Creative Writing Stage 1

Creative Writing Stage 1

Our popular weekend course in storytelling and creativity

This course is ideal for: Writers of all levels who want to learn the secrets to writing compelling fiction

You will:
Indulge your creativity
Learn the key skills needed to write engaging stories
Receive direct feedback on your own writing
Enjoy access to experts who are active in the industry
Unlock your storytelling potential!

“I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but I found myself addicted!
I am inspired. Get into it. It’s great fun and great for the mind.”

- Suzie Lindsay, Creative Writing Stage 1 graduate






Starts Saturday 22 June 2019 , 10am-4pm
2 consecutive days
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Starts Saturday 10 August 2019 , 10am–4pm
2 consecutive days
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Starts Saturday 10 August 2019 , 10am–4pm
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Starts Saturday 20 July 2019 , 10am–4pm
2 consecutive days
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Creative Writing Stage 1 is also offered in an online classroom.


Creative Writing Stage 1

2-day weekend workshop – an overview

Our weekend workshops are held throughout the year in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Over the two days (10am-4pm each day), you will learn the foundation techniques needed to create compelling stories. By understanding and using these building blocks, you will become a better writer.

Across both days, you will work through lessons that cover five key areas of fiction...


  1. Creating compelling characters

    Discover how to master memorable characters, filling in their backstories and body language, appearance, dialogue and other quirks to keep readers captivated. As a class, you’ll explore what drives characters, their future plans and more.

  2. Finding your narrative voice

    First person? Third person limited? Omniscient narrator? You’ll explore the various types of points of view with which you can tell a story – along with their advantages and disadvantages. You will also work through real examples from fiction to put voice and tense into context.


  1. We suggest setting aside some time Saturday evening to complete a small assignment, to cement what you’ve learnt on day 1.


  1. How to create gripping scenes

    Scenes are the building blocks of stories, so you'll learn the secrets of scene construction and editing – how to write descriptions that allow your readers to feel like they’re there.

  2. Building stories with form, structure and plot

    Discover how to apply simple techniques to stop your stories from unravelling and, instead, hold a structure that keeps reader interest high from start to finish. You'll explore the vital points of a narrative and understand how to write in different points of view.

  3. Putting it all together

    Emerge from the wilderness of creative writing, with clear instructions for where to go to succeed in the next part of your writing journey. You’ll discover how to craft a scene that incorporates all of the techniques you've mastered.

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Sarah completed Creative Writing Stage 1

“The course helped me fall in love with narrative all over again. It made me really think about writing as a discipline and in some ways as a science... This course helped me to map out a clearer vision for the story that was starting to kick around in my mind. I walked away from the weekend feeling incredibly determined…And most importantly, I think that it inspired me to create my own world and get the words down."

– Sarah Bailey, now a published author, completed the weekend course in Melbourne and published her bestselling debut novel, ‘The Dark Lake’, in 2017 with Allen & Unwin.

“Is this course for me?”

Creative Writing Stage 1 suits a wide range of people at various stages of life. These include:

Want to write a novel? It all starts here

If your goal is to write a novel, AWC offers three stages of creative support and guidance to help you get there. Creative Writing Stage 1 kicks things off – giving you a solid understanding of how to build your story. In Novel Writing Essentials and Write Your Novel (each offered online and in Sydney), you will workshop your actual manuscript and take it from its beginnings to completion.

By the end of this course, you will have:

KNOWLEDGE: of all the important elements that all work together to create engaging fiction.
CONFIDENCE: in your writing abilities and as a creative human being. Knowledge is powerful stuff!
INSPIRATION: from your presenter, other classmates and the fabulous online creative community. You’ll be buzzing with new ideas, techniques and insight into creating compelling fiction – that you can immediately apply to your own writing.
MOTIVATION: to pursue further writing goals such as short stories or to write the next great novel. You’ll also have the momentum to succeed, thanks to comprehensive course notes and plenty of online resources via the AWC website and blog.

But don’t just take our word for it…

“This course contained so much practical advice which was exactly what I was looking for. So helpful! I liked doing the workshopping and group exercises – it really stimulated my imagination. Pamela Freeman was AMAZING! I wish I could live in her brain for a day. I've already recommended it to several people.”

– Amy Spanton
(completed in Sydney)

"I saw this course as my final chance to break a long tradition of procrastination – I think it worked!

"I feel much more confident to start serious writing after completing the course. I am already recommending this course to a friend with the comment that it will inspire and provide some really useful tips to stop procrastinating, get off your arse and start writing!"

– Alastair Harris
(completed in Brisbane)

"The presenter was excellent, very knowledgeable. I also loved hearing about her career and experiences, plus her first-hand knowledge of the industry and publishing process. Definitely go and do it!"

– Esme Wilmot
(completed in Perth)

"Before Creative Writing Stage 1, I hadn't attended any writing courses before – I wasn’t sure what to expect. This course exceeded my expectations and I was so impressed with the presenter’s generosity and intention to cover as much material as possible. It felt very much like a supportive mentor approach and I appreciated it so much."

– Nerise Proctor
(completed in Melbourne)

Creative Writing Stage 1 is also offered in an online classroom.

One weekend is all it takes to begin a bold new chapter in your life. Book today!

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