January Newsletter & Upcoming Courses

Welcome to our January Newsletter.

We want to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and productive New Year and encourage you to use the opportunity to make a commitment to your writing dreams, whatever they might be.

One of the primary aims of our courses is to help aspiring writers create stories that other people want to read or watch and encourage writers to build their stories around how they believe we should live in the world. The idea being to enrich the spirit of the writer and the reader. As Alice Walker said, “If art doesn’t make us better people, then what it is for?”

We were delighted to receive this email from one of our writers Sharon Murray. She asked us to share it with all of our writers to inspire everyone to take the necessary steps to make your writing goals a reality.

“I really believe doing the ‘Unlocking Creativity’ course was instrumental in helping me to write a compelling pitch, as well as help script the story for production. I undertook the course to develop my scriptwriting skills for television so I could progress into a producing role. The course was amazing and not only helped me to ‘tap into’ my well of creativity, it reinforced my self-belief that I could actually do it and do it well, giving me license to express myself in such a way that was fulfilling to the soul.

“In mid 2018, an opportunity arose to pitch an idea to an international short film initiative of the BBC, ‘Hope Works’, in which broadcasters from around the world produce short films to inspire and assure children around the globe that there are reasons to hope and believe that our world could be a good place to live and that together they could aspire to do great things. An amazing initiative I knew I needed to be part of.

“The short film I wrote and pitched was successful and ‘The Cupcake Choir’ concept became a reality with the film being completed in October. In addition to the film, we were also able to produce additional content in ‘The Cupcake Choir Chat’ series.”

Like many of our writers, Sharon is a testament to what you can achieve if you learn the craft, do the work and follow your heart.

May we all do that in 2019.

Click on the image below to watch Sharon’s inspirational ABC Kids TV produced program:


Free Tickets to Advanced Screening

We have double passes to give away to an Advanced Screening in Sydney only, of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra filmed live in London, starring Ralph Fiennes.

The Advanced Screening will take place at 6.30pm on 22 January, at the Palace Central Cinemas on Broadway.

If you would like a ticket please email: rsvp@writerstudio.com.au with your name and mobile number.

Recent Course Feedback

Some snippets of the wonderful feedback that we receive back from recently completed courses. We update these each newsletter and we know there are a lot, but we are thrilled to share with you how much people get out of the courses.

I’ve just finished a 4 week Unlocking Creativity Writing Course and I have absolutely loved it and learnt so much. It was wonderful to be surrounded by people who love to read and who have fervent imaginations feeding their own creative writing. We all learnt that writing is a craft and that it takes patience and perseverance… learning to experiment and trusting the process really helped. What also helped was that this course took place in a very supportive environment and the encouragement and positive feedback from tutors and fellow writers was invaluable.” Kriss, Unlocking Creativity 14 November

“I wanted to share with you about this incredible writing course I’ve done…inspiring, challenging, beautiful – connected with the emotional, psychological and spiritual… I have reconnected with my novel again…” Jewel, Unlocking Creativity 14 November

“The course changed me from a storyteller to a writer, but I still have so much to learn I cannot wait to start the next course.” Amoure, Unlocking Creativity 14 November

“The course has helped me kick that inner critic to the curb, it has reinforced my desire to write regularly, but most of all, by sharing my writing with other writers and they with me, I have realised that we are all of us on a journey of discovery – not just by what happens with our individual story lines, but within ourselves. What can I write? What can I learn from you and you from me? I thought I was good at this, but have found out that I’m actually also good at that and so on.” Cheryl, Unlocking Creativity 14 November

“I thought I was going to let myself down, again. I looked at this course and really wanted to do it but started telling myself, “I’ll get too overwhelmed” and “I’m too busy, it’s the end of the academic year.” So I’m so glad I trusted in myself and did this short, pithy and powerful course in writing. I made it part of my day to day life and it’s made life better because I’ve started doing something that I have wanted to do, but quite frankly was too scared to do because, like exhibiting art you present something of your soul, you’re venerable and becoming comfortable, if you ever do with that is quite something to overcome.” Edwina, Unlocking Creativity 14 November

     “I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and found it to be a fantastic learning journey. Although I knew a story had a beginning, a middle and an end, with some understanding of what went where, and the who and why of the story, I’ve never had the process of story writing unpacked to such a degree.” Loris, Unlocking Creativity 14 November

“I signed up to the “Unlocking Creativity” writing course that floated by on my newsfeed. The first and most fundamental thing that happened was that I got back in touch with my subconscious self and found my creative place. This all happened under the compassionate guidance of the most wonderful tutor, who was more than I could have imagined. Sometimes, the right people come into your life at the right time and that was certainly the case here.” Kelly, Unlocking Creativity 14 November

“It’s been such a fascinating 10 months. I started having no idea how one would go about writing a book. I assumed books were meticulously planned and then you sat down and wrote it all. How wrong and relieved I was to find that the process is entirely different from what I imagined. I loved the fact that the story was free to reveal itself, that I didn’t know who would be in it where they would go, what they would be like and what they would do. My own story surprised myself, as did those of my fellow students. It’s been a fabulous experience. The structure is so helpful & the teaching was wonderful.” Penny, First Draft Live 

“What an adventure! It’s given me the confidence and the skills to believe I have a novel waiting to escape. The Bronte Writers’ Studio is an incredible helpful and supportive experience. It will tackle any bidding writer and put the mood to succeed.” Mike, First Draft Live 

“When I began the Writers’ Studio journey, I was half way into a first draft of a totally different story. Reluctantly at first I loosened my grip on it and listened to the wise advice of Roland, Rich and Kathleen to let the story emerge, rather than trying to control it. I am so grateful for this experience. I now have a story which warms my heart and gives me goose bumps when I reflect to those keen to know. This story has energy that I feel has come through me rather than from me. Now that I am at the end of the first draft, I’m amazed at the depth of the story, many layers and how it resonates with me and others. I am so looking forward to continuing on with this journey.” Rebecca, First Draft Live 

“10 months ago I had a name and a kernel of an idea for a story. What happened next was beyond what I could have expected – not only a name change but a depth of character and what became a story outline developed, alongside priceless feedback from a group of peers all experiencing the same thing in their own way. Like others before me I’m finishing the course hungry for more and excited to see my characters do next.” Amelia, First Draft Live 

“I have taken most of your courses and am blown away by the difference they have made in my writing – dedication (no more procrastination), turning snapshots into an interlinked story and giving me confidence in my work that I have never had before. This course has added a further dimension to my story and encouraged me to continue writing a story I had almost despaired over.” Jennifer, First Draft Online 

“This has been an epic process. I have been trying to write a novel since I was twelve and I’ve finally achieved it! I would not have been able to manage it without the support and materials this course has offered me, and now I feel like this is a process I can undertake again independently. When I first signed up I was worried about the cost, but it has been worth every dollar. This was a fantastic course which fit in perfectly with my lifestyle and my learning style. I have recommended this course to everyone I know who has mentioned wanting to write a novel, I can’t recommend it enough.” Marnie, First Draft Online 

“Thumbs up, round of applause. I have never attempted such a long online course before and am thoroughly impressed …. I’m so proud to finally have something, a draft, after 30 years of wanting to put my experiences into words and several failed attempts. I believe the real writing of the story is only just beginning.” Jacqueline, First Draft Online

“I’d like to thank the Writers’ Studio for your amazing course, and I’m so happy I stumbled across it on the internet one afternoon while lolling about in the backyard. It has truly changed my life.” Leanne, First Draft Online

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