Course Information

This course has payment options available, click ‘Enrol Now’ to view the payment options. Pre-requisite: 7-Month Novel & Script Third Draft writing course.

The Third Draft Extension course group meets once every two months at our Sydney Sudio. The sessions run from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm on either a Saturday or a Sunday.

Expect a huge improvement

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.

For those who enrol in the course, your tutor will give feedback on your chapter and scene planning to help focus your writing as you work forward without revising. Aim to write as much of your novel in this form as you can.

You can also come to a bonus class in October where we will explore and develop your moral dilemmas and your opponent giving greater depth to their motivation.

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 through 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.

Between Sessions

Initially you will work on 3,200 words and 4,200 words using Advanced Feedback Templates and you will receive feedback focusing more on your particular style and story than in the Third Draft. From Session Four you will submit 5,000 words.

In the months you are not in class, you will be given targeted exercises designed to keep you on track and help  you further develop your characters, story and writing.

End of 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.

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

How the Course Works

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 and that of your classmates 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

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

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 the first book in a new urban fantasy series.

Zahid Gamieldien

Zahid Gamieldien is an author, editor, screenwriter, tutor, and lawyer. He has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a major in writing. He’s served as a member of the Australian Classification Board and has also worked as a solicitor in the areas of migration law, media law, and government.

Since 2015, his fiction has been regularly published in major literary journals, including Overland, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, and Tincture. His short stories and television writing have also been shortlisted for awards, such as The Cupboard’s 2015 international short story award and the Australian Writers’ Guild’s John Hinde Award 2016. Zahid tutors writers in our Novel & Script Second & Third Live and Online Courses. He is working on a collection of short stories, a television series, and a novel.

Session Dates and Times

Third Draft Extension 23 March 2019 Course

All Sessions 11am to 6pm. Except Session 6 which will be from 2pm to 6.45pm & Dinner

Session 1: Saturday 23 March

Session 2: Saturday 20 July

Session 3: Sunday 22 September

Session 4: Saturday 23 November

Xmas/New Year break

Session 5: Saturday 15 February, 2020

Session 6: Sunday 24 May

Third Draft Extension 21 March 2020 Course

All Sessions 11am to 6pm. Except Session 6 which will be from 2pm to 6.45pm & Dinner

Session 1: Saturday March 21, 2020

Session 2: Saturday June 27

Session 3: Saturday August 22

Session 4: Saturday October 17

Session 5: Saturday December 12

Xmas/New Year break

Session 6: Sunday April 18 , 2021

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