Keeping Your Reader Turning the Page

In fiction, particularly commercial fiction, the most important thing is to keep your reader turning the pages. This is what the art and craft of writing fiction is all about.

As the English novelist, E.M. Forster said in his book Aspects of the Novel, a story “… has only one merit: that of making an audience want to know what happens next. And conversely it can only have one fault: that of making the audience not want to know what happens next.”


Why Your First Page is Critical

Writing is an art and a craft. If you want to write a novel or screenplay that other people are going to want to read, you have to learn how to craft your story from beginning to end.

In this blog we are going to talk about the critical opening of your story.


Keys to Creating a Great Story

John Truby is a Hollywood screenwriting teacher and story consultant who shares many of the beliefs we hold about the process of storytelling and structure.

One of the key lessons we took away from this interview with him is that a good story and good writing comes as a result of sound structure and a well thought out, step-by-step process. You cannot really judge your work until you’ve completed the process.


One Writers’ Studio Screenwriter’s Inspiring Journey

Many people who take our courses are lawyers, investment bankers or other professionals who have always had that itch to do something creative instead of corporate. Matt Sherring was an advertising executive when he first signed up for Unlocking Creativity.

It was the first creative writing that he’d ever done and he said it gave him the confidence to keep writing.


Trusting the Creative Process

Sarah Wilson recently wrote an insightful column for the Sun-Herald’s Sunday Life magazine about the creative process that mirrors many of our ideas about writing at the Writers’ Studio.

She has a great anecdote about how it took Leonard Cohen five years to write ‘ his famous song ‘Hallelujah’ and how he learned to trust the power of the process.


The Power of Structure

Writing a powerful story is a four part process – planning, writing, re-writing and editing.

In a recent interview, American screenwriting structure teacher, John Truby talks about the importance of structure and planning when writing a story.


Six Key Questions to Consider

Bob Mayer is the author of The Fiction Writers’ Toolkit.

He has published 30 fiction books and has two million books in print, translated into eight languages.


The Inspiring Teddy Bear

Favourite things: Roland Fishman, author, taking people back to their future Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Article, by Ali Gripper, published 19 November 2014

Roland Fishman’s Writer’s Studio is one of the quiet success stories of Sydney. Ever since the journalist-turned-author began running classes in his Bondi living room 20 years ago, he has steadily helped more than 20 novels and screenplays get published, as well as seeing thousands of people rediscover the power of their imagination.

He was in his mid-30s at the time, and it saddens him it took so long to get back in touch with his own creativity. “It felt like I was finally doing what I was meant to be doing when I grew up,” he says.


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