Seminar: Research for Writers

Helen O’Neill

Tuesday 1 November 2022, 6:30-9.00pm

Full Price: $85
Member: $65
Conc Member: $55

Participants in face to face courses must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must comply with any other precautionary measures Writing NSW puts in place.

Research brings writing to life. Whatever the genre, from fiction to non-fiction, research is one of the most powerful tools any author can have at their disposal – and those who use it well create mesmerizing work.

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This practical research seminar will show you how to harness, direct and exploit research to its best advantage for your writing, using everything from the basic tools of investigative journalism to the subtle nuances of critical, evocative detail. Learn a series of easy-to-follow techniques that will enable you to mount a meaningful search on any subject. Using real-life examples to demonstrate the dos and the don’ts, you’ll learn how, why and when to dive into research. Hunting down and using information can be an ethical minefield, and this seminar will demonstrate how to avoid the booby traps. It will also help you recognise when the time has come for your research to stop.

Emphasising take-home strategies, this seminar will show you how best to use both public and private information resources. Covering everything from online archives and libraries to the potential of interviews and observation, it will enable you to develop a truly useful research strategy. It will also give you the confidence to exploit what you’ve discovered in a way that will fuel and deeply enrich your written work.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Tools for directing and organising research
  • Resources for research
  • Confidence in research, and in knowing when to stop

Participant Requirements

Bring a pen and paper, or fully charged device.


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If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

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