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 the skills and techniques to create compelling fiction.

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






Starts Monday 22 January 2018 , Any time during the week
Five weeks
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Starts Saturday 19 May 2018 , 10am-4pm
Two consecutive days
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Ignite your creativity!

This creative writing course will give you the skills you need to write fiction, short stories and novels. Discover what you need to know about plotting, dialogue, characters, structure and much more.

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 authentic dialogue
  • the right structure and plot your story
  • how to revise and edit so that your story shines
  • and much more

“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. Thank you so much!”

- Amelia Campbell

This course consists of FIVE modules:

1: How to get started
Not being able to get started has held back many would-be writers from pursuing their dreams. 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.

2: 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.

3: How to excel at dialogue and description
Found on almost every page of fiction, dialogue is a hallmark of creative writing. We’ll show you how to avoid common mistakes and provide guaranteed strategies to add new depth to your characters through their conversations. You’ll also learn how to provide readers with descriptions that will allow your readers to really feel like they’re there.

4: 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, time lines, climaxes, resolutions and more.

5: Revising your draft to make it the best it can be
They say the real work begins when the first draft ends. What’s the difference between revising and editing? And how much is enough? You’ll learn simple ways to improve your work and the best ways to share your work and how to handle criticism.

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.

How to get published. 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.

“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”

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!

Want to learn online?
You can learn from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. The online course is delivered by audio modules with accompanying handouts and you get your own tutor to give you personalised feedback and answer all your questions.

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.

Q: Yes, but which is better?

A: It all comes down to personal preference and what fits best into your schedule. Some prefer the flexibility and direct feedback from tutors in our online courses, while others like the allocated time each week that a classroom provides, as well as a face-to-face interaction with the presenter and other classmates. The content is the same. Ultimately it comes down to your learning style and your location.

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.


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