These courses will be available for enrolment in 2013


  • Available places: 10
    Cost: $150.00

    Historical Fiction Course Details

    • Cost: $150.00 (AUS)
    • Dates: 1 July - 12 August)

    Judith and her maidservant with the head of Holofernes. Artemisia Gentileschi



    Overview

    Historical Fiction is a six-week course, comprised of six modules and two opportunities for you to gain written feedback on your writing from the course tutors. The course also includes various opportunities for you to try out a range of writing techniques and ideas.

    From the day you enrol, you have up to sixty days to complete the course. We recommend you take at least one week to complete each lesson.

    This course is delivered over six modules. The focus in this course is on supporting you through developing a fiction project. Each lesson provides detailed notes and ideas, writing exercises, prompts and advice for thinking about your own novel.

    The course covers a range of approaches to writing historical fiction, beginning with some ideas about research and some of the challenges in writing story, character and setting that are particular to the genre, and moving on to a consideration of the four main sub-genres of historical fiction, from documentary fiction to metafiction.


  • Available places: 10
    Cost: $150.00

    Speculative Fiction Course

    This course invites you to explore the various genres and sub-genres of speculative fiction: that is, fiction that takes the world (or universe) as it is, and asks what things would be like if they were just a little different, or maybe a lot. The course is ideal for writers of fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, slipstream, alt-history, New Weird, cyberpunk, steampunk, infernokrusher and manga-style fiction. It’s probably not the right course for you if you’re writing fan-fiction.

    The course includes lessons on various aspects of the genre, including the basics of character, viewpoint, worldbuilding and so on, but also material on the history and future of the genre, its political side, its relationship to mainstream/realist and literary fictions, utopias and dystopias, fantasy’s romance with the medieval, cyberpunk’s love-in with the Victorians and hard-sf’s focus on scientific change.

    The main focus of the course is, however, on helping you get your writing project/s flowing and improving your craft. We look at all of these ideas and themes not as readers, but as writers, examining them for how they can stimulate us as writers, how we can learn from them, and how we can move beyond them. Each lesson includes background material, hints and tips, guidelines for further reading and writing prompts/exercises for you to play with.



  • Available places: 20
    Cost: $150.00

    There's too much food in food writing now -

    and too little that goes much further.

    [Gay Bilson]

    This short course focuses on food writing, both fiction and non-fiction, from short articles or reviews, recipes and cookbooks, food memoirs and writing about food and wine in fiction and poetry. It explores the rich history of food writing, in its many and varied forms, and the way that our experiences of food - how it is produced, shared, and written about - reflect a great deal of our wider political and personal concerns.

    For more details, please contact Dr Inga Simpson: inga@olvarwood.com.au.

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