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Published January 17th 2013
Workshops to foster, develop & promote your writing skills
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The SA Writers' Centre Inc. is a non-profit organisation that aims to foster, develop and promote writers and writing further with a program of workshops. These development programs will be delivered by professional writers with the objective of fostering the writing skills, knowledge base, industry expertise and techniques of being a writer.

Short Story Masterclass: with Jessica Adams.
Saturday 2 February, 10am - 4.00pm
Jessica Adams

Jessica has been a team editor on four top ten bestsellers - Holiday Goddess, In Bed With, Girl's Night In and Kid's Night In, both of which are the most successful Australian short story anthology series' ever published.
Girls' Night In

The workshop will show you ways you can improve your drafts, sell your ideas to the magazine market and get the attention of mainstream publishers and e-publishers with Kindle and Smashwords.

Jessica will share ideas on how your short stories can promote your novels, but still remain a success in their own right. This masterclass will look at commercial women's fiction, mysteries and erotica and opportunities you can explore.

You are encouraged to bring along your work and master the art of blurb and first page. The workshop will look at ways you can update your knowledge with the latest trends in social media, book review sites and other valuable publicity sources.

SAWC members: $100 - Non-members: $150.

Travel Writing Workshop: with Paul Greenway
Saturday 9 February, 10am - 4.00pm
Paul Greenway

Paul has written 30 guidebooks during the nine years he has been a travel writer with Lonely Planet. He has covered adventurous and wonderful locations like Iran, Madagascar, Yeman and Botswana, besides contributing to various restaurant guides.

Today he earns his living full-time as a travel writer, and recently published his The All Grown-up Guide to Bali, and sells articles and photos to travel publications in Australia and Asia.

This workshop will look at ways you can realistically foster and finance your travelling and writing, as well as skirting the pitfalls.

Paul will discuss ways to:
pitch your ideas and to whom, and how to create a story publishers really want.
consider the latest modern alternatives, such as travel blogs,
store, share and send your valuable photos.
grasp a better understanding of important issues such as fees and copyright.

Group participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts, ask questions and review their travel stories during the workshop.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Phil Hoffman Travel.

Attendees will have an opportunity to be considered for publication.

SAWC Members $100.00 - Non-members $150

Writing Chick Lit: with Anita Heiss
as part of the Writing Australia Tours Program.
Friday 15 February, 2 pm - 5pm.
Anita Heiss

Anita is a contemporary Australian author of Indigenous Australian and Austrian descent. She is from the Wiradjuri people and grew up in Sydney, attending St Clare's College. Today she is an associate professor at Macquarie University, a director of the Gadigal Information Services and Koori Radio and Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Society of Authors.

She has written several best selling novels Not meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming, as well as poetry and non-fiction books Am I Black Enough For You? and Dhuuluu-yala, To Talk Straight: Publishing Indigenous Literature.
Am I Black Enough For You?

This workshop will appeal to those who wish to learn how to develop storylines, plot points and lead your readers on an emotional and evolutionary journey. Anita will focus on the importance of research, the value of dialogue and discovering your own voice.
"Manhattan Dreaming"

She invites participants to bring along their sense of humour, their stories of heartbreak and betrayal, and be prepared to write, share and purge any preconceived notions of chick lit.

SAWC members $80 - non-members $100.

Power Editing Masterclass: with Valarie Parv
as part of the Writing Australia Tours Program
Sunday 3 March, 10am - 4pm.

Valarie Parv

Valarie Parv is a popular Australian romance writer who has written more than 70 internationally published novels. Since 1982 she has published her novels in Mills and Boon. She is acknowledged in Australia as a media spokesperson for everything romantic.
"The Art of Romance Writing"

For twelve years Valarie has worked with writers in conjunction with the Valarie Parv Award conducted by the Romance Writers of Australia. It is noted that most of the winners of the award have been published.
"The Idea Factory"

As an accomplished professional writer, Valarie acts as a mentor to the beginner writer as she nurtures and polishes their raw literary skills and craft of writing. During her workshop she shares her techniques she uses in her internationally published books.

SAWC members: $100 - non-members $150.

Jennifer Mills Extraordinary Short Stories
Wednesday 13, 20 & 27 March, 6pm - 9pm
Jennifer Mills

Jennifer Mills is an Australian novelist, and award winning short story writer and poet.
She wrote the novels:
The Diamond Anchor (2009)
Gone (2011),
Her collection of short stories, The Rest is Weight (2012), is published by University of Queensland Press and her collection of poems Treading Earth was published by Press, Press, (2009).
'The Rest is Weight.' - Collection of short stories.

Jennifer is the winner of several literary awards:

2008 - Marian Eldridge Award for Young Emerging Women Writers
2008/9 - the Pacific Region Commonwealth Short Story Competition
2008 - Northern Territory Literary Awards: Best Short Story
2009 - Short listed for Manchester Fiction Prize
'The Diamond Anchor' (2009).

Her workshop will provide a series of creative exercises working with dialogue, imagery, voice and metaphor that will help you create captivating short stories that will stand out from the others.
'Gone' (2011)

The workshop is conducted over three sessions that will analyse, challenge and stimulate your writing skills.

SAWC members - $150 - Non-members $210

Writing for Love and Money:
with Helen Chryssides
Saturday 23 March, 10am - 4.00pm
Helen Chryssides

Helen's workshop will show you how you can turn fun into profit. In six easy steps she will show you ways you can turn your love of writing into earning an income. She will show you various ways you can discover opportunities in the newspaper and magazine market and get paid for writing jokes, anecdotes, short stories and non-fictional articles.
'Your Home Business'

Here is a golden opportunity for you to find your niche in the book market, whether it be romantic novels, children's picture books or biographies.

SAWC members: $100 - Non-members: $150

Freelance Journalism Workshop
with Helen Chryssides
Sunday 24 March, 10am - 4pm.

From beginning to end, Helen's workshop covers every step of the process of discovering the idea, researching the subject, interviewing the person/s and completing the article for publication.

This workshop examines the market, the types of articles and the content of freelance articles accepted. As an accomplished freelance writer, Helen will discuss interview techniques, writing an article and how to approach an editor of a magazine or newspaper. You will learn how to convert your ideas for stories into successful articles suitable for national newspapers and magazines.

SAWC members $100 - Non-members $150.
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Why? Excellent opportunity to further develop your creative writing skills with successful professional writers.
When: Check each workshop for details.
Phone: 8223 7662
Where: 187 Rundle Street
Cost: Check each workshop for cost.
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