Vision Australia launches five new writing courses this April

22 March 2021

Vision Australia is launching a range of new short courses designed to help spur on your passion in many different forms of the written word. If you're interested in poetry, novel writing, short stories, writing for children or young adults, or even just want some guidance on essay writing, we have a course that will fit the bill. 

Tertiary essay writing

An informative and interactive 6-week course for those interested in learning how to write essays for tertiary studies.

Join like-minded people who are blind or have low vision as we explore this important writing style.

Over the 6-week course, we will cover:

  1. Identifying the expectation
  2. Research
  3. Essay structure
  4. Introduction and conclusion
  5. Referencing
  6. Editing

REGISTER HERE

Writing short stories

If you have plenty of ideas you want to get down but don't know where to start, this is the course for you!

Join fellow writers who are blind or have low vision as we explore this interesting writing style.

Over the 6-week course, we will cover:

  1. Brainstorming and mind-mapping ideas
  2. Developing and outlining a plot
  3. Creating and Developing characters
  4. Mechanisms of dialogue
  5. Editing skills
  6. Publishing

REGISTER HERE

Novel writing

Novels come in all shapes and sizes, and we want to help you share yours with the world!

Join fellow writers who are blind or have low vision as we explore this interesting writing style.

Over the 8-week course, we will cover:

  1. Brainstorming and mind-mapping an idea for a novel
  2. Identifying genres and deciding which genre to write in
  3. Developing and outlining a plot
  4. Creating and Developing characters
  5. Mechanisms of dialogue
  6. Developing a writing practice and creating goals
  7. Editing skills
  8. Publishing

REGISTER HERE

Modern poetry writing

Whether you love limericks or are balmy about ballads, we'll help you find your rhyming style.

Join fellow writers who are blind or have low vision as we explore this interesting writing style.

Over the 6-week course, we will cover:

  1. Current and popular forms of poetry
  2. Deciding on a theme
  3. Elements of modern poetry practice
  4. Drafting and editing
  5. Poetry performance
  6. Getting published

REGISTER HERE

Writing for children and young adults

Whether you have the next Very Hungry Caterpillar or the next Hunger Games, learn how to write for your audience in this course.

Join fellow writers who are blind or have low vision as we explore this interesting writing style. Over the 8-week course, we will cover:

  1. Brainstorming and mind-mapping an idea for a book
  2. Identifying genres and deciding which genre to write in
  3. Developing and outlining a plot
  4. Creating and Developing characters
  5. Language and style
  6. Developing a writing practice and creating goals
  7. Editing skills
  8. Publishing

REGISTER HERE

Where and when will these courses take place?

These courses will be run via video conference (i.e. Zoom). These courses all begin in April and run for 6-9 weeks depending on the course. Each session will run for approximately one hour.

Each course will provide the opportunity to share practical tips and tricks used to write, edit and record your work using assistive technology and learn different strategies to move into the broader writing community in your local area.

Cost

These courses can be funded through your NDIS plan, My Aged Care or privately funded.

Please contact us if you would like to know how to arrange funding.

Bookings

Bookings are essential as places are limited. Please call 1300 84 74 66 or email info@visionaustralia.org.au

About the facilitator

Anna Dal has a degree in Professional Writing and a Master of Creative Writing. She has a 25-year history of published works in a wide range of genres including magazine articles, poetry, prose poetry, short stories, and micro fiction. In 2017, Anna’s first novel was published in Australia.

She is currently working on her second novel, as well as a screenplay. Anna has qualifications in education, with a focus on teaching adults.

Anna also has a graduate diploma in Vocational Education and Training, and a Master of Education. She has taught English to adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds since the late 1990s. She specialises in practical English for use in everyday life, and tailors her lessons to her students’ needs. Having lived in countries where she did not know the language when she arrived, Anna has an insight into the needs and concerns of second language learners with no prior formal language training.

Anna has worked with people who are just beginning to learn English, as well as those who are more proficient and want to expand their skills. Having worked with people living with disabilities, and from personal experience, Anna understands some of the obstacles to learning in an environment not designed to accommodate disabilities. Anna tailors her classes to the learning needs of her students.