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Writing NSW continues to expand our range of online learning options, including our on-demand courses — learning you can do at any time and at your own pace, at an affordable price. With on-demand courses, you can learn from anywhere (with reliable internet access), and work at your own pace and to your own schedule. If you’re a Writing NSW member, contact us to receive a discount code. 


Editing and Submitting Your Picture Books with Aleesah Darlison

Learn how to create the best version of your picture book manuscript through a process of self-editing and road testing. It will also guide you through the submissions process, showing you how to confidently format your story to industry standard and what steps to follow when submitting to publishers.
In this three-hour course, you will: 
  • Complete guided exercises to take your picture book story to the next level – submission standard!
  • Discover the best ways to test your work and how to format your manuscript to a professional standard
  • Learn how to find and approach suitable Australian publishers for your work
If you’re starting out or emerging in the picture book genre and would like some solid guidelines on how to edit and format your manuscript for publishers, this course is for you. It follows on from Aleesah Darlison’s informative introductory course, Getting Started with Picture Books, and builds on the knowledge imparted in that course. 

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready.

Pricing:
Full price: $79
Member price: $59

Level: Aspiring/Emerging
Discounted price for members: Writing NSW Members receive a $20 discount! To receive this discount, you must be a current member of Writing NSW and enrol in the course using the email address associated with your membership. Contact us to receive the discount code.

About the tutor
Aleesah Darlison writes picture books, chapter books, novels and series for children. Her story themes include courage, understanding, self-belief, friendship and environmental issues. She has won several awards for her writing and has had numerous short stories, articles and book reviews published across various mediums.

 


How to Write Sex Scenes with Krissy Kneen

Whether you want to add a steamy love scene to your novel, short stories or memoir, or learn how to write erotica, this online writing course will help you develop the skills needed to craft hot love scenes. Sex is an important part of our lives, and exploring the sexual desires of characters provides insights into their most secret inner-lives.
In this three-hour course, you will: 
  • face any fears you might have about writing sex scenes, erotica or literotica
  • unpack the language of sex through close readings and exercises
  • develop a writing practice through a series of generative exercises 
This course is designed for all types of writers, both fiction and non-fiction. Through a series of lessons, examples and practical exercises, you’ll gain new insights into writing sex scenes. 

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Pricing:
Full price: $79
Member price: $59
Level: Aspiring/Emerging/Developing

To receive this discount, you must be a current member of Writing NSW and enrol in the course using the email address associated with your membership. Contact us to receive the discount code.

About the tutor
Krissy Kneen
 is the author of the bestselling memoir Affection, the novels Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, the Thomas-Shapcott-Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother, and An Uncertain Grace, which was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Norma K Hemming Award and the Aurealis awards. 

 


 

Getting Started with Short Stories with Ryan O’Neill

Writing short fiction is a great way to develop your creative writing skills.

As well as being an art form in its own right, short fiction can be a laboratory for you to try out new and strange ideas; it can be a training ground in which you can build up your writing muscles before attempting a longer form such as a novel; and it can be a playground, in which you can have lots of fun.
In this three-hour course from award-winning author Ryan O’Neill, you will:
  • learn the most important elements that make up a short story: setting, characterisation, point of view and plot
  • find reading recommendations and writing advice, including how to spark story ideas
  • complete a variety of writing exercises to build your short fiction skills

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready. 

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Pricing:
Full price:
$79

Member price: $59
Level: Aspiring/Emerging

About the tutor
Ryan O’Neill is the author of two short story collections. His latest, Their Brilliant Careers, won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award.


Developing Your Voice in Fiction and Non-Fiction
with Lee Kofman 

Above all, it’s a writer’s voice that makes a literary work truly gripping.

Learn from Lee Kofman, author of three fiction books and two memoirs, and editor of two anthologies of personal essays. In this three-hour course, you will:

  • unpack macro and micro aspects of voice in writing
  • develop the sound and flow of your own unique voice
  • learn strategies to continue to hone your voice.

This workshop is designed for both fiction and creative non-fiction writers, to help you to develop your voice and/or sustain it through a series of theoretical and practical suggestions, writing examples and exercises.

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready.

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Pricing:
Full price:
$79

Member price: $59
Level: Aspiring/Emerging/Developing

About the tutor
Dr Lee Kofman
is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books and two memoirs: Imperfect, which was shortlisted for the Nib Literary Award 2019, and The Dangerous Bride. She is also co-editor of Rebellious Daughters and editor of Split, both anthologies of personal essays by prominent Australian authors. Split was longlisted for a 2020 ABIA Award.


Writing and Editing Digital Texts
with Pamela Hewitt

Today, writers need to understand the digital world and decide how they want to participate in it.

You don’t need to be a techie to publish and publicise your text on a variety of digital platforms. Learn from accredited editor Pamela Hewitt, who has worked in editing and publishing for over 25 years.

Working through the practical, hands-on exercises in this course, you will:

  • understand current digital technology
  • learn strategies for presenting your blog or podcast or story on a range of screens
  • explore the digital possibilities for texts you’ve already written, in any subject area and genre
  • gain insights into the pros and cons of self-publishing

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready.

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Pricing:
Full Price:
$149

Member Price: $109
Level: All levels

About the tutor
Pamela Hewitt is an accredited editor and qualified teacher, who has worked in editing and publishing for over 25 years. After an in-house career in educational and academic editing, she established a freelance editorial practice focusing on memoir, fiction and creative non-fiction.


 

Revising Your Short Stories
with Roanna Gonsalves

Enhance your understanding of the short story form and refine your craft in order to create engaging and delightful short stories.

In this self-paced, on-demand course, you’ll develop specific skills and insights into short story writing, including how to understand the shape of stories, and how to use language more creatively. As you progress through the course, you’ll undertake a series of exercises to refine an early draft of a short story. Be prepared to ‘kill your darlings’ and to do lots of writing.

This course is appropriate for writers who have completed at least one short story draft, and who want to sharpen their creative writing skills through revision and redrafting.

In this three-hour course from award-winning short story author Roanna Gonsalves, you will:

  • Learn how to think about the shape of short stories
  • Develop your ability to use fresh language and avoid clichés
  • Complete a variety of exercises to refine an early draft of a short story

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready.

Click here to go to the course >>

Pricing:
Full Price:
$79

Member Price: $59
Level: All levels

About the tutor
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident and creator of the ABC radio series On the tip of a billion tongues. She holds a PhD and teaches creative writing in communities and schools across Australia and the US.

 


Getting Started with Picture Books
with Aleesah Darlison

If you’re interested in writing picture books for the first time, or if you’ve started a few drafts and are looking for some inspiration and guidance, this course is for you!

Through advice and exercises, Aleesah Darlison will explain the picture book genre for you and demystify the process of beginning to write these joyous yet challenging stories. This self-paced course will provide an initial overview of the genre and assist you in getting your ideas down on paper and moving forward with those stories to mould them into shape.

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready. 

Pricing:
Full Price:
$79

Member Price: $59
Level: Aspiring

Click here to go to the course >>

About the tutor

Aleesah Darlison writes picture books, chapter books, novels and series for children. Her story themes include courage, understanding, self-belief, friendship and environmental issues. She has won several awards for her writing and has had numerous short stories, articles and book reviews published across various mediums.

 


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