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June Workshop: Brad Barker – “Writing: Clear, Concise and Correct”

15th June 2019 @ 1:00pm - 3:30pm

This workshop will be at the Tura Library on the 15th June (Third Saturday)

Brad Barker has maintained a passion for effective speaking and writing; an abiding love of literary and effective prose writing; and a strong aversion to clumsy, obscure, ungrammatical and stilted communication.

  • avoiding ambiguity
  • choosing the right word
  • clarity and conciseness
  • words commonly confused (e.g. affect, effect; disinterested and uninterested)
  • basic grammatical issues
  • elements of style

Brad Barker was Mr Barker to his high school students in English, history, photography and media studies. He taught at Glen Innes, Goulburn and Nowra, before becoming English Head Teacher at Queanbeyan; and again at Eden where he was also the Deputy Principal.
In 2001, Brad became the Principal of Eden Marine High School.

Brad also worked in journalism at the Canberra Times, as relieving Education editor; and then for Fairfax as the project manager to produce a CD-ROM of Sydney Morning Herald resources for HSC students.

Saturday 15th June 2019, from 1pm – 3:30pm @ Tura Beach Library
WFSC members $5, Non-members $10
Follows a free morning writing session from 10am-12pm and a catered $5 lunch at the library

This workshop will be at the Tura Library on the 15th June (Third Saturday)





  • “It is so beneficial to review English and its complexities. Brad has reinforced the need to think of word usage and grammar. A great workshop for anyone who writes..” -Denise
  • “Presentation was good, especially being able to have the visual copy of almost the complete slides after (which can be achieved by sharing the slideshow through email in other cases). The syntaxes and flow if writing is very interesting and engaging for me, but I know that’s not true of everyone, so probably good it was broken up. It was great being able to have lots of discussion and see everyone’s thoughts without causing time constraints. Better than I was hoping. Very useful for me. Excellent. Five stars out of five.” -Alice
  • “Excellent on all fronts. Love to have more workshops with Brad.” -Tracey
  • “Excellent presentation. Extremely informative and told in an extremely entertaining manner. So good at explaining proper use of grammar, punctuation, etc. Please return!” -Leigh
  • “A great refresher and reminder of correct grammar as well as the importance of using concise language. Presented clearly, patiently and with obvious enjoyment of sharing knowledge with us. Thank you. Hopefully my writing will be improved by what I have learned today.” -Donna
  • “Brad is an interesting person and brought much useful information in writing clear, engaging and correct use for good fiction writing. Haven’t had to think about this grammar since high school. So valuable in present day writing. An excellent presentation. Very useful!” -Lorraine
  • “A knowledgeable, clear, logical presentation. Even though I knew many of the rules, I enjoyed the style of presentation and the effective use of examples. A good balance of talk and practice! ” -Jacqui
  • “Excellent topic, excellently delivered. Thank you, Amanda, thank you Brad.” -Christine
  • “Instructive, stimulating and excellent presentation. You inspired me to try harder.” -Mary Ellen


15th June 2019
1:00pm - 3:30pm
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Writers of the Far South Coast
(02) 6448 9948


Tura Marrang Library & Community Centre
Tura Beach Drive
Tura Beach, NSW 2548 Australia
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(02) 6499 2340