Unlocking Creativity (Live - Sydney)

Course Overview

For over 25 years, the Writers' Studio has worked with everyone from award-winning professionals to complete beginners to help them realise their creative dreams.

The 4-Week Unlocking Creativity writing course is our totally practical introductory program where you learn tools and techniques to unlock your creative potential and make your writing come alive on the page.

You will also gain a practical understanding of how to use character development and story structure to create a profound and dramatic story.

We run this inspirational course throughout the year for a maximum of 18 writers per course. And the learning doesn't end in the classroom. You work online between sessions and receive constructive feedback from your tutor and fellow writers.

Next Upcoming



26 April 2018


4 Weeks


Thursday nights

6.30pm – 9.30pm


Bronte Studio

Early bird until 26 March

$495 incl. GST
$445 incl. GST

Please Note:

The Unlocking Creativity Live 8 March course is now booked out.

Unlocking Creativity is also offered as a fully interactive Online course: next upcoming 2 May 2018

Unlocking Creativity is a complete process in itself and a prerequisite for all of our courses. If you enrol directly into the 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft Writing Course, you will receive the Unlocking Creativity Course for free.

Course Details

Kick start your writing journey

Unlocking Creativity is our flagship creative writing course and the first step towards achieving your writing goals, whatever they may be. 

Professional writers, graduates of university writing programs (including MAs and PhDs) through to complete beginners have raved about the dramatic impact the course has had on their writing and storytelling skills. 

There is an old saying that you can't be taught to write, but you can learn. The four weeks will take you through a transformative creative process. As one participant said, 'I have just had the most amazing month of my life. From dreaming about being a writer, I now feel that I AM a writer.

Your writing improves from the very first class and continues to do so with each session as you implement the course lessons. You will gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals of story structure, which most people find a profound and lasting revelation.

As you apply what you learn over the four sessions, your characters and stories start to come alive on the page in such a way that other people will want to read what you have written. 

Course Structure

Week One:  You will do a series of exercises and learn how to tap into the power of your imagination - the true source of creativity.

Week Two:  You will explore what is stopping you from reaching your creative potential as a writer and learn how to create emotion in your writing using bricks of significant detail. This brings your characters and writing to life.
Week Three:  You will learn how to further develop characters and start writing scenes. You will gain key insights into story structure and how a story works at a deep level. You will also learn how to build images into your work, one of the fundamental building blocks of fiction.

Week Four:  You will write a guided short story applying everything you have learnt from the course. The class will also show you how storytelling is a profound dance between structure and imagination. 

Over the four sessions, you will be amazed at how much your creative confidence grows and the dramatic improvement in your writing as you implement the course's tools and techniques. You will experience the joy of unlocking your creativity and making writing part of your life.

If You Need to Miss a Session

You can make up the session by working through the course materials online.

Online Component and the Writers' Board for the Live Course:

Designed to keep the Tools & Techniques alive during the week

In addition to the face-to-face classes at the Bronte Studio, you will receive structured at-home daily exercises designed to put the tools and techniques you are learning into practice.

Once you've completed the exercises, you may post them onto your course Writers' Board, an interactive, custom built board on our website only open to your course.  Your tutor will give feedback on one piece of your writing every week.

As well as receiving feedback from your tutor, you will interact with your fellow writers by learning to give and receive targeted feedback. This will nurture your creativity and develop your writing. To improve, you need to see how others respond to your own work and become a more discerning reader of other writers' work.

How Much Time is Required Daily? 

The time required for actual writing per day starts off with as little as 10-15 minutes. It is by doing a little every day and forming a writing habit that you become a writer. This way, you experience the pleasure of accessing your creativity on a regular basis and working towards making your writing dreams a reality.

However, the whole process from writing your exercises, typing them up and then posting them onto the Writers' Board and giving feedback could take around 45 minutes to one hour a day, four to five times a week. You can do much more if you have time! Or much less. It is totally up to you.

The practical application of the tools and techniques provided, coupled with the interactive writing exercises and targeted feedback, will enable your writing to take a quantum leap forward over the four weeks.

In the video below, Michelle who attended our most recent February 2018 course, discusses what she gained from doing the Unlocking Creativity course:

Testimonials Unlocking Creativity

  • Karen M. Davis

    "After two unsuccessful manuscripts I was searching for a creative writing course I could do to give me the confidence and tools needed to find a stronger voice and allow me to tap into my imagination. Unlocking Creativity did all this and more. I walked away from this course feeling much more confident in my own abilities as well as full of motivation to start my next manuscript, which turned into my first fictional crime novel Sinister Intent."
  • Lia Weston

    "During one of the Unlocking Creativity exercises, I ended up developing a character who became the basis of my second novel, 'Those Pleasant Girls'. I'm delighted to say that 'Those Pleasant Girls' is being published with Pan Macmillan. If anyone is in doubt about whether to seriously pursue their writing, I'd encourage them to try this course—you never know where it's going to lead!" Those Pleasant Girls, published April 2017
  • Vanessa Stubbs

    "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 while
  • Ashley Hay

    Winner of The Sydney Morning Herald and Banjo Patterson awards for short fiction. "The course got me to push myself in a completely different direction at an exhilarating speed. And the writing followed." Her most recent novel, The Railwayman’s Wife, was published to critical and popular acclaim. It won the 2014 Colin Roderick Prize and the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 NSW Premier’s Prize, and was also long-listed for the Miles Franklin and Nita B. Kibble awards.
  • Helen Thurloe

    Helen submitted a story she developed from the guided short story she wrote in the final week of our Four Week Unlocking Creativity Course and on the strength of that, won the prestigious Varuna Scholarship in 2014. Update: Helen's story was further developed into her debut novel 'Promising Azra' being launched & published by Allen & Unwin, July 2016.
  • Ali Whitelock

    "I loved Unlocking Creativity so much, I returned and did it a second time and will definitely do it again (and again). The support and encouragement from Roland, Kathleen and your fellow writers is inspirational and hugely motivational. It’s the best thing I did for my writing and the best thing I did for myself."
  • Caroline Roessler

    "I can’t believe how much I’ve loved this course. How much I’ve looked forward to coming every week, despite some initial anxiety that I’d be a complete failure. It’s made me feel quietly proud that I’ve actually made this commitment to start writing.The doing of it is so wonderfully fulfilling. A really empowering experience. Brilliant." ( Rest in Peace C)
  • Yasmin Boland

    "Reading back over my first novel, I'm aware of a change at the point where I started doing the Writers' Studio course (Unlocking Creativity). It's where my descriptions went from run of the mill to, I think, much more visual.No one can give you a secret formula for 'how to write', but the Writers' Studio seems able to unleash the wild writer beast in us all!"
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