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Australian Writers’ Centre- NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month & Many Writing Courses

Australian Writers’ Centre- NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month & Many Writing Courses

31 October 2013 Get Published | Sydney: (02) 9929 0088
TIP: Is nominalisation okay?
More Student Success
TIP: Whose or who’s
Wordwise: Halloween or Hallowe’en?
Plan ahead – Screenwriting Stage 1
WEBPICK: Poetry Daily

50,000 words. 30 days. 1 manuscript.

You can do it. This Friday 1 November, thousands of people from all over the world will be taking up the challenge. I’m talking about NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. That’s right, the aim is to write a novel – or 50,000 words – in 30 days. That’s an average of 1667 words per day.

Last year, a whopping 341,375 people took part. So if you’ve ever wanted to kickstart your novel, this might be just the month to do it. You certainly won’t be alone!

Australian Writers’ Centre presenter Lisa Heidke (who teaches How to Write a Chick Lit Novel) wrote the first draft of what became her novel What Katie Did Next during NaNoWriMo. Fellow presenter Allison Tait started her middle grade fantasy during a previous NaNoWriMo.

It’s not just a gimmick. NaNoWriMo could be the catalyst you’re looking for. We even have an AWC Facebook Group just for NaNoWriMo participants being facilitated by Allison Tait. It’s a great place where you can support each other, ask questions, share your successes and get some motivation for what’s bound to be your awesome novel. You might even see me in there this coming month!

If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, you can find out more at our post on Writing Bar here.

This week we received this question from one Get Published reader:

I find it disturbing to hear verbs used as nouns. e.g. “I’ll send you an invite”, or “I have a quote”. Am I old-fashioned in thinking it should be “invitation” and “quotation”?

What she’s referring to is what grammarians call nominalisation, and it’s been happening for as long as we’ve been speaking English.

There are plenty of examples of verbs that have been nominalised and become so commonly used in that form that they’re now accepted by most writers and readers. Many of English’s more recent nominalisations have come about through technology. For example, to Google or googling. Business-speak also gives us plenty of examples of verbs as nouns, for example:

Let’s find a solve for this problem.
Now for the big reveal!

We could find no resource that outlawed nominalisation completely, but it can cause consternation to your readers if you over-use it, or use verbed nouns that people aren’t familiar with. So if you’re not sure you haven’t inadvertently created your own verb, check the dictionary or use the appropriate noun.
Lots of firsts for some of our former students this week.

Rob Grant, who completed the Travel Writing course with Sue White in January, posted this on our Facebook page:

“Thanks to Sue White, this group and a bucketful of luck, I finally landed one…”

What he landed was an article in The Weekend Australian’s travel section. That’s a big achievement, and we think it was more than luck that got him there.

Congratulations, Rob.

We also heard from Alecia Wood. She completed the Travel Writing course in 2011 and the Writing About Food course in 2012 and just had her first print article published in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food section. Well done, Alecia!

For more student success stories check out the Writing Bar.
Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1
Starts the week beginning Monday 4 November 2013

Grammar and Punctuation Essentials
Thursday 7 November 2013

Daytime Blogging for Beginners
Thursday 14 November 2013
Many people confuse the words ‘whose’ and ‘who’s’ when writing. Just remember, ‘who’s’ is a contraction of ‘who is’ or ‘who has’. For example:

Who’s going to clean the bathroom?
Who’s taken Rambo for a walk?

‘Whose’ means of, belonging, or relating to whom (Macquarie Australian Dictionary) and is used in sentences such as:

Whose turn is it to clean the bathroom?
Whose dog is Rambo?
It seems Halloween has finally gained a foothold in Australia (well, if the houses in my street are anything to go by it has) so here’s a useful tip on its spelling.

In the US, it’s not unusual to see Halloween spelt with an apostrophe – Hallowe’en. That’s because the Celtic festival that has morphed into Halloween was originally called All Hallows’ Evening, or All Hallows’ Eve. Over time, the name was shortened to Halloween, but some writers like to include the apostrophe for the missing v in evening – hence Hallowe’en.
It’s not too late to fulfill that new year’s resolution you made way back in January to get started on your film script. Our last Screenwriting Stage 1 course starts soon and this is your chance to get that film idea out of your head and onto the page.

