Course Information

This is the first step in your creative writing journey that will lay the foundations for wherever you choose to take your writing.

Ali Gripper,
“It is an understatement to say I learnt more about writing from the workshops than I did in three years studying (creative writing) at university.”
Ali Gripper, former Fairfax journalist and author of The Barefoot Surgeon

Writing Course Details

This creative writing course gives you high-impact tools and techniques designed to take your writing to another level over the duration of the four sessions.

As well as the 3-hour Zoom Video workshops held over 4 x consecutive Thursday nights, you will do daily exercises in between workshops to put what you learn into practice. You will post your writing on your group’s Writer’s board, and be part of a supportive creative community and receive constructive feedback from your tutor and fellow writers.

This brings the whole creative learning experience to life in a way that will keep you motivated and inspired.

If you miss a session you can make it up online.

Week One:  Unlock the Power of Your Imagination

Discover how to tap into the power of your imagination – the true source of creativity. For many writers, this is an inspiring discovery that makes all the difference to your writing. It will kick start your creative journey wherever you are at as a writer.

Week Two: The art and craft of writing

Explore what is stopping you from reaching your creative potential as a writer and learn how to create emotion in your writing using bricks of significant detail, bringing your characters and writing to life on the page. This is the nuts and bolts of fiction writing.

Week Three:  Character Development & Story Structure

Gain a practical understanding of how to develop characters and take them on an emotional and spiritual journey of change using classic story structure. You will gain a deep understanding of the most powerful way to tell a story that connects and resonates with readers. Your characters will take on a life of their own.

Week Four: Bringing it all together

Write a guided short story applying everything you have learned from the course and witness how far your writing has transformed over the four weeks. The class will demonstrate how storytelling is a profound dance between structure and the imagination and that structure expands your imagination rather than limits it. Everyone leaves the last class on a creative high.

Course Features

4 x 3-hour Zoom Video workshops, comprehensive course materials, bi-weekly emails to keep you inspired and accountable, targeted daily writing exercises, our unique interactive writers’ board and regular feedback from your online tutor and community of fellow writers.

Google Reviews

“An enlightening and transformative experience!  The online option was convenient and even more supportive and enjoyable than I’d anticipated. It was a revelation to tap into emotions, often long-buried, and harness them in the creation of settings and characters. Unlocking my imagination took me down a lot of corridors I didn’t know were there! I gained invaluable skills and insights into structure and character journeys. I’m so glad I took the plunge.” Lucinda Cheswick

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Lia Weston
"During one of the Unlocking Creativity exercises, I ended up developing a character who became the basis of my second novel, 'Those Pleasant Girls'. I'm delighted to say that 'Those Pleasant Girls' is being published with Pan Macmillan. If anyone is in doubt about whether to seriously pursue their writing, I'd encourage them to try this course—you never know where it's going to lead!"
Lia Weston

How this Zoom Creative Writing Course Works

You will join your tutor and your group for a 3-hour online live-stream video workshop using the Zoom app, held over 4 consecutive Tuesday nights.

The virtual Zoom classroom includes live interaction with your tutor and fellow writers, break out groups, opportunities for discussion, asking questions, writing and creative sharing and coffee breaks.

In between the workshops, you will work through specific daily exercises designed to integrate the tools and techniques you are learning and put them into practice. Once you’ve done the exercises you will post them onto your group’s interactive online Writers’ Board to receive and give feedback.

This is an important and inspiring part of the process that will help you establish a writing habit, develop your writing skills and make writing and creativity a part of your life. The art and deeper learning come from the act of doing the writing on a regular basis.

The Art and Craft of Writing

Many people have a passionate desire to write fiction and long to see their books in print or their stories on the big screen.

However, the desire is only the beginning. Writing is both an art and a craft and the Writers’ Studio courses, developed over twenty five years, provide a practical and inspirational pathway to enable you to realise your writing dreams, whatever they may be.

The time involved when doing the course

The time required for actual writing per day starts off with as little as 10-15 minutes. It is by doing a little every day and forming a writing habit that you become a writer. This way you experience the pleasure of accessing your creativity on a regular basis and working towards making your writing dreams a reality.

However, the whole process from reading your lessons, writing your exercises, typing them up and then posting them onto the Writers’ Board and giving feedback could take around 45-60 minutes a day, five times a week. You can do much more if you have time!

The inspirational video workshops, the practical application of the tools and techniques provided, coupled with the interactive writing exercises and targeted feedback, will see your writing take a quantum leap forward over the four weeks.

Course Reviews – Google, Video & Published Authors

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