CONTENTS Summer School Writing Australia Special Events Your Year Weekend Writing Services & Initiatives Events Calendar Monthly Milestones Weekday Writers Mentor Mornings Compact Courses The Writerâ€™s Workout Bookings Membership Benefits The Year To Come
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At the heart of any writer's program must be a concern with the craft of writing. One may not be able to “learn” creativity, but it is possible, given expert guidance, to continuously improve your craft. In this program we have assembled a wonderful range of highly experienced and respected writers and teachers across a broad range of genres and styles. We are spoilt for literary talent in our City of Literature, and we have taken full advantage of our position at its centre. For any area of your writing, you will find someone in this program to share their invaluable experience and incisive advice.
As a teenager, you keep a diary. As an adult, you keep a journal. As a writer, you formulate, research, shape, review and redraft until the once tumbled words of thoughts on a page are now a crafted story of fact or fiction.
Writing is a lonely occupation, necessitating long hours at a desk with nothing but yourself and your ideas for company. However, this should not translate to isolation. Apart from offering brilliant tips for your writing craft, these courses bring writers together to build a supportive writing community. The easiest thing in the world is to not write. If nothing else, we hope we can drastically reduce your excuses for not getting down to writing. This is your year to turn the first sod on your new manuscript, prune a first draft or put the final touches to the rich tapestry of your latest work. RODERICK POOLE, Writers Victoria Director
Sourced from my Australian Modern Oxford Dictionary, Craft (n): “an occupation where skill is needed (v): make skilfully”. In the case of crime and other genre fiction, the description “cunning deceit” could be worth noting on this occasion too. To define World (n): “a time, state or scene of human existence – the people or things belonging to a certain class of sphere of activity – material things and occupations”. Beyond this page await new activities and concepts in the aim to promote diversity, opportunities, participation and choice. The 2013 program draws upon the skills of accomplished authors and industry professionals in its initiative to accommodate writers’ needs at all stages of their craft. Whether your world may be the all-consuming passion for writing or the sense of belonging to a community of like minds, Writers Victoria strives to create a compatible environment for learning, growth, insight and achievement. What would a world be without words? MARY NAPIER, Writers Victoria Program Manager
SUMMER SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL BOOKING REFUND POLICY – Please note our office will be closed from 21 December 2012 and will not reopen until Monday 7 January 2013. Writers Victoria cannot provide refunds for any cancellations made after 21 December. Full Price: $180 Member Price: $130/120 RATING: All Summer School courses are for early and emerging writers.
with ALISON GOODMAN WORKSHOP: Trying to get a grip on your novel’s structure? Get a firm grasp of traditional narrative basics – plot, pace, scenes, conflict, character goals and an ending to remember – in this intensive workshop with New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman. Learn how to manipulate classic storytelling to create an exciting and riveting narrative.
Alison Goodman is the author of EON and EONA, a New York Times bestselling fantasy duology sold in eighteen countries. Alison’s other novels are the award-winning Singing the Dogstar Blues and her crime novel A New Kind of Death. www.alisongoodman.com.au WHEN: Fri 11 Jan, 10am–4pm
The Editing Process: For writers and editors
with Liz Steele Workshop: What happens to a manuscript, a story or an idea throughout the editing process? The polishing and finetuning of the words will follow a general path through acquisition, editing, marketing and production. This workshop will outline that path for both the writer and would-be editor – as well as how to deal with grammar and punctuation and the bigger issues of structure and the author’s voice.
Liz Steele is a freelance editor, proofreader and writer. Her clients include book publishers and corporate and government organisations. Liz also teaches in the Professional Writing and Editing program at RMIT TAFE. WHEN: Tues 15 Jan, 10am–4pm
Creating Picture Books
with Sally Rippin Workshop: Join popular children’s book author and illustrator Sally Rippin in a one-day, hands-on workshop exploring picture books for readers of all ages. Participants will study a range of picture books, write a picture book text and craft a picture book mock-up. Participants will also learn how to approach publishers.
with GABRIELLA COSLOVICH Workshop: Gain professional tips on how to plan, research and write engaging feature articles. Learn the importance of interviewing, observation, the well-chosen quote and anecdote, and how to structure your raw material into a narrative that will appeal to editors.
WHEN: Mon 14 Jan, 10am–4pm
WHEN: Wed 16 Jan, 10am–4pm
Sally Rippin has been writing and illustrating for over fifteen years. She has more than fifty books published, many of them awardwinning, including the best-selling Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series and the highly acclaimed children’s novel Angel Creek. www.sallyrippin.com
Gabriella Coslovich is a journalist with twenty years of experience. She has worked as a news and feature writer at both of Melbourne’s major daily newspapers. She worked at The Age for fifteen years, most recently as a senior writer specialising in arts and culture.
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SUMMER SCHOOL Life Writing
with KATE HOLDEN Workshop: In a big life, where is the story? Somewhere in your many years, encounters, lessons and relationships is the tale you need to tell. It may be sad, joyful, complicated or simple. It might be just for you or it might be a story lots of people can share. Discussion, exercises and the sharing of stories will help you shake off the cobwebs and find the story inside you – and how best to make it sing. Kate Holden is the author of a longstanding column for The Age and two bestselling non-fiction memoirs published by Text, In My Skin: A memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days. She has thought a great deal about memoir and some of her essays and interviews on the subject are at www.kate-holden.com. WHEN: Thurs 17 Jan, 10am–4pm
Digital Makeover for Writers
with EUAN MITCHELL WORKSHOP: Digital books, print-ondemand books and social media provide an array of tools that writers can use to give their profiles a makeover. This one-day workshop is a combination of practice- and knowledge-building that includes before-andafter examples, cost-benefit comparisons and stepwise procedures that enable you to astutely select and implement your preferred options to connect with readers in new ways. Participants are invited to present to the group their own goals as case studies for digital makeover plans.
