Australian Writers’ Centre April 2015- How to Write About Murder & The Future of Media & Many Writing Courses

Australian Writers’ Centre April 2015- How to Write About Murder & The Future of Media & Many Writing Courses
Hi
The Easter long weekend is upon us – which hopefully means an extra chunk of time to yourself. While for many that means hitting the garden, grabbing the tent or embarking on a 43-hour boxed-set marathon (complete with director’s commentary), we’d like to offer up an alternative – our self-paced collection.

Our self-paced courses are “on-demand”, allowing you to sit down and nibble your way through content like some would a giant chocolate hollow egg or “binge” yourself like the rest of us would with that giant egg – to reach a kind of information indigestion nirvana state. (Easter is, after all, the weekend of indulging!)

Allow me to preview a few of our titles that you’d comfortably be able to get through over Easter. First, it’s our brand new self-paced course, Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder. Presented by crime writer Candice Fox, this one even SOUNDS like a boxed-set drama! Freelance writers will love ourThe Business of Freelancing course, exploring how to run your writing as a viable enterprise (tax, GST, invoices and time management, anyone?).

For fiction writers, 2 Hours to Scrivener Power will have you mastering the world’s best writing software in no time at all. And our two blogging courses,Blogging for Beginners and How to Get More Blog Readers – well their names say it all!

There are even more to choose from – simply select the “online and on demand” tab from our home page. And because you have access for a whole year, they’ll be ready and waiting when you want to refresh your skills.

But the best part? Each course contains zero calories. Easter binges never had it so good.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Industry news: Free event – The Future of Media: How Tech is Disrupting Journalism, 29 April, Sydney
General Assembly

 

Australian Writers’ Centre and General Assembly have teamed up to bring you The Future of Media: How Tech is Disrupting JournalismWednesday 29 April, 6-8pm, 387 George Street, Sydney.

As the world moves online, the way we report and consume media is changing. Join us for an event discussing the future of journalism and its disruption in today’s digital world.

General Assembly has assembled a line-up of expert individuals from within the industry, including Mashable’s Jenni Ryall and our own Valerie Khoo to discuss:

  • new approaches to journalism and providing content
  • current trends and opportunities
  • how to prepare for this ongoing disruption
  • what the future looks like for both journalists and consumers
  • plus more!

Learn about the trends emerging in this fast-evolving industry and everything you need to know as a journalist, content provider and consumer to keep up with what’s next!

Stick around afterwards for drinks and mingling – the drinks are on us!

 

Free event

 

General Assembly is a global tech school – teaching the most relevant skills of the 21st century across technology, design, marketing and business.

 

Autumn at Australian Writers’ Centre
Autumn
Doing writing courses with us is inspiring and pain-free. If you experience any pain while completing one of our courses, please see your doctor immediately.
I want to… write amazing picture books
Enrol now!

 

And who wouldn’t, right? Actually, that can be part of the challenge with picture books – in that you really have to create something truly special to really STAND OUT from the crowd (unless you’re a celebrity, then you just write any old thing!). The way to navigate this cutest of genres is with our Writing Picture Bookscourse, with children’s book expert Cathie Tasker – five Thursday evenings beginning 23 April 2015. Book today!

Book now!

The AWC “moist hated words in Australia”
MoistThanks to all who sent in their picks for their most hated word (that could not include MOIST, the honorary list member). We had some great ones, and for all sorts of reasons. Some were a little inappropriate to print.

Here are some of the words which made our shortlist:

Got
Got is a greedy word: used to describe a grabbing for excesses in all things. The word is never needed. The alternatives to it are numerous and sound or read as decent English. Why state: “We’ve GOT more”, when we can say, with grace: “We have more”.
– Cate S

Agreeance
Why? BECAUSE IT IS NOT A WORD. Sorry for yelling.  Every time I hear someone say, “Are we all in agreeance?” I want to shout, “There is no such thing.” The word is agreement, folks.
– Sharon H

Indulge
It even sounds bloated and guilty.
– Melanie Z

And congratulations our three winners:

Phlegm
Because it sounds like what it is and that’s revolting!
– Kylie O

Journey
I blame reality TV mainly. People talk about their intense, emotional journeys so much these days that it’s become a bit awkward! Especially when they are talking about fighting for love with 20 other women, or cooking a croquembouche.
– Lisa H

Segue
When “segue” weaselled its way into the vernacular, I developed a twitch that made me want to hurt the person (usually an office worker) from whose lips it oozed. It sounds like a strange two-wheeled motorised contraption usually populated by Queensland policemen. It’s a lazy excuse for not using a better word in a sentence. It makes me cringe! It is truly a weasel word. I am left with the impression that the user is trying to be clever. This one word sends chills down my spine and makes me want to segue under the meeting room table and press my hands over my ears. Let me know when it’s safe to come out?  La-la-la-la-la.

