Course information

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

Breakthrough Tools and Techniques

The 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 three-hour live sessions, you will do daily exercises to put what you learn into practice.  You will post your writing on our bespoke writers’ board, 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.

While our courses are designed for fiction writers, many writers say by applying the tools and techniques they learned during Unlocking Creativity to their non-fiction, they dramatically improved the quality of their writing. The best non-fiction writers employ fictional techniques to engage readers and bring their words to life on the page.

Cait Duggan
The Writers’ Studio provides a pathway to getting a novel both started and completed. The Writers' Studio has a proven methodology to get you writing. They provide a fantastic framework for commercial fiction writers that works for all genres. The Last Balfour is now being published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia. It really is a dream come true.
Cait Duggan

Writing Course Details

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 and 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

Four three-hour live sessions with refreshments, comprehensive course materials at our Bronte Studio, weekly videos, bi-weekly emails to keep you inspired and accountable,  daily writing exercises, our unique interactive writers’ board and regular feedback from your tutor and community of fellow writers.

Google Reviews

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write but when I try creativity remains elusive and writing isn’t easy. Then—wham — I discovered the ‘Unlocking Creativity’ course run by the Writers’ Studio and what a find that was. Many other writing courses offer the same or similar. What differs with this ‘Unlocking Creativity’ course is that it not only offers but gives what it promises, and in a nurturing environment! It teaches the way and shows the way to unlock creativity. Where before I struggled to get the words out, now with just a breath my muse is ready and the words flow into a story. For so long, I’ve wanted to write. Now I can.” Enisa Haines

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Video Review

Below is a short compilation video featuring writers talking about their experiences doing our 4-Week Unlocking Creative Writing course and our 10-Month Novel & Script Writing Course.

Interactive Online Component in our 'Live' Course:

In addition to attending the face-to-face writing classes at the Bronte Studio in Sydney, you will receive targeted and structured online feedback between sessions on your writing from your tutor and fellow writers. This will keep you inspired, motivated and accountable.

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 class’s unique interactive online Writers’ Board.

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.

Course Reviews – Google, Video & Published Authors

How Much Time is Required Daily?

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. You experience the pleasure of accessing your creativity on a regular basis and working towards making your writing dreams a reality.

The whole process of writing your at home exercises, typing them up and then posting them onto the Writers’ Board and giving feedback takes around 45 to 60 minutes a day, four to five times a week. You can do more or less depending on how much time you have available.

The inspirational live sessions at our Sydney studio, 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.

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