Australian Writers’ Centre- Two Thousand Fifteen

Australian Writers’ Centre- Two Thousand Fifteen
Hi
Happy New Year! I’m so thrilled to kick off the new year with some exciting news. It’s been two years in the making but I can finally announce that the wonderfully talented and experienced David Leser is joining the team at the Australian Writers’ Centre.

David will be teaching Profile Writing – drawing on his many years as an acclaimed interviewer and writer for magazines like Good Weekend, Australian Women’s Weekly and Vanity Fair. He has written profiles on everyone ranging from Justin Bieber and Shane Warne to Carla Bruni and Collette Dinnigan.

If you are an emerging or experienced feature writer, this course is a must – and it’s almost sold out already!

It runs for three hours on Saturday 28 February, during which you will learn:

  • How to write a compelling profile in the right voice
  • Pacing of your story and the best lead to grab your reader
  • Using quotes, metaphors and similes
  • When to ask the tough questions, and the essentials to research
  • Checking sources and MORE!

Let’s make 2015 amazing.
New year, new you!

 

Start 2015 with some wicked skills!
Summer
The new year is barely hours old and we’re already excited about our courses launching next week! It really is the perfect time to smash those newly minted 2015 resolutions. Take your pick:
Enrol now!
Your online course starts:
The week beginning 5 January 2015

Have suitcase, will write.
Book now

Enrol now!
Your online course starts:
The week beginning 5 January 2015

Where a picture is not actually worth
1000 words…
Book now

Enrol now!
Your online course starts:
The week beginning 5 January 2015

Making a byline for yourself in feature writing.
Book now

Q&A: Resolved
New Years

 

Q: Happy New Year AWC!
A: Thanks, and you too. May 2015 be filled with many more questions and answers.
Q: Absolutely! And on the subject of New Year’s – do I write it like that, with the apostrophe, as in “what did you do for New Year’s”?
A: Yeah, you do, because it’s been shortened from “New Year’s Eve” or “New Year’s Day” presumably. To say “New Years” implies a plural and makes no sense. If you WERE talking about multiple ones, we’d recommend “for the past three New Year’s Days, I’ve seen the sunrise”…
Q: And is it in caps?
A: Any time you are referring in some way to the day/eve/transition itself as a title, then yes you would capitalise New Year. But you wouldn’t when just speaking generically, such as “we’ll discuss your pay rise in the new year” or “it’s a new year and I’m feeling a little hungover”.
Q: What about New Year’s resolutions? Or is it New Year resolutions?
A: Good to see you dropped the capital R off “resolutions” – although it can be okay in headlines. It’s usually the first one, “New Year’s resolutions”, as they belong to the “New Year”… although we wouldn’t bat many eyelids at the second one. Just don’t use “New Years resolutions” – that’s fifty shades of wrong. Speaking of which, do you have any resolutions?
Q: I’m going to be nicer to apostrophes in 2015.
A: A lovely gesture. They have a rough time.
Q: You?
A: Well, good question. And brilliant segue. Read below to see exactly what our resolutions are…

Australian Writers’ Centre resolutions for 2015

 

Valerie
I’m going to improve my photography skills so I can take even more cute photos of my pets, improve my fitness and co-write a book everyone will want to read with the awesome Dean Koorey (yes, it’s already in the works, so stay tuned!).


Liz

I’m going to convince my landlord I need another cat, then convince Train – my current cat – that we need another cat.


Rah

I’m going to ride on the roller coaster at Luna Park in my lunch break at least once a month!


Tracy

My New Year’s resolution is to run more often and faster (I will cut out those extra 38 seconds that shouldn’t have been there when I ran the City to Surf!).


Nicole

I’m aiming to finish two drafts of my novel in 2015!

Dean
I will try to remember to use ‘fewer’ instead of ‘less’. I will get up from my desk more. I will swim in that pool below the Harbour Bridge. I will read more. I will sleep more. I will paint more. I will weigh less. I will say less. I will have less items at the express checkout. Damn, I meant fewer.

Rex
1. Meeeeeow
2. Mew meow meeeow.
3. Meow meow meow! (meow meeeow?)
4. Meeow hisss meow meow…

Rambo
Woof. My plan for world domination is almost complete. Just a few more months and my K9-1000 mind controlling device will be operational. And then all this will be mine. Mine, I tell you. MINE! Mwah hahahahahaha. Woof.

Podcast: Episode 43
Podcast

 

You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here.

Have you entered our holiday SONG LYRICS comp?
Grease

 

MISHEARD SONG LYRICS COMPETITION!
Who hasn’t misheard a lyric and made up their own words, right? And there’s a name for it: Mondegreens.

They are created by a person listening to a poem or a song usually and being not sure of the lyric, so makes up something that sounds similar.

“Mondegreen” itself is one: from a mishearing of “and laid him on the green” as “and Lady Mondegreen”.

Other famous ones include “excuse me while I kiss this guy” (kiss the sky) from Jimi Hendrix or “I’ve got shoes, they’re made of plywood” from Grease!

