The Transformative Power of Storytelling

March 2024

The Transformative Power of Storytelling

One of the great pleasures of writing fiction is that it takes the writer on a transformative inner journey where they go deeper into themselves and their understanding of the human condition. Whether you are writing a novel, a screenplay, memoir or a short story, the further you delve into your psyche, the more compelling your writing and stories will become.

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Surrendering to the Process

February 2024

Surrendering to the Process

Writing a novel or screenplay can feel like an overwhelming task. This is why we encourage our writers to just work through their story one step at a time and surrender to the process.

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Alumni Summer Reads

January 2024

Alumni Summer Reads

As we look forward to six new releases by Writers' Studio alumni to be published in 2024, please see our selection of summer reads from Studio alumni published in 2023.

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The Power That Process Generates In Writing Fiction

December 2023

The Power That Process Generates In Writing Fiction

In the realm of fiction writing, the process is not merely a task but a profound and personal journey where authors, both aspiring and established, recognise its paramount role in crafting compelling stories.

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The Power of Emotion

November 2023

The Power of Emotion

Emotion is the lifeblood of compelling fiction, infusing narratives with an undeniable power to connect with readers on a profound level. The essence of storytelling lies in the emotional journey it takes the audience on

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Writing is an Act of Discovery

October 2023

Writing is an Act of Discovery

Writing your novel or screenplay or even a short story requires you dive into the land of uncertainty. You are forced to dig deep, surrender to the creative journey, trust the process and keep moving forward one step at a time until you reach the end.

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Story Is About Transformation

September 2023

Story Is About Transformation

For many people, writing their story takes them on a profound, immersive experience. When you take a character on a journey towards transformation, you go on the journey with them. Write about something that will change your life, it is the best gift you can give yourself.

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Master The Art Of Writing

August 2023

Master The Art Of Writing

Remember, writing a novel or a screenplay is an art and a craft that takes time to develop and master. Like any journey, it begins with the first step.

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Every journey begins with the first step

July 2023

Every journey begins with the first step

The first challenge for many aspiring writers is to overcome the fear that they might not have the talent to write a novel or screenplay that other people will want to read. They forget that writing a novel or screenplay is an art and a craft that takes time to master.

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Writing – The Art Is In The Doing

June 2023

Writing – The Art Is In The Doing

Our writing courses provide a step-by-step process, and most writers experience a transformation in their approach to creativity and see their writing and stories evolve beyond their expectations.

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Mother’s Day

May 2023

Mother’s Day

We offer gift certificates for both the Unlocking Creativity Online and Live courses, the perfect gift idea for the writer in your life!

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6 Tools To Becoming More Creative

April 2023

6 Tools To Becoming More Creative

"Writing creatively involves an unusual and contrary set of laws. People get into trouble and waste an awful lot of time as they are unaware of the rules governing the creative process, which are very different from the way most of us tackle problems in life."

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Keep Your Reader Turning the Page

March 2023

Keep Your Reader Turning the Page

In fiction, particularly commercial fiction, the most important thing is to keep your reader turning the pages. This is what the art and craft of writing fiction is all about.

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Writing Goals 2023

January 2023

Writing Goals 2023

Every journey begins by taking the first step and then stealing back time from your busy life to make writing a priority on a regular basis.

One book that encapsulates the importance of this message is Today Matters by John Maxwell. “We cannot be tomorrow, what we did not do today”.

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The Power Of Process

December 2022

The Power Of Process

To bring out the best in your writing or the story you want to write, most writers thrive on having a process.

Having a process helps you access the power of your imagination while utlising the power of classic story structure. Enabling you to write a story that takes you, your characters and ultimately your readers on a profound journey

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Power of the Imagination

November 2022

Power of the Imagination

People often ask, how many writers in your courses are talented? Our answer: everyone has talent when they learn to access the power of their imagination, the true source of creativity.

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Competition Deadline!

Late October 2022

Competition Deadline!

We want to send you a final reminder that our Short Story Competition deadline is next Monday 31 October.

We are loving seeing your Entries coming in, and are looking forward to seeing your story!

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Introduction to Genre

October 2022

Introduction to Genre

Every writer needs to find their unique voice and what it is about their story that makes it stand out.

Your story will have its best chance of finding its audience if you are aware of what genre your story fits into and what your readers’ expectations are. Bearing in mind, the fiction world is divided into roughly two segments: literary fiction and commercial/genre fiction.

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Short Story Competition

September 2022

Short Story Competition

We want to let you know about our 2022 Short Story Competition as part of our 30 years celebration marking the creation of the Writers’ Studio in 1992.