Books!– Annie H

Congrats again to these three people – you’ve won one of these books (we’ll be randomly selecting them). See this week’s competition below.

New competition: O Caption, My Caption!
Caption
Book
Send in your best caption for this eggcellent Easter-themed picture. The one we like the best will win a copy of Ransacking Paris by Patti Miller – who we interviewed in this week’s podcast. Patti’s wonderful memoir is out now. 

To enter, simply reply to this email and change the subject line to CAPTION. Supply your entry, your postal address (so we can send you your prize!) and get it to us before 11.48pm on Monday 6 April. GOOD LUCK!

Q&A: Me, myself and I
Q&A

 

Q: Happy Easter! I myself am very excited about it.
A: We can see that. You’ve even dressed up as the Easter Bunny!
Q: Absolutely. But, now a question.
A: We’re “all ears”…
Q: Hilarious. My question is via alert reader Catherine, and she’s getting tired of seeing “myself” incorrectly used in place of “me” or “I”. Can you clear it up?
A: Ah, good one. Sure thing.
Q: Well hop to it then.
A: Nice. Let’s start with “subject pronouns” and “object pronouns” in a sentence. When we are referring to ourselves, the subject is “I” and the object is “me”. The subject does the stuff in a sentence and the object has the stuff done to it. So we’d say “I am eating this 2kg chocolate egg” or “This egg that you bought for mecontains 32,000kJ”…
Q: Seems pretty straightforward.
A: We know, right? And to be fair, most people get that. The problem comes in situations where there are multiple subjects or objects. Suddenly people get an inferiority complex about the words “I” or “me” and think they’re not grand enough. You’ll see things like “For any queries, see Emily, Sam or myself” – which is wrong; it should’ve been “me”.
Q: That’s exactly what I said when George Clooney got married…
A: The same happens with “I”: “Emily, Sam and myself will be your guides for today” is wrong. It should be “Emily, Sam and I will be your guides for today”. The easy trick is to imagine the sentence with just you in it – take Emily and Sam out of the equation.
Q: I know a guy who can do that. He needs cash upfront though…
A: Doing this you will see straight away if it should be “me” or “I”. “Any queries, see me” and “I will be your guide for today”.
Q: But what happens if I clear out BOTH the subject and object and it’s just me left in the room?
A: Besides resembling a Quentin Tarantino film, that’s where “myself” comes into play. Just like “me”, “myself” operates as an object, and is known as a “reflexive pronoun”.
Q: A pronoun you can see in the dark! Very handy.
A: No, not reflective – reflexive. A reflexive pronoun replaces the object pronoun (“me” in this case). Other reflexive pronouns include himself, herself, yourself and itself.
Q: Like one big selfie stick.
A: Actually that’s a great way to think about it for this example – because reflexive pronouns ONLY kick in when the subject and the object relate to the SAME thing – “I” and “myself” in this case. You’re the only one in the room. So it’s like “I” am holding out the selfie stick and looking at a picture of “myself”.
Q: Crazy tourist. Any examples?
A: “I can really see myself writing a bestseller one day” or “I’m going to buy myself a vintage typewriter”. Note the link between “I/I’m” and “myself”. If the subject was someone else, you would have gone with “me”. (“He can really see me writing a bestseller” or “She’s going to buy me a vintage typewriter”.)
Q: Okay, but I’m sure I’ve seen “myself” used in other ways than just that.
A: True. It also gets wheeled out for extra impact or to intensify the subject pronoun. It’s known as an “intensive/emphatic pronoun” when this happens. A perfect example is in your very first line today.
Q: Hang on, just scrolling back up to check…
A: Got it?
Q: Nope, scrolled too far. Reading those winning competition entries again. Ah, okay, yep, I see.
A: You could have just said “I am excited about Easter” but the extra word added more “oomph”. We also see it with a sentence like “I wrote this book myself”. Just helps to shine the spotlight on the subject of the sentence a little more.
Q: Final recap? But make it quick – this bunny suit is giving me a rash.
A: “I” is a subject pronoun. Both “me” and “myself” are types of object pronouns. You’d use “me” when the subject is someone or something else and “myself” when the subject is also you, or to add extra emphasis to show that it’s really really you.
Q: Great! Okay, I’m off to buy a selfie stick. And some carrots…
 

Got a grammar gripe or punctuation puzzle that you’d like our Q&A to explore? Email it to us today!

