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Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing

It's time to begin a new chapter…

Everyone has a novel in them, they say. If yours is ready to come to the surface, we can help you take the first steps towards getting your name on a book cover. More detail

Upcoming course dates


StartsWednesday 7 September 2016

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenWednesday EVENING classes
(once a week for six weeks)


Presenter Pamela Freeman

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Course description

Your next chapter: Start your novel

Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing is designed for people who want to develop longer pieces of work or a series of short stories. This need not be fiction – memoir, biography or narrative non-fiction are also suitable.

If you’ve already done one of our foundation courses, such as Creative Writing Stage 1 or Writing Books for Children and Young Adults, or have some experience in creative writing and want to hone your craft, the Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing course will help you enhance your skills and make your book become a reality.

This course will suit people who have:

  • started a project and have already written a few thousand words, or
  • have a reasonable idea of their story’s structure but haven’t started writing.

The course is a combination of theory and workshopping. You will distribute your drafts to your fellow students and receive their comments. You will also read the work of the others and comment upon it.

Workshopping a range of manuscripts will inevitably throw up a wide range of issues for writers, from voice and characterisation down to grammar and punctuation. Author of 23 books and presenter of Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing, Pamela Freeman says, “Workshopping is one of the best ways to develop your skills as a writer and to identify the particular problems which you face as a storyteller – and then to get lots of help in finding solutions.”

Now that you have learnt the theory, tools and techniques to use in your creative writing, it’s time to take your writing to the next level.

Will there be any theory/teaching?

Each week will have a short theory section. Wherever possible, the theory presented in the course will be guided by the questions and needs of the students, so the curriculum may vary from course to course. The presenter will also follow up questions raised in the class and provide appropriate readings or reading recommendations in the next class.

Feedback and support for your novel

You have an idea for a novel, and maybe you’ve even started writing one. Either way, it’s no longer a vague idea. You’re starting to get words on the page and characters who are interacting and talking with each other. Your story is taking shape and now… the idea of a book actually seems real.

Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing is ideal if you want to keep your momentum going with a group of like-minded people.

You’ll find valuable feedback and support, plus an experienced author and presenter who will help you hone your writing, flesh out your characters and guide your plot in the right direction.

Let us help you start your novel.

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

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Graduate testimonials

  • "I enjoyed gathering to discuss writing, particularly in this regulated and organised environment. The structure has put me back on a better path to move forward with a story in my head. Pamela is passionate, has a great ability to understand and address the needs of the individuals in the room. If there's a story in you, take it a step further with this course."

    - Matt Lloyd

    "There was a great variety of aspirations within the group I joined, while all were inexperienced as novelists. However, Pamela brought unfailing energy and enthusiasm, not to mention good humour. She is extremely generous in the way she gives of herself and draws on her experience during the evenings. We were fortunate that she has such a lot of learning from her own writing experience over the course of thirty novels. Pamela  was careful to tailor her advice very specifically to each member of the group according to where they were with their own project. At the same time I learnt from each discussion that took place, whether it concerned my own writing or another's. I was sorry the classes ended when they did, but I feel encouraged to continue drawing on the energy that came from those evenings."

    - Anne Kearney

    "Pam is wonderfully insightful. I went to the course thinking/expecting many things, what I got was a completely fresh and experienced view on my work. If you want something affordable, effective and inspiring then the Australian Writers’ Centre is perfect. Both the courses I have done have given me more than I thought I would get out of them for the price."

    - Thomas Walsh

    "It was great to be part of a group and workshop people's projects. Pamela was inspiring and never made you feel self-conscious about your work. She works hard on everyone's texts and is encouraging. She is also intuitive about the problems you are having and most of all she is knowledgeable about so many genres and very entertaining. This takes you out of your comfort zone, which is a good thing. I could easily do it again next year."

    - Gemma Ryan

    "The Novel Writing Course was amazing. Pamela is an amazing teacher. Her depth of knowledge ensures that everyone in the class receives fantastic feedback and her ability to take a very average piece of work and turn it into a great piece of work is just invaluable. I have done a number of courses with the Australian Writers' Centre to date and found the Centre extremely professional and the presenters are all fantastic. I think that the courses are extremely good value for money."

    - Jenny New