Creative courses

Discover how a creative writing course at AWC can change your life.

Whether your goal is to write bestselling fiction, stories for children, a memoir or to simply explore your creativity – you'll find the ideal course here. Learn online (from anywhere!).

Our core creative writing path gives you the foundations for writing compelling fiction – taking you from the seed of a story idea to a completed manuscript.

Explore an area of interest with Genre and Fiction Essentials. And gain extra knowledge and motivation with the Publishing and Writers' Toolkit courses.

Creative Writing Stage 1, Novel Writing Essentials and Write Your Novel

Picture Books, Chapter Books, Children's Fiction and YA

Dialogue, Characters. Grammar, Short Stories and more

Everything you need to know about the publishing industry

Motivation, Time Management, Scrivener and more

Creative writing

Learn the foundations of compelling stories with these creative writing courses.

Creative Writing Stage 1

Discover the secrets to writing compelling fiction.

Develop characters, scenes, dialogue and more.

Learn the nuts and bolts of the art of writing.

Foundation

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

22 July 2024

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Writing Workout

Complete exercises to strengthen your writing muscles.

Receive tutor guidance on your fiction techniques.

Write, write and write!

Development

6 fortnights online LIVE
with tutor

$595

25 July 2024

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Novel Writing Essentials

Write the first 20,000 words of your novel.

Become a stronger writer with group workshopping.

Give your opening chapters the best possible start.

Intermediate

10-week online course
with tutor and feedback

3 July 2024

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Write Your Novel

Workshop your way to a completed draft.

Iron out structural flaws and master techniques.

Achieve your dream of writing a novel.

Advanced

$2450

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Edit Your Novel

Shape your story into its brilliant final form

Receive powerful editing techniques and guidance

Workshop your manuscript with experienced writers

Advanced

6-month online program
with tutor

$495 per month

7 March 2024

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Courses for kids and teens

Creative Writing Quest for Kids

Encourage your child's love of writing with this creative adventure.

Write a complete 800-word story.

Receive feedback from a bestselling author.

Online self-paced course
with tutor feedback

$245

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Teenage Creative Writers’ Program

Discover the key skills for creating compelling stories.

Receive feedback and guidance from an award-winning author.

Learn creative techniques that can be easily applied at school.

10-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$395

7 October 2024

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Writing books for younger readers

Discover how to write for children of all ages.

Writing Picture Books

Create magical stories for the youngest of readers.

Discover the themes that kids (and publishers) adore.

Explore your creativity in a supportive environment.

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$450

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Writing Picture Books Masterclass

Learn how to structurally edit your manuscript.

Tighten your story's prose, patterning and rhythm.

Perfect your pitch before approaching publishers.

Online self-paced course
with tutor feedback

$395

7 August 2023

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Writing Children's Novels

Learn the key elements of a novel for children

Create believable characters and dialogue

Find the right voice to suit your reader

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$450

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Writing Young Adult Fiction

Understand the YA readership and characters.

Develop your unique voice and story structure.

Get up-to-date with the current state of YA publishing.

$495

13 September 2022

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Writing Chapter Books for 6-9 year olds

Discover how to create your own book series.

Understand the story themes that resonate.

Uncover the tricks to keep young readers hooked.

Online self-paced course
with tutor feedback

$295

17 January 2022

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Laugh Out Loud

Learn how to craft funny stories for kids.

Develop your own brand of humour.

Receive feedback from a bestselling author.

Online self-paced course
with tutor feedback

$295

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Fiction Techniques

Enhance your skills with advanced literary techniques.

Romance Writing

Learn to write a romance novel readers will love.

Develop your ideas to suit the romance market.

Gain clarity on the best publishing route to take.

Online self-paced course

$345

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Historical Fiction

Develop your research skills and methods.

Create believable and historically accurate characters.

Learn how to craft a captivating story set in the past.

Online self-paced course

$245

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Short Story Essentials

Learn the secrets of compelling short fiction.

Create a gripping narrative with great pace.

Receive a personalised assessment on your 2500-word story!

Online self-paced course
with tutor feedback

$395

17 January 2022

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The Story Doctor

Learn to structurally edit your manuscript so it shines.

Discover how to refine your dialogue, descriptions and imagery.

Enjoy expert guidance from bestselling author Kate Forsyth.

5 evenings online LIVE
with tutor

$595

6 June 2022

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Fantasy Fiction Writing

Master the art of building intricate, living fantasy worlds.

Design unique and logical magic systems that add depth and intrigue to your storytelling.

Learn the secrets of plotting adventures that intertwine epic quests with deeply personal character journeys.

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History, Mystery and Magic

Learn how to write a successful cross-genre story.

