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Ten Short Courses in Sydney Where You Can Learn New Life Skills

Get schooled.

Somehow, we're almost a quarter of the way through the year — 2017 is practically evaporating. If you're anything like us, March is when lofty New Year's resolutions start to fall by the wayside and we retreat to the comfort of our old habits. To help you stick to that resolution to learn something new or rediscover an old hobby, we've rounded up ten of the best short courses in Sydney — from woodwork to creative writing, you're sure to find something that piques your interest. Happy learning.

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MAKE A WOODEN BENCH AT MAKERSPACE & CO

Imagine being able to tell your mates that the bench they're admiring in your living room was handmade. By you. In three hours. In this introductory class by Marrickville's Makerspace & Co, you'll learn the principles of woodworking by building a five-plank bench that you'll get to take home. Even better? You'll be able to use the skills you learn to make your own tables, dressers, and stools, too. Before you know it, you'll be filling your home with handmade wooden furniture.

When: Dates vary
Where: Makerspace & Co, 1/17 Barclay Street, Marrickville
Cost: $120

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GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER WITH THE INDIGO PROJECT

It's not easy being a creative and having to deal with the challenges of performance anxiety, creative blocks, and procrastination on a regular basis. Luckily, the folks over at The Indigo Project are experts at helping people learn how to nourish a headspace where calmness and creativity flourish. In their eight-week 'Get Your Shit Together' course tailored especially for creatives, you'll learn how to use mindfulness to develop positive creative habits and gain skills to deal with common creative challenges.

When: Currently in session, watch website for next course
Where: The Indigo Project, 33 Foster Street, Surry Hills
Cost: $695

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START CREATIVE WRITING AT THE AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' CENTRE

If you fancy yourself a bit of a writer, sharpen your skills with the Australian Writers' Centre's Intro to Creative Writing course. This class—taught by professional authors—will equip you with the tools to develop story ideas, create compelling characters, and structure your plots. You'll be penning an epic work of fiction in no time.

When: Dates vary
Where: Australian Writers' Centre, 55 Lavender Street, Milsons Point
Cost: $450

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MAKE YOUR OWN ORGANIC SKINCARE AT WORK-SHOP

Self-confessed beauty product junkie? Save money (and the planet) by learning how to make your own organic skincare products at home. In this two-hour class at Work-Shop, you'll learn how to prepare balms, body scrubs, and toners using things like tea leaves, citrus peels, and homemade essential oils.

When: Tuesday, April 4, 6.30–8.30pm
Where: Work-Shop, Cnr Cleveland and Eveleigh Street, Redfern
Cost: $75

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START YOUR SOMMELIER PATH WITH SYDNEY WINE CENTRE

If you still can't tell the difference between a Merlot and a Shiraz, get yourself enrolled in the Sydney Wine Centre's Intro to Wine course ASAP. This afternoon class will cover the basics of wine tasting, wine pairing, and how to choose the right bottle for an occasion. You'll get to try 18 wines in four hours so come thirsty.

When: Saturday, March 18, 12–4pm
Where: Sydney Wine Centre, 119 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Cost: $200

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LEARN THE ART OF SWEET PRESERVING AT CORNERSMITH

If you love jams and marmalades, you'll go gaga for this Cornersmith class that teaches you how to make your own at home. You'll learn all about the craft of sweet preserving, covering topics like  acidity, sterilisation, and the difference between modern and traditional preparation. The class includes plenty of tastings and they'll also send you home with a bunch of sweet treats for your pantry.

When: Saturday, May 20, 9am–12pm
Where: Cornersmith Picklery, 441 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
Cost: $150

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GET INTO CERAMICS AT KIL-N-IT

If you've always been keen to give pottery a go, now's your chance with Kil-n-it's eight-week Intro to Wheel Throwing course. You'll learn how to make bowls and vases, as well as key techniques like centring, turning, and joining. Plus, you'll get your own pottery kit so you can keep practicing in the comfort of your own home.

When: Wednesdays, 6.30–8.30pm, April 26 to June 14, 2017
Where: The Classroom at Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd
Cost: $395

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BREW YOUR OWN BEER AT THE HOP AND GRAIN

You really can't call yourself a beer aficionado until you've brewed your own beer. For a great starter course, head over to The Hop and Grain. Their intro class covers all the basics of preparing a homemade brew. You'll learn about brewing techniques, different beer types, how to care for your equipment, and heaps more. If you've already got the basics under your belt, enrol in one of their intermediate or advanced classes instead.

When: Wednesday, April 5, 7–9pm
Where: The Hop and Grain Brew Store, 50 Sydney Street, Marrickville
Cost: $32.34

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MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELLERY AT GAFFA

Refresh your jewellery box by learning how to make your own rings and earrings in this short course at Gaffa. This three-session class covers all the basics of jewellery making — including piercing, riveting, and soldering — and is tailored to complete novices.

When: Saturdays, 10am–4.30pm, March 11-25
Where: Gaffa, 281 Clarence Street, CBD
Cost: $330

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MAKE YOUR OWN SHOES AT SCHOOL OF FOOTWEAR

Want to walk around knowing your shoes are truly one-of-a-kind? Sign up for a beginners class at the School of Footwear to learn the ancient art of shoemaking. In this six-week class, you'll design and make a pair of bespoke sandals, learning all about the different aspects of shoemaking in the process.

When: Various dates in April
Where: School of Footwear, 367 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt
Cost: $700

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Have you done a killer short course in Sydney? Let us know about it, comment below.

Published on March 13, 2017 by Yelena Bidé

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