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.

EVENT: Let’s Talk Writing
TIME: Sunday 5 November, 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…


More information coming soon.


PANEL: Romance Is a Feminist Genre
EVENT: National Young Writers’ Festival
TIME: Sunday, 4 October 2015 2-3pm
PLACE: Newcastle, NSW
Romance books get a bad wrap for their tropes, covers and themes. But is the main reason romance authors cop flack because this is a genre primarily written for women, by women, about women? Can one have an appreciation for traditional love stories and alpha men and still be firmly feminist?

WORKSHOP: Ebook Publishing
PROVIDER: SA Writers Centre
TIME: Saturday, 23 May 2015 10am-1pm
PLACE: Adelaide, SA

PANEL: All About Mentorship
EVENT: National Young Writers’ Festival
TIME: Sunday, 4 October 2015 10:30-11:30am
PLACE: Newcastle, NSW
Getting a mentor is one of the most valuable things a young creative can do – or so they say. But how do you go about finding someone willing to guide you who believes in you? And how does a mentorship actually work? These writers who either are mentors or have mentors discuss what it means.

WORKSHOP: Creating an Ebook (Teen Boot Camp)
PROVIDER: SA Writers Centre
TIME: Wednesday, 21 January 2015 1am-4pm
PLACE: Adelaide, SA

WORKSHOP: Writing Love and Romance
PROVIDER: SA Writers Centre
TIME: Sunday, 16 October 2016 2-5 pm
PLACE: Adelaide, SA

It’s the biggest selling genre worldwide, but romance is also a crucial component of many other genres, from crime to literary fiction and fantasy. When written well, romance between characters can enhance your plot development and add interest to your storyline. But when it’s written badly, it can quickly turn your reader off – not on!

Starting with an overview of writing love and romance, this workshop will include practical tips and useful techniques to help your characters fall in love convincingly and add depth to your writing.

WORKSHOP: Writing for Peace and Publication
PROVIDER: City of Marion
TIME: Saturdays, 29 July – 19 August 2016 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)

WORKSHOP: How to Make Your Sentences Sparkle
PROVIDER: St John’s Grammar Belair
TIME: Friday, 19 August 11am-1pm
PLACE: Adelaide, SA

WORKSHOP: Creative Writing 101 and So You Want to Write Romance
PROVIDER: Westminster School
TIME: Wednesday, 23 August 9am-1pm
PLACE: Adelaide, SA