Explore unique narrative patterns and structures.

Stir your readers' imagination with vivid storytelling.

5 evenings online LIVE
with tutor

31 January 2022

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Crime and Thriller Writing

Increase your narrative tension and suspense.

Create intriguing characters that hook your reader.

Learn the essentials of this insanely popular genre.

5 evenings online LIVE
with tutor

$495

7 May 2024

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Plotting and Planning

Discover the 7 basic plots you need to know.

Turn a story idea into a well-structured plan.

Create a plot that keeps readers engrossed.

Online self-paced course

$195

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Creative Non-fiction

Learn how to write page-turning true stories.

Master the art of creative non-fiction techniques.

Discover your unique and distinctive narrative voice.

Online self-paced course

$395

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Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder

Tips from #1 NY Times bestselling author Candice Fox.

Delve into the grisly side of fiction.

Bring your scenes to life with authentic crime details.

Online self-paced course

$245

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Fiction Essentials: CHARACTERS

Engage readers through your cast of characters.

Use character development to create narrative tension.

Complete exercises to cement your new skills.

Online self-paced course

$195

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Fiction Essentials: DIALOGUE

Discover how to write compelling conversations.

Learn how to use dialogue to drive your story forward.

Complete exercises to ensure your dialogue is authentic.

Online self-paced course

$195

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Fiction Essentials: GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION

Master the art of punctuating dialogue correctly.

Know how to avoid common formatting and style mistakes.

Complete exercises and quizzes to reinforce your skills.

Online self-paced course

$195

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Fiction Essentials: POINT OF VIEW

Master this vital skill in fiction writing.

Gain techniques to strengthen your narrative voice.

Complete exercises to solidify your storytelling.

Online self-paced course

$195

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Fiction Essentials: STRUCTURE

Dramatically improve the framework of your stories.

Develop techniques for effective pace and tension.

Discover practical methods to achieve a strong narrative arc.

Online self-paced course

$195

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Fiction Essentials: SCENES

Construct scenes that flow seamlessly through your story.

Craft vivid settings that evoke deep emotion.

Discover how to edit your scenes for maximum impact.

Online self-paced course

$195

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Cut, Shape, Polish

Gain editing skills that will improve your story.

Easily identify plot holes and structural issues.

Polish your manuscript into a publishable piece of work.

Online self-paced course

$295

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Publishing

Everything you need to know about getting your work published.

Inside Publishing

Discover the nuts and bolts of publishing.

Maximise your chances of getting a book deal.

Gain the insider knowledge you need for author success.

Online self-paced course

$185

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Your Audiobook Advantage

Be confident about the right audiobook options to choose as an author.

Add an additional revenue stream to your income as a writer.

Develop a clear plan for production of your audiobook.

$195

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Your Author Website

Discover what every author website needs.

Learn how to showcase your writing.

Create a blueprint for your author platform.

$165

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Self-publish your Novel on Kindle

Ideal for authors who want a global readership.

Discover the critical elements of a professional ebook.

Learn the exact steps to sell internationally on Kindle.

Online self-paced course

$97

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Book Covers That Sell

Discover the 5 steps to a winning cover.

Learn the book cover rules for your genre.

Attract readers with the right fonts and imagery.

Online self-paced course

$85

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Writers' Toolkit

Add extra knowledge, industry insights and motivation.

Dare to Dream

Find and sustain your creative inspiration.

Become empowered to write freely in your own voice.

Learn from bestselling author Kate Forsyth.

Online self-paced course

$345

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Presenting to Kids

Discover how to engage a live audience of young readers.

Enhance your career with paid talks and school visits.

Learn to adapt your presentations to suit different age groups.

Online self-paced course

$345

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2 Hours to Scrivener Power

Master Scrivener 3 – the must-have tool for authors.

Transform the way you research and write.

Discover author Natasha Lester's secrets to Scrivener success.

Online self-paced course

$97

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Make Time to Write

Features the popular Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp!

Get strategies to fight procrastination.

A step-by-step guide for creating a writing routine.

Online self-paced course

$147

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Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp

Create a daily writing routine.

Strengthen your creative muscles through regular use.

Smash out 10,000 words in just one month.

Online self-paced course

$97

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Reinvent Yourself

Learn how to become a writer with this motivational program.

Access tips, advice and strategies from successful writers.

Your step-by-step guide to change your life.

Online self-paced course

$97

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Writing Tours

Creative Writing in the Cotswolds with Kate Forsyth

Create compelling tales with Kate Forsyth as your guide.

Be inspired and motivated in the birthplace of Shakespeare.

Enjoy daily writing workshops with an immersive cultural experience.

On request

23 June 2024

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