Creative writing courses at AWC

  • Unlock your imagination
  • Create better stories
  • Learn game-changing techniques
  • Improve the structure of your writing

Whether your goal is to write a bestseller, a memoir or simply explore your creativity, you'll find a course for you here! Learn online from wherever you are – or at our centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

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Creative Writing Stage 1
Stories, ideas, fiction... where will your imagination take you? Find out when you dive into a supportive environment of creativity, information and inspiration!
Writing Picture Books
Become the next big thing for little people by learning the essentials to a perfect picture book text. It's not as simple as you may think!
Writing Books for Children and Young Adults
You have the power to inspire and entertain a whole new generation of readers through strong, memorable writing. And we can help you get there.
Life Writing
Patti Miller explores creative autobiographical writing and will set you on the journey of writing your life.
Travel Memoir
It’s called travel memoir, although you may know it as “armchair travel” or more recently “vicarious travel”.

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Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques
Let your creativity soar and keep up the momentum as you lift your fiction writing skills to a whole new level. A practical follow up to our foundation course.
Plotting and Planning
With successful Australian author Kate Forsyth as your guide, discover how being prepared can help you work smarter through practical plot techniques and more.

Explore specific genres

Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder
Learn a whole new underworld of creativity with this nine-module self-study course that brings death to life to help make your stories more authentic. And what's more, you can start NOW.
Crime and Thriller Writing
Danger, action and adrenaline-pumping tension are all part of the ever-popular crime and thriller genre. You'll learn how to make your readers squirm, grip their seats and where to hide the twists and build suspense!
History, Mystery and Magic
Bring a touch of intrigue to your stories as you learn the tricks to genre-mixing and creating a near-familiar world where unfamiliar events unfold.
Fantasy, Science Fiction and More
Join experienced novelist Pamela Freeman and explore new realms and galaxies as you learn how to write without limits while keeping your mortal readers enthralled.

Go further with your novel

Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing
A highly practical course that places heavy emphasis on workshopping your words as you give and receive feedback. An invaluable part of the manuscript process.
Write Your Novel: 6-month Program
Fast-track the completion of your book manuscript with this 26-week program. Designed to keep you motivated with critiques, detailed advice and guest authors.

You can also learn online, at your own pace


  • Enjoy instant online access
  • Learn at your own pace
  • A full 12 months' access to content
  • Large selection of topics to choose from
  • Learn from anywhere
Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder
Add authenticity to your stories as you bring death to life – with a body bag full of actual cases as you go on the hunt for detailed descriptions and realistic police processes.
Build Your Author Platform
Today more than ever authors need to be able to promote themselves and their work. We look at the best ways to do it so you can begin now.
Make Time to Write
Conquer this most common of obstacles with a step-by-step guide to finding time to write in your busy schedule. Includes practical strategies, great tips and a 30-day inbox coach that guarantees results!
2 Hours to Scrivener Power
If you're considering using Scrivener to manage your next writing project, this course will give you tips, shortcuts and confidence.
Pitch Your Novel:
How to Attract Agents and Publishers
Writing a manuscript is hard, but getting it published is often harder – especially for first timers. This course will help you get noticed.
Inside Publishing
Learn about the issues and intricacies of the publishing industry – and how knowing these can help you as an author.

Which course is right for me?
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OR choose one of the following blueprints:

I want to write fiction for adults


I want to write for children or young adults


I want to write a memoir


I want to write a screenplay


Discover how an AWC course can change your life!