During this course, you’ll have an opportunity to develop a script you’re working on, or get started on a new script, and receive feedback from an industry professional. By focusing on the three essential elements of a good script – character, story and structure – you’ll gain confidence in your writing abilities and get that script written!

 

We spotted this oops word on Twitter recently.

This balloon company “fly’s” over the Gold Coast – or do they mean “flies”? Unless they’re talking about something belonging to the fly, and it’s clear that’s not what they’re saying, they should be using “flies”.

 

If you’re interested in poetry – whether as a writer or a reader – then Poetry Daily is well worth checking out. Each day a new poem is posted from new collections, magazines and journals. The aim of the site is to make it easier for lovers of poetry to find new work.

You can visit for the daily poem or check out archives and read poems from the last year. You can also sign up for the Poetry Daily newsletter, which will keep you up to date on poetry news and reviews. This is an American site so most of the poets featured are from the US, but they do aim to publish works by any poets writing in English.

Check it out here.

“I can shake off everything when I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
Words of wisdom from – Anne Frank

 

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
Week beginning Monday 4 November 2013 for five weeks
Online Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 4 November 2013 for five weeks
Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait
Week beginning Monday 4 November 2013 for five weeks
Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
Week beginning Monday 4 November 2013 for five weeks
Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/
Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 11 November 2013 for five weeks
Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
Week beginning Monday 25 November 2013 for five weeks
Course: History, Mystery and Magic with Kate Forsyth
Saturday 2 November and Sunday 3 November 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
Thursday 7 November 2013 (one-day seminar)
Evening seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Tuesday 12 November 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Daytime seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Thursday 14 November 2013 (two-hour morning seminar)
Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
Starting Tuesday 19 November 2013 for five weeks
Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
Tuesday 19 November and 26 November 2013 (2 evening classes)
Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter
Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Seminar: Build Your Profile Using Twitter with Kerri Sackville
Wednesday 27 November 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Seminar: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
Wednesday 27 November 2013 (one-day seminar)
Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
Thursday 28 November 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Seminar: How to Create and Sell Your eBook with Anna Maguire
Monday 2 December 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
Wednesday 4 December 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth
Wednesday 4 December and 11 December 2013 (2 evening classes)
Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
Wednesday 4 December 2013 (one-day seminar)
Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
Wednesday 11 December 2013 (one-day seminar)
Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
Thursday 12 December 2013 (one-day seminar)

2014
Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
Saturday 11 January and Sunday 12 January 2014 (2 consecutive days)
Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Starting Wednesday 15 January 2014 for five weeks
Daytime course: Life Writing with Patti Miller
Starting Thursday 16 January 2014 for six weeks
Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Holly Nott
Starting Thursday 16 January 2014 for five weeks
Weekend Course: Write a Chick-Lit Novel with Lisa Heidke
Saturday 18 January and Sunday 19 January 2014 (2 consecutive days)
Weekend course: Writing About Food with Carli Ratcliff
Saturday 18 January and Sunday 19 January 2014 (2 consecutive days)
Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
Starting Wednesday 29 January 2014 for five weeks
Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February 2014 (2 consecutive days)
Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 8 February and Sunday 9 February 2014 (2 consecutive days)
Weekend course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
Saturday 15 February and Sunday 16 February 2014 (2 consecutive days)
Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
Starting Thursday 20 February 2014 for six weeks
Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
Starting Thursday 20 February 2014 for five weeks
Weekend course: Fantasy, Science Fiction and More with Pamela Freeman
Saturday 5 April and Sunday 6 April 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Writing About Food in Vietnam with Carli Ratcliff – NEW DATE
When: Friday 16 May to Saturday 24 May 2014
Writing the Senses in Bali with Patti Miller – NEW DATE
When: Saturday 12 July to Saturday 19 July 2014
Writing in Oxford with Kate Forsyth – NEW TOUR
When: Sunday 7 September to Sunday 14 September 2014
Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Thursday 24 October to Saturday 9 November 2013

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About 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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