Unlocking Creativity (Live - Sydney)

Many people have a passionate desire to write fiction and long to see their books in print or their stories on the big screen. However, the desire is only the beginning. Writing is both an art and a craft and the Writers' Studio courses, developed over twenty five years, provide  a practical and inspirational pathway to enable you to realise your writing dreams, whatever they may be.

Next Upcoming



6 September 2018


4 Weeks


Thursday nights

6.30pm – 9.30pm


Bronte Studio

Earlybird to 31 July

$495 incl. GST
$445 incl. GST

The 26 July course is now booked out.

Unlocking Creativity is a complete process in itself & a prerequisite for all of our courses. It is also offered as a fully interactive Online course: starts 8 August

Enrol directly into the 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft course & receive Unlocking Creativity complimentary.

Course Details

This four week totally practical and inspirational writing course will unlock your creativity and dramatically improve the quality of your writing from the very first class whether you are a professional writer, a complete beginner or somewhere in between. 

Week One:  Learn how to tap into the power of your imagination - the true source of creativity.

Week Two:  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 helps bring your characters and writing to life.
Week Three: 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:  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. 

Experience the power of going on an inspirational creative journey with a group of like-minded writers.

"It is an understatement to say I learnt more about writing from the workshops than I did in three years studying (creative writing) at university.” Ali Gripper, former Fairfax journalist and author of The Barefoot Surgeon

Bonus Online Component and the Writers' Board in our Live Course:

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 learn into practice.

Our unique Writers' Board is designed to keep the tools and techniques you learn in class alive during the week while writing at home.

As well as receiving feedback from your tutor, you will interact with your fellow writers by learning to give and receive targeted feedback. 

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. You experience the pleasure of accessing your creativity on a regular basis and working towards making your writing dreams a reality.

The whole process of writing your at home exercises, typing them up and then posting them onto the Writers' Board and giving feedback takes around 45 minutes a day, four to five times a week. You can do more or less depending on how much time you have available. 

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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