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Australian Writers' Centre
18 July 2013
Sydney: (02) 9929 0088
 In this issue

  • TIP: May versus might
  • More student success
  • TIP: All intents and purposes
  • This year’s best reads (so far)
  • Plan ahead – Business Writing Essentials
  • WEBPICK: BookMooch
Valerie Khoo One of the best things about my job is receiving emails from our students, or notifications on the graduates’ forum, about their successes. Every day a student contacts us excited that they are being paid for an article in a magazine, newspaper or prominent online site. These include Marie Claire, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Mindfoods, Essential Kids, The Good Weekend and many more.If you’d like to be paid to write articles you’ll love our courseMagazine and Newspaper Writing. We provide you with a step-by-step framework so that you have the exact tools and skills you need to get published – and get paid.

You’ll learn about:

  • Ideas – where to get them and which ones work
  • The industry – understanding the magazine/newsmarket
  • 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: May versus might

Following on from last week’s tip on modal auxiliary verbs, some of you wondered about the difference between two of those verbs – 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 firstdifference 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 mightas “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:
may go home early if it rains. (present tense)
might have gone home early if I’d known it was going to rain. (past tense)


Join me for two extraordinary days

On Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August 2013 I’ll be joining some incredible speakers for the Commonwealth Bank Wired for Wonder conference. This unique event brings together entrepreneurs, business owners and enterprises, to talk about the key topics effecting business today, such as wellbeing and success, where science is taking us, and women in technology.

And, thanks to the Commonwealth Bank, you couldwin a two-day ticket valued at $1390. For more details on the conference and information on how to enter, visit Writing Bar.


More Student Success

We’ve had some more amazing news from some of our graduates this week. So many of you are on a roll!

Magazine and Newspaper Writing graduate Gabriel McGrath has just had his first article published in the current issue of Jetstar magazine – a double-page spread, no less! Congratulations, Gabriel.

We also heard from Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 graduate Persephone Nicholas. Earlier this year, we reported her big win in the National Seniors Literary Prize. The award meant her novel Burnedwould be published as an eBook by Random House Australia. Well, the news just keeps getting better.Burned is now being published as a print editionand will be available in bookstores from August. Congratulations, Persephone!

There are so many student successes to report this week we couldn’t possibly include them all here. So visit Writing Bar for this week’s round-up.

NEW COURSE:
History, Mystery and Magic
We’re thrilled that Creative Writing Stage 1 presenter Kate Forsyth is launching her new course, History, Mystery and Magic with us in August. If you’re interested in writing a medieval supernatural thriller, or a time travel romance, or just want to explore history and mythology in your writing, this is the course for you. You’ll learn the key conventions of the most popular genres, storytelling patterns and structures, suspense and the art of surprise, and much more.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August 2013
Time:
 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $395

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November 2013
Time:
 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: $395


Editing Essentials
Whether you’re checking your company’s newsletter, an annual report or a government tender, understanding the editing process will make this job a lot easier! Our one-dayEditing Essentials seminar will show you how to turn even the clumsiest writing into a successful document. You’ll learn how to edit for structure and style, how to avoid common errors, and how to use editing and proofreading symbols. This seminar is also perfect for anyone wanting an introduction into the world of editing.

One day seminar
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Time:
 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $450


Create and Sell Your eBook
It’s possible to achieve great success publishing your own eBook, but if you’re embarking on e-publishing, you need to arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to give your book the best chance. Join Anna Maguire for this two-hour seminar on all things eBook. You’ll learn which format is best for you, where you can sell your eBook, how to promote your eBook, and much more.

Evening seminar on Thursday 25 July 2013
Time:
 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Writing the
Senses in Bali
with Patti Miller
Saturday 10 August to
Saturday 17 August 2013
Only 3 places left!


TIP: All intents and purposes

Another common phrase error that we are seeing more and more is “to all intensive purposes”. The correct term is actually “to all intents and purposes“. It’s an old English law term that first came into use in the 1500s. It means “for all practical purposes” and is generally used to compare two acts or deeds.