Dr Euan Mitchell is a former senior editor for a major publisher. As a writer he has three novels and a range of non-fiction books to his credit. He has also successfully published other writers in a range of genres. Euan has taught writing, editing and publishing at Monash University, Victoria University, Swinburne University and Box Hill TAFE. www.euanmitchell.com.au WHEN: Fri 18 Jan, 10am–4pm
Character Development with Ben Michael
Workshop: How do you create compelling characters? What are the essential ingredients all great characters must have? What is story’s relationship to character? Using the teachings of some of the world’s most renowned experts, this workshop will assist all fiction, stage and screenwriters. Ensure your stories come to life with multi-dimensional characters that will live beyond the page. Ben Michael is a writer, lecturer and musician. He has plotted, written and edited over two thousand hours of commercial television and script-edited award-winning short films. He currently has a series in development with the producers of Snowtown, Warp. His first feature as story consultant and script editor, Lad, is being shot in April 2013. WHEN: Mon 21 Jan, 10am–4pm
Literary Snapshots: Crafting a short story with MEG MUNDELL
Workshop: Writing a short story is like skinny-dipping in the sea: it’s best to jump straight in. In this practical workshop participants will explore the process of writing short fiction, from the spark of an idea to a rough first draft, to polishing your piece until it shines. This workshop will put a man up a tree, throw stones at him, and get him down again. There will be discussion of character, voice, imagery, setting, structure and editing tips. Meg Mundell’s short fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, New Australian Stories, Meanjin, Sleepers Almanac, Eureka Street, Australian Book Review and others. Author of the acclaimed novel Black Glass, Meg has won writing awards and fellowships, and taught in schools and universities. WHEN: Tues 22 Jan, 10am–4pm
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SUMMER SCHOOL Getting out of your own way
with Jon Bauer WORKSHOP: Writing is challenging, but many courses that seek to support writers don’t tackle the one thing that really holds your writing back – you. This unique one-day workshop helps you come to terms with your own writing process and better understand the subtle but powerful obstacles you put in your own way. You’ll develop the strategies you’ll need if you are to start, draft, finish and publish a piece of exceptional writing.
Jon Bauer is a novelist, short story writer, and the author of Rocks in the Belly, which has been published in eight countries and garnered critical and commercial success, including a longlisting for the Miles Franklin and a shortlisting for the world’s richest literary prize, the Dublin IMPAC. WHEN: Wed 23 Jan, 10am–4pm
So, you want to write a chick lit novel? with Anita Heiss
Workshop: Discover how to write a novel that speaks to your readers through believable characters in authentic settings. Learn about developing storylines and plot points that take your readers on an emotional and evolutionary journey. Anita will highlight the importance of research, the value of dialogue and finding your own voice. By the end of the day, you should have written your synopsis! So, bring your sense of humour, your own stories of heartbreak and betrayal and be prepared to write, share and throw out any preconceived notions of chick lit you may already have. Anita Heiss is creator of the genre of “choc lit” and author of best-selling novels Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming. When: Thurs 24 Jan, 10am–4pm
Writing Australia Workshops by interstate authors Anita Heiss and Valerie Parv are just the start of what’s to come as part of the Writing Australia Tour in 2013. Watch our website and enews for further details.
Power Editing: Seven ways to supercharge your writing
with Valerie Parv Workshop: Whether you sell to a major house or indie-publish your own book, your story must grab publishers and readers. Valerie shows you seven ways to reach these goals and provides a power-editing checklist you’ll use in all your writing. After twelve years of working with writers through the Valerie Parv Award run by Romance Writers of Australia (most of the winners are now published), as well as judging the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, Valerie has a unique insight into the editing process. In this workshop she shares the techniques she uses as a mentor and in her seventy-plus internationally published books. Valerie Parv is known as Australia’s queen of romance with over sixty novels to her name and twenty-five million copies of her books sold internationally, including many Waldenbooks bestsellers. Valerie’s short fiction is also regularly featured in national magazines.
WHEN: Sat 2 March, 10am–4pm FULL PRICE: $180 MEMBER PRICE: $130/$120 RATING: Early and emerging
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SERIES: Each month guest authors will impart their expertise and share analysis of the writing craft in an intimate, relaxed and interactive environment. Exploring fiction and nonfiction writing areas, topics will address the step-by-step processes and essentials of successful writing. Special guests include Alice Pung, Andrea Goldsmith, Arnold Zable, Carrie Tiffany, Di Websdale-Morrissey, Fran Cusworth, Jon Bauer, Paddy O’Reilly, Sian Prior and Steven Amsterdam. For full details of the Tuesday Tutorials schedule and guest speakers, check out the Writers Victoria website from early 2013.
WHEN: Tuesdays, 6.30–8.30pm, 26 Feb, 26 March, 30 April, 21 May, 25 June, 30 July, 20 Aug, 24 Sept, 29 Oct and 26 Nov FULL PRICE: $45 MEMBER PRICE: $30/$25 RATING: Early and emerging Places are limited
Your Craft, Your Career
In 2013 Writers Victoria collaborates with fellow organisations to present a comprehensive program of professional development days for writers, comprising informative panel sessions that explore the creative and professional path of the writer. Topics will tackle the writer’s work, the creative side of how ideas can come to fruition and the writer’s role in dealing with marketing and business. All sessions will combine an in-depth panel discussion incorporating a host of industry professionals with an opportunity for audience questions.
Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Theatre and the Screen
EVENT: Join author, actor and playwright Sofie Laguna as she hosts a showcase of children’s book authors, illustrators and industry professionals. Sofie’s many books for children have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Awards. This professional development day will be held as part of the Wheeler Centre’s Children’s Book Festival from 21–24 March. Featured guests will include Terry Denton, Archie Fusillo, Leigh Hobbs and more. For event program details, visit our website in early 2013.
EVENT: Writers Victoria joins forces with the Australian Writers’ Guild to present a day of professional development sessions covering the process of scriptwriting, pitching and beyond. Andy Cox, Jan Sardi, Chris Anastassiades, Amanda Brotchie and Chris Corbett are just some of the featured speakers that include high-profile playwrights, screenwriters and other professionals who have tackled the industry’s hurdles and attained success locally and overseas. For event details, visit our website in 2013.
WHEN: Sat 27 July, 10am–5pm FULL PRICE: $125 MEMBER PRICE: $95/$85 RATING: All
WHEN: Sat 23 March, 10am–5pm FULL PRICE: $125 MEMBER PRICE: $95/$85 RATING: All
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Ins and Outs of the Industry SERIES: Learn the ins and outs of the industry through a series of panel discussions and presentations offering topical advice, resource tips and information for the working (or want-to-be working) writer.
The Word, the Writer and the Law
with Arts Law EVENT: Arts Law Centre of Australia Executive Director Robyn Ayres joins a panel of legal experts to discuss the wide range of arts law issues affecting writers, including copyright in the current climate.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is the national community legal centre for the arts. Arts Law provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts-related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation.
WHEN: Mon 18 March, 6.30–7.30pm FULL PRICE: $15 MEMBER PRICE: FREE RATING: All
Arts Funding for Writers
with Arts Victoria EVENT: Arts Victoria program staff will present an information session on the opportunities available to writers via funding programs and the application process. The Arts Development program supports Victoria’s independent artists by enabling creative ideas to be realised, artistic and art-making practices to be strengthened and artists’ careers to be developed and sustained. Project Grants funding supports new work by Victorian professional artists at any stage, or a combination of stages, from preliminary research and creative development through to production and the initial Victorian presentation. The closing date for the second round of the Arts Development Program will be in late July, early August 2013.
Contracts and Foreign Rights
with Text Publishing EVENT: Anne Beilby will cover the general process of publication, providing an overview on terms of agreement, the responsibilities of both the author and the publisher, and what expectations the writer should have when it comes to book distribution, publicity, royalties and foreign rights.
Anne Beilby has been at Text Publishing since 2004. As Rights Manager, she is in charge of all head and foreign contracts. She works with authors, agents and publishers, here and internationally, negotiating the best possible foreign publishers for them.
WHEN: Mon 22 July, 6.30–7.30pm FULL PRICE: $15 MEMBER PRICE: FREE RATING: All
Working With an Editor
with Editors Victoria EVENT: Join Editors Victoria and guest editors as they talk about the editorial process in different literary areas and the editor-author relationship. This session will greatly inform both editors and writers wishing to learn more about the publishing industry.
Editors Victoria is Australia’s oldest and largest association for professional editors. It has more than six hundred full and associate members, including in-house and freelance editors, editing program students and people generally interested in the editing and publishing industries.
WHEN: Mon 16 Sept, 6.30–7.30pm FULL PRICE: $15 MEMBER PRICE: FREE RATING: All
WHEN: Mon 13 May, 6.30–7.30pm FULL PRICE: $15 MEMBER PRICE: FREE RATING: All
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Special Events The Digital Era
with The Small Press Network EVENT: Representatives of The Small Press Network present an informative session on digital publishing and aspects of print on demand.
The Small Press Network promotes independent publishing and supports the principle of diversity within the publishing industry as a vital component of Australian literary culture. The Small Press Network initiates and facilitates programs that contribute to the development of the publishing sector, particularly regarding sales and distribution, marketing and publicity, and networking and communication within the publishing and book industries.
WHEN: Mon 18 Nov, 6.30–7.30pm FULL PRICE: $15 MEMBER PRICE: FREE RATING: All
Your Year Creative Non-Fiction
with Di Websdale-Morrissey
COURSE: Prepare to immerse yourself in creative non-fiction – a growing and multifaceted genre. Explore its characteristics, the elements that set it apart and how to craft your own short and long projects. You will quickly become confident in the form and begin to write absorbing stories using creative non-fiction tools.Writing and workshopping activities ensure a richness of hands-on experience – all designed to enhance your own creative non-fiction storytelling. Di Websdale-Morrissey is a Melbourne writer with an MA in Creative Writing who has taught creative non-fiction in RMIT’s writing programs for more than a decade, teaching various forms of non-fiction in the Diploma and Bachelor writing programs and Storytelling and Concept Development in the Masters of Creative Media. She has published two books, has two more to be published in 2013 and has written regularly for The Age’s lifestyle magazines.
