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Wednesday Writing Workshops (ongoing)

Writing is satisfying and creative as you enter another world with your characters and words. Throughout my career, I have seen how useful and enjoyable it also is for authors to workshop their writing with experienced publishers and other writers. Ideas surface that can lead to a whole new plot line or fix a nagging problem. I have designed my Wednesday Writing Workshops to trigger this creative process. I invite you to join me and a small group of other enthusiastic writers to discuss your work, hone your skills, and to help you stay inspired and motived.

Every month, we will meet as a group for two hours to workshop each participant’s manuscript in a supportive, friendly and encouraging atmosphere. We’ll focus on fiction and narrative non-fiction. Through discussion and feedback, our aim is to develop everyone’s writing to the highest level it can be.

During our workshops we will look at issues that have arisen with each participant’s manuscripts in the month prior, and examine topics around writing, editing and publishing. These will be carefully chosen to best cater to the group’s needs and will include: the importance of ‘show, don’t tell’; understanding characterisation; how to write believable dialogue; tips for approaching publishers and agents; and how to pitch your work effectively.

I will also work with you on an individual basis for one hour each month. We can shape the format of this hour together so that it is useful for you. This could be a phone call or Skype session to talk about your writing ideas, or professional editorial feedback on a short 1000–1500 word sample of your work in progress.

Wednesday Writing Workshops will combine my skills as an experienced editor and publisher with the dynamic interaction of a group of committed, creative people.

 With the Wednesday Writing Workshops you will

·      Improve your writing through individual advice and group discussion

·      Finesse your manuscript to a suitable standard for submission to publishers and agents

·      Learn to understand the importance of writing beyond the first draft

·      Develop skills to self-edit your work

·      See how analyses and constructive critique of another’s writing can improve your own.

Who I am

As a publisher and editor with over 25 years experience I have worked with some of Australia’s most beloved authors, including Di Morrissey and Richard Flanagan, William McInnes and Inga Simpson, Gabrielle Lord, Les Carlyon and Lian Hearn, Fiona McCallum and Mandy Magro, Pamela Freeman, and many others. I use my skills to help authors write the best book they possibly can; assist them to build their writing careers; and edit their work at a macro and micro level. I also lecture on publishing at the University of Technology, Sydney, and teach writing at the Australian Writers Centre.

Across my career I have worked in many leading publishing companies, including Hachette Australia and Pan Macmillan. In 2015 I received the George Robertson Award for my services to the publishing industry. I have long held a passion for the work of emerging writers and during my time at Hachette, I co-founded the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC)/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. I am delighted to say that many of the writers who have been selected for this program are now published authors.

I know what publishers are looking for. I can show you how to identify your audience and, better yet, how to craft your book to reach, inform and entertain your audience and build your future readership.



Workshops: Wednesday every month from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.

Individual discussion: at a time that suits us both.

Starting Wednesday 25 October 2017

If you would prefer a morning meeting, please let me know. If enough people are interested in this option we many be able to run a daytime class.

Private social media page

You will be able to stay in touch with the group and discuss your work confidentially on our private social media page.

Workshop size

No more than 4 to 5 people. This intimate number will allow each person time to speak, receive feedback and offer feedback to others.


Broadcast Books, Level 2, 21 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, NSW.

This office is accessible by lift.

The building is close to Museum and Town Hall stations, and several bus routes stop right outside the door.


Introductory workshop and consultation: $150 with no ongoing commitment.

If you decide to continue, each workshop thereafter will be charged at $180 per month. This fee includes the two-hour Wednesday Writing Workshop and your one-hour individual session.

Workshops are charged in three-workshop blocks and on a quarterly basis (see below).


Payment is required prior to attendance of any workshop.

Introductory workshops are charged as a one-off fee.

To continue the workshops, payment is required quarterly, with a fee of $540 per quarter.

Invoices will be issued in the first week of each month.

Only direct debit payments are accepted.

Note: The fee is the same if you join us in person or via Skype. 


If you are unable attend the workshops in person, or do not live in Sydney, you can join us by Skype. Please let me know in advance if you would like to do this.


I am unable to provide refunds once classes are paid for. This also applies to any missed classes.

How to apply

To help tailor our workshops, each potential participant is required to complete a short questionnaire about themselves, their work and what they hope to gain from the workshops. You are also required to submit the first 10–20 pages of your manuscript so that I can see what stage you are at with your work. All applications will be kept confidential.

Further information

For more information or to apply, email me at:

I look forward to hearing from you. Happy writing!

Bernadette Foley

Photo: Stine Baska

Photo: Stine Baska