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Celebrating 30 Years

August 2022

Celebrating 30 Years

To celebrate this milestone, we will be offering something different each month via the newsletter, including course discounts, short story competitions, giveaways, culminating in a celebration to be held in summer in early 2023.

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Before Publishing

July 2022

Before Publishing

Our courses are designed to give you tools and techniques to enable you to write the best story you are capable of, bearing in mind writing fiction is an art and a craft that takes time to master.

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Character Development

June 2022

Character Development

The Character Development Short Story course will keep your writing process alive and inspired as you learn some key story dynamics that will further develop your characters, writing and storytelling skills

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The Process of Writing a Novel or Screenplay

May 2022

The Process of Writing a Novel or Screenplay

Many writers when just starting out, make the mistake of comparing their work to published manuscripts or completed film scripts. They become disheartened, forgetting that writing the best novel or screenplay you are capable of requires a number of drafts.

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Getting Your Novel Published

March 2022

Getting Your Novel Published

You have finally finished the manuscript of novel, having written numerous drafts, ideally had it assessed by a professional editor to ensure it is the best story you are capable of writing and are now ready to put your creative baby out into the world.

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Writing Your First Draft

February 2022

Writing Your First Draft

​When writing the first draft of your novel or screenplay you need to turn off your inner critic and try things. The art is in the doing, and writing a first draft is an act of discovery. This is one of the central tenants of our 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft course.

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Change Your Life

January 2022

Change Your Life

We always say write about something that could change your life.

Every time you write a story, you take your main character, your reader and yourself on a journey of change. You face the same challenges and moral decisions and grow as a result.

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If You Want to Tell A Story

December 2021

If You Want to Tell A Story

We will be back with a bang in 2022 starting with Unlocking Creativity Live from January 13 and Unlocking Creativity Online from January 19.

We look forward to welcoming our new writers to the Writers’ Studio and welcoming back our fabulous current ones.

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The Pros and Cons of Traditional and Self-publishing

November 2021

The Pros and Cons of Traditional and Self-publishing

Once you’ve written the best novel you can and feel ready to get your novel published and release it to the world, the first decision you must make is whether to self-publish or pursue a traditional publishing deal. This article explores the pros and cons of both paths.

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Publishing Your Novel Part 2

October 2021

Publishing Your Novel Part 2

Roland Fishman explores the publishing landscape and gives writers an understanding of which publishing option is the most suitable for the individual writer.

If you have finished your novel and want to land a traditional publishing deal or self-publish, you must make your novel is as good as you possibly can. While this is a seemingly self-evident truth, many writers get impatient when they finish their novels and rush to publication.

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Why We Write

September 2021

Why We Write

In researching an article he has written, about getting your novel published, Roland Fishman found one of the key issues that came up was - what motivates people to write.

Seeing your novel in print is great, but it only comes at the end of the process and is not the reason most people start writing and keep writing.

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Don’t let the lockdown stop you from starting your writing dream

August 2021

Don’t let the lockdown stop you from starting your writing dream

Even though the situation we find ourselves in is not ideal, don't let the lockdown stop you from starting or putting off your writing dream. The time will pass anyway.

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6 Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

June 2021

6 Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

Writing creatively involves an unusual and contrary set of laws. People get into trouble and waste an awful lot of time as they are unaware of the rules governing the creative process,

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Key Element In Connecting With Readers

May 2021

Key Element In Connecting With Readers

In fiction, it is the emotional content that will connect readers with your writing and your characters. As Tennessee Williams said, nothing he wrote about actually happened to him. Rather his work reflected the emotional currents of his life.

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The Magic of Writing

March/April 2021

The Magic of Writing

People want to write stories for a variety of reasons. To explore who they are and share it with the world, express themselves, be engrossed in a story world and see their books in print and their films on the big screen.

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Follow Your Passion

January/February 2021

Follow Your Passion

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, has spent many years encouraging people to experience the pleasure of accessing their creativity and to live their life to the fullest....

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It’s Never Too Late

December 2020

It’s Never Too Late

"At 81, I thought I might have been past it. But through the Writers’ Studio I have found a voice, my voice."

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Writing Goals

November 2020

Writing Goals

As this challenging year draws to a close, many people are starting to contemplate their writing goals for the coming year.

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Writing: A Four-Part Process

October 2020

Writing: A Four-Part Process

Many writers when starting out make the mistake of comparing their writing to an edited, copyrighted novel or screenplay, failing to recognise that writing is a four-part process - planning, writing, re-writing and editing.

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Structure & Character

September 2020

Structure & Character

Many people mistakenly believe that structure is writing by numbers and produces cliched storylines.
Classic story structure is designed to guide you in writing a story that has readers wanting to know what happens next, while taking your main character on a spiritual and emotional journey of change.