WHEN: Saturdays, 10am–4pm, 2 March, 6 April, 4 May & 15 June FULL PRICE: $720 MEMBER PRICE: $510/$460 RATING: Early and emerging
Literary Non-Fiction: Truth as a novel with Jeff Sparrow COURSE: It is an exciting time for literary non-fiction, with more and more writers using the tools from literary fiction to report, analyse and describe the world around them. This course will cover techniques for planning, writing, editing and pitching literary nonfiction, from short articles to full-length books. Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland literary journal, an outlet known for its strong essays. His books include Money Shot: A Journey into Porn and Censorship, Killing: Misadventures in Violence, Left Turn: Essays for the New Left (co-edited with Antony Loewenstein) and Radical Melbourne 1 and 11 (with Jill Sparrow). He writes regularly for many publications, both print and online. WHEN: Saturdays, 10am–4pm, 6 July, 3 Aug, 7 Sept & 5 Oct FULL PRICE: $720 MEMBER PRICE: $510/$460 RATING: Early and emerging
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Your Year Starting a Novel
with Sonia Orchard COURSE: Sitting down to face that blank screen is one of the most exciting and daunting times for a novelist. How do I write a first page? Where is the story going? This course will involve intensive workshopping and exercises to help participants think about and resolve issues regarding plot, structure, narrative drive, characterisation and voice, and most importantly, to help them work out what their novel is really about. Participants must come to the course with well-formed ideas about their manuscript, or preferably have started writing it.
Sonia Orchard has had two books published: a memoir, Something More Wonderful (Hodder Headline) and a work of literary fiction,The Virtuoso (Fourth Estate). She taught creative writing and novel writing at RMIT for seven years and has a PhD in Creative Writing.
WHEN: Saturdays, 10am–4pm 16 March, 20 April & 18 May FULL PRICE: $520 MEMBER PRICE: $380/$340 RATING: Early and emerging
Developing Your Manuscript
with Deborah Robertson COURSE: In intensive workshops over three months, this course is designed to offer insight into the process of writing a fiction manuscript. The course will help participants move ahead in their projects by addressing the many technical and aesthetic demands of writing a novel or long work, as well as providing support for finding the focus, discipline and endurance needed to realise creative ideas. Deborah Robertson has taught creative writing in universities and the community for the past twenty years. Her first book, Proudflesh, won the Steele Rudd Award. Her novel Careless won the 2006 Colin Roderick Award and the 2007 Nita B Kibble Award. Her latest novel is Sweet Old World.
WHEN: Saturdays, 10am–4pm 22 June, 20 July & 17 Aug FULL PRICE: $520 MEMBER PRICE: $380/$340 RATING: Early and emerging
Refining the Manuscript
with Toni Jordan COURSE: The end of the manuscript is in sight, although there’s still much work to be done. Character, plot, structure, pace and theme will need refining. An ending must be devised. Is the voice working? What needs to be changed for the second draft, and what happens after that? This series of hands-on workshops will encourage a forensic approach to the manuscript. Toni Jordan’s debut novel, Addition, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin in 2009, and has been published in sixteen countries. Her second novel, Fall Girl, was published in 2010. Her most recent novel, Nine Days, was published in 2012 to great acclaim.
WHEN: Saturdays, 10am–4pm 21 Sept, 19 Oct & 16 Nov FULL PRICE: $520 MEMBER PRICE: $380/$340 RATING: Early and emerging
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Weekend Writing Children’s Picture Books
with Dmetri Kakmi COURSE: Do you want to write a children’s picture book and present it to a publisher? This is an intensive course in which you will workshop your manuscript from session to session before your peers. You will learn how to develop ideas, hone your story and make it suitable for the age group that suits the tale. The course involves a private one-on-one consultation with the tutor and an appraisal of a publisher submission. It is important you bring two picture book manuscripts to the class. Dmetri Kakmi worked as a senior editor in the Books for Children and Young Adults department at Penguin Books for fifteen years. He brings his expertise to the table as both an editor and successful author.
WHEN: Sundays, 1–5pm, 3 March, 7 April, 28 April & 16 June FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
with David Sornig COURSE: In this course participants will work through a program of reading and writing designed to help you craft that most elusive of literary objects: the short story. Discussions and exercises will focus on reading a selection of stories, unpicking them to identify aspects of craft at work in them and drawing on these elements to develop your own short story. In workshops you will tease out what works in your stories, what doesn’t and where your polished short story might end up being published. David Sornig’s short stories have been published in Griffith Review, Harvard Review and Best Australian Stories 2012. His novel Spiel (UWAP) was published in 2009. He reviews books for The Melbourne Review, was a fiction editor at Wet Ink magazine and has taught creative writing at Deakin, Victoria and Flinders universities.
WHEN: Sundays, 1–5pm, 17 March, 21 April, 19 May & 23 June FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
with Anne Gracie COURSE: Romance is character-driven genre fiction and includes a wide range of sub-genres, such as romantic suspense and urban fantasy. It also accounts for a huge chunk of the international fiction market, which is why Australian romance writers can earn a living from it. Learn what readers and publishers want. Workshop a story premise to set up sufficient conflict to drive a novel. Examine how skilled writers create vivid characters with strong reader appeal and write with emotional punch. Anne Gracie is an experienced presenter and a best-selling, prize-winning author (mainly of historical romance and romantic comedy). Anne’s last nine books have been published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin USA and before that she wrote several novels for Harlequin (Mills & Boon). Her books have been translated into more than sixteen different languages. www.annegracie.com
WHEN: Sundays, 1–5pm, 7 July, 4 Aug, 8 Sept & 6 Oct FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
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Services & Initiatives Manuscript Assessments
Writers of all genres and styles can submit their manuscript for assessment at Writers Victoria. Our reputable service provides writers with detailed feedback and is an important step in the process of getting a manuscript to a publishable standard.
Post-assessment consultations and mentorships offer writers the opportunity to meet with industry professionals face-to-face and to seek advice and guidance in a broad range of areas related to writing.
