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In fiction, particularly commercial fiction, the most important thing is to keep your reader turning the pages.As the English novelist, E.M. Forster s

The Pathway to Unlocking Your Creativity

Writing is very much an art and a craft. Good writing doesn't just happen because you were handed the talent from above. Dara Marks, PHD and aut

SEVEN KEYS TO REALISE YOUR WRITING TALENT

A burning question many aspiring writers often torture themselves with is  'Do I have the necessary talent required to be a writer?' Pe

Why Your First Page is Critical

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Ten Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

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Below are ten key points regarding the writing of fiction. We've included quotes from well known authors and class participants to illustrate. 1. Your Imagination - The true source of your creative power ...
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Writing teacher becomes thriller author

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I was thrilled that Susan Wyndham, the Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald contacted me regarding the publication of No Man's Land.Below is her column that appeared in the Herald on 16th August, 2014. Underneath that&...
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Ken Follett's Insights on Novel Writing

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This is an excerpt from an ABC Book Show interview between Jennifer Byrne and best-selling Welsh novelist, Ken Follett. I thought it was a great interview that captured the essence of what makes a successful novel and reflects many of the key princip...
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Writing your Novel or Screenplay

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Writing a successful novel or screenplay doesn't happen by accident. Writing a novel or screenplay is an art and a craft that takes time to master. There are many different facets to the process of com...
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Harnessing the Power of Creative Tension

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Writing a novel or screenplay is an art and a craft that requires writers to go outside their comfort zone and understand the challenges of the creative process. To fully harness your creative potential, it is essential to grasp the subtleties of t...
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The Writers' Studio Success Stories

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We love hearing from writers who have taken our courses to see where their creative journeys have taken them. We've recently received updates from several former participants and wanted to share their good news. What makes writers succeed is not ...
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SEVEN KEYS TO REALISE YOUR WRITING TALENT

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A burning question many aspiring writers often torture themselves with is  'Do I have the necessary talent required to be a writer?' People often ask me how many talented writers come to our courses. I respond by saying I believe every...
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The Pathway to Unlocking Your Creativity

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Writing is very much an art and a craft. Good writing doesn't just happen because you were handed the talent from above. Dara Marks, PHD and author of INSIDE STORY: The Power of the Transformational Arc, writes, "New ideas, even great ones, seldo...
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Roland & Kathleen at The Sydney Writers' Festival

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Kathleen and I recently conducted a three-hour workshop at the New South Wales State Library as part of the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival. It was the third sold out workshop we’ve run at the event.Our goal in the session was to give participants an i...
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Keeping Your Reader Turning the Page

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In fiction, particularly commercial fiction, the most important thing is to keep your reader turning the pages.As the English novelist, E.M. Forster said in his book Aspects of the Novel, a story “…has only one merit: that of making an audience want ...
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Why Your First Page is Critical

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Writing is an art and a craft. If you want to write a novel or screenplay that other people are going to want to read, you have to learn how to craft your story from beginning to end. In this blog we are going to talk about the critical opening of y...
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Keys to Creating a Great Story

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John Truby is a Hollywood screenwriting teacher and story consultant who shares many of the beliefs we hold about the process of storytelling and structure. One of the key lessons we took away from this interview with him is that a good story and go...
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One Writers' Studio Screenwriter's Inspiring Journey

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Many people who take our courses are lawyers, investment bankers or other professionals who have always had that itch to do something creative instead of corporate. Matt Sherring was an advertising executive when he first signed up for Unlocking Crea...
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Follow The Writers' Studio on Facebook

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Every time you sit down to write and face an empty page or computer screen, you need to take a leap of faith. Writing is a confidence game. If you think you can or you think you can’t you are probably right.  In an effort to keep you inspired ...
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Frequently Asked Questions

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There are a number of writing courses out there. What makes the Writers’ Studio different? There’s an old writing saying: You can’t be taught how to write, but you can learn. In other words, it is one thing to sit in a room and listen to someone di...
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Six Key Questions to Consider

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Bob Mayer is the author of The Fiction Writers' Toolkit. He has published 30 fiction books and has two million books in print, translated into eight languages. He is a regular teacher and speaker at the Maui Writers' Retreat and Conference. He says...
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The Power of Structure

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Writing a powerful story is a four part process - planning, writing, re-writing and editing. In a recent interview, American screenwriting structure teacher, John Truby talks about the importance of structure and planning when writing a fistory. H...
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The X Factor in Creativity

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Daring is the X factor in creativity. That ability to take chances and explore the unknown. The American novelist, Eudora Welty said, "If you can't be a genius, immitate the daring." Gore Verbinski, who directed the Pirates of the Carribean serie...
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