Our intermediate 6-Week Online writing courses are for those of you who have completed Unlocking Creativity and want to keep the creative process alive and further develop your writing and storytelling skills.

The courses also offer ideal preparation for the Ten-Month Novel and Script First Draft Course. In these courses you are critiqued on every exercise and story you post which will enhance your development of characters and story-lines.

Each of the three Intermediate 6-Week Online Courses are run only once per year: the Writers' Gym in February, the Character & Critique Short Story Course in June/July and the Genre Short Story Course in October. Please check the course page for further course information and for upcoming dates and other details.

Advanced Writing Techniques - Writers' Gym

You will learn advanced tools and techniques to further develop your writing and understanding of character development, story structure and storytelling. At the end of the course you will write, rewrite and edit an extended short story.

Short Story / Character & Critique

Writing is both an art and a craft. In this course, you will develop and explore the characters you want to write about within the framework of some key classic story dynamics. Character Arc, Prison, Ghost, Challenges and Worst Nightmare.

Short Story / Genre

During this course, you will develop and explore the characters you want to write about within the framework of the four key genres: Love, Comedy, Thriller and Fantasy. The genres are the modern storytelling forms whose story patterns resonate deeply with the psyche of your readers.

Testimonials Short Story Online

  • Kylie Allen

    "I have just finished my last story for this course and already I miss the fact that I won’t be 'required' to write another story tomorrow. I have learnt so much about the importance of structure and how vital it is to tell a good story. You can have all the beautiful imagery and fascinating dialogue in the world but if it doesn’t go anywhere or doesn’t take your character on a journey, then what is the point? Giving and receiving feedback continued to be a source of enjoyment and inspiration. I really learnt a lot about my writing from
  • Tamara Stojanovic

    I have just finished the Six Week Character & Critique Short Story Course - what an inspiring, fun and supportive experience it has been. The structure of the course and the whole set up with reading other people's work, commenting on it and providing and receiving feedback works like a charm. But the absolute best thing about the course was Andrew. I have never come across a talent such as his. His ability to delve into each text, really understand it - it's strengths and weaknesses as well as his ability to get close to each writer and understand exactly where they were
  • Amanda Robson

    "The Online Character and Critique Short Story Course built beautifully on the blocks laid down by Unlocking Creativity. It was a great chance to explore my characters in scenarios where I normally couldn't see them - or wouldn't take them! But just as importantly I was able to let loose new characters and watch them run amok while anchored safely to some simple story telling principles."
  • Rochelle Bright

    The best and the worst thing about this course is that I didn’t want to stop writing. I don’t want to suppress my “writer-self” in favour of “the other life” for another day. I stopped doing housework, stopped working on my thesis, stopped caring about whether I end up with “Doctor” before my name, and various letters after it in two and a half years time, stopped caring about how much money I may or may not make as a clever but soulless academic in a toxic environment.The course may be over, but the writer in me is alive again.
  • Sean Gallinetti

    "It has been an interesting journey getting to know some of the characters lurking in my shadows a little better; some of them familiar to me, others a surprise. It can be a strange thing the internet course, a virtual classroom where personality and opinion are expressed through written word, The Matrix does exist. I found the shape of the course to be beneficial in allowing me to take a little step forward each and every time, with Andrew always giving positive reinforcement and tactful, constructive feedback, that I feel propelled my work forward over the last six weeks. The
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