Third Draft EXTENSION / Novel (Live)

The 12-Month Third Draft Extension course is for people who have completed our Third Draft course and wish to continue working with us in a structured and accountable environment where the aim is to get your manuscript to a publishable standard.

The Third Draft course has given you tools and techniques to enable you to find your voice and get your writing working on the page in a way that engages your readers and has them wanting to know what happens next.

But there is still a way to go in the journey.

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Saturday May 26, 2018


12 Months


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$3,395 incl. GST


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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 Process

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

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:

Third Draft Extension Graduates' Writing


Testimonials First Draft Online

  • Nigel Bartlett

    I'm extremely grateful to Roland and the couple of years I spent at the Writer's Studio. My time there finally set me on the path I'd wanted to follow for years. It taught me so much about plot and structure and, importantly, it cleared my head of the rubbish I'd previously believed about the mystery of writing and the creative process. The scales fell from my eyes at the Writers' Studio. 'King of The Road' published by Random House, 2015
  • Alex Gilly

    Writers' Studio graduate and former tutor, Alexander Gilly, has signed a two-book deal with Tor/Forge, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, in New York. This is his first novel, a high-seas action-thriller that Alex developed through our first, second and third draft novel writing courses. 'I'm thrilled,' says Alex. 'By sticking with my story and to the principles I learned at the Writers' Studio, and by getting lucky, I've realised a life-long ambition. Thank you Roland and Kathleen!
  • Nick Lathouris

    "The Writers' Studio is my testing ground, and a place equipped with the finest mental technologies, which unlike the thousands of books on the subject, are designed to nurture the screenwriter through that arduous practice and discipline of animating a story step-by-step, day by day, and refining it so that it represents the best of what you are."
  • L.A. Larkin

    "If it wasn't for Unlocking Creativity and The Writers' Studio First Draft (Novel & Script) Course I wouldn't be where I am today - an author about to be published. Thank you Roland for the inspiration." 

  • Krew Boylan

    ‘Before I did the Unlocking Creativity course I knew I loved to write creatively but had no idea how I might start to channel that into something like a novel. The course teaches the basics of storytelling in a really accessible and inspiring way. Things like the importance of sensory detail in scene setting, writing a character’s emotion and conflict on every page. ‘The techniques really worked for me and I’m still a little bit amazed I was able to write a book and have it published using them. I refer to the notes I took during Unlocking Creativity even
  • Elizabeth Farrelly

    Dear Roland. So excited. I have a publishing offer for my first book of fiction. So what I'm really saying is - thank you!' Elizabeth published her children's book, Caro Was Here, through Walker Books
  • Rachel Ward

    "A truly practical approach to the secrets of good story telling."
  • Julia Zemiro

    "I am doing a 10-month online writing course with them (The Writers' Studio) and it's challenging, exciting and frustrating. As it should be."
  • Shannon Garner

    Thanks to The Writer's Studio I truly found my love of writing buried within. After completing the 4-week Unlocking Creativity course and then the 10-month Novel & Script First Draft course, I found the determination to write and submit my memoir 'Labour of Love' which has been published by Simon & Schuster. Thank you Writers’ Studio for triggering my drive and inspiration and my deep adoration for writing.
  • Elizabeth Packett

    I work as professional script writer and editor, so I understand the basics of story structure, but the way the everything was broken down to the smallest of steps was just brilliant. It made me dig for my story, and get in deep, and get complex, rather than settling for the easiest first thought. Forcing me to think deeper and come up with more imaginative solutions. Loved the dance! Such a beautiful perfect balance.”
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