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.

Adult Fiction

Kids and Young Adults

Genre Essentials

Fiction Essentials

Publishing

Writers' Toolkit

The core creative writing path

Learn the foundations of compelling stories

Creative Writing Stage 1

Discover the secrets to writing compelling fiction.

Develop characters, scenes, dialogue and more.

The nuts and bolts of learning the art of writing.

Stage 1
Online Classroom
5 weeks 1 weekend
$450 $450

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.

Stage 2
Online Classroom
8 weeks 8 evenings
$650 $650

Write Your Novel: 6-month Program

Workshop your way to a completed draft.

Iron out structural flaws and master techniques.

Achieve your dream of writing a novel.

Stage 3
Online Classroom
6 months 22 evenings
$415 per month $415 per month

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.

Online Classroom
5 weeks 1 weekend
$450 $450

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
$345

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 Classroom
Self-paced 1 morning
$175 $175

How to Write for Children and Young Adults

Learn how to write books for ages 8-18.

Create compelling characters readers will love.

Gain a blueprint for succeeding in this market.

Online Classroom
5 weeks 1 weekend
$450 $450

Genre Essentials

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!

Online
Self-paced
$345

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
$195

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.

Classroom
1 weekend
$450

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.

Classroom
1 weekend
$450

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.

Classroom
1 weekend
$450

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.

Classroom
1 weekend
$450

Life Writing

Feel empowered to find your unique voice.

Bring your experiences to life on the page.

Learn from Australia's leading memoir teacher.

Classroom Classroom
2 Saturdays 1 weekend
$550 $550

Fiction Essentials

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.

Online
Self-paced
$195

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
$195

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
$195

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.

Classroom
1 day
$275

The Story Doctor

Polish your manuscript with expert editing techniques.

Refine your dialogue, description and pacing.

Bring your novel to a publishing standard.

Classroom
2 days
$495

Publishing

Everything you need 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
$165

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.

Online
Self-paced
$147

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
$97

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
$85

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.

 

Online
Self-paced
$245

Writers' Toolkit

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.

Online
Self-paced
$97

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!

Online
Self-paced
$165

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
$147

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
$97

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
$97