Magazine and Enews
The Victorian Writer is the member magazine of Writers Victoria, published ten times per year. The magazine includes news and views from the writing world, in-depth articles and latest writing-related opportunities and competitions. Writers Victoria also publishes a weekly enews for members with writing news and upcoming events, writing groups, workshops and more occurring around Victoria. There are also listings of opportunities and competitions.
Writers Victoria is committed to supporting writers with a disability throughout Victoria. In partnership with Arts Access Victoria,Writers Victoria runs a pilot project to support writers with a disability wishing to advance their writing practice. For news and events for Write-ability, please check our website or weekly enews. If you have any specific disability support needs, please contact Fiona Tuomy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essential elements for any successful writing journey are the time and space to allow ideas the chance to take flight. Glenfern, the wonderful National Trust property in East St Kilda, offers nine writers’ studios available for rent at very affordable rates for nonresidential writing.
Cells For Writers
Through partnership with the National Trust (Victoria), Writers Victoria offers two uniquely situated daytime studios at generously subsidised rates. Each studio is a converted double cell on the top floor of the historic Old Melbourne Gaol. This wonderful opportunity provides the invaluable resource of a secluded, dedicated and private space in which to write.
Another stunning National Trust property is Mooramong, a sprawling sheep-grazing property in the Western District with a rich history. Writers Victoria will be offering residential retreats in one of the workers’ cottages on site.
Writers Victoria is active in raising funds and support to provide some of our key writers’ services free of charge. Funded by supporters such as the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund and the Readings Foundation, the fellowships are project-based and provide emerging and established writers and playwrights the opportunity to apply for residencies, mentorships and funding to develop their work. Keep an eye on the website or weekly enews to learn about fellowship application requirements and deadlines.
Regional Partnerships Program Writers Victoria is committed to supporting writers throughout Victoria and we are keenly aware of the geographical challenges experienced by regional members. The Regional Partnerships program directly targets regional writers by offering regional writing groups and festivals the opportunity to present customised professional development events designed for the needs of their members and audiences. The first funding round of the 2013 Regional Partnerships Program opens 1 March with full details, guidelines, application form and closing date available at writersvictoria.org.au.
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The Word, Writer and Law
Refining the Manuscript
Developing your Manuscript
Starting a Novel
The Digital Era
Working with an Editor
Arts Law Centre
June July Aug
Writers Victoria Calendar 2013
Ins & Outs of Industry
Contracts and Foreign Rights
Arts Funding for Writers
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Theatre and the Screen
So you want to write chick lit?
Get Out of Your Own Way
Breathing on the Mirror
The Editing Process
Creating Picture Books
C r a f t Y o u r Wo r l d W i t h Wo r d s
Summer School Your Year
2014 Program Launch
The Dreaded Synopsis
Insight into Editing
Foong Ling Kong
The Road to Redemption
Poet See, Poet Do
The Business of Poetry
Reading for Writers
Editing for Authors
Beyond the First Draft
The First Draft
Writing a Crime Novel
Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Writing for Young Adults
Adaptation for the Screen
Children’s Picture Books
15 Weekend Writing Boot Camp
Adaptation for The Screen
COURSE: Many screenplays for film and television are adapted from novels, plays or from real events, but the process of transforming one form of story into a dramatic form that will work on the screen is difficult and often misunderstood. Participants will analyse examples of screenplays adapted from other works and examine the choices made and the techniques used. The class will also work together on a number of practical exercises that will demonstrate the process.
COURSE: Learn about the increasingly popular subgenre of creative non-fiction, immersion writing, which includes memoir, travel writing, food writing, investigative journalism and more. Examples include The Tall Man (Chloe Hooper) and Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert) where the writers immerse themselves as participants in existing experiences, such as foreign places and subcultures. Alternatively, they initiate projects, as Julie Powell did in Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. The course will cover major craft aspects including voice, research, structure, ethics and the use of fictional devices, with an emphasis on integration of personal experiences with research materials.
with Chris Corbett
Chris Corbett has written over forty hours of Australian television – including episodes of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Stingers, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Blue Heelers, The Secret Life of Us, McLeod’s Daughters and All Saints. He has taught screenwriting in RMIT’s Professional Screenwriting course, AFTRS and at the CAE. His short films have achieved success at Tropfest 2009 and 2011, and Aspen’s Shortsfest in 2010 and 2012. WHEN: Saturdays, 1–5pm, 2–23 Feb FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
with Lee Kofman
Lee Kofman is an author of three books and many short works published in Australia, UK, Canada and the USA. She is the recipient of an Australia Council grant and numerous writing residencies and other awards. Her immersion memoir has been shortlisted for the HarperCollins/Varuna Award 2012.
WHEN: Saturdays, 1–5pm, 6–27 April FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
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Monthly Milestones Voice is Character is Plot: Writing for young adults with Penni Russon
COURSE: In this four-week course the essentials of writing fiction for young adults will be addressed, including plot, characterisation, themes, structure and market. There will be a particular focus on creating and sustaining authentic voices. Penni Russon studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. She spent some time working as a freelance structural editor and content producer until her first novel was published in 2004. She completed a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne where she now teaches. Penni is fascinated by adolescence and the intersection that exists in that period of life between language, bodies, reality, imagination, poetry, sexuality and ideas. Her most recent novel is Only Ever Always, which won the 2012 Aurealis Award and the Western Australian Premiers Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel and was named a Children’s Book Council of Australia notable book. WHEN: Saturdays, 1–5pm, 6–27 July FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
Stories of Future and Past: Turning ideas into sci-fi and fantasy
with Sean McMullen COURSE: Participants will be introduced to what makes science fiction and fantasy stories different from those in other genres. They will be taken through developing ideas, the transition from an idea to a story, the basis of popularity, the dynamic and changing nature of the market, and writing for web and social media outlets. There will be exercises on developing characters without weighing down the text and using reader experience to fill in background details. Sean McMullen has had seventeen books and seven-dozen stories published. His neo-steampunk story Eight Miles was runner up in the Hugo Awards in 2011 and he has won a dozen other Australian and international awards. His latest novel is Changing Yesterday (2011), a young adult time travel story described as Terminator on the Titanic. Sean works in scientific computing, has a PhD in medieval fantasy literature and teaches karate at Melbourne University.
