Course Information

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Prerequisite: Novel & Script Second Draft writing course.

The art and craft of writing, re-writing and editing

The goal of this course is to enable you to write  in such a way that your words come alive on the page for your readers. This is a thrilling part of the process.

“For me, this course is where it’s really at. Getting at last to the coalface, the actual word-by-word writing of the thing has allowed me to connect with the character and the story in a way that I had found difficult to this point. I think I have learned to trust the narrative thread and not feel the need to control it constantly.” Dr Elizabeth Farrelly, columnist, feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, author of Blubberland and Caro Was Here

“I have emerged from being a dreamer to being a writer. This course has made that possible because it has given me the tools and the courage to give it a go. This has been an incredibly valuable (and sometimes confronting) experience. I think we all discovered what an almighty process this is.” Penny Robinson, Author And Executive Producer Of RPA

Course Review

This has been my favourite course. I have loved focusing on the writing and the detail that needed to be fleshed out from Drafts One and Two. And I now see how important it was to get the structure in place before embarking on the Third Draft. I have learnt so much about the actual craft of writing in this course. The first lesson was about point of view and it has stuck with me ever since. That and other tools such as having a clear dramatic question have made a huge difference to my writing. And I felt that everyone in the class, after applying the tools and techniques, had a strong story worthy of being published. Kylie Keogh – journalist and media manager

Writing Your Third Draft

While you will refine your structure in this course, the focus is very much on the writing and making each scene as good as it can be.

This is the most challenging yet exciting part of the whole writing process as readers  respond to your work in an increasingly positive way.


The art of writing is the art of re-writing. Success depends on attitude and patience as you take it one step at a time. So much of writing is about re-writing, I never get it right the first few times. I'm of the school that it's in the re-writes that the story is born. It's a refiner's craft. As territorial as we are, it is important to be challenged. Tina Howe, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright

Course Outcomes

During the course you will:

  • Follow a process to explore, clarify and focus the spine of your opening five chapters, then clarify the spine of each chapter before re-writing and editing. To have your writing work on the page for your reader, you need to first be clear about your characters’ motivation and have a sound structure.
  • Learn tools and techniques, including advanced templates, processes and checklists, to re-write and edit your story. This will shape your writing in a way that connects your readers emotionally with you characters and story and has them wanting to turn the page to know what will happen next.
  • Receive detailed, critical feedback on your writing and do extensive re-writing and editing to make every scene work. Having fresh eyes, including experienced tutors, review your work, is critical to your progress as a writer. It will improve the quality of your writing, taking it to a whole new level.
  • Have your writing flowing logically and dramatically so everything makes sense and your story feels authentic.
  • Find your voice and see your writing, story and characters come alive on the page.
I can't emphasis strongly enough how important this is, writing leads to writing, that failed attempts lead to eventual success, that the solution of writing problems is made up of all the attempts that lead nowhere. The trouble is that when you're just beginning to write, you may believe that words committed to paper are sacred, fixed immutable. But you're not dealing with a finished, printed, copyrighted book, only with an idea, a pile of words that change shape many times before they take shape as a book. Dorothy Bryant, Author - Writing a Novel

How the Live Course in Sydney works

Before the first session you will be required to write your first 600 words, find the opening of one novel that you love, write your section summaries for TP 1 to TP 2 and answer some review questions.

Before the rest of the sessions, you will send a 1,500 word document to you tutor and, in the live course, your fellow group members. They will read and analyse your work and give you detailed feedback in class.

By the end of each session you’ll have lots of suggestions to work with. This will give you a clear idea of what works, what doesn’t and what needs to be done to make your story the best it can be.

You’ll be amazed at how much your story and writing improves during the course. One of the big differences between an amateur and a professional writer is knowing what to cut out.

Please Note

It is not possible to workshop every scene in class and get to the end of your story. Before you give your work to an agent, publisher or producer you need to make your story as good as it possibly can be.

Depending on the nature of your project, your experience as a writer and your time commitments, the above process can take varying lengths of time. But we can assure you that you will have a solid framework from which to rewrite the rest of your story at home.

In the Third Draft course, it is our aim at the Writers’ Studio to give you the skills, knowledge and accountability to continue to work on your story at home to make it as strong as it can be.

The knowledge you acquire from this course, coupled with the First and Second Draft processes, can be applied to create and craft any stories you write in the future.

Course Dates

Dates for the 17 November 2018 to 11 August 2019 Course

Workshop 1 & Session 1: Saturday 17 November – This will be a full day workshop from 11am to 6pm

The rest of the sessions are half day workshops. Please note times:

Session 2: Saturday 9 February – 2pm to 6pm

Session 3: Sunday 17 March – 12pm to 4pm

Session 4: Sunday 14 April – 2pm to 6pm

Session 5: Saturday 18 May – 2pm to 6pm

Session 6: Saturday 15 June – 2pm to 6pm

Session 7: Saturday 13 July – 2pm to 6pm

Session 8: Sunday 11 August – 2pm to 6.30pm & Dinner


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