October Newsletter & Upcoming Courses

Welcome to our October Newsletter.

For those of you embarking on your writing journey, we thank you for joining us. For writers currently working with us in our courses, we trust that you are enjoying seeing your writing and stories come alive and are experiencing the pleasure of making creativity part of your life.

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.

And for many people, the desire to write is linked to their desire to evolve, to make sense of the human experience and explore how people can best live in the world. The writer then shares with the world what they discover.

In an essay on storytelling by Simon Kelly, about the importance and power of a good story, the author says:

“Stories define us. Since early cave dwellers left their graffiti in Lascaux, listening to and telling stories have moved people. Stories are powerful: They give meaning and context to what would otherwise be a collection of easily forgettable facts.

“Stories invoke the imagination so the reader begins to own them almost as much as the teller. In fact, there’s a growing body of research that points to the power of narrative not just as a way to engage people, but as the only way to change deeply entrenched views.”

Write about something that will change your life, it is best gift you can give yourself.


Quick Course Round-up

The final Unlocking Creativity Online for this year, will commence on 13 November more >

The final Unlocking Creativity Live course will commence on 21 November more >

There are still places open in the upcoming 6-Week Short Story – Genre course starting on 28 October. (Unlocking Creativity is a prerequisite.) Reserve your place now more >

The next 10-Month First Draft Online course starts 28 October, but you will need to have undertaken Unlocking Creativity to be eligible to register into the October course. The 2nd March, 2020 course is now open for bookings from new registrants. You can register by clicking the link for either the October or March courses here: more >

The 10-Month First Draft Live course with Roland, Kathleen & Richard commencing 7 March is open for bookings. Please note that the March course always books out early: more >

Second Draft Online will start again on 6 April. Register for your pre-course work: more >

Second Draft Live 2 February is open for bookings more >

Third Draft Online will start on 10 February. This course has very limited places more >

Third Draft Live with Roland, Zahid & Richard will commence 16 November. Register asap for your pre-course work more >

Third Draft Part 2 Online will commence on 11 November with very limited places more >

Third Draft Part 2 Live will commence on 21 March more >

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.


Win Free Movie Tickets

Thanks to Madman Films, we have five double passes to give away for new release documentary ‘Pavarotti’.

From two-time Academy Award winning director Ron Howard, comes a documentary celebrating the life of the beloved opera star Luciano Pavarotti. PAVAROTTI is an in-depth, no holds barred look at the life, career and lasting legacy of the musical icon who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime.

Pavarotti opens nationwide on 24 October.

Email: rsvp@writerstudio.com.au

And include your name, mobile no. & address


Success Stories

Zahid Gamieldien, one of our senior tutors has a new short story ‘Asya, On Her 40th Wedding Anniversary’ in the September edition of Australian literary magazine ‘Island’.

You can purchase a copy of the lastest edition, or a subscription.

A digital edition of the magazine will available at some stage:

Click for Island Magazine here


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.

“For me ‘Unlocking Creativity’ was the perfect introduction to writing – and as nervous as I was about posting my work for others to read, once gently led into the habit, it soon became less daunting – I even started to look forward to it! The interaction, through reviewing each other’s work, was invaluable as a learning experience – as was the course structure, building on technique and discipline along with perceptive feedback from skilled and responsive tutors. For me, the course certainly lived up to its name – I found myself enrolling in the ‘First Draft Online’ – with no idea what i was planning to write, just a willingness and desire to keep going. The First Draft Online is well structured and expertly tutored (thanks Helen!). As someone who thought creativity may be hampered by ‘structure’ I am amazed at how beneficial the process has been – and how far my writing has come. Its not an exaggeration to say my first draft ‘evolved’, there was never a plot or a preconceived storyline. Thank you to everyone involved in these fabulous courses – I’m hoping to continue with ‘Second Draft Online’.” Jude

“Unlocking Creativity re-ignited my passion for writing. This course provides a step by step process to discovering who we are as writers by unlocking the door from fear to freedom. The constant stream of knowledge, support and constructive feedback from The Writers’ Studio and our on line tutor Yasmin was first class.” Rona

“Unlocking Creativity online is an amazing course that has kick-started my writing. The tutors are SO positive that any nerves dissipate very quickly and I feel like I bonded with the other participants, despite never actually meeting. The over-whelming feeling from everyone was a desire for us all to well and improve. I wish I’d found it years ago. I have already enrolled in the Novel – First Draft course and am impatient for it to begin!” Rae

“An enlightening and transformative experience! Their prerequisite course, Unlocking Creativity, was motivating and inspirational. The online option was convenient and even more supportive and enjoyable than I’d anticipated. It was a revelation to tap into emotions, often long buried, and harness them in the creation of settings and characters. Unlocking my imagination took me down a lot of corridors I didn’t know were there! I gained invaluable skills and insights in relation to structure and character journeys. I’m so glad I took the plunge and can’t recommend highly enough to anyone who’s interested in writing.” Lucinda

“I have just completed the Unlocking Creativity online course through The Writers’ Studio. It was such a helpful course and I’m so happy to have done it! I have now learned some techniques to help me continue my writing journey with more confidence, and I have developed some writing disciplines that I did not have before. The tutors are very supportive and the online course easy to use. The course is a MUST for any person who has dreams of writing, especially if they’ve tried to write but given up because they got stuck or it seemed too hard. No complaints from me … just high recommendations. I got so much from the course, I’m starting another course with them in the next couple of weeks.” Sandra

“Unlocking Creativity is an excellent course for anyone who has a desire to write and develop their craft. It allowed me to rediscover the joy of writing and gave me new skills and the confidence to tap into my imagination to create fictional characters, settings and stories that I didn’t even know were there. I especially appreciated the constructive feedback provided by my writing group peers and mentors. Highly recommend.” Jessica

“I would never have written the first draft of my novel without the support and guidance of The Writers’ Studio. The online course materials were easy to follow and by trusting the process and listening to my personal tutor, my characters and story emerged. I can’t wait to sign up for the Second Draft Online Course to take my novel to the next level.” Julie

“This has been a profound experience, not just for my story but for myself as well. The processes laid out throughout the 1st Draft Novel course allowed me to really question every aspect of my character’s journey and mould them in ways that were not present to me at the start of the writing process. Thank you for making this course available to us, in the online format. I am grateful for this experience and can’t wait to embark on the 2nd Draft Novel course.” Nadia

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