WHEN: Saturdays, 1–5pm, 7–28 Sept FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
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Monthly Milestones Writing a Crime Novel
with PD Martin COURSE: Writing crime brings together elements such as in-depth research, intriguing characters and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the savvy crime reader engaged – and guessing. This course will help you plan, start and/or refine your crime novel and will cover some of the basics of good writing as they apply to the genre, including character development, plot development, dialogue and stream-of-consciousness writing.
Phillipa martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published “traditionally” in thirteen countries and she’s also recently moved into the ebook world. Her Sophie Anderson series – Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death – has met with international acclaim. Her ebooks include Coming Home, The Wanderer, Grounded Spirits and her latest novel, Hell’s Fury, is a spy thriller with crime at its heart. You can find out more about Phillipa at www.pdmartin.com.au.
WHEN: Saturdays, 1–5pm, 5–26 Oct FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
Weekday Writers The First Draft
with Tony Birch
COURSE: This course will deal with fiction, both the novel and book-length short fiction collections. Participants will look at the creative production of the first draft, from conception of an idea or plan to the writing process and initial structural editing. The course will suit writers who are in the process of considering a book-length work, have begun a suite of stories or are already involved in writing a novel. You will be discussing and writing character, setting, pace, mood and plot. Students will be offered writing exercises to complete in the weeks between classes. Tony Birch has written four books including Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day (2009) and Blood (2011), which was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. Tony teaches at the University of Melbourne. WHEN: Thursdays, 1–5pm, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May & 6 June FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
with Katherine Kizilos COURSE: This course will explore research, interviews, descriptive writing, narrative techniques and the ethical challenges of non-fiction through a process of presentation, discussion and practical exercises. Suitable for writers of short and long non-fiction, participants will be assigned homework tasks between sessions to enhance their writing and research skills. Katherine Kizilos is a Melbournebased freelance writer and journalist who has worked as a feature writer and an opinion writer, most recently for The Age and The Sunday Age. She has also written a travel book, The Olive Grove, about her travels and experiences in Greece. WHEN: Thursdays, 1–5pm, 14 March, 11 April, 9 May & 13 June FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
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Weekday Writers Beyond The First Draft
with Carmel Bird COURSE: When you read through the first draft of your novel, what did you really think? What was good, what was not so good? Why? How could things be changed? This course will concentrate on diagnosis of the elements of your draft and on the various possible ways in which to effect change for the better. You will work on your manuscript between sessions with the aim of completing a substantial part of the second draft by the end of the course. Novelist Carmel Bird has been teaching fiction writing since the eighties. Her books on writing include Dear Writer, Writing the Story of Your Life and Not Now Jack – I’m Writing a Novel. Three of her novels have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin. Her most recent novel is Child of the Twilight and her most recent collection of short fiction is The Essential Bird. www.carmel-bird.blogspot.com www.carmelbird.com
WHEN: Thursdays, 1–5pm, 11 July, 8 Aug, 12 Sept & 10 Oct FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
Editing for Authors with Jo Case
COURSE: Once you’ve got your ideas down on paper, revision is what makes the difference between a story you’ve written for yourself and one that’s ready for an audience. Writer and editor Jo Case will teach you the mechanics of revision – from the basic elements and techniques of constructing a shapely story to the toolkit you need to make it really shine. You’ll also get an overview of copyediting, an insight into what drives editors crazy, a basic overview of grammar and punctuation, and tips on how to present your work to publishers. Jo Case is senior writer/editor at The Wheeler Centre. She has been associate editor of Kill Your Darlings, books editor of The Big Issue, deputy editor of Australian Book Review and editor of Readings Monthly.She freelances for The Age, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. Her first book, a memoir, will be published by Hardie Grant in 2013. WHEN: Thursdays, 1–5pm, 18 July, 15 Aug, 19 Sept & 17 Oct FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
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Mentor Mornings Reading for Writers
with Romy Ash COURSE: Can writing be taught? It’s a barbed question. To read is to take a lesson in writing. Focus on reading to develop your writing craft. With a reading list that includes a mix of classic and contemporary fiction, sessions will analyse one novel each month. The masters of literary fiction will demonstrate character, how to write killer dialogue versus the creation of interior lives; structure and plot development; narrative voice and style; and the creation of a world, developing authentic place. Romy Ash’s first novel Floundering was published by Text in 2012. Cate Kennedy endorsed, “Ash writes with a child’s voice that is utterly convincing, cast adrift in a world you will sorrowfully recognise at once as the one we all share.” Romy’s stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories and Essays 2012, Griffith Review, The Big Issue and frankie magazine. She has taught writing at the University of Melbourne for five years.
The Business of Poetry
with Libby Hart COURSE: The Business of Poetry is intended for poets who wish to write for publication. Its two-tiered focus will help participants enhance their poetic voice as well as address the practicalities of today’s publishing environment. Writing exercises will sit side by side with advice about submitting work to journals, entering competitions and developing your first manuscript.