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The Question of Talent

August 2020

The Question of Talent

Many writers, particularly those just starting out, question whether they have the talent to be a writer, the implication being that only a successful few have what it takes to make it.

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A Major Block to Creativity

June 2020

A Major Block to Creativity

Writers can get into trouble and waste an awful lot of time because they don’t understand the rules of the creative process which differ greatly from the way most of us go through life.

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Key Ingredients to Creating a Compelling Story

May 2020

Key Ingredients to Creating a Compelling Story

One of the key ingredients to creating a compelling story is to throw characters out of their comfort zone, give them problems to solve and force them to face huge challenges and pressure.

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Ready to start your novel or screenplay?

April 2020

Ready to start your novel or screenplay?

The Power of Writing in Times of Change. In times of crisis, we turn to the arts to make sense of the chaos around us. Accessing the power of your imagination and spending time in a parallel universe is a powerful and positive antidote to life as it is at the moment.

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Important Changes to Live Courses

Special April 2020

Important Changes to Live Courses

We do hope that everyone is well, and slowly adapting to the massive changes and interruptions to our normal lives occurring at this time.

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Do I have the talent?

March 2020

Do I have the talent?

The question nearly every writer constantly asks themselves on a regular basis is, “do I have the talent?”

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Vale Owen Ravenscroft & Kimberely McRae

February 2020

Vale Owen Ravenscroft & Kimberely McRae

After an already difficult start to the year with the tragic bushfires, we have some very sad news closer to home.

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Coming Back to Writing

January 2020

Coming Back to Writing

It is never too late to use our emotional experiences to create new narratives for ourselves and to look at events as an opportunity to make sense of this crazy journey that is life.

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Xmas 2019 Newsletter

Xmas December 2019

Xmas 2019 Newsletter

For many people the holiday season is a good time to write. You will enjoy the writing so long as you don’t start worrying about whether you will win the Booker Prize or an Academy Award.

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Writing a Story

November/December 2019

Writing a Story

Writing a story doesn’t happen by accident. In our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity course, we quote James Scott Bell in his book, The Art of War for Writers, about two ingredients every writer needs:

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Stories Define Us

October 2019

Stories Define Us

Many people wonder what draws us to write and tell our stories. Part of it is to access a higher and deeper part of ourselves, our imagination, and see the world through different eyes.

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The Power of the Imagination

September 2019

The Power of the Imagination

From day one in our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity course, writers are given tools and techniques to help them tap into the power of their imagination, which we believe is the true source of creativity.

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The power of doing the work, regardless

August 2019

The power of doing the work, regardless

Just about everyone who does our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity Course gets fired up about writing. They tap into the power of their imagination and experience the thrill of writing creatively and

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Beginner Writers

July 2019

Beginner Writers

Many beginner writers question their talent, believing that only a lucky few are blessed with the natural ability required to write worthwhile stories.

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3 Debut Novels

June 2019

3 Debut Novels

We’re thrilled to share with you that three of our Novel and Script writers have debut novels being published either this month or very soon.

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Inspiring Video

May 2019

Inspiring Video

For those of you who haven’t done our courses, this video offers you the opportunity to hear first hand what you can expect to get out of our courses.

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Bumper Success Stories

April 2019

Bumper Success Stories

We’re thrilled to share eight success stories from our writers. Including several debut novels, a memoir and short stories.

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What Makes Your Writing and Stories Unique

March 2019

What Makes Your Writing and Stories Unique

Many people wonder with so many books having been written, how can they possibly write something that is unique and interesting.

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War of Art

February 2019

War of Art

In The War of Art: Breakthrough the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield talks about how ...

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Inspirational Success Story

January 2019

Inspirational Success Story

"I really believe doing the 'Unlocking Creativity' course was instrumental in helping me to write a compelling pitch"

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Writing Nourishes Your Soul

December 2018

Writing Nourishes Your Soul

At the Writers’ Studio, we believe that the act of writing nourishes the spirit of the reader and the writer. It will add another dimension to your life as you tap into something bigger than yourself.

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What You Will Learn

November 2018

What You Will Learn

People often ask, “How many writers in your courses have real talent?” The implication being that a chosen few are lucky enough to be born with God given talent and that everyone else should pack up their pens, go home and find some other creative outlet.

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Six Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

October 2018

Six Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

In order to write powerful fiction you need to learn the art and craft of writing, which involves an unusual and contrary set of laws.

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Tap into the Power of Your Imagination

September 2018

Tap into the Power of Your Imagination

We always read the quote below in the first session of our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity course.

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