Course Information

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

The Third Draft Extension course group meets once every two months. 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. This will take your writing, characters and story to another level.

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, who has since published The Revelation of the Elders and is working on the second book in the series.

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.

“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 blue print.”
Dwight Swain – Techniques Of The Selling Writer

Between Sessions

You will work on 5,000 words using Advanced Feedback Templates and you will receive feedback focusing more on your particular style and story than in the Third Draft.

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.

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. Wallace Lee

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 class mates has evolved.

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

All Sessions 11am to 6pm. Except Session 6 which will be from 2pm to 6.30pm & Dinner

Session 1:  Saturday March 23, 2019

Session 2:  Saturday July 4

Session 3:  Sunday September 23

Session 4:  Saturday November 24

Session 5:  Sunday February 17, 2019

Session 6:  Sunday May 19

What Our Students Say

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I'm extremely grateful to Roland and the couple of years I spent at the Writer's Studio. My time there finally set me on the path I'd wanted to follow for years. It taught me so much about plot and structure and, importantly, it cleared my head of the rubbish I'd previously believed about the mystery of writing and the creative process. The scales fell from my eyes at the Writers' Studio. 'King of The Road' published by Random House, 2015 Nigel Bartlett
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Writers' Studio graduate and former tutor, Alexander Gilly, has signed a two-book deal with Tor/Forge, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, in New York. This is his first novel, a high-seas action-thriller that Alex developed through our first, second and third draft novel writing courses. 'I'm thrilled,' says Alex. 'By sticking with my story and to the principles I learned at the Writers' Studio, and by getting lucky, I've realised a life-long ambition. Thank you Roland and Kathleen! Alex Gilly
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"The Writers' Studio is my testing ground, and a place equipped with the finest mental technologies, which unlike the thousands of books on the subject, are designed to nurture the screenwriter through that arduous practice and discipline of animating a story step-by-step, day by day, and refining it so that it represents the best of what you are." Nick Lathouris
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"If it wasn't for Unlocking Creativity and The Writers' Studio First Draft (Novel & Script) Course I wouldn't be where I am today - an author about to be published. Thank you Roland for the inspiration." 
 L.A. Larkin
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‘Before I did the Unlocking Creativity course I knew I loved to write creatively but had no idea how I might start to channel that into something like a novel. The course teaches the basics of storytelling in a really accessible and inspiring way. Things like the importance of sensory detail in scene setting, writing a character’s emotion and conflict on every page. ‘The techniques really worked for me and I’m still a little bit amazed I was able to write a book and have it published using them. I refer to the notes I took during Unlocking Creativity even Krew Boylan
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Dear Roland. So excited. I have a publishing offer for my first book of fiction. So what I'm really saying is - thank you!' Elizabeth published her children's book, Caro Was Here, through Walker Books Elizabeth Farrelly
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"A truly practical approach to the secrets of good story telling." Rachel Ward
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"I am doing a 10-month online writing course with them (The Writers' Studio) and it's challenging, exciting and frustrating. As it should be." Julia Zemiro
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Thanks to The Writer's Studio I truly found my love of writing buried within. After completing the 4-week Unlocking Creativity course and then the 10-month Novel & Script First Draft course, I found the determination to write and submit my memoir 'Labour of Love' which has been published by Simon & Schuster. Thank you Writers’ Studio for triggering my drive and inspiration and my deep adoration for writing. Shannon Garner
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I work as professional script writer and editor, so I understand the basics of story structure, but the way the everything was broken down to the smallest of steps was just brilliant. It made me dig for my story, and get in deep, and get complex, rather than settling for the easiest first thought. Forcing me to think deeper and come up with more imaginative solutions. Loved the dance! Such a beautiful perfect balance.” Elizabeth Packett