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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

StartsSaturday 10 January 2015

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(2 consecutive days)


Presenter Claire Scobie

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StartsTuesday 13 January 2015

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenTuesday EVENING classes
(once a week for five weeks)


Presenter Jeni Mawter

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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 7 February 2015

Location Perth
Wembley Hotel
344 Cambridge Street
Wembley WA 6014

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(2 consecutive days)


Presenter Natasha Lester

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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

  • "Claire's class was amazing and I got so much out of it! I loved writing the stories each week. My little sister has just finished her first novel and has an agent interested back in Scotland – I hope to one day follow in her foot steps! Claire has definitely inspired me to keep going!"

    - Rebecca Paterson

    "This course nourished my heart, my creative self, my painting and most importantly, my writing. It provided all the tools and inspiration to begin the task of creative writing. Claire is a very warm and encouraging teacher. I also loved the flow of ideas from the group. Thank YOU so much, I feel quite bereft without our class with you!"

    - Amelia Campbell

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

    - Cynthia Mikel

    "The course helps to develop many writing techniques and styles. It helps with story and character development yet still encourages you to keep your own style. I liked having the handouts as well as the audio, it gives me something to refer back to in the future as I am writing. Pamela was very helpful and honest with her feedback. She gave both positive comments as well as the constructive criticism, both I think are important as a tutor."

    - Kelly Rainbow

    "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