Third Draft Extension Course Details
During the Third Draft Extension course you will:
Learn tools and techniques that will further develop your writing skills and enable you to take your story and writing to the next level.
The course will also create accountability and inspiration to help you finish your novel.
It is Roland’s experience that this is the point in the process where many stories start to realise their full potential.
“I will be completely honest and come out of the closet and declare that I have been full of doubt that any of our stories would ever hit the shelves with any degree of success. But I was wrong. Everyone’s writing has taken off. The quantum leaps in sentence structure, pacing and vocabulary would be impressive enough. But more, the emotion, the subtlety of plot and the development character are an order of magnitude better. I now see that all are within a whisker of publication.” Gilbert Mane
"Everyone's work is now alive and much harder to put down." Clare Gillies
"The voice of each writer is much clearer and confident; there is a sense of finding and settling down with the voice. There is a shift from being a slave to language to owning it. This is really satisfying to see.” Wallace Lee
"I'd hate to think what my story would’ve looked like if I hadn’t learnt so much from this course. I’m so sorry it is over." Sonya Fearby
The Third Draft Extension course group meets once every two months. The sessions run from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm on either a Saturday or a Sunday.
Between sessions, you work on 5,000 words using Advanced Feedback Templates and you will receive feedback focusing more on your particular style and story than in the Third Draft.
In the months you are not in class, you will be given targeted exercises designed to help you further develop your characters, story and writing.
Towards the end of the course, your assigned editor will work on 20,000 words of your story and you will have a one-on-one consultation.
"Alternating between creating and the critique process is the most effective way to learn in any creative field. It uses rules as a checklist, rather than a blue print." Dwight Swain - Techniques of the Selling Writer
You will receive feedback on larger chunks of your story and will be pushed to a far greater degree than in the Third Draft course.
The combination of advanced feedback templates, the morning sessions and more personalised and challenging feedback forces you to dig deep and find your voice, your character and your style, which really takes your writing to another level.
The feedback is more intense and demanding and the cumulative effect on everyone’s writing is profound. By the time everyone submits their 20,000 words, you will be amazed how far your own writing and that of your class mates has evolved.
"As I was reading everyone's work for this session, I felt that the writing in general has reached a close-to-publishable standard, better than many of the printed books I read.” Wallace Lee
Kelly Rigby is an editor and coach who is passionate about helping writers tell their stories and polish their words. Over the past 20 years she has developed a unique combination of writing, marketing and teaching experience, and holds qualifications in creative writing, business and TESOL.
Kelly has edited and assessed manuscripts from most genres, and mentored writers at all levels of ability, including two who have gone on to win Varuna Fellowships. She has also written two short films and numerous short stories, and been published in a Louise Hay book - Modern Day Miracles, as well as on the web.
Kelly first came to the Writers Studio in 2004 and discovered she had a natural instinct for story structure. Since then, she has continued to study writing and hone her craft, and is at the final edit stage of her first book in a new urban fantasy series. Kelly works as an editor and tutor in our Advanced Novel & Script courses.
Session Dates and Times
All Sessions 11.00am to 6.00pm. Except Session 6 which will be from 2.30pm to 6.30pm & Dinner
Session 1: Saturday May 26, 2018
Session 2: Saturday August 4
Session 3: Sunday September 23
Session 4: Saturday November 24
Session 5: Sunday February 16, 2019
Session 6: Sunday May 19
To see the writing of graduates of the course go to: