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The Screening Room- 22nd Arizona International Film Festival Irish Night & Other Must Sees

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 IS
IRISH CINEMA NIGHT
AT THE SCREENING ROOM, 127 E. CONGRESS

6:00 p.m.

IRISH SHORTS   
A collection of short films that will warm the cockles of your heart including:
Admission $6

8:00 p.m.
The Pier
Gerard Hurley, Ireland, 2011, 83 min.
When Jack is lured by his estranged father of 20 years to return home to rural Ireland, he is furious to find his father alive and well. Unexpected love, death, and redemption are central to this poignant tale that rings a universal chord in the human heart.
Admission $8

MUST SEE FRIDAY NIGHT FILMS
ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26
AT THE SCREENING ROOM, 127 E. CONGRESS

6:00 p.m. 

LOVE SHORTS
If you believe that love makes the world go around, then you need to see these love shorts: AniversarioChicken;Pauline, Etienne; and Prometeo.
Admission $6

8:00 p.m.

John Adams/Toby Poser, USA, 2013, 79 min.
Jack lives an artist’s avant garde lifestyle of substance abuse for creative inspiration during all-night screen-printing sessions.
Suddenly, his routine is turned upside-down when he has to take care of his little niece, who may very well end up taking care of him instead. Filmmaker will be present to answer questions after the screening.
Admission $8

10:00 p.m.
Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro, Brazil, 2011, 89 min.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
In a devastated, post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus the absolute evil. Who will prevail in this epic Brazilian zombie film?
Admission $6

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Australian Writers’ Centre- SD Harvey Short Story Award & Best Australian Blogs 2013 & How to Write a Chick-Lit Novel & Many Writing Course

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24 April 2013
Sydney: (02) 9929 0088
 

In this issue

  • Perth meetup this Friday
  • TIP: Do you overuse quote marks?
  • SD Harvey Short Story Award
  • Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competitionfinalists announced
  • Plan ahead – How to Write a Chick-Lit Novel
  • WEBPICK: The Last Bookstop
Valerie Khoo

I’m writing this week’s newsletter from Brisbane and I’m so excited to meet our wonderful Australian Writers’ Centre community here tonight at the Empire Hotel. This is our very first Brisbane meetup so I look forward to seeing you there. If you are a last minute signup, click here for details.

Yesterday, this book landed on my desk and I just can’t wait to get stuck into it. Written by AWC graduate Allison Rushby, The Heiresses published by Pan Macmillan, is the story of triplets “estranged since birth, who are suddenly brought together and forced to compete for their inheritance in 1920s London.”

I’m heading to Perth tomorrow so guess what I’ll be taking on the plane with me! (More details on our Perth meetup this week below).

If you’re interested in writing fiction, a great place to start is Creative Writing Stage 1. You’ll discover how to:

  • Kick-start the creative writing process
  • Tap into your imagination to let the ideas flow
  • Draw from everyday experiences and memories
  • Examine the many different types of creative writing
  • Build a framework – giving structure to your writing
  • Create memorable characters and bring dialogue
    to life
  • and MUCH more!

See you in Perth on Friday

I know this is short notice, but we’re holding an informal meetup in Perth THIS Friday 26 April 2013. This is open to anyone in the Australian Writers’ Centre community – or simply anyone interested in finding out more about writing.

I’ll hold an informal Q&A to chat about writing, publishing, blogging and so on – so feel free to join us! I would love to see you. However, you MUST RSVPDetails are here.


TIP: Do you overuse quote marks?

People often make the mistake of overusing quote marks.

Check out this passage:
“I went to the grocery store,” says Melanie. “I bought milk, sugar and marmalade. But they had run out of butter so I had to go to the shopping centre.

“On my way there, I stopped at the post office in order to mail a package to my auntie in Queensland.”

Notice that there are no closed quote marks at the end of the first paragraph.

Some people say that a closed quote mark should be inserted at the end of the first paragraph. This is WRONG. Because Melanie hasn’t finished talking, you DO NOT close the quote mark.

However, as her quote continues in the next paragraph, you DO open the new paragraph with
an opening quote mark
.

The bottom line: The quote marks in the above passage are correct.