Podcast: Episode 54
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. And remember to enter this week’s caption competition to with a copy of Patti’s new book.

Webpick: April Fools’ Day story
Webpick
In case you missed it, here’s our April Fools’ Day story from yesterday! And if you look close enough, you’ll see a link to the clever webpage it was created on!
The final word:
The final word

 

(One for all the “pantsers” out there! If you’d like to at least plan ahead with your writing courses, read on – these are all the ones on the horizon…)

Upcoming course dates

 

Online courses

Online course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
Week beginning Monday 6 April 2015 for five weeks

Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White – NEW DATE

Week beginning Monday 6 April 2015 for five weeks

 

Online course: Copywriting Essentials with Bernadette Schwerdt

Week beginning Monday 13 April 2015 for five weeks

Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 2 with Valerie Khoo – NEW COURSE
Week beginning Monday 20 April 2015 for five weeks
Online course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman

Week beginning Monday 20 April 2015 for five weeks

Online course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 27 April 2015 for five weeks

 

Online course: Travel Writing with Sue White

Week beginning Monday 27 April 2015 for five weeks

Online course: Write Your Novel with Cathie Taser

Week beginning Monday 4 May 2015 for six months

 

Online course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Cathie Tasker

Week beginning Monday 4 May 2015 for five weeks

 

 


 

Sydney courses

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – FULL 

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

 

Course: Profile Writing with David Leser

Saturday 18 April 2015 (half-day course)

 

Course: Professional Business Writing with Kate Hennessy

Tuesday 21 April 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Alexandra Spring
Starting Tuesday 21 April 2015 for five weeks

 

Course: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle

Wednesday 22 April 2015 (one-day course)

 

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 Picture Books with Cathie Tasker

Starts Thursday 23 April 2015 for five weeks

 

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Kate Forsyth

Starts Monday 27 April 2015 for five weeks

 

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Tuesday 28 April 2015 (two-hour evening seminar)

 

Weekend course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth – FULL

Saturday 2 May 2015 (one-day course)

 

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

Wednesday 6 May and Wednesday 13 May 2015

 

Weekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Claire Scobie

Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

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

Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Course: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle

Tuesday 12 May 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Jeni Mawter

Starting Tuesday 12 May 2015 for five weeks

 

Course: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy

Wednesday 13 May 2015 (one-day course)

 

Weekend course: Travel Writing with Sue White
Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
Starting Tuesday 26 May 2015 for five weeks

 

Course: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle

Tuesday 26 May 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: How to Create and Sell Your Ebook with Anna Anna Maguire

Monday 1 June 2015 (two-hour evening seminar)

 

Course: Crime and Thriller Writing with L.A. LarkinStarting Thursday 11 June 2015 for five weeks

 

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller

Starting Thursday 11 June 2015 for six weeks

 

Course: Writing Australian History with Pamela Freeman

Saturday 13 June 2015 (one-day course)

 

Course: Popular Women’s Fiction with Lisa Heidke

Saturday 13 June and Sunday 14 June 2015 (2 consecutive days)

 

Course: What Publishers Want with Bernadette Foley

Saturday 20 June 2015 (half-day course)

 

Course: Life Writing Masterclass with Patti Miller
Starting Friday 24 July 2015 for eight weeks

 

Course: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman
Starts Wednesday 29 July 2015 (6 month program)

 

Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
Starting Monday 31 August 2015 for five weeks

 

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

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

 


 

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: Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder

 

Course: How to Get More Blog Readers

 

Course: Blogging for Beginners

 

Course: Reinvent Yourself

 

Course: 2 Hours to Scrivener Power


 

Overseas writing tours – 2015

Writing in Oxford with Kate Forsyth

When: Sunday 21 June to Monday 28 June 2015

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

Best wishes,
Valerie Khoo
National Director

 

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