Creative Writing Stage 1

Creative Writing Stage 1

Passionate about writing? Discover your storytelling skills today!

This creative writing course is ideal: If you want to boost your creativity and write compelling stories.

You will:
Kick-start your writing process
Boost your writing confidence
Discover how to create compelling characters
Write powerful scenes
Learn the right way to structure your story






Starts Tuesday 30 April 2019 , 6.30-8.30pm
5 Tuesday evenings
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Starts Saturday 4 May 2019 , 10am–4pm
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Starts Saturday 25 May 2019 , 10am–4pm
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Starts Saturday 18 May 2019 , 10am–4pm
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Starts Saturday 20 July 2019 , 10am–4pm
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Creative Writing Stage 1 is also offered in an online classroom.

Ignite your creativity!

This creative writing course will give you the skills you need to write fiction, short stories and novels.

It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at with your writing. You may have written a lot in the past, or maybe nothing at all. Or perhaps you’re in a job that’s not challenging you creatively; maybe you’re simply wanting to start a new chapter in your life.

Wherever you’re at, THIS course will help launch your new creative self.

You’ll discover:

  • how to turn your ideas into compelling works of fiction
  • techniques to tap into your imagination and creativity
  • how to find your unique voice
  • what you need to know about style and point of view
  • how to create memorable characters
  • the way to develop gripping scenes
  • the right structure and plot for your story
  • how to revise and edit so that your story shines
  • and much more

“The course got my juices flowing and my keyboard humming.

I loved the feedback! It was honest, understandable and 100% supportive the whole time. The course was worth every penny.

It’s amazing how much you learn.

You get little writing challenges that are so good for the soul, and you get to chat with some lovely like-minded people.”

- Toni Youngberry

You'll learn:

How to tap into your creativity
You’ll learn how to kick-start the creative writing process and use practical exercises to tap into your imagination to get the ideas flowing and draw on everyday experiences and memories to create something truly your own.

Creating compelling characters
Readers want someone they can cheer on, love to hate, or at least be intrigued by. You’ll discover how to master memorable characters, filling in their backstories and body language, appearance and other quirks, tensions and layers to keep readers captivated.

How to create gripping scenes
Scenes are the building blocks of story, but what is the best way to decide which scenes you need? Or how to structure them so that they grip readers and make them turn the next page?  How long should a scene be? You’ll learn the secrets of scene construction and editing. You’ll also learn how to write descriptions that will allow your readers to really feel like they’re there.

Building stories with form, structure and plot
The best stories all have an underlying framework that holds them together. You’ll learn how to apply simple techniques to stop your stories from unravelling and, instead, hold a structure that keeps interest high from start to finish – through turning points, complications, climaxes, resolutions and more.

Putting it all together
You can develop individual skills, but how do you put it all together? Finding the right process to finish that first draft and then move beyond it isn’t simple; we all know how easy it is to give up halfway. You'll be given a map through the wilderness of creative writing, with clear instructions for where to go to succeed in the next part of your writing journey. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never written anything or whether you have a couple of novels in your bottom drawer – it’s the next step which counts, where you start applying all the skills you have learnt in this course.

And much more, including:

  • An insight into the world of fiction and the creative writing industry. Throughout the course, you’ll see the bigger picture in storytelling. What makes a great story? Why do certain stories become highly successful? What are the key steps that influence the life of a professional writer.
  • Get insider knowledge
    Our presenters have either published many books themselves or are actively working in the publishing industry – and they’ll happily demystify the process of submitting manuscripts, agents, publishers, editing and more.

The AWC methodology

We truly believe that every person needs to tap into their own creative intuition. It’s YOUR ideas and imagination that will make your stories unique – and find your voice in your writing. However, we also know there are clear frameworks and techniques that will make you a better writer. AWC’s methodology will equip you with the right tools and skills you need, but also show you how to harness the creative process and tap into your own innate talents.

“I didn't know what to expect from the course and wondered, before the start, how it was possible to teach someone to write creatively. Well I quickly found out.

I loved every stage of the course, all the tips, writing exercises, exploring different ways of writing, building character profiles.”

- Kate Bradley

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • “I have ideas but don’t know how to begin.”
  • “I never seem to have enough time to devote to writing.”
  • “I don’t know if my writing is actually any good.”
  • “I’m nervous about showing my writing to someone else.”
  • “I start stories, but I never finish anything.”

These are some of the most common challenges for aspiring fiction writers. (In fact, even bestselling authors have struggled with them at some point.) Our Creative Writing Stage 1 course has been crafted to help you overcome these dilemmas and give you new confidence as a writer.

We take the fear and guesswork out of taking your first steps. Before you know it, you’ll not only be in a regular writing routine, but loving every minute. You’ll receive years worth of accumulated knowledge, delivered by world-class expert authors and editors, alongside like-minded students – all wrapped up in a supportive, fun learning environment.

This course has been structured to build on your existing knowledge of storytelling and help you come up with better ideas, characters, plots and more! At any level, you’ll be able to use the step-by-step guides and practical techniques we offer to add more power and finesse to your writing. Plus, you’ll join our active Australian Writers’ Centre community of writers who will motivate and inspire you to kick some serious writing goals!

Q: What's the difference between the online course and the classroom course? Which one is better?

A: Great questions! Both our “online” and “in-person classroom” courses cover the same material. So regardless of which one you choose, you’ll be receiving the same quality resources. Naturally, each of our talented presenters brings their own unique experience and flavour to the lesson material, but the core lessons feature the same quality content. It all comes down to personal preference and what fits best into your schedule.

Q: How does the online course work?

A: You’ll get access to our online classroom. You and your classmates (yes, you have classmates!) receive weekly course modules in the form of audio MP3s or videos. You can learn at your computer, in the car or even while you’re at the gym. You’ll also get handouts and resources. And if you complete your (optional) weekly assignment you’ll get personal feedback from you tutor. You can also ask your tutor any questions.

You’ll have a toolkit brimming with brand new techniques and insights into creating compelling fiction – all of which you can immediately apply to your own writing. But most importantly, you will have new CONFIDENCE in your abilities; INSPIRATION from your presenter, classmates and the fabulous creative community; and MOTIVATION to pursue further writing goals such as short stories or even a novel.

Enjoy 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!


We’ll bring the world-class course content, industry-savvy presenters and a diverse community of like-minded people.
You just bring yourself.