SD Harvey Short Story Award

Pay attention, crime writers. The 2013 SD Harvey Short Story Award is now open for new and established writers. Part of the Ned Kelly Awards, this is a chance for budding crime writers to put their short story writing skills to use and see their story published in the Sydney Morning Herald and Scribe’s short story anthology, New Australian Stories. Named in honour of true-crime writer and journalist, Sandra Harvey, the award recognises the importance of short stories in Australian crime writing.

Stories of up to 4000 words are welcome, in the form of fiction or non-fiction. This year’s word is ‘Echo’ and this must appear in the title and within the story. Entries close on Friday 31 May 2013.

Click here for more information.

Grammar and Punctuation

 

Grammar and punctuation don’t have to be scary. Even if you’ve never learnt the rules before, after this one-day seminar inGrammar and Punctuation Essentials, you need never fear apostrophes again! Learn how to avoid common mistakes and apply grammar rules to yours and others’ writing. You’ll leave with a comprehensive workbook and a new confidence in grammar and punctuation.

One-day seminar on Wednesday 8 May 2013
Time:
 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

 


Introduction to Novel Writing

If you’ve done one of our introductory writing courses, and want to see where your newly-honed skills could take you, Introduction to Novel Writing will help make your book become a reality. Whether you’ve started a project, or are still toying with the idea, you will learn everything from voice and characterisation and grammar to punctuation, as well as getting a chance to workshop your material with your classmates.

Six-week course starting Thursday 9 May 2013
Time:
 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $495


Editing Essentials

Reviewing and editing someone else’s writing can be a little intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Editing Essentials will equip you with the skills and confidence you need to bring clarity to any piece of writing. You will learn all the rules and standard conventions you will ever need to know to edit with speed, accuracy and efficiency.

One-day seminar on
Friday 16 May 2013
Time
: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $450

Screenwriting Stage 1

Five-week course starting
Wednesday 1 May 2013
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Only 5 places left


Finalists announced in the Best Australian
Blogs 2013 Competition

It’s been an exciting week with the 25 finalists in the annual Best Australian Blogs 2013 Competition being announced.

Congratulations to all of the talented bloggers who will compete for the title of “Best Australian blogger” for 2013 with the big announcement happening on 1 May.

The finalists were selected from the 1,122 blogs entered in this year’s competition with five finalists announced in each of the competition categories: Lifestyle (408 entries), Personal/Parenting (350 entries), Business (84 entries), Commentary (119 entries) and Words/Writing (161 entries).

You can read the full list of finalists here.


TIP: Words that are killing your prose

Here’s a tip from The Write Practice on four words you should avoid if you want your fiction to be a joy to read.

1. So
Come on, you’re a writer. Be more descriptive.

Don’t say she was so pretty. Say she was gorgeous.

2. Very
Just like “so,” you can be more descriptive. I know you can. “Very” is a crutch. It’s a clue that you’re not being precise.

The room was very quiet.

The room was silent.

3. Just
We know something just happened. If it happened 30 years ago, you’d tell us. Otherwise we’ll assume it just happened.

4. That
Sometimes “that” is necessary (like in the title of this post). Every time you use “that” take a good look at the sentence and decide if it’s vital. Normally, it’s not.


Did you know? White Elephant

When we talk about a white elephant, we’re referring to an annoyingly useless thing, or a possession of great value but entailing great expense to maintain. Some notorious white elephants in Australia include Sydney’s monorail and Cross City Tunnel, and Docklands in Melbourne.

Interestingly, the origin of the phrase has absolutely nothing to do with infrastructure or buildings. It goes back to the days of Siam (now Thailand) when white elephants (they do actually exist!) were highly prized animals. Back then white elephants were automatically given to the king. They weren’t to be used as work elephants, ridden or mistreated in any way but keeping them was very expensive.

To rid himself of these white elephants, the king started foisting them on courtiers he didn’t like by giving them as special royal gifts, thus passing the financial cost of keeping the white elephant on to its new owner.

The phrase eventually made its way to England around the mid-18th century and has proved a particularly useful idiom for modern use.