For example:
We’ve got a few things to finish, but to all intents and purposes the job is done.

“To all intensive purposes” is never right. It’s just another example of how we write what we hear.


This year’s best reads (so far)

The year certainly is flying by. We’ve passed the halfway mark and are now hurtling our way towards Christmas. But why wait for the end of the year for the “best books of the year” lists to come out? Amazon is already compiling theirs and have put together the “Best Books of 2013 So Far”. So, if you need some reading inspiration to get you through to the end of the year, check out the full list atbusinessinsider.com.

There’s plenty of fiction here, including Philipp Meyer’s latest, The Son, and a debut novel by Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni. There’s also a short story collection (Tenth of December by George Saunders), some non-fiction (After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey) and young adult fiction (Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell).


Plan ahead – Business Writing Essentials

In business writing, it’s not just what you say – it’s how you say it. And knowing thegolden rules of good business writing means you’ll always be able to make a great first impression. Our one-day Business Writing Essentials seminar will show you how to ensure you make the right first impression every time.

In just one day you’ll learn the rules you need to write clear and concise correspondence, a step-by-step guide to writing business documents, how to use apostrophes correctly and how to write salutations and sign-offs. You’ll also be given valuable templates that you can use when structuring letters and emails.

Want to know more about your presenter, Kate Hennessy? Check out her presenter profile on Writing Bar.

Book now

Oops Word

This was spotted in an e-newsletter recently.

If you read this out loud to yourself you’ll hear the error. Plural subjects (“best hot chips”) need a plural verb. So, “Where’s the best hot chips in Sydney?” should read “Where are the best hot chips in Sydney?”


WEBPICK: BookMooch

Admit it – you’re bookshelves are overflowing, with books read and unread, but you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of any of them. Even if doing that would leave room for more books! But would you be more inclined to clear space on your bookshelf if you could swap books?

BookMooch is an online community for exchanging books. It’s available worldwide, so you can swap books with members from any country, in any language. Members can send books to other members – for one point if sending locally, three points if you’re sending overseas – and receive books in return. When you register for BookMooch, you get 1/10 of a point for every book you enter into the system. To keep receiving books, you need to give away at least one book for every two you receive.

So easy! Check it out here.


“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”Words of wisdom from – Ernest Hemingway

Upcoming courses

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
When: Week beginning Monday 22 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait
When: Week beginning Monday 22 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 29 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Week beginning Monday 5 August 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 5 August 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

New dateOnline Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 12 August 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

New dateOnline Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 2 September 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

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

Seminar: How to Create and Sell Your eBook with Anna Maguire
When: Thursday 25 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

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
When: Tuesday 30 July 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

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

Course: History, Mystery and Magic with Kate Forsyth – 1 PLACE LEFT
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

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
When: Wednesday 14 August 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When: Thursday 15 August 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

New dateDaytime seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
When: Thursday 22 August 2013 (two-hour morning seminar)
Time: 10 am – 12 noon
Cost: $85

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When: Wednesday 28 August 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

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 dateSeminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
When: Wednesday 11 September 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 12 September 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

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

Weekend course: Writing About Food with Carli Ratcliff
When: Saturday 12 October and Sunday 13 October 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 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

Seminar: Self-Publishing: How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
When: Wednesday 16 October 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

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

Weekend Course: Write a Chick-Lit Novel with Lisa Heidke
When: Saturday 19 October and Sunday 20 October 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

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

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

New dateCourse: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
When: Tuesday 19 November and 26 November 2013 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

OVERSEAS WRITING TOURSWriting the Senses in Bali with Patti Miller – 3 PLACES LEFT
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 Khoo

About Valerie:
Valerie Khoo is a journalist, author of six books and founder of the Australian Writers’ Centre. Valerie writes regularly for smh.com.autheage.com.au,brisbanetimes.com.auwatoday.com.aucanberratimes.com.au andbusinessday.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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