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2017 Courses

Polish & Publish: The Insider’s Guide: SOLD OUT

Sunday, 12 November: 10am-1.30pm; Sunday, 19 November: 10am-1.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Very Small Group Limited to 6 | $220 GST included

“The professional writer is the amateur who didn’t quit.” -Richard Bach
Bring 2000-4000 words of your writing to collect gentle and constructive feedback, discover your strengths, define opportunities for improvement, and get the inside scoop on publishing. We will learn how to:
— Provide evidence-based editorial critique with confidence & accuracy
— Self-edit with more precision through guided practice
— Provide editorial insight by citing technical issues without ‘writing the work’ or contaminating another’s creative process
— Practice diplomatic editorial skills in a positive setting
— See & nurture your own strengths & areas for refinement more clearly
— Gather feedback on your own work from several other writers & editors
— Read outside of our usual genres as powerful lessons in objective literary critique
— Write a professional synopsis, query letter and submission package
— Run a respectful, goal-oriented writing group.
Enhance your writing with passionate industry pros, Lauren Daniels & Josh Brockbank and join the ranks of writers who take our workshops and get published. Here, we empower you to edit your own work with verve and to run productive writing groups. Morning teas included. Pack a lunch.

Intro to Creative Writing II: Burn, Baby, Burn

Saturday, 9 December: 3-5.30pm; Sunday, 10 December: 10am-2.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Small Group | $189 GST included

“He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.” -Joseph Heller
A course that builds upon our Creative Writing I: Light Your Fire course, we’ll take things a bit further this time to keep things burning bright. We will learn how to:
— Explore and practice advanced literary techniques through writing exercises
— Deconstruct challenging, layered pieces of fiction, a short story, and non-fiction, a personal essay
— Articulate feedback on another writer’s work citing evidence, technique and through practice
— Undertake and respond to critique of your work professionally
— Self-edit with more precision
— Run supportive, respectful, goal-oriented writing groups.
Have some fun. Devote time to your writing and stoke the flames before the holidays. Join editors, Lauren Daniels, Josh Brockbank & Geneve Flynn for this creative writing experience and come away more confident in your knowledge of the craft. Afternoon teas included. Pack a lunch for Sunday.

2018 Courses

Writing for Children & Adolescents: Picture Books through YA

Saturday, 27 January: 10am-4.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Small Group | $220 GST included
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Lewis Carroll
Meet with a team of editors — Anna Bartlett, Geneve Flynn & Lauren Daniels — and award-winning author/teacher, Janet Reid to glean tips on what children’s and young adult [YA] publishers seek and how to prepare professional submissions. We will:
— Unpack the industry standards, lengths & publishing trends of children’s picture books & YA novels
— Discuss why children are the toughest audiences & how to win them over
— Explore the booming YA [Young Adult] genre & what attracts readers
— Hold a Q&A with local YA author, Janet Reid, about her process in writing, developing and publishing Granny Rags and The Ruby Bottle.
Find out more about good storytelling techniques for young readers and how to earn the positive regard of your audience. Includes light morning & afternoon teas. Bring your lunch.

In Character: Archetypes, Psychology & the Hero’s Journey

Date TBD, Saturday: 3-5.30pm; Sunday: 10am-2.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Small Group | $220 GST included
“The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” – Vladimir Nabokov
Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, organic characters are the pillars of the story form. This workshop, driven by group discussion, writing exercises explores the rich terrain where literature and psychology converge. We’ll incorporate insights from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Carolyn Myss, and Carl Jung’s views on archetypes vs. stereotypes. We’ll use psychological models to help track how certain character styles integrate or disintegrate through a story arc. We will:
— Read excerpts & experiment with character styles
— Explore how characters act ‘in character’ for authentic character arcs
— Track character healthy integration & unhealthy disintegration patterns
— Explore the concept of identity as we track what makes good characters great.
Join author/editors Lauren Daniels, Josh Brockbank & Geneve Flynn for lively discussions, writing exercises, morning and afternoon teas. Please pack a lunch.

Speculative Fiction: Myths & Madness

2018 Dates TBD Saturday: 3-5.30pm; Sunday: 10am-2.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Small Group | $220 GST included
“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” -Ursula K. Le Guin
Got ectoplasm on your laptop and fire-breathing carnies on the brain? Got Rowling, Gaiman, Rice, King, Bradbury and Tolkien on your shelf? While the term ‘speculative fiction’ dawned in the 20th century, alternative and inventive angles that synthesise magic realism with the supernatural date back to Euripides and Shakespeare. Our course outline:
— The history, purpose & passion of spec fic
— Killer openers
— World building
— Tropes & clichés…heroes & villains
— How myths & legends add resonance
— Psychology & spec fic
— Kick butt fight scenes
— Writer’s resources & markets.
If you need some support from savvy editor/authors who love this genre as much as you do, join Lauren Daniels, Geneve Flynn & Josh Brockbank for this fantastic weekend.

