For over 20 years, the Writers' Studio has worked with everyone from award-winning professionals to complete beginners to help them realise their creative vision.

The 4-Week Unlocking Creativity is our introductory writing course and the launching pad for all our courses, including Novel & Script. The totally practical process will unlock your creativity and kick start a profound and inspiring journey.

You will learn essential tools and techniques to access the power of your imagination and dramatically improve your writing from the first class.

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"Your classes taught me that everyone has a story inside them. You just need to learn the craft of writing in a nurturing environment like The Writers' Studio. It was an enlightening & liberating lesson."

Matt Sherring - co-writer of Killer Elite starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro


Our 6-week courses are ideal if you have completed Unlocking Creativity and want to keep the creative process alive and further develop your writing and storytelling skills.

The courses are complete in themselves, but also provide ideal preparation for the 10-Month Novel and Script First Draft Course.

They are offered online and are run once per year:

  • Writers' Gym - Advanced Techniques (February)
  • Character and Critique (June/July)
  • Genre (October)

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"No one in the world is doing what you guys do, combining the structural elements of story telling with the power and creativity of play. This process is fantastic."

Academy Award Winner Dr George Miller, Happy Feet, Mad Max, Babe, Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo's Oil


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?

Even if you don't have a clear idea for a story, this course will provide you with a step-by-step process that breaks the writing of your novel or screenplay into manageable bite-sized chunks.

It will also provide you with the structure, accountability and support you need to complete your first draft in 10 months. Live your writing dream and see your story come alive. And just require an extra amount of text

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"This is without a doubt the best writing course in Sydney. I strongly recommend it to anyone with a story to tell and more to the point - to people unsure of what the story they want to write is."

Sam de Brito - The Lost Boys, Hello Darkness, White Collar Blue, Water Rats and Sun-Herald columnist.

Welcome to the Writers' Studio


Many people have a passionate desire to write fiction and long to see their books in print or their films on the big screen. However, the desire to write is only the beginning of the journey. Writing powerful stories, creating compelling characters and writing in a way that makes other people want to read what you've written doesn't just happen.

Making this work on the page is the art and craft of fiction writing and is a discipline that takes time to master. Just having the knowledge from a book or a lecture is rarely enough. You need a practical approach to structure and a step-by-step process to de-mystify the craft. The Writers' Studio gives you a pathway to realise your writing dreams.

“Roland Fishman's Writers' Studio is one of the quiet success stories of Sydney." 
The Sydney Morning Herald

  • An exciting and uplifting experience where you learn to unlock the well of creativity that resides in all of us
  • Tools and techniques that make your writing and stories come alive on the page
  • An understanding of how to write stories that move, entertain and inspire readers
  • A means to explore and find the stories and characters you want to write about
  • A practical step-by-step process which enables you to write stories that will have readers wanting to know what happens next, while taking you and your main character on an emotional and spiritual journey of change
  • A stimulating and supportive live class or online environment with a group of like-minded writers and tutors. This dynamic will keep you motivated and focused and bring out the best in you and your work
  • The experience of writing a story that will change your life. It is the best gift you can give yourself

Writers' Studio Graduates

Thousands of people from all walks of life and all levels of experience have completed our creative writing courses and benefited from the boutique services of the Writers' Studio.

Course graduates have:
  • Published novels and non-fiction books
  • Launched careers as writers and journalists
  • Improved their business and academic skills, including writing blogs and content for websites
  • Worked in film and television
  • Have written and produced, feature films, documentaries and short films
Our alumni include:

Carl Barron, Julia Zemiro, Claudia Karvan, Rachel Ward, Meryl Tankard, Mary - Crown Princess of Denmark, Sandra Sully, Samantha Lang, Sam de Brito and Elizabeth Farrelly.

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Rising Tide Books

Rising Tide Books is the new publishing arm of the Writers’ Studio, set up to give writers who have completed our Novel And Script Courses the opportunity to publish their novels and provide a marketing and distribution platform to get them out into the world. 

Since being founded in 1992, the Writers' Studio has nurtured thousands of writers and seen many of their novels published by traditional publishers and their careers in film and television launched. As the world of publishing is changing, we are changing with it.

Our mission is to embrace the digital age and publish compelling works of fiction that engage and entertain readers, while taking them on a meaningful journey.

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About Roland & The Writers' Studio

After working as a journalist and columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend and The Financial Review, Roland decided to dedicate his life to fiction writing, which he believes nourishes and expands the spirit of both the writer and the reader.

Roland founded the Writers’ Studio in 1992, drawing on his own career as a writer, as well as his experiences traveling around the world learning the art and craft of writing from bestselling authors and elite teachers.

For over twenty years, he has personally guided thousands of people through the creative process at the Writers’ Studio using his unique step-by-step process. He has created a boutique environment at the Bronte Studio where he conducts all live courses and hand picks the online tutors to ensure you get personalised guidance, support and instruction.

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No Man's Land - A Russell Carter Thriller

“The first novel from creative writing teacher and former journalist Roland Fishman has a plot ripped straight from today’s front-page headlines. A thriller that has all the elements for success …

A Muslim extremist group based in Indonesia has plans to launch devastating attacks on Sydney on New Year’s Eve – and only one man can stop them: special operative Russell Carter, an Australian version of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher – a man of few words but much action. …

Fishman sets a fierce pace over almost 400 pages with the action seldom slowing … This is the first in a series of thrillers featuring the enigmatic and lethal Carter.”  The Sunday Age & Sydney Sun-Herald

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