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Literature and Writing

Taking English literature courses in Sydney can enrich your life in many surprising ways. Have you ever thought about why some literature, such as Shakespeare’s work, remains in production century after century? His plays deal with timeless themes such as the complexities of love, hunger for power, and betrayal. In a constantly-changing, high-tech world, it’s comforting to know that not everything has changed. If you’re ready to dive in, WEA Sydney can help. We offer short courses in Sydney in our fully-equipped classrooms. Our building includes a library and our tutors are experienced and fully qualified.

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The Short Story: A Workshop for Creative Writing

Most avid readers have a story of their own to tell but it is often difficult to put pen to paper. The right words tend to escape and the eager writer is left frustrated with a blank page and an untold story. The pandemic has helped little to alleviate this, with creatives in a variety of professions complaining of feeling uninspired. Nonetheless, there are a number of tools and techniques available to beat writer’s block and to bring life to a short story of 500 words or less (the... [More]
$39 Limited inc GST
The Short Story: A Workshop for Creative Writing

<p>Most avid readers have a story of their own to tell but it is often difficult to put pen to paper. The right words tend to escape and the eager writer is left frustrated with a blank page and an

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Finding an Audience for Your Writing - Stepping Out into the World of Publishers, Pitches and Podcasts

This course looks at the process of writing for an audience, finding the right niche for your work, and the approaches to pitching your writing to publishers, big and small. We will examine the process of ‘defining’ your genre (e.g., biography, fantasy, crime, science fiction, historical novel, etc.), plotting a pathway to progress your writing, including through smaller publications, not for profit publishing (e.g., for community magazines) competitions, the process and details of... [More]
$81 Limited inc GST / $73
Finding an Audience for Your Writing - Stepping Out into the World of Publishers, Pitches and Podcasts

<p>This course looks at the process of writing for an audience, finding the right niche for your work, and the approaches to pitching your writing to publishers, big and small. We will examine the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Longest Journey: Milton's Paradise Lost

Milton’s Paradise Lost is an epic journey exploring faith and doubt, love, hate and heroism, Providence, good and evil, happiness and flourishing. We examine the central questions, ideas and concerns, Milton’s extensive literary, philosophical and religious debts (e.g., Homer, Virgil, Dante, the Scholastics), his enduring message to his contemporaries and, indeed, to the modern world. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face SUGGESTED READING Any edition of Paradise Lost (other essential... [More]
$113 Limited inc GST / $102
The Longest Journey: Milton's Paradise Lost

<p>Milton’s <em>Paradise Lost</em> is an epic journey exploring faith and doubt, love, hate and heroism, Providence, good and evil, happiness and flourishing. We examine the central questions, ideas

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The History of the Mystery

There are secrets to be revealed, and mysteries to be solved. Everyone knows the first mystery story was Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’, that women began writing mysteries in Britain in the 20s and 30s, that the longest mystery series was by Georges Simenon, and that the first Australian mystery was Fergus Hume’s ‘Mystery of the Hansom Cab’ – but none of that is true. Join us as we search for clues, undeterred by red herrings, led by sleuths from the pens of... [More]
$67 Limited inc GST
The History of the Mystery

<p>There are secrets to be revealed, and mysteries to be solved. Everyone knows the first mystery story was Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’, that women began writing mysteries in Britain

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Longest Journey: Milton's Paradise Regained

Milton’s Paradise Regained is an epic exploration of the relationship between faith and reason, doubt and certainty, love and forgiveness, heroism and flourishing. We explore its central questions, ideas and concerns and Milton’s message to his contemporaries and to the modern world. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face SUGGESTED READING Any edition of Paradise Regained (other essential readings will be given out in class) COURSE OUTLINE Historical contexts: Milton and the epic tradition;... [More]
$113 Limited inc GST / $102
The Longest Journey: Milton's Paradise Regained

<p>Milton’s <em>Paradise Regained</em> is an epic exploration of the relationship between faith and reason, doubt and certainty, love and forgiveness, heroism and flourishing. We explore its central

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

French Fairy Tales - In the Shadow of the Sun King

Versailles was a cauldron of boiling passions of both body and mind, where the powerful and ambitious French aristocracy were kept in a jewelled cage under the eye of the Sun King, Louis XIV. This was where the brightest minds (mostly women) gathered in Salons to express their rebellious ideas in the coded form of fairy tales. The greatest writers – d’Aulnoy, Murat, de la Force – also led the most scandalous lives. Those lives are largely forgotten now but the stories are part of... [More]
$67 Limited inc GST
French Fairy Tales - In the Shadow of the Sun King

<p>Versailles was a cauldron of boiling passions of both body and mind, where the powerful and ambitious French aristocracy were kept in a jewelled cage under the eye of the Sun King, Louis XIV. This

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Christmas Literature - Three Intriguing Genres

Looking at some literary genres (redemption, ghosts, and mysteries) according to a Christmas setting, gives us the opportunity to explore genres, identify some good stories, and investigate the themes that relate to the time of year of Christmas and its associated concerns of birth, life, death, justice, reconciliation and hope. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE OUTLINE Redemption Stories: Defining characteristics, Types of redemption in literature, Best literary redemption stories... [More]
$67 Limited inc GST
Christmas Literature - Three Intriguing Genres

<p>Looking at some literary genres (redemption, ghosts, and mysteries) according to a Christmas setting, gives us the opportunity to explore genres, identify some good stories, and investigate the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

A Christmas Carol - Revisited

Dickens' A Christmas Carol is one of the most loved and influential works of its kind - it has inspired, or been adapted, by many artists. It is an enduring exploration of virtues and vices, good and evil, the nature, meaning and value of Christmas, and human flourishing. We explore its style, its key themes and its enduring influence in the modern world. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face SUGGESTED READING Any edition of A Christmas Carol (other essential readings will be given out in... [More]
$113 Limited inc GST / $102
A Christmas Carol - Revisited

<p>Dickens' <em>A Christmas Carol</em> is one of the most loved and influential works of its kind - it has inspired, or been adapted, by many artists. It is an enduring exploration of virtues and

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?

St Nicholas was a real person, a bishop in Turkey in the Byzantine era, but the legends that were created about that character went far beyond that, expressing a folklore built on earlier Classical myths, interacting with other northern midwinter folkloric characters that were re used by Christian perspectives. We explore the history, the legends, and the evolution of intangible culture of various characters to the evolution of today’s Santa Claus to answer the question, who is... [More]
$67 Limited inc GST
Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?

<p>St Nicholas was a real person, a bishop in Turkey in the Byzantine era, but the legends that were created about that character went far beyond that, expressing a folklore built on earlier Classical

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Capturing (Difficult) Truth in Memoir

If life is a puzzle and if each of us represents one small piece of this puzzle, then we owe it to life, we owe it to ourselves and most importantly we owe it to each other to capture the colours and contours of our life. When we write the truth – even the most difficult truth and especially the most difficult truth – we give a gift to ourselves and to others, we leave a legacy behind that will last beyond all the minor and major loves, losses and learnings of our one lifetime.... [More]

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