Six Keys to Unlocking Your Creativity

Writing a novel or a screenplay is an art and a craft that takes time to master. We believe it is important that you follow a process that enables you to turn off your internal editor, setting up a dance between structure and imagination.

And above all enjoy the process of writing and experience the pleasure and satisfaction of telling your story in a way that other people will want to read what you have written.


Writing your Novel or Screenplay

Below are some of the key elements from our 10 Month Novel and Script First Draft Course that enable our writers to develop powerful stories. We have also included quotes in italics from our writers that highlight these key points.
1. The Power of Process

Writing is very much a process and a journey and it is only by following the process to the end that people come to fully appreciate their talent as writers and the quality of the story they are writing. The story they have at the end of the process is invariably far richer than any idea they may have had when they started.


Four important lessons behind Pixar’s success

Pixar Studios, maker of such classic films as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Up, have had phenomenal success turning out one hit movie after another. In his book, Creativity Inc, Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar, outlines many of the principles behind the studio’s success. From the Writers’ Studio perspective, it is gratifying that just about every principle Catmull articulates matches the approach we passionately follow when conducting writing courses at the Writers’ Studio.Here are four of their guiding principles:

1. Story is kingIn other words, they follow the principles of classic story structure where the action of the story, the character arc or journey and theme are inexorably linked.


Writing Fiction nourishes the soul of the reader and writer

One of the outcomes of our 4-Week Unlocking Creativity course is to help participants understand and recognise whether writing fiction is something they want to pursue and make part of their life.

Writing fiction is an art and a craft that takes time to master. If you do want to publish a novel or write a professional screenplay, you need to dedicate time to learning the craft. The same applies to any creative endeavour.


Four Breaking Bad Writing Lessons

At the end of last year, an award-winning Australian film director told me that people often asked him how to best learn to become a filmmaker. His response – study Breaking Bad created by Vince Gilligan.

Like many of the ground-breaking cable television series, Breaking Bad unfolds like a good novel. David Simon, who created The Wire, another great series, pitched the crime writer, George Pelecanos, to join the writing team with the concept that The Wire was like a novel for television.


Seven Keys to Realise Your Writing Talent

A burning question many aspiring writers often torture themselves with is  ‘Do I have the necessary talent required to be a writer?’

People often ask me how many talented writers come to our courses. I respond by saying I believe everyone who has a genuine desire to write has the raw ingredients to be a writer.


Final Session of our 10 Month Novel and Script First Draft – Testimonials

The last session of our 10-Month Novel and Script Live course is always very special

In the photo below from the group dinner, we are all on a real high after completing the journey together.

Everyone in the group shared how amazed and excited they were about how far their stories and those of their fellow classmates had evolved over the 10 months. As well as that, everyone’s understanding of the process of storytelling and their ability to give constructive feedback to their fellow writers had gone to whole new level of insight.


Michael Connelly Interview – Key Fundamentals of Storytelling

Having read practically all of Michael Connelly’s books and being very much inspired by his character, Detective Harry Bosch, when writing my novel No Man’s Land, it was great to return to my roots as a journalist, sit down with him at the Wharf during the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival and interview him.

He’s a real master of the craft and I felt very fortunate to be able to ask him all those questions that have been bubbling away in my unconscious for years. And I’m pleased to say he seemed like a very decent bloke.


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