Travel Writing: Articles to Books

Saturday, TBD: 3-5.30pm; Sunday, TBD: 10am-2.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Small Group | $220 GST included

“Not all who wander are lost.” -JRR Tolkein
With a travel writer and editor as your guide, join this expedition into one most the most popular of genres. Our itinerary includes:
— An elastic genre: short to long/commercial to personal, the core skills are identical. Use them to meet the market/press list of publishers.
— Voice: What makes yours unique; matching voice/style to publication
— Travel vs. tourism: Do & earn more from your travel experiences
— Inspiration & writer’s block: Find your own path
— Writing with impact: Strong openers; carefully selected details & killer angles
— Trekker tips: What every travel writer must know
— Structural variations
— Publishing myths & realities
— Reasons for rejection
— A word on photos
Travel adventure and disaster tales welcome. Beginners to advanced writers will create this supportive atmosphere. Trading trekking tips encouraged. Morning and afternoon teas included but pack a lunch for Sunday.

Intro to Creative Writing: Light Your Fire

Dates TBD, Saturday: 3-5.30pm; Sunday: 10am-2.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Small Group | $220 GST included

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” -Ernest Hemingway
Spike your skills with this small-group course presented by Lauren Daniels & Joshua Brockbank. We will:
— Practice literary techniques/devices through writing exercises
— Explore common issues like ‘purple prose’ and ‘show don’t tell’
— Discuss focus & perspective
— Sharpen our authentic, active voices
— Unwrap theme & character
— Sketch out structure & plot
— Deconstruct a classic working story or two.
Developed for those with a desire to push ideas into more workable drafts, this course provides the petrol and the launch pad. Morning and afternoon teas included. Bring your lunch on Sunday.

Recording Family & Life Stories: A Memoir Weekend

Dates TBD, Saturday: 3-5.30pm; Sunday: 10am-2.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Small Group | $220 GST included
“We write to taste life twice.” -Anaïs Nin
Everyone has stories to tell. The secret’s in using the literary techniques of good fiction and having a sharp focus. Join us to explore ways to connect and frame your personal stories. Through readings, discussions and writing exercises, we will:
— Transform memories into memoirs
— Cite the differences between a diary entry and a personal essay
— Explore the differences between the autobiography and the memoir
— Trace the path to grow short works into longer ones
— Emphasise focus as the key to good memoir and discover and strengthen the central focus our our stories.
Join seasoned author/editor, Lauren Daniels for a weekend of exploration and experimentation. Bring pen, paper and your own brand of moxie. Morning/afternoon teas included. Pack a lunch on Sunday.

Fiction Blitz: Weekend Course with Three Editors

Dates TBD, Saturday: 3-5.30pm; Sunday: 10am-2.30pm @ Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road], Arana Hills
All Levels Welcome | Small Group | $220 GST included

Whether it’s a novel or short stories you’re polishing, we can help. Spread over two days to help you absorb the info, this workshop gets rave reviews for its practical approach on what makes fiction stand up in today’s market. Our team of editors [as well as published writers] tackle:
— What publishers like Penguin Random House seek in a hook, plot, character
— The elements of appealing fiction
— Conflict and character
— Cutting cliches and striving for authentic prose.
Join Lauren Daniels, Josh Brockbank and Geneve Flynn for lively discussions, writing exercises and morning and afternoon teas.

Seasons and Symbols: Writing the Inner Journey

Dates TBD | Sat-Sun: 12pm-5pm | $220 incl. GST “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” -Yoko Ono A weekend for writers of all ages and levels, we’ll explore ‘show versus tell’ by exploring the richness of our own experience. With two guest speakers – a Jungian dream interpreter and a certified Seasons (TM) Companion – we’ll ‘write what we know’ through exercises and discussions. Sharing 500 words of a writing project for positive critique is optional on Day Two. Afternoon tea included.

Women Who Write: Back by Popular Demand

Dates TBD | Sat-Sun | $220 incl. GST
“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.” -Jessamyn West
Designed to refresh and energise, this workshop explores women’s writing in order to cultivate our own craft and confidence. Alongside contemporary and ancestral writers, explore perspectives of identity, spirituality, sensuality and philosophy in an evolving world. Gain momentum with your writing and enjoy the camaraderie. Come for the voices, writing prompts and cake. Morning & afternoon teas included.

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