Australian Writers' Centre - Online courses

If you can read this webpage, then you have all you need to access our range of online courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre! We offer three kinds of online course:

Online live: With these special event courses, you participate online from the comfort of your own home in a live Zoom video-based classroom. Your tutor and your classmates are right there with you in real time.

Online classroom: These courses begin on a set date, with an online tutor and other classmates learning at the same time. You’ll need around 3-4 hours per week, but those hours can be whenever and wherever you choose.

Online self-paced: These courses are ready to go ‘on demand’. You don’t have a tutor but you do get instant access and can revisit the content for up to 12 months.
 

Learn the foundations of compelling stories.

Learn how to write feature articles.

Master the art of professional business writing.

The core creative writing path online

Learn the foundations of compelling stories with these online 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 1 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 10 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

Writing books for younger readers online

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

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 1 June 2020
$345 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

The core feature writing path

Learn the foundations of compelling feature articles

Freelance Writing Stage 1

Industry advice on writing for publications

Techniques on structure, research, interviewing

Find and pitch story ideas with confidence

Foundations
Online with tutor
5 weeks 1 June 2020
$450 BOOKINGS NOW OPEN

Freelance Writing Masterclass Program

Further real-world mentoring

Direct access to expert feedback/advice

Sharpen your skills, fast-track success

Advanced
Online with mentor
12 months START NOW
$65 per month

Freelance writing – extra skills

Hone your techniques and explore an area of interest

Travel Writing

Write engaging travel content

Tips on itineraries, photography, freebies

Turn any place into a paid story

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

Food Writing

Learn how to break into the industry

How to write delicious reviews and recipes

Combine your love of food and writing

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

Profile Writing

Write compelling human stories

Learn pacing, structure and style

Valuable insights from a top profiler

Online
Self-paced START TODAY
$175

Content Writing

Create compelling content quickly

Showcase specific expertise

Engage readers with easy templates

Online
Self-paced START TODAY
$245

How to Write Media Releases

Learn to correctly structure releases

Understand the key points to deliver

Tips on maximising exposure and hit-rate

Online
Self-paced START TODAY
$345

The Business of Freelancing

Turn your feature writing into a business

Tips on invoicing, tax and more

How to be effective in quoting for jobs

Online
Self-paced START TODAY
$147

Copywriting

Learn the foundation skills to get started as a copywriter

Copywriting Essentials

Write headlines and words that sell

Take creative briefs and do research

Earn money immediately from clients

Online with tutor
5 weeks 8 June 2020
$550 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

Copywriting – extra skills

Increase your copywriting services and knowledge

How to Build a Successful Freelance Copywriting Business

Strategies for getting more clients

How to fill your portfolio fast

Position yourself as a specialist

Online with tutor
5 weeks 15 June 2020
$550 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

SEO Copywriting

Write copy that Google loves

Tips on making your words smarter

Charge more as an expert

Online with tutor
5 weeks 1 June 2020
$550 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

UX/UI Copywriting

Create seamless online user experiences

Best practice app and web techniques

Convert more customers and drive sales

Online live with tutor
2 mornings 24 June 2020
$345 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

Real Estate Copywriting

Unlock a reliable revenue stream

Tips and templates on getting started

Earn course cost back in just 1-2 jobs

Online
Self-paced START TODAY
$275

Business writing fundamentals

Master the art of clear and professional business writing

Plain English Business Writing

Understand ‘plain English’ principles to improve readability

Discover common mistakes and how to avoid them

Get templates to improve your reports, proposals, emails and proofing

Online live with tutor
2 mornings 9 June 2020
$345 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

Editing Essentials

How to edit business documents with ease.

Essential rules for punctuation, bullet lists and more.

Industry proofreading symbols and style guides.

Online live with tutor
2 mornings 22 June 2020
$345 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

Professional Business Writing

Learn the 11 golden rules of business writing

Explore the business writing DOs and DON’Ts

Work smarter with practical tips and exercises

Online Self-paced
START TODAY
$345

Content Writing

Create compelling content quickly

Showcase specific expertise

Engage readers with easy templates

Online Self-paced
START TODAY
$245

How to Write Media Releases

Learn to correctly structure releases

Understand the key points to deliver

Tips on maximising exposure and hit-rate

Online Self-paced
START TODAY
$345

Write a Business Book

A blueprint for building your own book.

How to position yourself as an expert.

The ideal way to use your book in your marketing

Online Self-paced
START TODAY
$695

Team Training

Group training in your workplace or in our online Zoom classroom

Plain English Business Writing

Understand ‘plain English’ principles to improve readability

Discover common mistakes and how to avoid them

Get templates to improve your reports, proposals, emails and proofing

Online live Zoom or at your workplace
For team training, request a quote

Editing Essentials

How to edit business documents with ease.

Essential rules for punctuation, bullet lists and more.

Industry proofreading symbols and style guides.

Online live Zoom or at your workplace
For team training, request a quote

Writing for the Web & Mobile

Communicate effectively online

The golden rules of information design

Explore SEO and contextual links

Online live Zoom or at your workplace
For team training, request a quote

The Business Toolkit

Australian Business Style Guide

Get instant access to the online version of the book

Search solutions quickly, save common conundrums, and get wordy peace of mind on the go

Save time and ensure your writing follows a consistent professional editorial style

Online book
ORDER NOW
$49

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