My course Write, Publish & Market Your Own Book took place for several terms between 2010 and 2012 at Mosman Community College. Information about the course was advertised in their printed program and on their website:

"Do you have a book project on the go or always wanted to write your own book but didn’t know how? Here is an opportunity to create your own book and "put it out there"! You learn about research, writing, editing, formatting, publishing and marketing. After this course, you could have your book released soon (depending on where you are at with your project). Sonja K. Goernitz has published several books, produced a monthly Writers magazine and worked as a researcher and editor for Peter FitzSimons since 2005. She worked for media in Germany, the USA, in Japan and in Australia. In 2002, she completed her MA in International Communication with a focus on media & communication at Macquarie University. Being a passionate writer she writes every day."

A photo-book with the main points of my course is available at the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales. An ebook edition of this book (without most illustrations) is available on Amazon (published: August 2012).

Feedback from students

  • "Sonja is a very enthusiastic teacher whose joy of writing and ideas is infectious. She easily motivates students to continue on their writing journey and throws out many ideas to get students thinking from different points of view. This was a very enjoyable course."

  • "Comprehensive, very well presented. It gave me a good insight into writing and publishing. I am motivated and am pleased that I attended this course under Sonja."

  • "Clearly passionate about the subject and equally clearly has experience in this field. Open discussion was great!"

  • "An excellent course for people who have a need or just want to write. Sonja should offer many of these courses to help a large number of people who have ideas but no idea of how to bring it about."

  • "Very informative, interesting, relevant and entertaining. Most beneficial. Sonja is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher."

  • "The course gave the information needed if you want to write and publish your book. The teacher was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and keen to transfer knowledge, and help."

  • "I have really enjoyed this course and have learned a lot to help me get motivated and to possibly publish my book."

  • "Sonja's enthusiasm and knowledge made this a very useful and informative course."

  • "A thought-provoking course – the best I have attended! The homework has moved me forward. I really enjoyed being part of the group – we all had different goals and aspirations yet at the same time, came together with common goals re getting it out there."

  • "I liked the interaction most about the course."

  • "Exciting, fast moving, informative, real"

  • "Got the motivation to write a book."

  • "I liked the tutor most and the information she provided."

  • "Small group of people, easy to interact, great to be taught by an existing/current editor"

  • "What I liked best was the ability to ask questions, the sharing of everyone's experiences, and Sonja's overall knowledge."

  • "I liked the friendly atmosphere and the available information best."

  • "Sonja provides a good set of notes, articles and books as examples."

  • "Sonja's course really gave me the motivation to get my book published."


The managers of the Pittwater YHA, Sarah Polomka and Michael Doherty, and I offered the first writing retreat at their hostel on the long Labour Day weekend in 2012 (28 September – 1 October*).

Six students joined the course, including Sarah and Michael. Despite having a cold and almost loosing my voice, I enjoyed teaching the class. The content is the same as at my course Write, Publish & Market Your Own Book at Mosman Community College.

This time students came from Belrose, St Ives, Cremorne and Morning Bay. To get to the hostel, you need to catch the ferry from Church Point to the Halls wharf, take a bush walk up the hill and then enjoy the stunning views over Pittwater's fifty shades of green.

We covered research, writing, editing, formatting, publishing and marketing. Projects included two biographies about fathers, one local history photo-book about the house in the 1920s (the YHA moved into it in 1967), one fantasy novel and one business guide based on e-commerce experience.

We are thinking about offering this Pittwater Writing 'Treat again in 2013.

* We decided to expand the course, which was pleasant for all.