Frequently Asked Questions About Writing

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 dispense information and do a few writing exercises.


The Power of Structure

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 story.


Six Key Questions to Consider

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.


The X Factor in Creativity

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, imitate the daring.”

Gore Verbinski, who directed the Pirates of the Carribean series and now the animated Western, Rango, gives some intriguing insights into his creative process in a recent interview.


The Inspiring Teddy Bear

Favourite things: Roland Fishman, author, taking people back to their future Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Article, by Ali Gripper, published 19 November 2014

Roland Fishman’s Writer’s Studio is one of the quiet success stories of Sydney. Ever since the journalist-turned-author began running classes in his Bondi living room 20 years ago, he has steadily helped more than 20 novels and screenplays get published, as well as seeing thousands of people rediscover the power of their imagination.

He was in his mid-30s at the time, and it saddens him it took so long to get back in touch with his own creativity. “It felt like I was finally doing what I was meant to be doing when I grew up,” he says.