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

$450

Starts this week

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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

$795

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

Starts this week

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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

1 July 2024


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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

Starts this week

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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 $197 limited time offer

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 $197 limited time offer


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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 $237 limited time offer


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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 $167 limited time offer


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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 $277 limited time offer

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 $157 limited time offer


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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 $277 limited time offer


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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 $167 limited time offer


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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 $137 limited time offer


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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 $137 limited time offer


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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 $137 limited time offer


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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 $137 limited time offer


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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 $137 limited time offer


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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 $137 limited time offer


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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 $197 limited time offer


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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 $127 limited time offer


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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 $137 limited time offer


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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 $117 limited time offer


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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 $67 limited time offer


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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 $67 limited time offer


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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 $237 limited time offer


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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 $237 limited time offer


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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 $67 limited time offer


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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 $107 limited time offer


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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 $57 limited time offer


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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 $67 limited time offer


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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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