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14 June 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

In this issue

  • TIP: Bad or badly?
  • Will you be joining us in Bali
  • Upcoming courses
  • Did you know? J R R Tolkein and Lord of the Rings
  • TIP: How to use an ellipsis
  • WEBPICK: TV Tonight

One of my secret indulgences is reading home decor and interiors magazines. I pore over the pages and imagine what my place would look like if I had the right cushions, accessories and furniture. For me, it’s a total escape!

I also know that I’m not the only person who loves these magazines. And that’s why I love our course Writing About Interiors, Style and Design. This course is a great peek into what you need to do to write about the world of style. While many of the principles are the same as regular feature writing, there are specific rules that you need to follow. After all, how many ways can you describe the colour tangerine? How do you translate the language of architects and renovators for regular people?

This two-part seminar covers:

  • understanding the market for home and interior design articles
  • the most common types of article that magazines wants
  • how you can find properties, feature ideas and contacts
  • tips and rules for writing about homes and interior design
  • how much technical knowledge and jargon you need to know
  • how to find an unusual angle
  • what editors of interior magazines are looking for
  • and MUCH more

Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
When
: Wednesdays 27 June & 4 July 2012
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Click here for more information or to enrol online.

TIP: Bad or badly?

Don’t feel too bad if you’re caught out using “bad” badly – you’re not alone! Many people confuse the use of the adjective bad with the adverb badly. It seems the confusion is caused by verbs – action verbs and linking verbs.

Linking verbs describe emotion or states of being (they’re sometimes called being verbs). To describe linking verbs, you use an adjective. For example:

I feel bad.
She felt bad about missing her friend’s birthday.


In these examples the linking verb is feel or felt, and therefore you use the adjective bad.

For action verbs, you use adverbs (which often end in –ly). For example:

The instructions were written so badly nobody could assemble the table.
The team want to win so badly they’re training every day.


In these examples the action verbs, written and win, are being modified, so you use the –ly or adverb form, badly.

Do you need to train your staff in writing?

Don’t miss out on our fantastic end-of-financial year offer, perfect for businesses looking to organise their staff training for the year. Until Friday 29 June 2012, you can pay now for staff training and have an entire year to book into any of our face-to-face or online courses. You can even book in-house training with us!
 
We have four packages on offer that could help you save thousands on staff training.

If you’d like any more information on this offer call our courses manager, Danielle Williams on 02 9929 0088 or email
danielle [at] spindriftmedia [dot] com [dot] au.

You can download the booking form here or visit our website for more information.

Want to join us in Bali?

We have just 1 place left on our Writing the Senses in Bali tour with Patti Miller. Why not escape the winter chill and join us on this week-long writing retreat, held in the beautiful surrounds of Ubud, Bali.

Staying in your own room at a beautiful resort set on the outskirts of Ubud, you will be able to write every day and explore the ancient culture of Bali. Click here for more information and an itinerary.

Writing the Senses in Bali with Patti Miller
Saturday 21 July to Saturday 28 July 2012

Upcoming courses
ONLINE COURSE: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults

There’s a lot more to children’s books than meets the eye. In this course, you’ll discover exactly what you need to know in order to write a children’s story for TODAY’s kids. You’ll learn from children’s book editor and expert, Judith Ridge, and finish the course ready to get started on your kid’s book.

Starts week beginning Monday 18 June 2012
Time
: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395


Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle

Whether you missed out on learning the essentials of grammar and punctuation at school or you feel you need a refresher, this one-day seminar will help you transform your writing and ensure you never misplace your apostrophes again!

One-day seminar on Thursday 21 June 2012
Time
: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450


Sell Your eBook on Amazon with Steven Lewis

Amazon’s Kindle store has been a boon for many writers. It offers a chance to publish your own books and market to an audience of millions! Many writers have launched their careers with eBooks, and this two-hour seminar will show you how you can too.

Two-hour seminar on Tuesday 3 July 2012
Time
: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

TIP: How should you use ellipses?

Ellipses, or ellipsis points, are usually used to indicate the omission of a word or words in quotes. They consist of three full stops – and ONLY three – and there’s usually a space on either side. For example:

“The new system will simplify current tax arrangements and … will contain measures to compensate low-income families.”

They can also be used to show an incomplete sentence or thought, or to suggest fragmented speech. For example:

And the winner is … Rambo!
I wonder why you would do that …


Remember, when using an ellipsis use ONLY three dots, and where the ellipsis comes at the end of a sentence, there’s no need to include the full stop.

Did you know?

