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Free newsletter from the Australian Writers' Centre (formerly the Sydney Writers' Centre) packed with information about our upcoming courses and events, writing competitions, festivals, free articles on writing as well as freelance news and opportunities. Here's a collection of some of our past newsletters.

11 June 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009
How to sell more books; Upcoming Writers' Festivals; Grammar and Punctuation workshop; win $60,000 literature prize

In this issue:

  • TIP: American vs British
  • How to sell more of your book
  • Writers’ Festivals coming up
  • Grammar and Punctuation: What you need to know
  • 200 seconds short film competition
  • Win $60,000 Melbourne Literature Prize
  • WEBPICK: Molt:n t-shirts

This week our two favourite things are words and T-shirts. Everyone in the office got their choice of t-shirt to celebrate some big news this week. We've been sworn to secrecy until 23 June so we can't tell you yet - but we'll definitely announce it here as soon as we've been given the green light.

In the meantime, my favourite T-shirt is the one on the right - for very obvious reasons! You can buy it from the very talented people at molt:n in Sydney which is our Webpick this week (scroll down).



TIP: American vs British

We’re all familiar with some of the more common differences in American and English spelling – like the use of ‘z’ by Americans where the English would use ‘s’, for example: analyse (British English) and analyze (American English). But The Economist Style Guide lists some other, interesting spelling differences. Here’s just a few.
British
Behove
Cheque
Draught
Furore
Manoeuvre
Sulphur(ous) 
American
Behoove
Check
Draft
Furor
Maneuver
Sulfur(ous) 

To make things easier, remember to set your spell check in Word to automatically correct your words to English (Australian). Of course, this isn’t foolproof, so make sure you proofread any important documents before you send them out.


How to sell more of your book
So, you’ve written your masterpiece. You’ve either decided to self-publish your book, or you’ve managed to pick up a commercial publisher. But is that it? You may have your book in your hand and ready to sell, but have you thought about your marketing?

Marketing your book effectively could mean the difference between a best-seller and one that gathers dust on the shelves of your local bookstore. And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Our 3-week course, Marketing Your Book, will help you plan your marketing campaign and get your book noticed. During the course you’ll learn:
  • the importance of positioning your book
  • positioning yourself - what’s your author brand all about?
  • how to choose the most appropriate promotional tactics
  • how to prepare for media interviews
  • how to generate your own PR
  • how to promote your book using smart online marketing
  • and more.
The course is taught by Amanda Falconer who is a seasoned brand and marketing expert with over 20 years experience across industries ranging from the rag trade to building and now, books. Amanda is currently the national marketing manager of the Australian division of a global manufacturing company. She is also author of The Renovator’s Survival Guide. Since the book’s launch, she has been featured on Sunrise, 9am with David & Kim, A Current Affair, as well as numerous radio interviews including ABC Radio in Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide, as well as 3AW and 2CA.

Marketing Your Book with Amanda Falconer
When
: Every Wednesday evening starting Wednesday 22 July 2009 for three weeks
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Cost: $235

Click here for more information or to enrol online.


Writers’ Festivals
The Sydney Writers’ Festival is over for another year, but you don’t have to wait until 2010 to get your literary fix. There are two regional writers’ festivals coming up that will be well worth a visit.

The Mildura Writers’ Festival will be held on 16 – 19 July and will feature authors such as Robert Gray, Rhyll McMaster, Sophie Cunningham, Morag Fraser and Michelle Cahill. There will be sessions on poetry, lectures and a literary lunch. Readings from poets and contemporary Filipino writers will be held as well as a session on Buddhism and writing.

Sessions costs from $10 per person but there is a free lecture series being held by La Trobe University. For more information visit http://www.artsmildura.com.au/writers/.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the North Coast in August (or lucky enough to live there all year round) the Byron Bay Writers Festival will be happening on 7-9 August, with workshops beginning on 3 August. This is a short festival but they really pack in the events – authors appearing include Tristan Bancks, Mark Dapin, Robert Drewe, Bob Ellis, Wendy Harmer, Linda Jaivin, and many, many more! There will be poetry readings and competitions, workshops, literary lunches and dinners and panel sessions and lectures.
For more information visit http://www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au


Grammar and Punctuation: What you need to know
Can you spot a greengrocer’s apostrophe? Do you know the difference between a phrase, a clause and a sentence? Can you identify the nine parts of speech? Many people have a natural affinity for grammar, but sadly whole generations in Australia missed out on being taught this important subject at school. Our grammar and punctuation refresher is designed to give you a firm foundation in grammar and improve your writing.