Plan ahead – How to Write a Chick-Lit Novel

If you’re a fan of authors such as Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Helen Fielding, then you already know the appeal of good chick-lit. So why not join us to find out how you could be writing it!

Join Australian author Lisa Heidke for our two-day How to Write a Chick-Lit Novelcourse. She’s written four best-selling chick-lit novels including Stella Makes Goodand Claudia’s Big Break, so who better to teach you how to write for this growing genre. You’ll learn all about the chick-lit market and why it’s so popular, and how to craft your own chick-lit manuscript. By the end of this two-day course, you’ll be well on your way to writing your own chick-lit novel.

Book now

Oops Word

If you’re going to commit a grammatical transgression, you might as well do it in a
big way.

Our thanks to Bill Harper (@BillHarper) who spotted this sign in a shop that seems inordinately fond of apostrophes.

While the first apostrophe is totally acceptable since Ed presumably owns the computers in the store – at least till you buy them of course – the second one shouldn’t be there since you never use apostrophes to create a plural.

 

 


WEBPICK: The Last Bookshop

 

It’s a terrifying thought, but imagine if there were only one bookshop left in the world? The makers of The Last Bookshop have wondered just that and created this short film to highlight the decline of independent bookshops in the UK.

The film is the story of a young boy who comes across the last remaining bookshop. Inside he discovers the store’s owner has been waiting over 25 years for a customer. While the film ponders the state of bookstores in England, it’s a conversation we’ve had here in Australia too.

There’s been lots of buzz online about the film and has just passed over 2,000 views. Even HuffPost featured the film in their books section. So check it out, then head straight to your local bookstore.

Watch the film here.


“I find television very educating. Every time
somebody turns on the set, I go into the other
room and read a book.”

Words of wisdom from – Groucho Marx

Upcoming courses

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
When: Week beginning Monday 29 April 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
When: Week beginning Monday 6 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Week beginning Monday 13 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait
When: Week beginning Monday 13 May 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 13 May 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 13 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Sydney coursesCourse: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 1 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
When: Thursday 2 May 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
When: Friday 3 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Writing for the web with Grant Doyle
When: Monday 6 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 8 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 9 May 2013 for six weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $495

Daytime seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Jen Bishop – FULL
When: Friday 10 May 2013 (two-hour morning seminar)
Time: 10 am – 12 noon
Cost: $85

Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth
When: Every Monday starting Monday 13 May 2013 for two weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 14 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Jen Bishop – FULL
When: Thursday 16 May 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Thursday 16 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with James Roy
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 23 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard
When: Thursday 23 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Seminar: Build Your Profile Using Twitter with Kerri Sackville
When: Monday 27 May 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett
When: Tuesday 28 May 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When: Thursday 30 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Weekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman
When: Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Weekend course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When: Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When: Tuesday 4 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
When: Wednesday 5 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 5 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 11 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Jeni Mawter
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 12 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

New dateDaytime seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Jen Bishop
When: Thursday 13 June 2013 (two-hour morning seminar)
Time: 10 am – 12 noon
Cost: $85

Seminar: Self-Publishing: How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
When: Monday 17 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

New dateSeminar: How to Create and Sell Your eBook with Anna Maguire
When: Thursday 20 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Weekend 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

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

Weekend course: Life Writing with Patti Miller
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
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: 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: Successful Freelancing with Gayle Bryant
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

New dateCourse: 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: 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

OVERSEAS WRITING TOURS

Writing in 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

 

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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University of Arizona Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry- OPEN HOUSE May 2, 2013

Confluencenter For Creative Inquiry, Upcoming Events Newsletter
 

 Please join the Confluencenter staff and board
to celebrate a year of innovative programs:  Show & Tell @ Playground, Creative Collaborations, What it Means to Be Human, Beyond Boundaries and more.
We will announce the recipients of the Faculty Collaboration and Innovation Grants and introduce our newest Graduate Fellows!  We’ll also unveil Volume II of the Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.  
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Live music at this event which will be held on Thurs., May 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry is located at
1133 E. Helen between Park and Mountain
The courtesy of a reply is requested
at:  RSVP@confluencenter.org or at (520) 621-4587

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Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry | 1133 E. Helen Street | Tucson | AZ | 85719

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