Online Writing Workshop Program

The South Coast Writers Centre presents their new Online Writing Workshop Program for writers stuck at home during COVID-19. With this lineup of award-winning and experienced Australian authors, poets and publishers, the SCWC invites writers of all skill levels from across Australia to hone their writing craft from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The global pandemic is a tragedy that in Australia we have mostly managed to curb so far, but not without suspending work for an entire industry of artists. With this online program, the SCWC hopes to provide work to authors and artists, and the opportunity to stay focused and learning to our community during this difficult (and still dangerous) time.

Scroll down for the details and booking links for all the workshops in the series. SCWC members get access to reduced prices, so if you're not a member already, consider joining here.

Children's and YA publishing is one of the most diverse, lively and creative areas of the book industry, and accounts for half of all book sales in Australia. Whether for young children, middle-grade readers or young adult readers, it's a rewarding and absorbing field for writers, with many opportunities. Award-winning author and acclaimed publisher Sophie Masson AM will guide you through the hows and whys of writing for young readers today, and what publishers are looking for in each area.

Tickets: $75 for SCWC members ($90 full price)
Dates & Times: 11am-1pm on Saturdays
Writing YA Fiction: 18 July

Sophie Masson is the award-winning and internationally-published author of over 70 books for children, young adults and adults. Her writing has received many awards, and she holds a PhD in Creative Practice from the University of New England (NSW) and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2017. A former Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, Sophie is the current Chair of the New England Writers’ Centre. In 2019, Sophie received an AM (Member, General Division) award in the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2019 honours list. Her citation read ‘For significant service to literature as an author, publisher, and through service to literary organisations’.

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Award-winning author Heather Rose will explore the process of writing a novel with a small group of students. Live and interactive two-hour sessions over five weeks will cover both the craft and the psychology of writing a novel. How do we develop good characters? How do we create convincing settings? How do we write a first draft? But equally, how do we overcome our fear, master commitment, harness our imaginations and learn the endurance necessary to develop a completed manuscript?

You may have a novel half completed. It could be for children, young adults or adults. You may have a few chapters sitting in a drawer, or an idea floating about that won't let you go. This course is designed to give you a kit of tools to get you well underway and to keep you heading in the right direction.

Tickets: $500 for SCWC members ($550 for non-members)
Dates & Times: 7.30pm-9.30pm on Wednesdays from 2 September to 30 September

Heather Rose is the award-winning Australian author of eight novels, her newest being the bestselling political thriller Bruny, which won the 2020 ABIA General Fiction Book of The Year, and has been shortlisted for the 2020 Independent Booksellers Awards. Heather writes for both adults and children across a range of genres, and her seventh novel, The Museum of Modern Love, won the 2017 Stella Prize, Christina Stead Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize.

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Posted on May 14, 2020