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

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

30 November 2020


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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

$550

12 January 2021


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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

8-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$695

30 November 2020


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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

6-month online program
with tutor

$415
per month

8 February 2021


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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

12-month online program
with tutor

$245
per month

18 January 2021


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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

7 December 2020


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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

30 November 2020


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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.

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$450

30 November 2020


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Writing Picture Books Masterclass

  • Learn how to write books for ages 8-18.
  • Create compelling characters readers will love.
  • Gain a blueprint for succeeding in this market.

Online self-paced course
with tutor feedback

$345

7 December 2020


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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

$245 $177 SALE

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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

$245 $177 SALE

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Fiction Techniques

Enhance your skills with advanced literary techniques

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

$345 $247 SALE

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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

$450

21 April 2021


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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".

5 evenings online LIVE
with tutor

$450

11 January 2021


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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.

2 evenings online LIVE
with tutor

$275

22 March 2021


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Life Writing

  • Feel empowered to find your unique voice.
  • Bring your experiences to life on the page.
  • Learn from Australia's leading memoir teacher.

6 mornings online LIVE
with tutor

$550

9 January 2021

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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

$450

1 February 2021


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The Story Doctor

  • Structurally edit your manuscript so it shines.
  • Refine your novel's dialogue, description and imagery.
  • Learn from bestselling author Kate Forsyth.

4 evenings online LIVE
with tutor

$495

To be announced


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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 SALE

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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

$195 $137 SALE

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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 SALE

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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 SALE

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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 SALE

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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 SALE

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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 SALE

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Cut, Shape, Polish: How to edit your own stories

  • 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

$245 $177 SALE

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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

$165 $97 SALE

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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 course

$147 $97 SALE

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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 SALE

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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 course

$245 $147 SALE

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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 course

$97 $67 SALE

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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 course

$85 $57 SALE

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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 course

$97 $57 SALE

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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 course

$165 $97 SALE

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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 SALE

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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 SALE

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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 SALE

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MOJO MONTH

  • Enjoy a month of inspiration, motivation and mindfulness.
  • Beat procrastination with regular live writing challenges.
  • Smash your goals and grow as a writer!

Online self-paced course

$97

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The core freelance 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.

Foundation

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$450

30 November 2020


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Freelance Writing Masterclass Program

  • Further real-world mentoring.
  • Direct access to expert feedback/advice.
  • Sharpen your skills, fast-track success.

Advanced

Online self-paced program
with mentor

$65 per month.
12-month commitment

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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.

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$450

8 February 2021


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Food Writing

  • Learn how to break into the industry.
  • How to write delicious reviews and recipes.
  • Combine your love of food and writing.

5 evenings online LIVE
with tutor

$450

2 February 0021


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Profile Writing

  • Write compelling human stories.
  • Learn pacing, structure and style.
  • Valuable insights from a top profiler.

Online self-paced course

$175 $117 SALE

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Content Writing

  • Create compelling content quickly.
  • Showcase specific expertise.
  • Engage readers with easy templates.

Online self-paced course

$245 $157 SALE

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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 course

$345 $227 SALE

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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 course

$147 $97 SALE

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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.

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$550

18 January 2021


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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.

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$550

18 January 2021


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SEO Copywriting

  • Write copy that Google loves.
  • Tips on making your words smarter.
  • Charge more as an expert.

5-week online course
with tutor and feedback

$550

18 January 2021


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UX Writing

  • Create seamless online user experiences.
  • Best practice app and web techniques.
  • Convert more customers and drive sales.

2 mornings online LIVE
with tutor

$345

30 November 2020


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Real Estate Copywriting

  • Unlock a reliable revenue stream.
  • Tips and templates on getting started.
  • Earn course cost back in just one job.

Online self-paced course

$195 $137 SALE

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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.

2 mornings online LIVE
with tutor

$345

16 February 2021


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Editing Essentials

  • How to edit business documents with ease.
  • Essential rules for punctuation, bullet lists and more.
  • Industry proofreading symbols and style guides.

2 mornings online LIVE
with tutor

$345

16 March 2021


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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 course

$345 $227 SALE

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Content Writing

  • Create compelling content quickly.
  • Showcase specific expertise.
  • Engage readers with easy templates.

Online self-paced course

$245 $157 SALE

START TODAY


See More

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 course

$345 $227 SALE

START TODAY


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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 course

$695 $447 SALE

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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

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Team training


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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

 Request a quote

Team training


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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.

$49

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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 course

$245 $147 SALE

START TODAY


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