Six new courses for Term 3
Tutor & Course Coordinator, Wayne Curran would like members to know about these new courses being offered in Term 3:
- Publishing a Family History Book, with with Tutor Mac Cooper-McKenzie
- Reconnecting with Australian Literature, with Tutor Elizabeth Woolaston
- DIY Publish your own Book, with Tutor Brian Lavery
- Ukulele: Shortcuts to becoming a Musician, with Tutor Richard Marman
- Exploring DNA and DNA Testing, with Tutor David Barnes
- Pickleball Friday, with Tutor Julie Evans
Publishing a Family History Book
..with Tutor Mac Cooper-McKenzie
What can you do with all your old photographs, marriage, birth, death certificates, family diaries, schoolrecords, newspaper clippings, family members service records and all that family material that lays around collecting dust in drawers around home? Why not turn all that memorabilia into a family history book that can now become your Family Bible to be passed on as a gift to your family to treasure?
How to Publish a Family History Book will commence at the North Shore Community Centre from 22 July – 9 September 2021 commencing at 3.30 p.m. A laptop computer and a good working knowledge of your computer will be an advantage in creating a Family History Book.
Reconnecting with Australian literature
..with Tutor Elizabeth Woolaston
This interactive course touches lightly on the history of Australian literature from colonial times to the present. Along with the consideration of well known poets such as Paterson and Lawson, some lesser known and/or more subversive writers will be encountered. We will also consider the role of the historical context of the texts studied through the application of new historicism and other postmodern literary theories. Although this sounds a bit heavy, the object is also to form new friendships and to have fun.
DIY – Publish your own book
..with Tutor Brian Lavery
How to publish your own book online and to booksellers and outlets. Paperback and ebook. We’ll start with your manuscript – this class looks at the DIY editing, DIY proofing, DIY formatting for ebook, fonts and DIY layout/formatting for paperback, copyright, barcodes, DIY cover design, submission to printing and distribution services, getting YOUR BOOK into your hands and out on sale. Not an agent in sight. Minimal costs. No commercial software. No garage stacked with your big print run. No risk.
This is not a writing class. And we won’t be considering structural overhauls to any storyline or plot. But picky with grammar? Pedantic with punctuation? Fussy on layout? Certainly!
What’s a font, a widow, bleed, a drop-cap? An Oxford comma, an ISBN, an em-dash, the verso, a serif, a dialog tag? You have no manuscript ready (yet)? You could still do this publishing class, just using a public-domain text, and preparing “your” book text up to ready-to-publish.
This class suits a fiction/novel/memoir type manuscript with chapters. A few images Maybe — like the Author photo? But NOT a complex layout like an instruction manual with diagrams, or photo book or recipe book.
Ukulele: Shortcuts to becoming a musician
..with Tutor Richard Marman
Learn how to get beyond the first three frets. Based on the major scale we’ll learn how to play chords all along the fret-board, transpose keys with ease, play lead-licks and more.
This is not a sing-a-long but a course to improve your playing technique and develop variety in your music.
With a little regular practice you can evolve from a three-chord strummer to a competent player and get the most out of your uke.
This is a fun course for musicians and those who want to be musicians. The course adopts a step-by-step approach to cater especially for beginners.
Exploring DNA and DNA Testing
..with Tutor David Barnes
This course is based on the publication “Guide to Genetic Testing and Genetic Genealogy” by Blaine Bettinger, and will include investigation of genetic genealogy basics and common misconceptions. This course is heavily weighted towards genealogy with little emphasis placed on the scientific aspects of DNA or genetic engineering.
A one term course with a duration of 8 weeks and divided into two parts. The first 6 weeks will be based on tutorials, followed by 2 weeks of workshops where members will have the opportunity to practise what they have learnt in the tutorials.
Members are asked to bring their laptops/iPads or any other electronic device to class particularly for the workshops as these segments will be hands-on.
..with Tutor Julie Evans
An additional class which will be held on Friday mornings for this popular new sport. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimension and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Pickleball is a fast growing sport especially among the over 50s age group.