Berkelouw Workshops

by Amanda on November 16, 2014

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It’s always a little sad when a workshop finishes, as this one did last week. Because these workshops are small and take place around a table (rather than classroom style) people always seem to bond and as a result writing groups and friendships are forged.

Really such a privilege to be in the business of sharing stories and creating communities.

The venue of Berkelouw Books in Mona Vale was truly sublime, great ambiance and so inspiring to be surrounded by books. Plus we could head a couple of doors down to the cute little bar, Edison’s, for a celebratory drink on the last evening.

Next year I’ll run my fabulous fiction workshop ‘How to Write a Page-Turner’ there – starting in March. See below for details.

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Workshops 2015

by Amanda on November 10, 2014

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Will be running a few Northern Beaches writing workshops again next year.  If you’re interested, fill in the form below to get more details.

All my classes are small; between 5-8 people. It’s a great way to move your writing project along and meet like-minded souls.

‘Memoir Made Simple’ Workshop starts 18th March 2015.

Avalon Recreation Centre – Avalon

Wednesday evening 6pm – 8pm for 6 weeks.

Cost: $295

EXTREME WRITING! Workshop 23/24 April 2015

Avalon Recreation Centre – Avalon

Two day fiction workshop for Years 5-12.

Thursday/Friday of April School Holidays 10am -2pm

Cost $90

‘Write a Page Turner’ Workshop starts March 2015 (date TBA)

Berkelouw Books – Mona Vale

6.30pm – 8.30pm Tuesdays.

Cost $295

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On the romance of writing

by Amanda on September 12, 2014

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Don’t romanticise your ‘vocation’. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no ‘writer’s lifestyle’. All that matters is what you leave on the page.

Zadie Smith

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Workshop @ Berkelouw Books

by Amanda on September 1, 2014

I’m thrilled to have been invited to run my ‘Memoir Made Simple’ workshop at Berkelouw Books in Mona Vale!

Berkelouw are booksellers in the true sense of the word with a long and amazing history in the book industry. They realised long ago that it’s not good enough to sit around filing your nails and waiting for people to come and buy books. They work hard to connect with readers and to share the glorious world of books and reading.

I have a special affection for Berkelouws as I had my first book launch (The Olive Sisters) at Berkelouw Books in Leichhardt.  Bryce Courtenay did the honours and De Bortoli Wines sponsored the wine – resulting in a wonderful party of over a hundred friends, family and supporters. Good times.

Back to the matter at hand! I’ll be running a 6 week ‘Memoir Made Simple’ workshop starting October 7th on Tuesdays 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Berkelouw Books Mona Vale.

Registration details HERE

 

 

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Final Workshops for 2014!

by Amanda on August 17, 2014

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Want to write your life story or family history?

Everything you need to know to write your story – move from
procrastination to publication!

Sydney Community College & Avalon Recreation Centre

Details HERE

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Out in the Wilds

August 5, 2014

Things have been very quiet on the workshop front this year as I have been off on a completely different sort of adventure. For every writer there are times to write (much as we try to avoid those!) and times when you need get off the keyboard and get out and experience the world – […]

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Once, Only the Swallows Were Free – Gabrielle Gouch

December 6, 2013

Once, Only the Swallows Were Free by Gabrielle Gouch My rating: 5 of 5 stars Beautifully written, I found this memoir both compelling and moving. A real insight into the daily hardships of living under a communist regime. It seemed that refuge in Israel would be a relief but the harsh conditions of that new […]

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Another 12in12 success story!

December 6, 2013

I am thrilled to have a signed copy of this beautiful memoir ‘Granny-bird’s Memories’ by Christine Rutherford – hot off the press.! Christine attended a workshop I ran locally in 2009 and then joined my 12 Chapters in 12 Month Programme. We had a few locals in the programme and started to meet once a […]

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July 11, 2013

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Why punctuation matters…

June 11, 2013

It’s one thing having a profound tattoo – live your life? But an incorrectly punctuated one is just plain awkward. Your (belongs to you) and you’re (you are) are the most commonly misused but not to be confused with the catch-all youse (more than one you) – an Aussie classic.

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Memoir Workshop

June 1, 2013

Just finished a six week memoir writing workshop at the NSW Writers’ Centre. It is so much fun to hear everyone’s stories and get to know a whole new group of people. I really love how a disparate group of people are thrown together, often guarded and wary at first but, by its nature, memoir […]

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Lily’s Picture

May 23, 2013

I’m currently running a six week memoir workshop at the NSW Writers’ Centre. Last Saturday one of the participants had to bring her six year old daughter, Lily, along to the class. She was quiet as the proverbial mouse, drawing industriously for three hours and at the end of the class I was presented with […]

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