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Creative Writing Stage 1

Stories, ideas, fiction... where will your imagination take you?

Want to write fiction? Want it to be amazing? Dive into a supportive environment of creativity, information and inspiration! More detail

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Upcoming course dates

StartsThursday 13 November 2014

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenThursday EVENING classes
(once a week for five weeks)


Presenter James Roy

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StartsSaturday 31 January 2015

Location Melbourne
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(2 consecutive days)


Presenter Nicole Hayes

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StartsSaturday 1 November 2014

Location Perth
Wembley Hotel
344 Cambridge Street
Wembley WA 6014

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(2 consecutive days)


Presenter Natasha Lester

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StartsThe week beginning Monday 27 October 2014
Enrolments open until Wednesday 29 October
(Unless booked out prior)

Location Online
New module released each Monday.
You can complete the module any time during that week.
All you need is an internet connection.
Learn from anywhere.

WhenFive-week online course


Presenter Pamela Freeman

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StartsThe week beginning Monday 3 November 2014
Enrolments open until Wednesday 5 November
(Unless booked out prior)

Location Online
New module released each Monday.
You can complete the module any time during that week.
All you need is an internet connection.
Learn from anywhere.

WhenFive-week online course


Presenter Cathie Tasker

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Course description

Discover a whole new world of creativity

  • Do you like the idea of writing fiction, short stories or a novel?
  • Would you like to see your words in print?
  • Do you feel like you have a book in you?
  • Are you reading this on a dark and stormy night?
  • If you want to explore the world of writing, but aren’t quite sure where to start, then this is the course for you!

Whether you’re a total novice or already have some writing experience, Creative Writing Stage 1 is the ideal starting point on your road to creative enlightenment. At the Australian Writers’ Centre, you’ll meet like-minded students and presenters who will share (and inspire) your passion for writing!

That’s a novel idea…

The beauty of fiction is that it simply knows no limits. Your imagination is your inspiration; creativity is your new best friend. You see, everyone has a story to tell – what this course aims to do is harness all your ideas, thoughts and drafts into a story that’s worth reading.

You’ll learn how to:

  • kick-start the creative writing process
  • tap into your imagination to let the ideas flow
  • draw from everyday experiences and memories
  • examine the many different types of creative writing
  • build a framework – giving structure to your writing
  • create memorable characters and bring dialogue to life
  • and MUCH more!

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 journey.

A new chapter in your life

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 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.

So unlock your writer’s block and hop aboard Creative Writing Stage 1 – igniting your writing dreams and sharing your creativity with the world!

Can’t make it to one of our centres? Learn online

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.

Online or classroom course – which one is better?

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!

Exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club

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!

Your presenters

  • Cathie Tasker

    Cathie Tasker, Online, Sydney

    Cathie Tasker is a fiction editor with over 25 years’ experience. Her specialisations are in children’s and young... View Profile

  • Claire Scobie

    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

  • James Roy

    James Roy, Sydney

    James Roy fell in love with books and stories at a young age, and couldn’t wait until he... View Profile

  • Jeni Mawter

    Jeni Mawter, Sydney

    Jeni Mawter, sometimes known as J.A. Mawter to disguise her true identity, is the children’s author of the... View Profile

  • Kate Forsyth

    Kate Forsyth, Sydney

    Kate Forsyth is the internationally bestselling author of 26 books, which have been published in 15 countries, including... View Profile

  • Natasha Lester

    Natasha Lester, Perth

    Natasha Lester is the award-winning author of two novels, After and If I Should Lose You (2012) and What... View Profile

  • Nicole Hayes

    Nicole Hayes, Melbourne

    Nicole Hayes is a Melbourne-based writer and editor whose novel The Whole of My World was published by... View Profile

  • Pamela Freeman

    Pamela Freeman, Online, Sydney

    Dr Pamela Freeman is the award-winning author of over 25 books, most recently the Princess Betony series published... View Profile

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Graduate testimonials

  • “I would unreservedly recommend it to anyone seeking to take their writing from ideas to create stories.”

    Ben Dalrymple

    “Kate is sharp and witty – passionate about her craft, which is obvious from day one. I found the course excellent, and it has inspired me to write.”

    Bonnie-Louise Lussier

    “I enjoyed a great teacher, a like-minded group, and practical tips to give me the impetus and encouragement to start writing more, and better. The Australian Writers’ Centre know their stuff and really have their act together. I not only thoroughly enjoyed it, but truly feel I got real value out of it that will help me to develop my writing. I will be going back for seconds.”

    Rebeka Hendrickson