Book

COMPETITION

Over the holidays, if you think of a great mondegreen (existing or invented by you), drop us a line. We’d love to hear some from well-known recent songs! And the one we like the best will win a copy of of The Prophecy of Beesby R.S. Pateman. Reply to this email with SONG as the subject title and you’ve got all the way through until 11.44pm on Monday 5 January to enter.

Did You Know?
Did you know

 

You’ll either know this one or you’ll realise you’ve been wrong all these years (possibly thanks to retail advertising and talk shows like Ellen), but the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS actually start on Christmas Day (or Boxing Day). They are NOT before Christmas. So today, we’re at around the seven swans-a-swimming stage.

 

Traditionally, when the 12 days are up, that’s when you take down your tree.

Webpick: Best books of 2014
Webpick
Here’s the definitive list of books you should have read in 2014 – compiled from taking an aggregate of all the ‘best’ lists each appeared on! (It’s like counting gold stickers on wine bottles.) How many have you read your way through?
Tell us: what was the best book YOU read last year?

 

Reply to this email with “BOOK” as your subject then let us know.
Any genre, any book! No judgement. Do it right this second – it’ll take you all of 10 seconds and we’d love to know what our community are loving! 🙂

The final word:
The final word
Upcoming course dates

 

Online courses

Online course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
Week beginning Monday 5 January 2015 for five weeks

 

Online course: Travel Writing with Sue White
Week beginning Monday 5 January 2015 for five weeks

 

Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Allison Tait

Week beginning Monday 5 January 2015 for five weeks

 

Online course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 5 January 2015 for five weeks

 

Online course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge

Week beginning Monday 12 January 2015 for five weeks

 

Online course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman

Week beginning Monday 12 January 2015 for five weeks

 


 

Sydney courses

Weekend course: Travel Writing with Sue White

Saturday 10 January and Sunday 11 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Weekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Claire Scobie

Saturday 10 January and Sunday 11 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter

Starting Tuesday 13 January 2015 for five weeks

 

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Tuesday 13 January 2015 (two-hour evening seminar)

 

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Starting Wednesday 14 January 2015 for five weeks

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – FULL

Starting Friday 16 January 2015 for six weeks

Weekend course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker

Saturday 17 January and Sunday 18 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Weekend course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with
Sue White

Saturday 17 January and Sunday 18 January 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Weekday course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding

Monday 19 January to Friday 23 January 2015 (5 consecutive days)

 

Seminar: How to Create and Sell Your Ebook with Anna Maquire
Monday 19 January 2015 (two-hour evening seminar)

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Alexandra SpringStarting Wednesday 28 January 2015 for five weeks

 

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Thursday 29 January 2015 (two-hour morning seminar)

 

Course: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman – FULL

Starts Monday 2 February 2015 (6 month program)

 

Weekend course: Crime and Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin

Saturday 7 February and Sunday 8 February 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Weekend course: Popular Women’s Fiction with Lisa Heidke

Saturday 7 February and Sunday 8 February 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Course: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy

Tuesday 10 February 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle

Thursday 12 February 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding

Starting Thursday 12 February 2015 for five weeks

Weekend course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff

Saturday 14 February and Sunday 15 February 2015 (2 consecutive days)

Course: Writing Australian History with Pamela Freeman

Saturday 21 February 2015 (3-hour half-day course)

 

Course: Professional Business Writing with Kate Hennessy 

Tuesday 24 February 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle

Thursday 26 February 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: Profile Writing with David Leser – NEW COURSE

Saturday 28 February 2015 (3-hour half-day course)

 

Course: History, Mystery and Magic with Kate Forsyth

Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 Sunday March 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Course: What Publishers Want with Bernadette Foley

Saturday 22 February 2014 (half-day course)

 

Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding

Starting Tuesday 17 March 2015 for five weeks

 

Course: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle

Wednesday 18 March 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth

Saturday 21 March 2015 (one-day course)

 

Weekend course: Fantasy, Science Fiction and More with Pamela Freeman

Saturday 21 March and Sunday 22 March 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Seminar: Self-publishing: How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
Thursday 26 March 2015 (two-hour evening seminar)

 

Weekend course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
Saturday 28 March and Sunday 29 March 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – NEW DATE

Saturday 11 April and Saturday 18 April 2015 (2 consecutive Saturdays)

 

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman

Starts Wednesday 22 April 2015 for six weeks

 

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge

Starts Thursday 23 April 2015 for five weeks

 

Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett

Wednesday 6 May and Wednesday 13 May 2015

 

 


 

 

On-demand courses available online

Start and finish in your own time. All you need is an internet connection.

 

Course: The Business of Freelancing

 

Course: Book Covers That Sell

 

Course: Blogging for Beginners

 

Course: Reinvent Yourself

 


 

Overseas writing tours – 2015

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller
When: Thursday 22 October to Saturday 7 November 2015

Best wishes,
Valerie Khoo
National Director

 

Australian Writers’ Centre
courses@writerscentre.com.au
http://www.writerscentre.com.au

Sydney and Online: (02) 9929 0088
Melbourne: (03) 9005 6737
Perth: (08) 9468 0177

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