Course Overview

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

The course's breakthrough tools and techniques, comprehensive online materials, exceptional tutors and interactive online Writers' Board will keep you inspired and accountable, unlock your creative potential and help you develop the most important quality a writer needs - a writing habit. The art and learning is in the doing and the magic is always on the page. We run this ground-breaking process throughout the year.



16 September 2015


4 Weeks






$445 incl. GST


$395 incl. GST


Midnight 31 Aug 2015

Please Note

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 receive the Unlocking Creativity Course for free. Read More > 

Also read about Unlocking Creativity Live >






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 session and continues to do so 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 classic 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 that will give you tools and techniques to tap into the power of your imagination - the true source of 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 imagination. 

Over the four sessions, you will be amazed at how much your creative confidence grows and the dramatic improvement in your writing. 


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 online environment that will bring out the best in you and your writing.

  • Write a guided short story in the final session.


One day before the class commences, we will send you instructions and passwords enabling you to access the online course materials and our interactive Writers' Board.

We will assign you an experienced tutor who will coach and guide you every step of the way. They will keep you accountable, motivated and inspired as you work through the online materials and master the key lessons of each session.

One of the advantages of the online course is that you can work at your own pace. It is not a chat room set up where you have to be online at a certain time. However, you need to be disciplined and follow the program. Finish Week 1 in Week 1 and Week 2 in Week 2 etc. and try not to fall too far behind.

Each week, you will work through specific daily exercises designed to put the tools and techniques you are learning into practice. Once you've done the exercises you will post them onto your class Writers' Board. Your tutor will give you feedback on two pieces of your writing every week.

As well as receiving feedback from your tutor, you will interact with your fellow writers by learning to give and receive targeted feedback. This will nurture your creativity and develop your writing. To improve, you need to see how others respond to your own work and become a more discerning reader of other's work.

The time required for actual writing per day starts off with as little as 10 -15 minutes. It is by doing a little every day and forming a writing habit that you become a writer. This way you experience the pleasure of accessing your creativity on a regular basis and working towards making your writing dreams a reality.

However, the whole process from reading your lessons, writing your exercises, typing them up and then posting them onto the Writers' Board and giving feedback could take around 45 minutes to one hour a day, five times a week. You can do much more if you have time!

The practical application of the tools and techniques provided, coupled with the interactive writing exercises and targeted feedback, will enable your writing to take a quantum leap forward over the four weeks.



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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