The First Step in Your Writing Journey

The 6 September course is now booked out. Please register early for the 18 October course – now taking bookings.

Unlocking Creativity is a complete process in itself and a prerequisite for all of our courses. It is also offered as a fully interactive Online course – click to read more >

Or register directly into the 10-Month Novel & Script First Draft course and receive Unlocking Creativity complimentary.


Course Details

The course gives you high-impact tools and techniques designed to take your writing to another level over the duration of the four sessions.

Week One:  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 their writing.

Week Two: 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. This is the nuts and bolts of fiction writing.

Week Three:  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.

Week Four: Write a guided short story applying everything you have learnt 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 session on a creative high.

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

Bonus Online Component in our Live Course:

In addition to the face-to-face classes at the Bronte Studio, you will receive structured at-home daily exercises designed to put the tools and techniques you learn into practice.

Our unique online Writers’ Board is designed to keep the tools and techniques you learn in class alive during the week while writing at home.

As well as receiving feedback from your tutor, you will interact with your fellow writers by learning to give and receive targeted, constructive feedback.


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.

What Our Students Say

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"After two unsuccessful manuscripts I was searching for a creative writing course I could do to give me the confidence and tools needed to find a stronger voice and allow me to tap into my imagination. Unlocking Creativity did all this and more. I walked away from this course feeling much more confident in my own abilities as well as full of motivation to start my next manuscript, which turned into my first fictional crime novel Sinister Intent." Karen M. Davis
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"During one of the Unlocking Creativity exercises, I ended up developing a character who became the basis of my second novel, 'Those Pleasant Girls'. I'm delighted to say that 'Those Pleasant Girls' is being published with Pan Macmillan. If anyone is in doubt about whether to seriously pursue their writing, I'd encourage them to try this course—you never know where it's going to lead!" Those Pleasant Girls, published April 2017 Lia Weston
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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 while Vanessa Stubbs
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Winner of The Sydney Morning Herald and Banjo Patterson awards for short fiction. "The course got me to push myself in a completely different direction at an exhilarating speed. And the writing followed." Her most recent novel, The Railwayman’s Wife, was published to critical and popular acclaim. It won the 2014 Colin Roderick Prize and the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 NSW Premier’s Prize, and was also long-listed for the Miles Franklin and Nita B. Kibble awards. Ashley Hay
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Helen submitted a story she developed from the guided short story she wrote in the final week of our Four Week Unlocking Creativity Course and on the strength of that, won the prestigious Varuna Scholarship in 2014. Update: Helen's story was further developed into her debut novel 'Promising Azra' being launched & published by Allen & Unwin, July 2016. Helen Thurloe
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"I loved Unlocking Creativity so much, I returned and did it a second time and will definitely do it again (and again). The support and encouragement from Roland, Kathleen and your fellow writers is inspirational and hugely motivational. It’s the best thing I did for my writing and the best thing I did for myself." Ali Whitelock
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"I can’t believe how much I’ve loved this course. How much I’ve looked forward to coming every week, despite some initial anxiety that I’d be a complete failure. It’s made me feel quietly proud that I’ve actually made this commitment to start writing.The doing of it is so wonderfully fulfilling. A really empowering experience. Brilliant." ( Rest in Peace C) Caroline Roessler
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"Reading back over my first novel, I'm aware of a change at the point where I started doing the Writers' Studio course (Unlocking Creativity). It's where my descriptions went from run of the mill to, I think, much more visual.No one can give you a secret formula for 'how to write', but the Writers' Studio seems able to unleash the wild writer beast in us all!" Yasmin Boland
Unlocking Creativity - Sydney

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