Unlocking Creativity is an inspirational and totally practical course, suitable for beginners, professional writers and anyone in between. 

Learn tools and techniques to unlock your creative potential and take your writing, understanding of character development and story structure to a whole new level.

This ground-breaking course is run throughout the year for a maximum of 18 writers per course. And the learning doesn't end in the classroom. You can work online between sessions where you learn to give and receive constructive feedback from your tutor and fellow writers.



29 October 2015


4 Weeks


Thursday nights


6.30pm – 9.30pm


Bronte Studio


$495 incl. GST


$435 incl. GST


21 September 2015


Unlocking Creativity Live 3 September is now fully booked. Please email us to be placed on a waiting-list. 

Unlocking Creativity is a pre-requisite for all of our courses. If you enrol directly into the 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft Course, you will receive the Unlocking Creativity Course for free. 

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Unlocking Creativity is our flagship creative writing course and the first step towards achieving your writing goals, whatever they may be. Your writing improves from the very first class and continues to do so with each session as you implement tools and techniques that make other people want to read what you have written.

Professional writers, graduates of university writing programs (including MAs and PhDs) through to complete beginners have raved about the dramatic impact the course has had on their writing and storytelling skills. You will also gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals of story structure, which most people find a profound and lasting revelation.

There is an old saying that you can't be taught to write, but you can learn. The four weeks will take you through a transformative creative process. As one participant said, 'I have just had the most amazing month of my life. From dreaming about being a writer, I now feel that I AM a writer.' If your dream is to write, this course will get you doing it.

  1. In Week One you will do a series of exercises from our comprehensive workbook that will enable you to tap into the power of your imagination - the true source of your creative power.

  2. In Week Two you will learn how to create emotion in your writing using bricks of significant detail which will connect you with your reader and bring your characters and writing to life.

  3. In Week Three you will be introduced to the character journey and start writing scenes. You will gain key insights into story structure and how a story works at a deep level. You will also learn how to build images into your work, one of the fundamental building blocks of fiction.

  4. In Week Four you will write a guided short story applying everything you have learnt from the course. It will also show how storytelling is a profound dance between structure and the imagination.

Over the four sessions, you will be amazed at how much your creative confidence grows and the dramatic improvement in your writing. You will enjoy the twelve hours face-to-face being inspired and guided by Roland who will bring out the best in you and your writing.

You will be taken through a step-by-step creative process that will enable you to realise your potential as a writer and give you a practical understanding of classic story structure. This unique process will take you and your writing to a whole new level of clarity and creative expression.

Please note: If you are unable to attend a live class over the four-week period you can do the session online.


The structured at-home exercises and our interactive online Writers' Board will keep you inspired and accountable between sessions and will help you develop the most important quality a writer needs - a writing habit.

Writers who make use of the Writers' Board are amazed by its benefits. As well as receiving feedback on one piece of work per week from your tutor online, you will also learn to give and receive feedback from your fellow writers. To become a better writer, you need to become a more discerning reader.


During the four-week process you will:

  • Unlock the power of your unconscious. Discover your creative power and confidence. Find your voice and the stories you want to write.

  • Discover what is stopping you from writing to your potential. Learn to silence your inner critic and overcome writers' block.

  • Create images that evoke emotion. You'll learn how to bring your characters to life, draw readers into your fictional world and keep them there. Discover the power of using significant detail. It will have an immediate powerful impact on your writing.
  • Be introduced to how classic story structure works. You will learn how story structure exists to reveal character. They are two sides of the same coin. 

  • Experience the creative joy and fun of writing from your imagination. You've got to learn to get out of your own way and make the process of writing fun and exciting in order to tap into your creative potential.

  • Learn how to give and receive creative, targeted feedback in a positive, supportive environment in class and online that will bring out the best in you and your writing.

  • Write a guided short story in the final session. 

Testimonials Unlocking Creativity

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    Karen M. Davis

    "After two unsuccessful manuscripts I was searching for a creative writing course I could do to give me the confidence and tools needed to find a stronger voice and allow me to tap into my imagination. Unlocking creativity did all this and more .I walked away from this course feeling much more confident in my own abilities as well as full of motivation to start my next manuscript, which turned into my first fictional crime novel Sinister Intent."
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    Yasmin Boland

    "Reading back over my first novel, I'm aware of a change at the point where I started doing the Writers' Studio course (Unlocking Creativity). It's where my descriptions went from run of the mill to, I think, much more visual. No one can give you a secret formula for 'how to write', but the Writers' Studio seems able to unleash the wild writer beast in us all!"
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    Vanessa Stubbs

    ‘Before I did the Unlocking Creativity course I knew I loved to write creatively but had no idea how I might start to channel that into something like a novel. The course teaches the basics of storytelling in a really accessible and inspiring way. Things like the importance of sensory detail in scene setting, writing a character’s emotion and conflict on every page. ‘The techniques really worked for me and I’m still a little bit amazed I was able to write a book and have it published using them. I refer to the notes I took during Unlocking Creativity even
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    Ali Whitelock

    "I loved Unlocking Creativity so much, I returned and did it a second time and will definitely do it again (and again). The support and encouragement from Roland, Kathleen and your fellow writers is inspirational and hugely motivational. It’s the best thing I did for my writing and the best thing I did for myself."
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    Caroline Roessler

    I can’t believe how much I’ve loved this course. How much I’ve looked forward to coming every week, despite some initial anxiety that I’d be a complete failure. It’s made me feel quietly proud that I’ve actually made this commitment to start writing.The doing of it is so wonderfully fulfilling. A really empowering experience. Brilliant." ( Rest in Peace C)
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    Helen Thurloe

    Helen submitted a story she developed from the guided short story she wrote in the final week of our Four Week Unlocking Creativity Course and on the strength of that, won the prestigious Varuna Scholarship in 2014.
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