During this course you’ll learn:
  • how to treat common mistakes, such as apostrophes and plurals
  • when to bend, break or keep a rule or convention
  • how to discern when more than one solution is acceptable
  • how to apply the standard hard-copy editing marks to double-spaced copy
  • and much more
This seminar is taught by Deb Doyle, an experienced editorial-training consultant and publication editor. Deb has conducted courses for the Productivity Commission, AMP and Wizard Home Loans as well as many other corporate and government entities located in Sydney or Melbourne.

Grammar and Punctuation: What you need to know with Deb Doyle
Date
: Friday 3 July (one-day seminar)
Time: 9am – 5pm
Cost: $395 includes a copy of the workbook Grey Areas and Gremlins: A grammar and punctuation refresher (valued at $50)

Click here for more information or to enrol online.


 
200 seconds short film competition
Australia Post is celebrating its bicentenary this year and the Australian Film Institute (AFI) turns 50. To mark these milestones, the two are coming together to hold a competition for short film makers. The challenge is to create a 200 second film (or 3 minutes 20 seconds) that features a parcel – the parcel can be as big or small as you like, it can play a major role or a minor one, but it must be part of the film.

Prizes include a five-day NIDA Open Program course (valued at $525), a 12-month AFI membership and two tickets to the 2009 AFI Awards ceremony, where your film will be screened.

You have until Monday 31 August to submit your entry. Full details are available at
https://200years.auspost.com.au

If you need help to get started on your entry, join us for our Script Writing for Short Films course. This intensive course will show you how to craft a short film screenplay from scratch and how to get your film made and seen.

Script Writing for Short Films with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Thursday 2 July 2009 and Thursday 9 July 2009 (2 consecutive Thursday evenings)
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $165

Click here for more information or to enrol online.

Melbourne Prize for Literature
This competition is just for our Victorian readers. Run by the Melbourne Trust, the competition will award three prizes – the Melbourne Prize for Literature of $60,000, the Best Writing Award of $30,000, and the Civic Choice Award of $3,000. These are very generous prizes so expect a high standard in the entries.

If you’d like more information, click here to download the entry form.



WEBPICK: molt:n t-shirts
We like words. Of course we do, we work in a Writers’ Centre! We also like t-shirts. So we were really pleased when we came across molt:n t-shirts online.

Our favourite is pictured, but you can also get t-shirts declaring ‘I like code’ and ‘I like design’. Molt:n is actually a web design consultancy and they designed these t-shirts for a conference, but they were so popular they’re now selling them through their website.

Visit http://shop.moltn.com/ to order. 




Other upcoming courses
Course: Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers with Judy Skatssoon
When
: Every Monday starting Monday 15 June 2009 for five weeks - FULL
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Online Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers with Valerie Khoo
When
: Week beginning Monday 15 June 2009 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Hook Your Reader with Maree Giles
When
: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 17 June 2009 for five weeks
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Successful Freelancing with Valerie Khoo and Gayle Bryant
When
: Thursday 18 June 2009 (one-evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $75

One-on-one Manuscript Clinic with Maree Giles
When
: Wednesday 24 June 2009, one hour sessions
Time: Call 9929 9237 to arrange an appointment
Cost: $150

Seminar: How to get your book published with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Thursday 25 June 2009 (one-evening seminar)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: $75

Seminar: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
When
: Friday 26 June 2009 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Cost: $325

Course: Online Creative Writing with Pamela Freeman / Cathie Tasker
When
: Week beginning Monday 29 June 2009 for five weeks - NEW DATE
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman
When
: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 30 June 2009 for five weeks - FULL
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers with Pamela Wilson
When
: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 1 July 2009 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Script Writing for the Short Films with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Thursday 2 July and Thursday 9 July 2009 (two evening seminars)
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $165

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When
: Friday 3 July 2009 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Cost: $395

Course: Writing for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When
: Every Thursday starting Thursday 16 July 2009 for five weeks
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Marketing Your Book with Amanda Falconer
When
: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 22 July 2009 for three weeks
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $235

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Mel Wilkinson
When
: Thursday 30 July 2009 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Tuesday 4 August 2009 (one-evening seminar)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: $75

Course: Novel Writing Workshop with Pamela Freeman
When
: 5 evening classes held approximately every six weeks beginning Tuesday 11 August 2009
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Self-publishing - How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Wednesday 12 August 2009 (one-evening seminar) - NEW DATE
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: $75

Course: Editing Essentials with Katrina Lobley
When
: Thursday 13 August 2009 (one-day seminar) - NEW DATE
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Cost: $345


Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Kate Forsyth
When
: Every Thursday starting Thursday 20 August 2009 for five weeks
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Judith Ridge
When
: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 26 August 2009 for five weeks
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Feature Writing Stage 2 with Judy Skatssoon
When
: Every Monday starting Monday 7 September 2009 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $395


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