Australian Writers' Centre - Creative writing 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!), or in our Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth classrooms.
Our core creative writing path gives you the foundations for compelling adult 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.
Kids and Young Adults
The core creative writing path
Learn the foundations of compelling stories with these creative writing courses.
Writing books for younger readers
Discover how to write for children of all ages
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.
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.
Explore genre-specific writing techniques
Short Story Essentials
Learn the secrets to compelling short fiction.
Create a gripping narrative with great pace.
Receive a personalised assessment on your 2500-word story!
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.
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.
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.
Fantasy, Science Fiction and More
Get advice on structuring your story across a series.
Create an original and believable world.
Immerse yourself in the art of spec fic.
Screenwriting for Television
Learn plotting techniques for a TV drama series.
Bring your characters to life in a script.
Gain insider knowledge of the television industry.
Feel empowered to find your unique voice.
Bring your experiences to life on the page.
Learn from Australia's leading memoir teacher.
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Enhance your skills with advanced literary techniques
Fiction Essentials: Characters
Engage readers through your cast of characters.
Use character development to create narrative tension.
Complete exercises to cement your new skills.
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.
Fiction Essentials: Grammar and Punctuation
Master the art of punctuating dialogue correctly
Know how to avoid common formatting and style mistakes
Understand present, simple past and past perfect tense
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.
Everything you need know about getting your work published
Pitch Your Novel: How to Attract Agents and Publishers
Learn how to put together a bulletproof pitch.
Gain tips on writing your synopsis and cover letter.
Your 10-step process for approaching agents and publishers.
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.
Successful Self-publishing: Print and Ebooks
A self-publishing framework for non-fiction writers.
Demystify the current self-publishing landscape.
Get professional guidance on book layout and design.
Add extra knowledge, industry insights and motivation
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.
Build Your Author Platform
Boost your brand and your profile.
Learn how to choose the right social media platforms.
Create a community of fans – before your book hits shelves!
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.
Enjoy 29 days of inspiration, motivation and mindfulness.
Beat procrastination with regular live writing challenges.
Smash your goals, find your mojo and recharge your creativity!