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21 December 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
In this issue:
  • New: 6-month program - Write Your Novel
  • Last minute gift vouchers from Sydney Writers’ Centre
  • TIP: Christmastime or Christmas time? 
  • More Student Success – Congratulations Anthony Anderson
  • 2012 Summer School
  • WEBPICK: Puppy Christmas


It’s been a busy year for the Sydney Writers’ Centre and we’re all looking forward to a nice break over Christmas. I’m so impressed by the number of people who have already snapped up places in our January Summer School courses. It’s an ideal time of year to get some support with your new year’s writing resolutions.

We’ve got some amazing plans for you in 2012, including a 6-month program called Write Your Novel. This is perfect if you want to finish your novel and get it ready to submit to publishers. I’m so excited about this program which will be presented by author of 23 books, Pamela Freeman, and features guest speakers from the publishing industry.

There are also plenty of shorter courses and weekend intensive sessions for you to choose from. If you’re caught up with a hectic schedule this silly season and haven’t had a chance to enrol, you can book your course any time online over the Christmas break. 






Gift vouchers
If you’re looking for a last minute gift voucher for the person in your life who loves writing, we can email this to you. Although it’s too late to post one of our beautiful gift vouchers printed on parchment-style paper, we can email you a beautifully designed, personalised gift voucher that you can print yourself to give to a loved one.

Just call us on (02) 9929 0088 and we can arrange this over the phone.




Office hours over Christmas
The Sydney Writers’ Centre office will close this Friday 23 December at 12noon and re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2012 at 9am. However, you can book into courses through our website any time during this period.

While there won’t be anyone here in the office to answer phone calls we will be checking emails regularly, so if you need to get in touch over the Christmas break email us at courses [at] spindriftmedia [dot] com [dot] au.





TIP: Christmastime or Christmas time?
Yet another Americanism seems to be sneaking into our vocabulary. We’re seeing more instances of the word “Christmastime” where “Christmas time” should be used.
 
According to Grammar Girl, “Christmastime” is becoming more common in American English and it’s even listed in the online version of the Merriam Webster Dictionary.
 
But it’s not listed in the Oxford Dictionary or the Macquarie Dictionary. The correct term here is “Christmas time”, meaning the Christmas season.
 





What's new at the Sydney Writers' Centre




More Student Success
We heard from former student, Anthony Anderson, this week, and he had some very exciting news about his writing adventures! He completed our Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults in June this year and has just published his first eBook for iPad.
 
Sid Surfasaurus: The Surfing Dinosaur is available on iTunes now.

Congratulations Anthony! We’re looking forward to hearing about your next book.






Kickstart your writing in 2012
We’re wasting no time getting back into it in 2012. In fact, we’ll have online courses starting from Tuesday 3 January 2012. So there’s no point delaying those new year’s resolutions!

We’ll get the year started with Online Courses in Creative Writing Stage 1 and Writing Books for Children and Young Adults. You can enrol now for yourself or, if you’re after any last minute Christmas gifts, enrol someone else! You can do our online courses from anywhere in Australia, or the world, at a time that suits you.

What past participants say:
“The online tutor's comments were succinct and very much to the point. I found her contribution extremely useful, and motivating.”
- Sarah McElwee

“It was easy and convenient. As a shift worker I was able to do the work at a time that suited me and the hours I work. The hardest thing was having to wait until the following week for the feedback!”
- Barbara Rosie

ONLINE COURSE: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Nicola Robinson
When
: Week beginning Tuesday 3 January 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Click here for more information or to enrol online

ONLINE COURSE: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker
When
: Week beginning Tuesday 3 January 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Click here for more information or to enrol online.






No personal personnel



We spotted this sign near the Sydney Writers’ Centre office. We’re pretty sure they mean “No entry by non-RTA personnel”, not personal.






Summer School – see you soon!
In January 2012, the Sydney Writers' Centre Summer School kicks off. We've already had lots of interstate enrolments – so we can't wait to welcome you to Sydney, and to the Centre. The intensive courses are also ideal for those of you who can't commit to a five-week course.

You can choose from five consecutive days or a weekend course. The courses contain the same high quality content as our regular courses – the only difference is that you get to fast track your learning!

