January Newsletter & Upcoming Courses

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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:


Quick Course Round-up

Unlocking Creativity Live starts 28 February. (The 17 January course is fully booked.)

Unlocking Creativity Online course will commence on 23 January with places still available at this stage. Register now as this course will book out.

Our next upcoming 6-Week course, the Writers’ Gym – Advanced Writing Techniques Online starts on 25 February. (Unlocking Creativity is a prerequisite for this course and all of our courses.)

The 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft Online course starts 4 March 2019. (If you haven’t undertaken Unlocking Creativity, you will need to register asap, and undertake Unlocking Creativity starting 23 January to be ready for your First Draft course in March.)

The next 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft Live Studio course with Roland, Kathleen & Richard is now booking for the 7 September course. (The 9 March course is booked out, but has a wait-list. Please contact the office if you wish to go onto the wait-list for this course.)

The next Second Draft Online course will start on 8 April.

Second Draft Live 3 February 2019 with tutors Roland, Zahid, Liz, Andrew & Richard is fully booked.

The next Third Draft Online course will start on 11 February, with limited places in this course.

Third Draft Live will commence again this coming November.

Third Draft Extension Live commences on 23 March 2019 – 3rd Draft writers please contact the office for your Discount Code to book asap.

Third Draft Extension Online with Kelly will commence on 22 July with limited places.

Please contact the office on (02) 9386 4994 between 10.30am and 3pm Monday to Friday, if you have any questions at all about which course is right for you.

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

Four Week Unlocking Creativity

Whether you are a complete beginner, a professional writer or somewhere in-between, this is the first step towards achieving your writing goals, whatever they are.

This introductory writing course will give you essential tools and techniques to unlock the power of your imagination and dramatically improve the quality of your writing.

The ideal place to kick start your writing journey.

February 28:  Unlocking Creativity – LIVE (17 January is booked out)

January 23:  Unlocking Creativity – ONLINE

Ten Month Novel & Script First Draft

If your dream is to write a novel or screenplay our first draft course will get you doing it. You don’t need to have a clear idea for a story to start.

The course’s step-by-step process begins by helping you find and clarify the key characters and story in a broad outline before embarking on writing your actual first draft. The course then provides the structure, accountability and support you need to complete your first draft in 10 months, and is designed for people working full-time.

Mad Max - Fury Road“The Writers’ Studio is my testing ground, and a place equipped with the finest mental technologies, which unlike the thousands of books on the subject, are designed to nurture the screenwriter through that arduous practice and discipline of animating a story step-by-step, day by day, and refining it so that it represents the best of what you are.” – Nico Lathouris, co-writer Mad Max IV Fury Road

The same principles apply to novels. Writers’ Studio graduate and former tutor, Alex Gilly, whose first novel, a high-seas action-thriller that he developed in this course, was published in July 2015 in the US by an imprint of Pan Macmillan.

Devil's Harbor, by Alex Gilly‘I’m thrilled,’ says Alex. ‘By sticking with my story and to the principles I learned at the Writers’ Studio, and by getting lucky, I’ve realised a life-long ambition. Thank you Roland and Kathleen!’

With a maximum of 20 writers, the First Draft Live course includes one weekend intensive and 9 monthly Saturday all-day workshops with weekly feedback to keep you on track.

September 7: Novel & Script First Draft – LIVE (9 March course – wait-list only)

March 4: Novel & Script First Draft – ONLINE

Six Week – Writers’ Gym – Advanced Writing Techniques

course is ideal for writers who have completed Unlocking Creativity
and/or the Short Story courses and want to continue with their
creative journey.

you do the work and implement the advanced writing tools and techniques
in this course, you will be amazed at how much your writing and
story-telling ability develops.

powerful characters and build drama through opposition and conflict.
Learn the key ingredients of powerful dialogue. Write, edit and re-write
a short story.

This course will also prepare you for the 10 Month Novel & Script course should you want to do that down the track.

Receive targeted feedback on every piece you post.

Eight Month Novel & Script Second Draft

“I must confess to being a bit skeptical when Roland said the Second Draft would improve my story 200%. After all I had just spent a year driving my story forward, putting my hapless main character under intense pressure and finding out, at the end, how my story ended. Boy, that was a revelation. How could the Second Draft improve my story that much?

And I am happy to report I was right. The Second Draft course didn’t improve my story 200%. It actually improved it 1,000%! Irrelevancies were discarded, subsidiary characters came to life and revealed formerly hidden depths, events took on an internal logic and my main character, Aaron Stern, deepened and broadened before my astonished eyes. And I saw the same thing happen with everyone else’s stories as well.” – Gilbert Mane

February 3: Second Draft – LIVE – FULLY BOOKED

April 8: Second Draft – ONLINE

Seven Month Novel & Script Third Draft

You have found the dramatic spine of your story in The Second Draft.

The Third Draft is where all the hard work you have put into finding, developing, clarifying and structuring your story in the First and Second Drafts dramatically pays off.

The Third Draft is where we focus primarily on the writing. It is amazing how everyone’s ability to write a page turning story that engages your reader dramatically improves when you learn the art and craft of re-writing and editing.

“This has been my favourite course. I have loved focusing on the writing and the detail that needed to be fleshed out from Drafts One and Two. And I now see how important it was to get the structure in place before embarking on the Third Draft. I have learnt so much about the actual craft of writing in this course. The first lesson was about point of view and it has stuck with me ever since.” – Kylie Keogh

TBA November: Third Draft – LIVE

February 11: Third Draft – ONLINE

Twelve Month Third Draft Extension

Working with a professional editor, myself and the group has enabled everyone to take their writing and story to another level.

“The voice of each writer is much clearer and confident; there is a sense of finding and settling down with the voice. There is a shift from being a slave to language to owning it. This is really satisfying to see. As I was reading everyone’s work for this session, I felt that the writing in general has reached a close-to-publishable standard, better than many of the printed books I read.” Wallace Lee


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