November & December Newsletter & Upcoming Courses

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Welcome to our December Newsletter.

We’d like to thank everyone who embarked on their creative journey with us in 2019.

We hope that you are enjoying seeing your writing and stories come alive on the page, and are experiencing the pleasure of making creativity part of your life.

We believe it nourishes the soul of the writer and the reader.

Writing a story doesn’t happen by accident. In our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity course, we quote James Scott Bell in his book, The Art of War for Writers, about two ingredients every writer needs:

“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.

If you are considering the next step in your writing journey or intending to start in 2020, you might like to hear what some recent course participants had to say at the end of their courses.

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Gift Certificates & $50 Discounts!

If you are thinking about creative Christmas presents, a Gift Certificate for our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity Course, either live or online, is perfect for someone who has been wanting to write but needs a push, or is wanting to develop their writing further. Plus, it is such a generous act to support people in realising their creative dream.

Just email us: and we can give you the details and make up a Gift Certificate and email to you, for you to print out and give this Christmas.

Xmas Discounts!

We are also offering a $50 Xmas Discount off the January Live and Online Unlocking Creativity courses and Unlocking Creativity Gift Certificates!

If you are ready to register – just enter this code: XMAS  into ID code field when registering. The discount will be available up to 20th December.

Quick Course Round-up

Unlocking Creativity Online will commence on 22 January more >

Unlocking Creativity Live will commence 23 January more >

The next upcoming 6-Week course is the Writers’ Gym – Advanced Writing Techniques course starting 24 February. (Unlocking Creativity is a prerequisite.) Reserve your place now more >

The next 10-Month First Draft Online course starts 2 March. Unlocking is a pre-requisite starting on 22 January more >

The 10-Month First Draft Live course with Roland, Kathleen & Richard commences 7 March. 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 will commence 2 February. Register for your pre-course work more >

Third Draft Online will start 10 February. Only a few places still open more >

Third Draft Live with Roland, Zahid & Richard commenced 16 November, however, you can still join this course. There’s been only one session so far, and you can catch up online before the second session in February more >

Third Draft Part 2 (Extension) Online will commence 13 July, and will be open for bookings next week more >

Third Draft Part 2 (Extension) Live will commence 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 double free passes to giveaway to new award-winning documentary, ‘The Biggest Little Farm’.

Chronicling the 8 year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, the film provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

‘Awe-inspiring.’ New York Times

The Biggest Little Farm opens nationally in selected cinemas on 16 January.


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Success Stories

Mandy Newman

Mandy, an alumni and author who had great success with a series of educational text books for school children, has recently published her first novel ‘Love Song‘.

Jessie Morgan’s life is okay. She enjoys her long nights with Netflix, guzzling red wine, and eating mountains of chocolate.

But Jessie’s world is about to be shattered when an old love, dances back into her life and she becomes friends with the terrifying foodie, entrepreneur and cake lover. Her industrial relations specialist, and old leftie husband Jeff, thinks Jessie should just stay the way she is. And it’s too late to change at fifty anyway, isn’t it?

A story of love, music, dancing in the moonlight, women’s friendship and cakes. Love Song is an uplifting novel about finding hope.

Purchase a copy of Love Song: here

Congratulations Mandy!

Colleena Presnell

Colleena contacted us to let us know that has published her first novel – Lash Me Fair, a tale of bravery, cruelty, savagery and new beginnings in Australia. Fenians, convicts, the Indigenous custodians of the land, and free settlers determined to create a better life, all entwined in a struggle to survive.

Based on true events, her relative Henry Passmore, not only survived, he flourished and his many projects were significant to the development of Western Australia.

You can purchase a copy of Colleena’s book Lash Me Fair: here

Congratulations Colleena!

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 opened up this secret world for me, a rich glorious interior world where people play out scenes and live other lives. The course gave me keys to explore my imagination in ways I never thought possible. Book in today!” Stephanie

“Well the name said ‘Unlocking Creativity’, and it sure did do that! Thanks to this course, I discovered my love for writing.” Edwin

“What an altogether amazing and wonderful experience. The different “challenges” we were set each week allowed me to flex my creative muscle and allow myself to let go of my inhibitions. That was incredibly liberating!! I am so excited to start the 10 month course. Bring it on!!” Tracey

“I courageously took the leap into the Unlocking Creativity course and allowed myself to fail, to learn, and just have fun doing something I love.  It’s a very safe space in which to fail and learn from these failures, without judgement, without censure, but rather support, learning and encouragement.  Above all, I have finally developed a writing habit which has taken a firm hold. Writing makes me happy.” Pamela

“The Unlocking Creative course structure was great, it was both freeing, encouraging and helpful. I have learnt so much about the process of writing, freeing myself up to imagination has allowed me to leave behind frustrations. I have rediscovered writing as more about mediation and fun and less about literary techniques and ticking boxes. I am looking forward to starting the next course and challenging myself.” Adriana

“I have been on an amazing writing journey in the last four weeks. The process in which I have been involved has unlocked in me an understanding of how “just doing it” is the only way to start.  You don’t need all the words, but you do need the motivation and structure to guide yourself to producing something. I have loved this experience!” Judy

“I am so glad I did it. I’m very happy to report I have found my joy of writing after having done Unlocking Creativity! I highly recommend this course if you want to find that writer within you.” Rosemary

“The Unlocking Creativity Writing Course has been fantastic and I now feel confident that I can actually, maybe, really, have a go at this writing thing.” Karin

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