You can find out more here.






WEBPICK: Puppy Christmas
We’ve come the end of another huge year for the Sydney Writers’ Centre, and what better way to celebrate than with this utterly adorable video featuring two of our favourite things – puppies and Christmas. Lots of puppies. Puppies coming out of presents. Puppies playing with tinsel or struggling out of a Santa hat.

Like I said, adorable. Check it out here.









Other upcoming courses
Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker – NEW DATE
When:
Week beginning Tuesday 3 January 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Nicola Robinson – NEW DATE
When:
Week beginning Tuesday 3 January 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

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

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When:
Week beginning Monday 9 January 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Daytime Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Monday 9 January to Friday 13 January 2012 (five consecutive mornings)
Time: 10.00am – 12noon
Cost: $395

Course: Daytime Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January 2012 (five consecutive mornings)
Time: 10.00am – 12noon
Cost: $395

Course: Daytime Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Monday 16 January to Friday 20 January 2012 (five consecutive mornings)
Time: 10.00am – 12noon
Cost: $395

Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Kate Forsyth
When
: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 18 January 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395 

Seminar: Successful Freelancing with Valerie Khoo and Gayle Bryant
When
: Thursday 19 January 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $85

Course: Weekend Creative Writing Stage 1 with Jeni Mawter – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Saturday 21 January and Sunday 22 January 2012 (two consecutive days)
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $395

Course: Weekend Travel Writing with Sue White – SUMMER SCHOOL
When:
Saturday 21 January and Sunday 22 January 2012 (two consecutive days)
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $395

Course: Daytime Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Monday 23 January and Tuesday 24 January 2012 (two consecutive days)
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: How to Write a Business Book with Valerie Khoo – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Tuesday 24 January 2012 (half-day seminar)
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Cost: $295

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When
: Tuesday 24 January 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $85

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When:
Every Monday starting Monday 30 January 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When
: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 31 January 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Sell Your eBook on Amazon with Steven Lewis – NEW DATE
When
: Wednesday 1 February 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Daytime Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Thursday 2 February 2012 (two-hour morning seminar)
Time: 10.00am – 12.00noon
Cost: $85

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Marina Go
When
: Every Thursday starting Thursday 2 February 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Daytime How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
When
: Friday 3 February 2012 (two-hour morning seminar)
Time: 10.00am – 12noon
Cost: $85

Course: Weekend Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Marina Go – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Saturday 4 February and Sunday 5 February 2012 (two consecutive days)
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $395

Course: Weekend Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Saturday 4 February and Sunday 5 February 2012 (two consecutive days)
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman/Cathie Tasker
When:
Week beginning Monday 6 February 2012 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When
: Every Monday starting Monday 6 February 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When
: Tuesday 7 February 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle – NEW DATE
When
: Wednesday 8 February 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle
When
: Thursday 9 February 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $395

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker – NEW DATE
When
: Every Thursday starting Thursday 9 February 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Weekend Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Saturday 11 February and Sunday 12 February 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Edit with Confidence with Deb Doyle
When
: Wednesday 15 February 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth
When
: Wednesday 22 February and Wednesday 29 February 2012 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard
When
: Thursday 23 February 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: $495

Seminar: Blogging for Business with Steven Lewis – NEW DATE
When
: Friday 24 February 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Weekend Life Writing with Patti Miller – SUMMER SCHOOL
When
: Saturday 25 February and Sunday 26 February 2012 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $450

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When
: Every Monday starting Monday 5 March 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Self-Publishing – How to do it with Geoff Bartlett – NEW DATE
When
: Monday 12 March 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Perfect Your Proofreading with Deb Doyle
When
: Thursday 15 March 2012 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin – NEW COURSE
When
: Every Thursday starting Thursday 15 March 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Course: Writing about Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett – NEW DATE
When:
Thursday 15 March and Thursday 22 March 2012 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $175

Seminar: Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett – NEW DATE
When
: Monday 19 March 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett – NEW DATE
When
: Monday 26 March 2012 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $85

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
When
: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 24 April 2012 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Cost: $395

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

WRITING TOURS
Writing in Bali with Patti Miller – NEW DATE
When:
Saturday 21 July to Saturday 28 July 2012

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


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