September Newsletter & Upcoming Courses

Welcome to our September 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.

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.

Our tutors are invariably blow away in every course we run, by just how talented people are when they get out of their own way, and their writing flows through them and comes alive on the page. Accessing the power of your imagination is a vital ingredient of all our courses.

Screenwriter and novelist Alan Watt says, “We’ve been bought up in a left brain society, trained to second guess ourselves, to be more interested in the result than the process. We tend to judge our work prematurely without giving it a chance to gestate. When our unconscious (imagination) is free to do its work, our writing often bears rich fruit.

“One of the greatest struggles for the writer just starting out, in fact all writers is that we all, at times, feel like frauds. In a way this is a good thing because it keeps us humble. It reminds us that we are channels for our story and when we listen and inquire real truths emerge.

“When we drop our perceptions about what good writing is and give ourselves permission to write poorly, everything changes. We become a channel of the story that wants to be told through us. Our unconscious reveals the story to us. Our job is to remain curious.”

Writers in Unlocking Creativity courses discover how writing from their imagination brings their writing to life, and enables them to write in a way that makes other people want to read what they’ve written. They also experience the ‘creative high’, that comes when you write write from your imagination.

Note: When writing a novel or a screenplay, you want to set up a dance between structure and imagination, with structure expanding and stretching your imagination rather than limiting it.

Quick Course Round-up

Unlocking Creativity Online will commence on 25 September more >

The next Unlocking Creativity Live will commence on 17 October more >

Our next upcoming 6-Week course, the Short Story – Genre Course starts on 28 October. (Unlocking Creativity is a prerequisite for this course, and all of our courses. Please register early & reserve your place, as these courses book out) more >

The next 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft Online course starts 28 October, but you will need to have undertaken Unlocking Creativity, or get registered to undertake Unlocking Creativity Online starting on 25 September more >

The 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft Live course with Roland, Kathleen & Richard commencing 7 March 2020, is now open for bookings more >

Second Draft Online will start this coming Monday 16 September and has only one place now open. Please register asap to receive your pre-course work. The April 2020 course will be open for bookings next week more >

Second Draft Live 2 February 2020 course is now up on the website for bookings  more >

Third Draft Online will start on next Monday 10 February, 2020. This course has limited places more >

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

Third Draft Extension Online will commence on 11 November with limited places 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

We have five double passes to give away for new release ‘Animals’.

From 52 Tuesdays director Sophie Hyde. ‘Animals’ is an intimate, funny and bittersweet examination of the challenges of turning talent into action.

Laura and Tyler have been flatmates and best friends for 10 years. After a decade of partying, their friendship is strained when Laura falls in love.

Animals opens in selected cinemas nationally on September 12.


And include your name, mobile no. & address

We also have five double passes care of Transmission films, to see ‘Ride Like A Girl’.

‘Ride Life A Girl’ is the highly anticipated feature film about Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, and the directorial debut of actress Rachel Griffiths.

Ride Like A Girl opens in cinemas across the country on September 26.


And include your name, mobile no. & address

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.

“Unlocking Creativity has been an enlightening and transformative experience. I’ve discovered that writing is a craft that can be learnt and once you have the skills, and it’s mostly about hard work and perseverance. The online experience was much more productive and intimate than I expected it to be. Being able to read other UC students’ pieces on the board made the “forum” very interesting and collaborative. It was very motivating to have deadlines and an audience. I always enjoyed logging in and seeing what had been posted and what feedback had been provided – it was never a chore!” Lucinda, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“This has been a positive learning experience for me and I intend to keep going with new vigour.” Sandra, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“Unlocking Creativity has opened the floodgates of my imagination, and I’ve “met” so many incredible writers on what we call The Writers Board. I used to be a closet writer but now that I’ve come out, I want to play.” Rona, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“What a brilliant journey of creativity I’ve been on. This course has well and truly unlocked the creative juices and got the imagination and ideas fired up. UC has given me the discipline I was searching for and the inspiration I thought I had lost.” Samantha, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“I have just completed the most amazing online Creative Writing Course.  I can’t even really put into words how powerful this has been. How it gave me the strength and to believe in myself. This has truly changed my life in so many ways. I feel braver and stronger. More confident and fulfilled. Thank you to all the wonder full people at the Writers’ Studio. Your course is so well designed. All the reviews I have read are so true.” Peta, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“I had the most amazing experience with Unlocking Creativity and the Writers Studio. This course rocks!” Marjorie, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“The writing course is called Unlocking Creativity – and that it has done! I hadn’t considered a novel or film script but after the course, I am a little addicted to writing now.” Rebecca, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“It’s called “Unlocking Creativity” and it’s definitely doing the job.” Shai, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 4 weeks of Unlocking Creativity and have written more than I thought I would. I’m proud of what I have achieved and loved reading the work from my online classmates. Their feedback and positivity encouraged me to keep going.” Brona, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

‘Unlocking Creativity (online) has been the best course I have ever done (and as friends will tell you I’ve done a few). I’d noticed the word “nurture” cited quite frequently on their web site, and to my delight it’s true. I have always been shy about revealing my love of putting pen to paper. The support from my tutor and the other writers on my group, the emails from Kathleen encouraging us to keep going, don’t give up was wonderful and honest. To anyone thinking of this course – don’t think, do it. This course has re-awoken my love of words, and has even boosted my self-confidence. I’ve blown the dust off my box of dreams, and removed the lid. I can’t wait to see what’s inside.’ Sue, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

“I recently finished up a short course with the Writer’s Studio. I’m impressed with how many pens I went through in just four weeks! I’m lucky I got to do this course, it was equal parts challenging and encouraging.” Stephanie, Unlocking Creativity 7 August

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