December Newsletter & Upcoming Courses

Welcome to our December Newsletter.

As 2021 finally comes to an end, we want to extend to you our very best wishes for a safe, happy & relaxing Christmas and New Year with your family and friends.

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.

If your dream is to write, our courses will get you doing it!

Christmas/January Break

Our tutoring break dates for those in our Novel & Script courses are: Saturday 18 December until Sunday 16 January.

Your tutors will have been in touch with you to let you know if they are coming back a bit earlier in January.

Please note again that your course materials and your Writing Boards will be available to access over the break for those who wish to use this time to continue working on your stories.

Studio Office 

The Studio office will remain open except for public holidays for course and registration enquiries and for any technical issues.

To contact us, please email the office email:

Quick Course Round-up

Our first Unlocking Creativity Online course for 2022, will commence 19 January more >

Our first Unlocking Creativity Live course will commence on 13 January more >

The next 6-Week course is the Writers’ Gym – Advanced Writing Techniques course starting on 28 February (Unlocking Creativity is a prerequisite) more >

The next 10-Month First Draft Online course will commence on 14 March more >

The next 10-Month First Draft Live with Roland, Kathleen & Richard will start on 12 March. Limited places more >

Second Draft Live will start on 5 February with only 1 place now open more >

Second Draft Online will start on 4 April. Register now for your pre-course work more >

Third Draft Online starts on 7 February, register now for your pre-course work. Limited places more >

Third Draft Part 2 Online will commence again 18 July with limited numbers. Register for your pre-course work more >

Third Draft Part 2 Live will commence again on 9 July, register now to join a Bonus Workshop in February more >

Please contact the office on (02) 9386 4994 between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday, if you have any questions at all about which course is right for you.

If You Want to Tell A Story 

From ‘The Art of War For Writers’, by James Scott Bell

Discipline: It’s all about production. A quota of words. Even just a paragraph a day.

Commitment to Craft: You can’t just dash off a book.

Leonard Bishop wrote, “Dramatic characters, inventive plotlines, exciting and intense situations are not achieved through accident or ‘good luck’. The writers of great books zealously learn the craft of their profession so they can release the power and depth of their imagination and experience.”

Like any other artist you must learn the craft. Then you can add all the genius you like.

Everyone has talent. It’s what you do with it that counts.

Recent Course Feedback

Some snippets of the wonderful feedback that we receive back from recently completed courses. We update these each newsletter. They show what a large variety of writers get out of our writing courses.

“I am walking away from this course with more than just writing strategies, though these are incredibly useful, but with a sense of pride about the leap of faith I’ve taken and the progress I’ve made.” Laura, Unlocking Creativity

“Unlocking Creativity has reignited my artistic spark.” Aneeta, Unlocking Creativity

“Wow, what a blast. If you want to write, this is the course! Every week we wrote and wrote and wrote. We analysed the delicate balance between structure and imagination and how they intertwine and enable each other to help you succeed. We planned scenes which helped shape our writing and we gave and received feedback; something I was once petrified of, and can now confidently do. But most of all, we wrote and I learned that if you want to write, you actually need to sit down and put pen to paper. Realise your ability through practice and perseverance. What an incredible, uplifting and inspiring experience; it’s made me believe in myself as a writer – now all I need to do is to put in the blood, sweat and tears!” Emma, Unlocking Creativity

“The last four weeks have been a wonderful journey into my imagination in an environment that has inspired me, taught me tricks and gave me a supportive network.” Yulia, Unlocking Creativity

“I would highly recommend participating in Unlocking Creativity, as it does exactly what the name suggests. It taught me many methods that can be used to channel my passions and desires, into effective pieces of writing. Most importantly, it confirmed my passion for writing, it does not feel like a chore, but an extension of myself, into the deepest and most unseen part of me.” Zali, Unlocking Creativity

“This has been the most exciting uncovering. On every level my expectations have been exceeded.” Andrew, Unlocking Creativity

“I’m amazed at how much confidence and inspiration I will be taking away with me. I now know how to harness my love of adjectives to create a story others will want to read.” Jane, Unlocking Creativity

“Thanks to the wonderful Writers Studio and the online platform I was able to achieve what I wanted.” Jennifer, Unlocking Creativity

“I have always loved writing and language and I knew the stories I wanted to tell but I was flying blind. This course has given me the building blocks of story structure and some valuable writing tools that have provided me with the scaffolding I needed to improve my writing. Jillian, Unlocking Creativity

“Finding my voice, writing what I know and being my authentic self during this course was magical.” Rahnee, Short Story Online

“This course turned out to be so much fun. I loved how these stories took over my life these past few weeks, and I really wish the course had been longer. It feels like I’m losing four friends.” Dorothy, Short Story Online

“Well, I did it! I finished the genre course, and boy, was it worth it. I pushed boundaries I didn’t know existed, I used brain cells that have never been awakened before, and I went places and did things way out of my normal comfort zone. In saying that, it was incredible, and I am sad it’s finished. As if I’m on the plane home after a six-week adventure…. Missing it already. I enlarged the bases explored in Unlocking Creativity. This course was like a good movie; you know it’s got to end, but you don’t want it to be over.” Dani, Short Story Online

“I enrolled in the Genre course after a tremendous experience in Unlocking Creativity. I wanted to continue the discipline of writing with some course structure. Admittedly I wasn’t originally interested in genre writing or a couple of the genres in particular. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This course was a natural extension of what I learned in Unlocking Creativity. Another brilliant course from the Writers Studio. Thank you!” Vanessa, Short Story Online

“I have just completed my second creative writing course through The Writer’s Studio, this time I delved into Short Story/Genre writing.  I am pleased to say that I have maintained my enthusiasm throughout this course and in my journey to learn the craft of writing.  My aim is to keep going!” Amanda, Short Story Online

“A big thanks to Rich and the Writers’ Studio for helping me get this far! I was nervous about committing to the second draft course, knowing how much work the first draft entailed. I’m so glad I did it, though. I really enjoyed the structure of this course and felt comfortable in the logic of it all.” Alicia, Second Draft Online

“This has been my favourite course so far! I’ve had so much fun with my story, whereas before it’s always felt like a bit of a slog. I’m so grateful to Liz for her support, guidance and encouragement. This course has unblocked something in me and my writing, and now I’m itching every day to sit down at my desk and get back into it with the characters. It’s been so satisfying watching the story deepen and take shape. I’m really excited for the third draft!” Jen, Second Draft Online

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