StartsWeek beginning Monday 5 September 2016
WhenFive-week online course
Presenter Cathie Tasker
Advance your fiction writing skills, story and characters to a whole new level. More detail
StartsWeek beginning Monday 5 September 2016
WhenFive-week online course
Presenter Cathie Tasker
StartsWednesday 19 October 2016
WhenWednesday evening classes
(once a week for five weeks)
Presenter Pamela Freeman
StartsNew date to be announced soon. Did you know we offer this course online?
WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(2 consecutive days)
Presenter Natasha Lester
(Please note that this course was previously called “Creative Writing Stage 2”.)
Welcome to Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques. If you’ve completed a foundation course, congratulations! You’ve not only learnt the skills of good storytelling, but you’re actually keen for more. Alternatively, this course would suit you if you have some creative fiction under your belt and are looking to take it one step further. Well folks, step this way…
By understanding the principles of storytelling, you’re ready to make some great creative fiction – if it was a cake, all the ingredients would be lined up on the bench ready to go. Now it’s simply about getting the quantities right, mixing, chopping and whacking this thing in the oven. So ask yourself: “Do I want my finished piece to be delicious or half-baked?”.
Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques is the ultimate sequel – action-packed, full of interesting characters, amazing dialogue and (obviously) well written! Hands on with exercises to complete in class and at home, it’s more of a workshopping process – discovering your strengths and weaknesses and bouncing them around the room. This creates a hugely collaborative and positive environment – guaranteed to fast track your writing!
This course is all about nailing the essential elements of YOUR story. These elements include:
Perhaps you’ve always dreamt of writing, but don’t know where to start. Perhaps you don’t think you’re disciplined enough to complete your book or short story. Perhaps you just want to give it a go. Whatever your motivation, you’ll find plenty more when you join us over this enriching five-week journey.
The focus of Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques is practical and specific knowledge – tackling the technical aspects of your writing. (For this reason, we recommend completing Creative Writing Stage 1 or any of our Creative Writing Foundation courses first). Each week, you’ll receive different tools and techniques to help make your creative writing shine. And by the end of the course, your characters, storyline and scenes will be strongly developed – almost as strong as your skills!
Many people can take the first step. It’s the next ones that count. This course is the perfect way to finish what you started and get your creative work over the line. So grab those ingredients and let’s get cooking!
Just as the first line in a book is crucial, so too are your first steps. Even if you haven’t written in years, all you need is the desire – we can help you as we’ve helped many others get an inspiring start. Our professional and talented presenters are all published writers themselves and are always on hand to offer feedback or advice. Add in fellow students and a supportive, constructive environment and you’re in great hands!
By the end of the course you’ll improve your creative writing skills and have the confidence to pursue your own writing projects. You’ll not only gain an understanding of how to write a compelling story, you’ll have the inspiration and skills to write your short story or the motivation to start writing your novel.
Course content and outcomes are consistent, regardless of which presenter or format you choose.
We are sticklers for consistency and quality in our courses, so you’ll achieve the same outcomes regardless of which presenter you have. Naturally, each presenter brings their own insight to the course, but you can be assured that the content is consistent across the board.
You’ll also achieve the same outcomes regardless of whether you enrol in our online or classroom course!
So unlock your writer’s block and hop aboard Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques – igniting your writing dreams and helping share your creativity with the world.
If you have an internet connection, you’ve come to the right place! With our online courses, you get the same juicy content as the classroom course PLUS backstage passes to Q&As, assignments and feedback direct from your outstanding online tutor! You could be anywhere on the planet, or you could be just round the corner. Either way, you’ll be joining thousands of online graduates from here and overseas who’ve already had an awesome time learning online. Check out our demo today.
Ha! It’s a trick question… they both have the same high quality – it just depends on how you learn and sometimes where you live. In fact, we’re fanatical about consistency across all our courses, so rest assured that when a class begins in Perth (or Sydney, or Melbourne), it’s going to cover the same ground as its online cousin. Now, we’re not talking robots here. Each one of our talented presenters does, of course, bring their own unique flavour, but the core lesson material remains the same.
To participate in any of our online courses, you will need high-speed internet. For us, high-speed internet means ADSL or Broadband/Cable, with a speed of 128kBps or higher.
Dial-up connections or using the internet on your phone are not recommended — you may find that the audio in the online course will pause, skip or completely stop.
Previous students have let us know that they have had no problems accessing our courses using Satellite internet or wireless broadband, but it depends on each connection.
If you’re not sure what kind of internet connection you have, there are two things you can check:
If your connection is not fast enough but you’d still like attend the course, we recommend checking with your local library to see if you are able to download the files there.
If you can do that, you’d just need to pop them onto a USB drive and then take them home with you to listen to later.
Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free! Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue?
So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!
Pamela Freeman, Online, Sydney
Dr Pamela Freeman is the award-winning author of more than 30 books. Her most recent book, published under the... View Profile
Cathie Tasker, Online, Sydney
Cathie Tasker is a fiction editor with over 25 years’ experience. She has mentored many manuscripts to publication and... View Profile
Claire Scobie, Sydney
Dr Claire Scobie is author of The Pagoda Tree, a novel chosen by Good Reading Magazine as one of their Best... View Profile
Jeni Mawter, Sydney
Jeni Mawter, sometimes known as J.A. Mawter, is the children’s author of the Freewheelers series: Extreme! (2008), Launched! (2007) and Unleashed!... View Profile
Natasha Lester, Online, Perth
Natasha Lester is the award-winning author of three novels. Her latest is A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, set in the Jazz... View Profile
"So I thought, ‘Well, I just need to… if I want to give this a go, I’ve got to just put myself in this writing world’. That’s why I approached you guys. I was a little bit nervous, and I was traveling at the time with Matt, my husband, so I signed on the dot for the online creative writing course. That was a great way to start because I felt anonymous and I wasn’t throwing myself out there. But what was really great, because I’m a procrastinator and I like to go back to things a lot, was that as people posted their work, it was there, so I could go back and read it again, I could read the teacher's comments. "I could see what she was picking up on, what was working, and what wasn’t. That helped. In a lot of ways it gave me extra confidence in what I was doing or would send up a flag, you know? ‘Okay, that’s a bad idea’. Things like that. I think more than anything just being in that kind of environment, where it’s actually okay to want to pursue something like this, and everyone’s really passionate about it, that was really a good start. "And so I thought, ‘Well, if I really want to keep going with this I just need to keep myself in this world.' I can’t let myself out of it in a way. So I signed up to do the second course in creative writing and I did that in person. So then I was coming in once a week and I was surrounded by 10 other people who were writing and passionate about it and we were just talking through stuff. At that time I sent out my manuscript and it was during that course that I actually got picked up by an agent. It was great because it was just the right environment for me to be in and it worked really well."
- Jessica Shirvington
- Belinda Mallouk
"The pace kept me working on some detail of my work which I found motivating."
- Kathryn Spence
"The course took the process of writing to a deeper level and Pamela is a passionate word lover, which I found inspiring. I have learnt to survey my work more closely, and to think about the whole process from a deeper perspective."
- Sharna Bryant
"I enjoyed the opportunity to get feed back from someone as knowledgeable as Pamela. Sharing my work with like-minded people has really given me the courage to move forward with my book. Pamela is amazing. She is very generous with her knowledge and experience. She also has a very keen editor's eye and can sum up pretty quickly what you need to work on. The Australian Writers’ Centre is a great place to come if you want to write but need some help getting started, or if you have something written but you need help to get to the next stage."
- Hera McCaffery