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.

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

Picture Books, Chapter Books, Writing for Children and YA

Dialogue, Characters. Grammar, Short Stories and more

Everything you need to know about the publishing industry

Motivation, Time Management, Scrivener and more

The core creative writing path

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.

Foundations
Online with tutor
5 weeks 8 June 2020
$450 BOOKINGS NOW OPEN

Writing Workout

Complete exercises to strengthen your writing muscles.

Receive tutor guidance on your fiction techniques.

Write, write and write!

Development
Online live with tutor
6 fortnights 16 June 2020
$550 BOOKINGS NOW OPEN

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.

Development
Online with tutor
8 weeks 15 June 2020
$695 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

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.

Advanced
Online with tutor
6 months 7 September 2020
$415 per month APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

Write Your Novel: 12-month Program

Workshop your way to a completed draft.

Iron out structural flaws and master techniques.

Achieve your dream of writing a novel.

Advanced
Online with tutor
12 months 6 July 2020
$245 per month APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

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 with tutor feedback
Self-paced START TODAY
$245

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.

Foundations
Online with tutor
10 weeks
$395 COMING SOON

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 with tutor
5 weeks 15 June 2020
$450 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

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 with tutor
5 weeks 8 June 2020
$450 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

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 with tutor feedback
Self-paced 8 June 2020
$345 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

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 START TODAY
$245

Fiction Techniques

Enhance your skills with advanced literary techniques

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 live with tutor
2 mornings 30 May 2020
$275 BOOKED OUT

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.

Online live with tutor
5 evenings 15 June 2020
$450 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

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.

Online live with tutor
5 evenings 27 July 2020
$450 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

Popular Women’s Fiction

Learn how to succeed in the women's fiction market

Bring a believable voice and character to your story

How to create the ‘page-turner’ effect

Online live with tutor
5 evenings To be announced
$450 BOOKINGS OPEN SOON

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 with tutor feedback
Self-paced 8 June 2020
$345 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

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.

Online live with tutor
5 weeks 30 June 2020
$450 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

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 live with tutor
2 mornings 18 July 2020
$275 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

Life Writing

Feel empowered to find your unique voice.

Bring your experiences to life on the page.

Learn from Australia's leading memoir teacher.

Online live with tutor
6 Friday mornings 12 June 2020
$550 BOOKED OUT

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.

Online live with tutor
5 evenings To be announced
$450 BOOKINGS OPEN SOON

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 COMING SOON
$295

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 START TODAY
$195

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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$195

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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$195

Fiction Essentials: Self-editing

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 COMING SOON
$195

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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$97

Blogging for Beginners

Learn how to set up a new blog

Establish the right structure and categories.

Begin publishing live content immediately

Online
Self-paced START TODAY
$85

How to Get More Blog Readers

Develop a blueprint to grow your readership

Learn how to write compelling content

Discover how to attract potential sponsors

Online
Self-paced START TODAY
$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 START TODAY
$97

So You Want To Be A Writer – THE BOOK

Discover everything you need to be a successful writer.

A blueprint to get started and thrive in the writing world.

Advice from over 120 writers.

Physical book
ORDER TODAY
$25

MOJO MONTH

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!

Online
Self-paced STARTS SOON
$97