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Brisbane Writers Workshop 2017 Course Schedule
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Brisbane Writers Workshop specialise in small group writing classes and cater directly to your needs.

Creative writing is a great hobby and sometimes it can be challenging to find a small group class that will inspire you to take your story from idea to published work.

So if you are new to creative writing, aspire to be a fiction or non-fiction writer, or are an established author looking to find a writing community with a difference, you may like to check out Brisbane Writers Workshop.

They have just released their 2017 schedule:

Intro to Creative Writing: Light Your Fire [4 Seats Left]
Saturday, 8 April: 2.30-5pm; Sun, 9 April: 10am-2.30pm


Spike your skills with this small-group course presented by Lauren Daniels. This course has been developed for those with a desire to push ideas into more workable drafts. It also provides the petrol and the launch pad to get you going.

Practice literary techniques, play with writing exercises, and build upon your strengths.
Explore common issues from strengthening focus and omitting purple prose.
Craft solid scenes with a focused perspective and an authentic, active voice.
Enjoy morning and afternoon teas with new friends and be sure to bring your lunch.


Speculative Fiction: Myths & Madness [Filling Up!]
Saturday, 27 May: 3-5.30pm; Sun, 28 May: 10am-2.30pm


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, the angle of alternative and inventive angles that synthesise magic realism with the supernatural dates back to Euripides and Shakespeare.

Our challenge is to bypass the cliche and stay fresh. If you need some support from savvy editor/authors who love this genre as much as you do, join us…


Travel Writing: Articles to Books
Sat, 3 June: 3-5.30pm; Sun, 4 June: 10am-2.30pm


With a travel writer and editor as your guide, join this expedition into one most the most popular of genres.

The itinerary includes resources, publishing tips and how to highlight your experiences in a marketable fashion as short pieces of writing for periodicals as well as full-length works.

Travel adventure and disaster tales welcome.

Beginners to advanced writers will create this supportive atmosphere.

Trade trekking insights and tips with like-minded friends.

Enjoy morning and afternoon teas, but be sure to pack a lunch.


Polish & Publish: The Insider's Guide
Sat, 15 July: 3-5.30pm; Sun, 16 July: 10am-2.30pm


Bring up to 2000 words of your writing to collect gentle and constructive feedback, discover your strengths, define opportunities for improvement, and get the inside scoop on publishing.

This course will enhance your writing and you'll be inspired by passionate industry pros to join the ranks of writers who take these workshops and get published.

At the Polish & Publish workshop you'll feel empowered to edit your own work with verve and learn how to run productive writing groups.

Afternoon teas included. Pack a lunch.


In Character: Archetypes to the Enneagram
Sat, 19 August: 3-5.30pm; Sun, 20 August: 10am-2.30pm


This is an exciting course where you will examine character through an array of lenses including Carl G. Jung's archetypes, Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey motif, and the personality model of the Enneagram as exemplary creative tools in character and plot development.

Together, you'll read excerpts and experiment with character styles. Explore the concept of identity as you track what makes good characters great.

Join Lauren Daniels, Josh Brockbank and Geneve Flynn for lively discussions, writing exercises, morning and afternoon teas. Please pack a lunch.

This is a brilliant course. Don't miss out on learning how to integrate archetypes and the depth of the Enneagram into your characters.


Writing for Children & Adolescents: Picture Books through YA
Sat, 16 September: 3-5.30pm; Sun, 17 September: 10am-2.30pm


Meet with a team of editors — Anna Bartlett and Lauren Daniels — and award-winning, guest author Janet Reid to glean tips on what children's and young adult [YA] publishers seek and how to prepare professional submissions. Find out about good storytelling techniques for young readers and how to earn the regard of this tough audience. Includes light morning/afternoon tea.

Each course offered by Brisbane Writers Workshop will help you to develop valuable writing skills and wet your creative appetite.

Their courses are kept small to meet your needs and their presenters are experts in their fields.

To find out more or book in for a course, give Lauren Daniels a call or email her at ledaniels@outlook.com.
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Why? Brisbane Writers Workshop offer excellent courses from Introductory Courses to Writing for Children.
When: Various dates from April through to September 2017
Phone: 07 3351 7003
Where: Bunya House, 1167 South Pine Road [near Francis Road - Aussie Tree Solutions], Arana Hills
Cost: $189 GST incl.
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