Overview of our Live in Studio Writing Program

We all need to find our own way in the writing process. For some of you, our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity Live course will be all you need to kick start your creative writing journey.

(Unlocking Creativity course is a pre-requisite for all of our other programs and must be completed before joining any other course. You receive Unlocking Creativity as a complimentary course if you book directly into the First Draft course.)

After completing Unlocking Creativity, you may choose to join one of our 6-Week Online Short Story courses.

If you are ready to commit to the longer form and have a passion to write your novel or screenplay, you can join our inspiring 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft Live course where you work with Roland Fishman and Kathleen Allen to complete your first draft in 10 months.

On completion of the First Draft Live course, you can decide to do further drafts with us or continue on your own. If, like many writers, you thrive on the structure, support and discipline our courses provide, you can choose to work through the entire process with us. We suggest you take it one step at a time and see what works best for you.

4-Week Unlocking Creativity Live

Unlocking Creativity is a prerequisite for all other courses. It will provide you with an introduction to fiction writing, character development and story structure. For some of you, our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity Online will be all you need to kick start your creative journey. Unlocking Creativity is suitable for absolute beginners, professional writers and anyone in between.

6-Week Short Story Courses – Online

Our 6-Week Online Short Story courses are for those who have completed Unlocking Creativity and wish to keep the creative process alive and further develop your writing, character development and storytelling skills. The courses also offer ideal preparation for the 10-Month Novel and Script First Draft Course.

These three 6-Week Short Story writing courses are only run once a year:

  • Writers’ Gym in February
  • Character & Critique Short Story course in June
  • Genre Short Story course in October

10-Month First Draft Novel & Script – Live

In this course you will find and develop the story you want to write, follow a step by step process and complete your First Draft in ten months.

Some writers find this course gives them everything they need from a course and choose to do further drafts on their own. However, many writers thrive on the structure, processes, support and discipline our courses provide and find they want to work through further drafts with us.

The course commences every March and September with a maximum of 20 writers per course.

8-Month Second Draft Novel & Script- Live

This course provides a step-by-step process that allows you to work through the re-envisioning and re-structuring of your first draft. This systematic process adds more layers, more complexity and greater depth so that your story works dramatically and logically from beginning to end.

Most people totally transform their stories in the Second Draft, taking them to a whole new level when they get the action, character arc and theme all working together. You can expect at least a 200 per cent improvement from your First Draft.

7-Month Third Draft Novel & Script – Live

This course is where you start focusing on the writing and the process of re-writing and editing and have your work critiqued by your online tutor. You will see how all the hard work from the First and Second Draft courses to pay off as you experience the thrill of having your writing come alive on the page, an extremely satisfying part of the process.

12-Month Third Draft Extension Novel & Script – Live 

You learn more advanced rewriting and editing tools and processes and receive feedback that is tailored to developing your individual voice and your particular story as you submit longer pieces of work for in-depth critiquing. The cumulative effect on everyone’s writing is profound.


12-Month Third Draft – Screenwriting – Online

After completing your Second Draft course, this twelve-month course is for those who wish to get their film script to a level where you can send a treatment and the first twenty pages of your script out to producers, agents, directors and funding bodies.