Take your writing to a whole new level
- Keen to continue your writing momentum?
- Want practical feedback and relevant exercises to help you get there?
- Need that extra push to fully develop and finish your short story or piece of creative fiction?
- Eager to recapture that awesome creative vibe by learning from the best in a nurturing environment?
- Or do you just really like sequels?
Welcome to Creative Writing Stage 2. If you’ve already completed Creative Writing Stage 1, Writing Books for Children and Young Adults, Thriller Writing or How to Write a Chick-Lit Novel, 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?”
Creative Writing Stage 2 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!
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VIDEO: Course creator Pamela Freeman
In a nutshell
This course is all about nailing the essential elements of YOUR story.
- Characters: getting more out of your main ones and making your minor character ‘extras’ more believable
- Ensuring each character’s voice is unique and distinct – putting yourself in the shoes of the reader and seeing what they see
- How to keep those pages turning through effective structuring of your story
- Climax and resolution: how they shape the final story – and how to write them
- Scene development: the engine room of your fiction, including dialogue, pacing, manipulation of time, character interaction and managing exposition
- Fine-turning: successfully editing and proofreading your story and its structure, with examples from published and student work
- 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 five-week journey.
Practice makes perfect sense
The focus of Creative Writing Stage 2 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!
Exclusive access to our Online Writing Forum
When you graduate, you'll also get exclusive access to our dynamic online writing community.
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 – 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 helping share your creativity with the world!
You can complete the course ONLINE if you prefer
If you don’t live in Sydney – or can’t get to our harbourside training rooms – you can access our amazing tutors through our online course.
The online course covers the same valuable content as the face-to-face course and, each week, your questions are answered by our wonderful online tutors. You’ll also receive assignments and get feedback on your work.
It’s easy to learn online – all you need is an internet connection. Just click on the demo to see how it works.
Our online classroom is simple to use. Thousands of students from Australia – and around the world – have graduated from this course.
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 face-to-face course!
Rave reviews about
Creative Writing Stage 2
"The course took the process of writing to a deeper level. The presenter 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
"The presenter's breadth of experience and knowledge was invaluable."
- Tim Canham
"Excellent teacher and an incredible listener. Her ability to take in her students work, digest and deliver value in her feedback was outstanding. This has given me an empowered perspective from which to write but also from which to critique my own work."
- Tim Lassig
"Pamela Freeman is a fabulous teacher! She just has such a talent for it. It's rare that a good writer is also a good teacher. I am very inspired."
- Iona Krefel
"The presenter was excellent, very lively and helpful. She brought in a lot of personal experience, which was precisely what I'd hoped for."
- Annie Chiv
"Being taught by someone like Pamela who has had so much experience in the field of creative writing was very enlightening. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the course has really given me momentum with my writing by giving me the tools that I need to improve. It was informative, encouraging and inspiring."
- Caroline Betts
Learn from the best
| Pamela is the award-winning author of over 20 books, most recently the Princess Betony series published by Walker Books. In 2010, Full Circle (Book 3 of the Castings trilogy), was published in the US, UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany as well as Australia ... read more
| Jeni is the children’s author of the hilarious ‘So’ series: So Gross!, So Feral!, So Sick!, So Festy!, So Grotty! and So Stinky! (HarperCollins) as well as the Freewheelers series: Unleashed!, Launched! and Extreme! (HarperCollins). Unleashed! was shortlisted for the WAYRBA Older Readers Award 2009 ...