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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

Upcoming course dates

StartsWeek beginning Monday 9 May 2016

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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We run this course Online every two weeks (or so). Click here to be the first to know about new dates!

StartsSaturday 28 May 2016

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(2 consecutive days)


Presenter James Roy

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We run this course in Sydney every six weeks (or so). Click here to be the first to know about new dates!

StartsSaturday 4 June 2016

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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We run this course in Melbourne every two months (or so). Click here to be the first to know about new dates!

StartsNew date to be announced!

Did you know we offer this course online?

Location Perth
3/185 Eighth Avenue
Inglewood WA 6052

WhenWednesday evening classes
(once a week for five weeks)


Presenter Natasha Lester

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We run this course in Perth every three months (or so). Click here to be the first to know about new dates!

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!

If you discover you love the craft of storytelling, we’ll support you in the next step of your journey with the course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques.

Prefer learning at home? 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!

What internet connection is required?

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:

  • Speed – If you can play a YouTube video from start to finish without issues, your internet should be fast enough.
  • Download limit – We recommend contacting either the person who takes care of your internet, or your internet provider directly to see what your download limit is. Each week there will be 40-50MB worth of materials to download, so you need to make sure your internet connection will allow for that (times five for each week!) without speed limitations or excess charges.

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.

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

  • Pamela Freeman

    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

    Cathie Tasker, Online, Sydney

    Cathie Tasker is a fiction editor with over 25 years’ experience. Her specialisations are in literary adult fiction,... View Profile

  • Kate Forsyth

    Kate Forsyth, Sydney

    Kate Forsyth is the internationally bestselling author of 27 books, and has been published in 15 countries. She... View Profile

  • James Roy

    James Roy, Sydney

    James Roy is the author of more than 20 books. James’s latest novel for children, One Thousand Hills (written with... 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

  • Nicole Hayes

    Nicole Hayes, Melbourne

    Nicole Hayes is a Melbourne-based writer and editor whose latest novel The One True Thing was published by... View Profile

  • Natasha Lester

    Natasha Lester, Online, Perth

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

  • Jeni Mawter

    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

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Graduate testimonials

  • "I have been writing professionally as a journalist for 18 years but there was so much I didn't know until I attended this course. I left on the final evening feeling inspired rather than scared about writing fiction."

    - Michael Smith

    "Creative Writing Stage 1 is a structured approach to creative writing. Cathie Tasker was fabulous – her feedback was brilliant and really specific. It is a great introductory course to get a taste of learning about writing – convenient and easy. The best thing is the flexibility – I work remotely a lot and I could choose when I did the work. Creative Writing Stage 1 is a great introductory course to get a taste of learning about writing."

    - Joanna Henryks

    "Totally professionalExcellent feedback to all studentsSets an atmosphere in the class that is conducive to self-expressionA fountain of information on the writing scene in AustraliaEncouraging and supportive"

    - Ziggy Sieradzki

    "Pamela is the most inspiring presenter ever! Put this course on your bucket list."

    - Cynthia Mikel

    "James was friendly and had a great sense of humour. He created a safe space for sharing work and had a working knowledge of Australian fiction to provide examples of writing. I'm glad I came in and spent a weekend immersed in the process of getting my creativity flowing, and interacting directly with the tutor and other students. The creative writing course was a good intro into the world of creative writing for me. If you're thinking of doing a course, jump in! The AWC courses are great value for money, and a wonderful place to get you started."

    - Zohra Aly