Writing a novel or a screenplay is an art and a craft that takes time to master. We believe it is important that you follow a process that enables you to turn off your internal editor, setting up a dance between structure and imagination.

And above all enjoy the process of writing and experience the pleasure and satisfaction of telling your story in a way that other people will want to read what you have written.

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The last session of our 10-Month Novel and Script Live course is always very special. In the photo below from the group dinner, we are all on a real high after completing the journey together.

Everyone in the group shared how amazed and excited they were about how far their stories and those of their fellow classmates had evolved over the 10 months. As well as that, everyone's understanding of the process of storytelling and their ability to give constructive feedback to their fellow writers had gone to whole new level of insight.

The quality of everyone's story was truly inspiring to see and very rewarding for Kathleen and Roland who were the class tutors.

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Writing a novel or screenplay is an art and a craft. 

"Literary talent is not enough. If you cannot tell a story, all those beautiful images and subtleties of dialogue that you spent months and months perfecting waste the paper they're written on. What we create for the world, what it demands of us, is story. Now and forever."
Robert McKee -

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High Praise for Breaking Bad


At the end of last year, an award-winning Australian film director told me that people often asked him how to best learn to become a filmmaker. His response - study Breaking Bad created by Vince Gilligan.b2ap3_thumbnail_BREAKING_BAD_20160223-073601_1.jpg

Like many of the ground-breaking cable television series, Breaking Bad unfolds like a good novel. David Simon, who created The Wire, another great series, pitched the crime writer, George Pelecanos, to join the writing team with the concept that The Wire was like a novel for television.

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Writing a successful novel or screenplay that resonates with readers doesn't happen by accident. It is an art and a craft that takes time to master.  As John Tullius, author and founder of the Maui Writers' Conference, said, "I don't care how talented you are. It's not about contacting your muse. Success comes from taking the time to learn the craft."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Michael-Connelly-Tweeet.pngHaving read practically all of Michael Connelly's books and being very much inspired by his character, Detective Harry Bosch, when writing my novel No Man's Land, it was great to return to my roots as a journalist, sit down with him at the Wharf during the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival and interview him.

He's a real master of the craft and I felt very fortunate to be able to ask him all those questions that have been bubbling away in my unconscious for years. And I'm pleased to say he seemed like a very decent bloke. 

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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.

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