The Lord of the Rings books and movies are epic feats. If you were to watch every Lord of the Rings film – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King – back to back it would take you almost 10 hours. (And that's just the standard versions – it would be much longer if you watched special editions.) Reading The Lord of the Rings, which was written as one book though eventually published as three, would also take even a dedicated reader some time to finish. But that's nothing compared to writing it…

Did you know that it took J R R Tolkein almost 12 years to write Lord of the Rings? He literally wrote it – in longhand on the back of old exam papers. That's over 500,000 words, or 9250 pages. Now that is an epic feat.

This week on Writing Bar

The Sydney Writers’ Festival may be over for another year, but on Writing Bar you can still meet many of the visiting authors and find out more about their writing lives. We interviewed over 30 authors this year, covering everything from journalism to kids’ books, crime fiction to memoir.
 
We spoke to Joshua Cody about his frank and fearless memoir, Sic; Mal Peet about his prize-winning books for younger readers; Emily Perkins about her much anticipated new book The Forrests; two of Australia’s best-known authors, Frank Moorhouse and Tom Kenneally; and author of the sensational, Hare With the Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal.
 
You can view all our interviews on Writing Bar.

Plan ahead – Screenwriting Stage 2

If you’ve completed our Screenwriting Stage 1 course or have the first act of your feature film written, then your next step should be Screenwriting Stage 2. In this five-week course you’ll delve deeper into the craft of writing a screenplay and learn about complicated characters, mystery and suspense, tackling the “deadly” middle act and how to sell your screenplay.

This course is taught by Tim Gooding, a veteran stage, film and television writer whose credits include Rafferty’s Rules, Blue Heelers, Stingers, Water Rats, All Saints, Heatwave and On the Loose. He also devised and co-wrote the ABC series Sweet and Sour.

Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
Mondays starting Monday 9 July 2012 for five weeks
Time
: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

WEBPICK: TV Tonight

TV Tonight is the blog of commentator and writer David Knox and is absolutely packed with reviews, news, tv guides, ratings… anything to do with television is covered here. This one-stop shop for everything tv is a popular blog – it was awarded the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Best Australian Blogs Competition.

Whether you want to know what’s coming up in the world of sport or you’re keen to find out more about the latest blockbuster tv series, no doubt you’ll find it on TV Tonight.

Check it out here.

Other upcoming courses

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 14 June 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff – 2 PLACES LEFT
When
: Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Write a chick-lit novel with Lisa Heidke – NEW COURSE
When
: Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Nicola Robinson
When:
Week beginning Monday 18 June 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker – NEW DATE
When:
Week beginning Monday 18 June 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Seminar: Writing for the web with Grant Doyle
When
: Monday 18 June 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When
: Thursday 21 June 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait – NEW DATE
When:
Week beginning Monday 25 June 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When
: Tuesday 26 June 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard
When
: Wednesday 27 June 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Course: Writing about Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
When:
Wednesday 27 June and 4 July 2012 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
When
: Thursday 28 June 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Sell Your eBook on Amazon with Steven Lewis
When
: Tuesday 3 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with James Roy
When
: Every Thursday starting Thursday 5 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker
When:
Week beginning Monday 9 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White – NEW DATE
When:
Week beginning Monday 9 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
When
: Every Monday starting Monday 9 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Successful Freelancing with Valerie Khoo and Gayle Bryant
When
: Tuesday 10 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When
: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 11 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter
When
: Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

WEEKEND course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Marina Go
When
: Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15 July 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Build Your Profile Using Twitter with Steven Lewis
When
: Tuesday 17 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman
When
: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 17 July 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Tony Spencer-Smith
When
: Wednesday 18 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When
: Wednesday 18 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Writing for the web with Grant Doyle – NEW DATE
When
: Thursday 19 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Thursday 19 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle – NEW DATE
When
: Tuesday 24 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Tuesday 24 July 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When
: Thursday 26 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Blogging for Business with Steven Lewis
When
: Friday 27 July 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle – NEW DATE
When
: Wednesday 1 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When
: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 1 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller
When
: Every Friday starting Friday 3 August 2012 for six weeks
Time: 10.00 am – 12 noon
Cost: $450

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard – NEW DATE
When
: Thursday 9 August 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When:
Every Monday starting Monday 13 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When
: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 15 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
When
: Every Thursday starting Thursday 16 August 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Self-publishing – How to do it with Geoff Bartlett – NEW DATE
When
: Thursday 13 September 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Program: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman
When
: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 18 September 2012 for six months
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $1980

Weekend Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When
: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: How to Write a Business Book with Valerie Khoo
When
: Friday 16 November 2012 (half-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: $295

WRITING TOURS
Writing in Bali with Patti Miller – 1 PLACE LEFT
When:
Saturday 21 July to Saturday 28 July 2012

Writing in Paris with Patti Miller – FULL
Arrival: Thursday 18 October 2012
Departure: Saturday 3 November 2012

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