Course Information

This course has payment options available, click the Enrol Now link to view the payment options. Pre-requisite: Novel & Script Third Draft course.

Course Details

The combination of advanced feedback templates, writing exercises to further develop your craft and more personalised and challenging feedback will force you to dig deep into your characters’ motivations, find your unique voice, further develop your style and explore the theme in greater depth.

Expect a significant improvement in the quality of your writing, story and character development as you work through this process.

Cait Duggan
Both times I’ve done First Draft, the course allowed me to take a nascent, nebulous idea and turn it into something concrete. The subsequent courses then take you a little bit deeper into the process, and show you how to improve upon those first steps. In each course there is a clear pathway and structure to follow and the writing improves substantially. I learned more about the mechanics of good storytelling by doing these courses than I could have imagined. The Last Balfour is now being published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia. It really is a dream come true.
Cait Duggan

The Process

Pre-Course Work

Before the course starts, you will follow a process to explore and clarify your entire story. Often you will find that the insights you’ve gained doing the writing in the Third Draft will impact your character development and story structure.

Ongoing Sessions

When doing the re-writing and editing after the first session, it is critical that you are clear about all your characters’ motivations and that your story structure is sound for you to get the most useful feedback on your writing.

Each month you will do exercises to explore your main character and story and develop your writing craft.

For the First three months

You work on 2,500 words every month using Advanced Feedback Templates and you will receive feedback focusing more on your particular style and story than in the Third Draft.

Every month between submitting work, you will be given targeted exercises designed to keep you on track and help you further develop your characters, story and writing.

Next Four months

Every two months you will work on and submit 4,000 words to your tutor for feedback.

The end of the course

Towards the end of the course, your assigned editor will work on 20,000 words of your story and you will have a one-on-one consultation.

Getting objective, targeted feedback on your writing makes all the difference.

This is where everyone’s writing jumps to another level.

As I was reading everyone’s work for this session, I felt that the writing in general has reached a close-to-publishable standard, better than many of the books I read.

“The voice of each writer is much clearer and confident; there is a sense of finding and settling down with the voice. There is a shift from being a slave to language to owning it. This is really satisfying to see.”
Wallace Lee


You will receive feedback on larger chunks of your story and will be pushed to a far greater degree than in the Third Draft course.

The feedback is more intense and demanding and the cumulative effect on everyone’s writing is profound. By the time everyone submits their 20,000 words, you will be amazed how far your own writing has evolved.

“Alternating between creating and the critique process is the most effective way to learn in any creative field. It uses rules as a checklist, rather than a blueprint.” Dwight Swain – Techniques of the Selling Writer

Gilbert Mane
I will be completely honest and come out of the closet and declare that I have been full of doubt that any of our stories would ever hit the shelves with any degree of success. But I was wrong. Everyone’s writing has taken off. The quantum leaps in sentence structure, pacing and vocabulary would be impressive enough. But more, the emotion, the subtlety of plot and the development character are an order of magnitude better. I now see that are all within a whisker of publication.
Gilbert Mane

Kelly Rigby

Kelly Rigby is an editor and coach who is passionate about helping writers tell their stories and polish their words. Over the past 20 years she has developed a unique combination of writing, marketing and teaching experience, and holds qualifications in creative writing, business and TESOL.

Kelly has edited and assessed manuscripts from most genres, and mentored writers at all levels of ability, including two who have gone on to win Varuna Fellowships. She has also written two short films and numerous short stories, and been published in a Louise Hay book – Modern Day Miracles, as well as on the web.

Kelly first came to the Writers Studio in 2004 and discovered she had a natural instinct for story structure. Since then, she has continued to study writing and hone her craft, and is at the final edit stage of her first book in a new urban fantasy series. Kelly works as an editor and tutor in our Advanced Novel & Script courses.

I'd hate to think what my story would’ve looked like if I hadn’t learnt so much from this course. I’m so sorry it is over. Sonya Fearby
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