Profile Using Twitter with Kerri Sackville
When: Wednesday 24 July 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Weekend course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When: Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

New dateCourse: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 30 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard
When: Wednesday 31 July 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Course: History, Mystery and Magic with Kate Forsyth
When: Saturday 3 August and Sunday 4 August 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 7 August 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

New dateSeminar: How to Create and Sell Your eBook with Anna Maguire
When: Thursday 8 August 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

New dateSeminar: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
When: Wednesday 14 August 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Weekend course: Life Writing with Patti Miller
When: Saturday 31 August and Saturday 7 September 2013 (2 Saturdays)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

New dateCourse: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 5 September 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 15 October 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 17 October 2013 for six weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $495

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 23 October 2013 for
five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

OVERSEAS WRITING TOURSWriting the Senses in Bali with Patti Miller
When: Saturday 10 August to Saturday 17 August 2013

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Thursday 24 October to Saturday 9 November 2013

Writing About Food in Vietnam with Carli Ratcliff
Dates for 2014 TBC

  Thanks for signing up to this newsletter.Wishing you much writing success,

Valerie KhooAbout Valerie:
Valerie Khoo is a journalist, author of six books and founder of the Australian Writers’ Centre. Valerie writes regularly for smh.com.au, theage.com.au, brisbanetimes.com.au, watoday.com.au, canberratimes.com.au and businessday.com.au. The Australian Writers’ Centre runs a range of popular writing courses in Sydney, Melbourne and online. She is author of Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business (Wiley).

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