Libby Hart’s most recent collection of poetry, This Floating World (2011), was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Age Book of the Year Awards. Her first collection, Fresh News from the Arctic (2006), received the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize.
WHEN: Sundays, 10am–12pm, 7 July, 4 Aug, 8 Sept, 6 Oct & 10 Nov FULL PRICE: $320 MEMBER PRICE: $240/$210 RATING: Early and emerging
WHEN: Sundays, 10am–12pm, 17 Feb, 17 March, 14 April, 12 May & 23 June FULL PRICE: $320 MEMBER PRICE: $240/$210 RATING: Early and emerging
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Mentor Mornings Short Story
with Chris WomerslEy COURSE: Learn the core elements of constructing a short story: locating ideas, creating characters, how to define a story’s shape, voice and tone at this workshop with one of Australia’s most exciting and widely published short story writers.
Chris Womersley has had short fiction published in The Best Australian Stories (2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012), Griffith Review, Granta, Meanjin and The Age. His story “The Possibility of Water” won the 2006 Josephine Ulrick Prize and he was shortlisted for the 2012 BBC International Short Story Award for A Lovely and Terrible Thing. His second novel Bereft was shortlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
WHEN: Sundays, 10am–12pm, 14 July, 11 Aug, 15 Sept, 13 Oct & 17 Nov FULL PRICE: $320 MEMBER PRICE: $240/$210 RATING: Early and emerging
with Michael Meehan COURSE: This course explores and experiments with ways of writing historical novels, from popular romance and fantasy through to serious investigative fictions.The classes, which will include short lectures and the workshopping of short drafts, will explore a range of narrative methods and experiment with ways of constructing period, character, setting and plot, with an overall interest in the kinds of “truth” that fictions can offer and the varied connections of historical fantasy to historical fact.
Michael Meehan has published four novels, and won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for his first novel The Salt of Broken Tears, set in the Mallee in the 1920s. He was for many years Chair of the Adelaide Writers’ Week Committee and is presently a professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.
WHEN: Sundays, 10am–12pm, 21 July, 18 Aug, 22 Sept, 20 Oct & 24 Nov FULL PRICE: $320 MEMBER PRICE: $240/$210 RATING: Early and emerging
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Compact Courses Poet See, Poet Do
with Paul Mitchell COURSE: Write new poems and learn about poetry’s place in the twenty-firstcentury Australian literary landscape. Some courses offer writing workshops, others offer information. Poet See, Poet Do allows you to explore your creativity and learn about poetry’s history, including the Australian context into which you’ll be sending your poems. As well as writing poetry you’ll explore subject areas including “Poetry Then and Now”, “Meter, Stress, Beat, Rhythm”, “Rhyme and Meaning” and “Image and Line Endings”.
Paul Mitchell has an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Melbourne and has published two books of poetry, Minorphysics (IP) and Awake Despite the Hour (Five Islands Press). He has taught poetry and creative writing at Writers Victoria, the University of Melbourne, Victoria University and RMIT. paul-mitchell.com.au
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6.30–8.30pm, 13–27 Feb & 6 March FULL PRICE: $240 MEMBER PRICE: $170/$155 RATING: Early and emerging
The Road to Redemption: A twelve-step program for procrastinating writers
with Spiri Tsintziras COURSE: Do you want to write but don’t know where to start? Are you lost in a mess of notes and half-started pieces? Or are you holding onto your manuscript because it just might not be good enough? Come, join the other procrastinators, and get on the road to redemption. Part bookish boot camp, part selfhelp group, this twelve-step program will help you get over the most common organisational and personal hurdles to writing. Spiri Tsintziras co-wrote the awardwinning book Parlour Games for Modern Families in four months while working three days a week, running her communications business Writing Spirit on the side, and getting food on the table for her family – with only the occasional meltdown. Spiri is currently working on a food memoir. www.tribaltomato.com.
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6.30–8.30pm, 3–24 April FULL PRICE: $240 MEMBER PRICE: $170/$155 RATING: Early and emerging
with Kelly Gardiner COURSE: This course will provide writers with tips, free web tools and resources to help you research, organise your writing and your time, manage the constant flow of online information and engage with readers and other writers through social media. Kelly Gardiner is a writer, journalist and editor in print and digital media, and now works in online learning at the State Library of Victoria. Her books include Act of Faith, the Swashbuckler adventure trilogy for young readers and Billabong Bill’s Bushfire Christmas. www.kellygardiner.com
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6.30–8.30pm, 5–26 June FULL PRICE: $240 MEMBER PRICE: $170/$155 RATING: Early and emerging
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Compact Courses Freelance Writing for Print and Online
Insight Into Editing
with Estelle Tang
COURSE: Are you keen to become a freelance writer, but not sure how to get started? In Freelance Writing for Print and Online, you will learn how to write reviews and articles, blog posts, opinion pieces and essays for print and online. Edit your writing, explore publication opportunities, develop pitches, build a writer’s toolkit and promote yourself and your work. In this course, you’ll craft editor-ready pitches and have the opportunity to prepare a publishable piece. Estelle Tang is an editor at Oxford University Press, former Online Editor at Kill Your Darlings literary journal and editorial advisor at Paper Radio. Her writing has been published in Australian Literary Review, Australian Book Review, the Wheeler Centre’s Long View series, The Lifted Brow,The Big Issue and heard on Radio National.
