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NSW Writer's Centre EE2 Courses for 2012 Ext2 (1 Viewer)


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Jun 26, 2006

More information and booking on the NSW Writers Centre website:

HSC English Ext 2: A Year of Writing

Who: Anna Maria Dell’Oso
Cost full course: Full price: $850; Conc Member: $515
Cost individual phases: Full price: $350; Conc Member: $210
It can be daunting to organise and produce a major original literary work in your HSC year while faced with demands from other subjects. Whether you’re working on long or short fiction or drama-based scripts, students cannot afford to miss this guide to the English Extension 2 Major Work.
Over three phases spaced throughout the HSC year, author, journalist and critic Anna Maria Dell’Oso will guide you from coming up with your ideas, to drafting your work in progress and getting ready to hand in your project. Students can enrol in all three phases or join in at any stage along the way. Anna’s intensive classes are an excellent way of diving into your Extension 2 Major Work while learning invaluable writing and editing skills to sustain you through your HSC project and beyond.
Between phases students are encouraged to meet regularly at the Centre to critique each other’s work. The Centre will provide free room access for any students wishing to organise study groups.
Please note this course is not suitable for students writing a Critical Essay.
To book in for all three phases, scroll to the bottom and click ‘Add to Cart’. To book individual phases click on the title of the phase.
Phase one: writing the invisible

When: 2 x Sundays: 6 & 13 November, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price:
$350; Conc Member: $210
In phase one Anna will give students an overview of their creative journey and offer useful literary maps and craft tools they can use along the way. This first seminar is a practical start-up for extension 2 students in the early stages of their Major Work, when many crucial writing decisions must be made.
As well as being specifically designed for Extension 2 students working on creative projects, this seminar has general relevance to the creative writing components of all HSC English courses. The seminar is also useful in expanding students’ understandings of literary techniques from a writer’s point of view.
Anna will provide students with useful notes on the seminar for HSC Extension 2 students to refer to throughout the year.
Student Requirements

Please bring your Process Journal and a draft proposal and/or a selection of possible ‘germinal ideas’ to work on and refer to throughout the seminar. (Germinal ideas can be very rough and brief but it is important to bring them to class in written form.)
Phase two: work in progress

When: 2 x Sundays: 26 February & 4 March, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $350; Conc Member: $210
Code: 12DELL2
Students will learn how craft, technique and ways to stimulate the imagination can apply to their own Major Work. Anna will explore writing the first draft, researching sources and using your process journal to scaffold further drafts. She will look at approaches to creating new work, storyboarding your concept, plotting and structure, character and conflict.
Phase two builds on phase one, however, students who have not attended phase one are welcome. English extension 2 is a demanding course and students will be expected to do substantial writing and editing of their Major Work between sessions.
For more detail about phase two, click here.
Phase three: final draft

When: 2 x Sundays: 20 & 27 May, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Full price: $350; Conc Member: $210
Code: 12DELL5
In this final phase students will look more deeply at storytelling skills, character, dialogue, point of view and gain tools they need for revising and editing their major works ready to hand in for assessment.
Phase three extends on the seminar and workshop processes of phases one and two, however, students who have not attended previous phases are welcome. English extension 2 is a demanding course and students will be expected to do substantial writing and editing of their Major Work between sessions.
For more detail about phase three, click here.
Recommended Reading

McKee, Bob, Story, Harper Collins, 1997.
Seger, Linda, Creating Unforgettable Characters, Henry Holt and Company, New York
Strunk Jnr, William & White, E.B. The Elements of Style, fourth edition, Longman, 1999

Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
About the tutor

Anna Maria Dell’Oso is a well-known Australian writer, journalist and critic. Her acclaimed book Songs of the Suitcase (HarperCollins) won the Steele Rudd Award. Anna’s fiction has been published in many anthologies and reviews including Meanjin and the Griffith Review. Anna’s first book was Cats, Cradles & Chamomile Tea, a collection from her popular column in the SMH’s Good Weekend. Anna has recently been awarded a Breaking New Ground Grant by the Literature Board of the Australia Council.
Anna has lectured in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and run writing workshops in schools and libraries throughout NSW. Anna has also founded Triple-I (Ideas In Ink), a writing group and social network for young women in the inner-west of Sydney. Triple-I is based on a shared love of coffee, bagels, writing and reading.

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