WORKSHOP: The Secrets of Self Publishing
PROVIDER: Writers Bloc
TIME: Ongoing
PLACE: Online

Want to get your book into the hands of readers? Sarah Gates will explain the whats and whys of self publishing, and how to do it yourself.

The workshop will provide an overview of:

  • Self publishing vs traditional publishing
  • How to format and distribute your book
  • Editing, book covers and marketing


The course is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Watch it here.


WORKSHOP: How to create characters readers love (and love to hate)
PROVIDER: City of Marion
TIME: Saturday 14 July 2018, 1-3 pm
PLACE: Cove Civic Centre

Great characters live in the hearts of their readers. This workshop will help you create compelling characters of your own. Use tropes with a twist; develop a strong voice; write motivations and complex personalities; and learn how characters overlap with genre, plotting, dialogue and point of view. Bring a laptop or pen and paper, and get ready for plenty of ideas, exercises and tips to get you through the first draft of a novel.

EVENT: Let’s Talk Writing
TIME: Sunday 5 November 2017, 12.45-2.45 pm
PLACE: Tonsley Innovation District, 1284 South Road, Tonsley 5042

Drop in for a 10 minute consultation with author and freelance writer, Sarah Gates. Get your questions answered and seek advice on anything to do with your hobby or career in words, including:

  • Getting started
  • Writing a novel, articles, or reviews
  • Copywriting and freelance writing
  • Getting published
  • Self publishing
  • Marketing your writing (websites, social media, blogging, enewsletters, and more)
  • Finding your writing community
  • And so much more…

WORKSHOP: Writing for Peace and Publication
PROVIDER: City of Marion
TIME: Saturdays 29 July – 19 August 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm
PLACE: Adelaide, SA

Are you an aspiring writer? In this four week workshop series, local author Sarah Gates will guide you through the various stages of writing and publishing your novel. Whether you’re struggling with getting words on the page, funding your writing habit, pitching your novel to publishers and agents, or balancing writing with other commitments, this series will give you the knowledge you need to kick start your very own success story.

Topics covered include:
– How to Write a Novel (29 JUL)
– Applying for Grants (5 AUG)
– How to Pitch a Novel (12 AUG)
– Balancing Writing & Life (19 AUG)