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6.30–8.30pm, 10–31 July FULL PRICE: $240 MEMBER PRICE: $170/$155 RATING: Early and emerging
with Foong Ling Kong COURSE: This course is an ideal starting point to understand how editing works and will help you develop editing skills to improve your own or others’ writing. You will be introduced to the principles of structural editing and copyediting across a range of genres, particularly non-fiction. From the critical assessment of manuscripts to practical exercises on style, grammar and punctuation, this course will help students refine their understanding of current editorial protocols and practices in the book-publishing industry.
Foong Ling Kong has nearly two decades’ experience in the publishing industry as an editor and a publisher of books across a wide range of genres. She has taught at Deakin and guest-lectured at the University of Melbourne and RMIT. She has worked in-house at Penguin, Hardie Grant, Melbourne University Press and Allen & Unwin, and freelanced for most Australian publishing houses.
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6.30–8.30pm, 4–25 Sept FULL PRICE: $240 MEMBER PRICE: $170/$155 RATING: Early and emerging
The Dreaded Synopsis: What publishers, agents and media want from authors
with Clare Allan-Kamil COURSE: Writing a synopsis brings even seasoned writers to their knees. Clare Allan-Kamil will break down the parts of a synopsis for fiction and non-fiction work. You will learn to differentiate the story from the concept, identify what parts highlight your manuscript best and to summarise construction of your story. Bring along your idea or an outline from your manuscript and over four sessions work in a group to polish your skills in producing this must-have document. Clare Allan-Kamil has worked with writers, performers and artists as a mentor and facilitator for twenty-five years. She believes that the relationship formed between a mentoring editor and a writer is a delicate balance of understanding, trust and tact. Clare has edited numerous authors in a range of fields and loves the process of seeing a work develop and go into print.
WHEN: Wednesdays, 6.30–8.30pm, 9–30 Oct FULL PRICE: $240 MEMBER PRICE: $170/$155 RATING: Early and emerging
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The Writer’s Workout Bootcamp 1 Wrestling with a Novel
with Shane Maloney COURSE: This course will focus on some of the key elements needed to create a successful work of fiction. These include research, narrative voice, plot, setting, pace, character development and maintaining engagement with the reader. (Caveat: Shane’s strengths do not lie in young adult fiction, fantasy or science fiction.)
Shane Maloney is the author of the Murray Whelan series of satirical crime novels, which have been published in Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Finland and the US, as well as being adapted as films. He has taught writing at RMIT and conducted many workshops in Australia and overseas.
WHEN: Wednesdays 1–5pm, 6–27 March FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
Bootcamp 2 Fingerprints and Blisters
with Craig Sherborne COURSE: Start right if you want to write: are you sure you want to start a book? If so, do you have something to say? How will you say it? A novel or memoir or some other form? How do you stay motivated to get the book finished? This course will, over four sessions, help answer these questions and set out ways you can develop theme, characters, tone and narrative.
Craig Sherborne’s memoir Hoi Polloi was shortlisted for the Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The follow-up, Muck, won the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction. Sherborne has also written two volumes of poetry and his journalism and poetry have appeared in most of Australia’s leading literary journals and anthologies. His novel The Amateur Science of Love was shortlisted for the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Fiction and won the triennial Melbourne Prize for Best Writing in 2012.
WHEN: Wednesdays 1–5pm, 1–22 May FULL PRICE: $390 MEMBER PRICE: $325/$290 RATING: Early and emerging
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Unless otherwise stated all workshops, seminars and events are held at: Writers Victoria Level 3, The Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne (entry alongside State Library of Victoria) ACCESS INFORMATION Where possible, Writers Victoria will provide access for people with a disability. Please assist us by phoning before your visit if you have any special needs. (For more info about access, refer to page Write-ability program on page 17.) EVENT CHANGES
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Our Space, Your Community
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Access to Writers Victoria staff for information and advice
Guidance can be found on the shelves, with plenty of writing guides to refer to and award-winning stories to inspire you. The library will host The Salon, a monthly members’ event beginning on the second Tuesday of February at 6.15pm. Each month a guest writer will talk about their work and members will have the opportunity to discuss the progress of their own work in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The Salon will run 12 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June. Members are welcome to enjoy the library space from 10am to 5pm weekdays and writers groups can book the space for after-hours meetings. You’ll find the library on level three of The Wheeler Centre.
The Victorian Writer magazine, published ten times per year, featuring articles by writers and the best round-up of competitions and opportunities Weekly enews with timely writing news, events and opportunities Access to Writers Victoria’s library and a great collection of writing-related reference books, literary magazines and more Up to three free classifieds a year in The Victorian Writer or enews Discounts on Writers Victoria services including all workshops and events, manuscript assessments, rental of writers’ studios, books for sale including the Australian Writer’s Marketplace as well as discounts at many Victorian bookshops and cinemas
The Year to Come Writers Victoria is looking forward to initiatives across the year through its ongoing collaborations with fellow resident organisations at the Wheeler Centre and other innovative partnerships with literary and arts organisations. Writing Australia is a national federation of state writers’ centres from NSW, SA, ACT, Tasmania and here in Victoria, which aims to take the best of existing centre programs and extend them beyond state borders. In 2013, online courses will be on offer giving writers across the regions access to professional development. Along with this, the Writing Australia Tour program will present the best of interstate authors who will provide workshops in all facets of writing at all centres throughout the year. Writers Victoria currently has projects in development to create new residencies, workshop retreats and regional activities. In the second part of 2013, our five-day masterclass intensives will provide emerging and established writers a dedicated learning environment to hone their craft. Members will find out more about these activities and other new courses and events in 2013 via our website, enews and mid-year mini program, due to be launched in June. To celebrate the year’s end and to welcome the new one, we will be launching the 2014 Writers Victoria Program on 6 December 2013.
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