Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing

Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing

Get your manuscript off to the best start possible...

This course is ideal for: Anyone who wants to build a strong framework for their novel

You will:
Turn your idea into the start of your novel
Workshop your story idea to make it stronger
Identify potential issues and subplots
Give and receive valuable feedback
And much more






To be announced
Six Thursday evenings

Your next chapter

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 you if you have:

  • started a project and have already written a few thousand words, or
  • 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. Pamela Freeman, author of 30 books and presenter of Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing, 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.

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

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.

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 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

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.