We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful festive season. However, we know that not everyone is going to enjoy a traditional fun-fuelled day with their family and friends this year. We have writers from all over Australia, many of whom reside in country, bush and regional areas. We are thinking of those effected by the bushfires ravaging our land and the heroic women and men battling them. And also the tragedy that has engulfed our beautiful wildlife. Not an uplifting message we know but it is a devastating situation and we wanted to acknowledge those dealing directly with the harsh reality. Thank you.
Back to writing:
For many people the holiday season is a good time to write. You will enjoy the writing so long as you don’t start worrying about whether you will win the Booker Prize or an Academy Award.
All you need to worry about is the work that is in front of you. If you are writing a novel or screenplay, just move forward scene by scene.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having lofty ambitions. It is just that sometimes, when we are starting out, we have very unrealistic timelines. And this can take all the fun and creativity out of writing.
‘I don’t think that talent or gift, if such things exist, has anything to do with what the final receipts will be. My notion is that anyone who speaks, by reason of that speech, has prospects of achieving important imaginative writing. I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead old-fashioned notions of perseverance, application and industry…It comes down in every instance to this dualism between what one wants and what one may be afraid to have.’ Gordon Lish
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.
We can make up a Gift Certificate and email to you, for you to print out and give this Christmas. Gift Certificates are valid for 3 years from purchase date.
Unlocking Creativity Onlinewill commence on 22 Januarymore >
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 nowmore >
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. There are now only two places still open in the March course more >
Second Draft Online will start again on 6 April. Register for your pre-course workmore >
Second Draft Live will commence 2 February. Register now for your pre-course work more >
Third Draft Online will start 10 February. Only one place still openmore >
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.
If you are currently doing a Novel & Script Online course, you will have most likely been in touch with your tutor as to their holiday dates. Some tutors come back earlier in January, so do check in with them this week.
The Studio office will be open (except for public holidays) for enquiries and tech help, so do get in touch if you have a question about an upcoming course.
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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