Four Week Writing Course

Whether you're a complete beginner, a professional writer or somewhere in-between, this is the first step towards achieving your writing goals, whatever they may be.

Check links below for more info.

NOTE: Unlocking Creativity is a pre-requisite for all of our courses.

Next available ONLINE course: January 23 to February 20, 2013

Next available LIVE course: March 7,14, 21 & 28, 2013 (January course fully booked).



Do you dream of writing your novel or screenplay but are overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, especially if you're working full-time?

This course provides a step-by-step process that breaks the writing into manageable segments.

It gives you the structure, accountability and support to complete your first draft in ten months.

Pre-requisite: Unlocking Creativity

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Next available LIVE course: March 16 to December 8, 2013

Next available ONLINE course: March 25, 2013 to February 25, 2014 


imageThis course is ideal if you've completed Unlocking Creativity, want to keep the creative process alive and further develop your writing and storytelling skills.

This course is run ONLINE but there is an option to attend the first session LIVE with Roland and Kathleen on March 4, 2013 from 6:30-9:30 at the Bronte studio.

Pre-requisite: Unlocking Creativity

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Next available course: March 4 to April 15, 2013 Click here for more info and Early Bird specials



The goal of the Second Draft Course is to turn your First Draft into a great Second Draft, creating a profound story that works dramatically and logically from beginning to end. 

This will ensure your story resonates with your readers at a deep level. And it is this cohesive structure that is just not possible to attain in your First Draft.

Expect at least a 200 percent improvement from the First Draft to the Second Draft.

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Next available LIVE course: February 10 to September 15, 2013



The Third Draft is where all the hard work you have put into finding, developing, clarifying and structuring your story in the First and Second drafts dramatically pays off.

The focus is now on the writing where you learn re-writing and editing tools. Experience the pleasure of seeing your characters and story come alive on the page when you harness the power of critical feedback.

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Next available LIVE course: March 10 to July 25, 2013

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The ultimate goal of all our courses is to enable writers to realise their creative potential and get their stories out into the world. 

As Victoria Nelson said, "Applaud every small victory, because every time you applaud a small victory, you create an environment in which a larger victory can grow."

We update an ongoing blog page that has been tracking Writers' Studio participants' successes over the last few months.

Here are several recent additions to end 2012.

OneKaren Davis signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster. Her first, a crime novel called Sinister Intent, is going to be published next August.

She wrote to Kathleen, "I wanted to thank you and Roland for doing such a great job. I really enjoyed doing the course with you both. It gave me the confidence and determination to keep writing. I feel like doing your course was the beginning of my new career."

TwoJames Forbes wrote a full feature screenplay called The House of Special Purpose and entered it into the Oaxaca International Film Festival in Mexico. He was chosen as a finalist and had to make his way there in November. He didn't win, but he came away with eight producers spread across the USA, UK and Germany interested to know more! 

He wrote, "Dear Roland & Kathleen, Without your support and education throughout your course, I would not be sitting where I am today."

Yasmin Khan
, one of our wonderful online tutors, wrote an enchanted poem for kids and a start-up kids clothing company bought it for $1000. It's going to be included with every single dress they send out and will feature on their website with a credit. Yasmin doesn't think this is very literary but we believe you can be great and commercial.

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to read more Success Stories


Two new tutors have recently joined us at The Writers' Studio.

Jess Black worked at Random House where she wrote 17 children's books for different series including The Bindi Wildlife Adventure Series, RSPCA's Animal Tales and Bindi Behind the Scenes.

She also writes for several publications, gives author talks in schools and is currently working on a new children's book.

Libby Tulip is an artist and writer who has published poetry and art criticism, taught sculpture and art theory, run her own blacksmithing business and written an MFA thesis on the stories inherent in objects.
She is currently writing a novel based on her experience living and working in a harbour-side junkyard.


Gift certificates for classes at The Writers' Studio make great presents. You can buy a gift certificate for a specific class or a voucher for a certain dollar amount.

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This is one of our favourite quotes, which encapsulates our philosophy about the creative power lying dormant in many aspiring writers waiting to be bought forth:

"Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognise them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty.

Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source.

"There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.

Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing all of our wonderful past and current writers and meeting some fabulous new ones in 2013.


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Remember writers are people who write. The art is in the doing and the magic is always on the page.

All our best,
Roland Fishman, Kathleen Allen and Shelley Seddon

And our fantastic team of ONLINE tutors: Andrew Blanch, Denise Imwold, Emma Kirby, Doug Pender, Richard Maddocks, Liz Stevens, Fiona Boyce, Frankie Moore, Zan McKendree Wright, Jim Holt, Yasmin Khan, Jess Black and Libby Tulip.


The Writers' Studio
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Lugar Brae Uniting Church
Corner of Leichhardt St and Lugar Brae Ave
Bronte NSW 2024
(We are not affiliated with the Uniting Church)