Unleash your inner creativity!
- Do you like the idea of writing fiction, short stories or a novel?
- Would you like to see your words in print?
- Do you feel like you have a book in you?
- Are you reading this on a dark and stormy night?
- If you want to explore the world of writing, but aren’t quite sure where to start, then this is the course for you!
Whether you’re a complete novice or already have some writing experience, Online Creative Writing Stage 1 is the ideal starting point on your road to creative enlightenment. At the Australian Writers’ Centre, our online courses connect you to like-minded students and presenters who will share (and inspire) your passion for writing!
That's a novel idea...
The beauty of fiction is that it simply knows no limits. Your imagination is your inspiration; creativity is your new best friend. You see, everyone has a story to tell – what this course aims to do is harness all your ideas, thoughts and drafts into a story that’s worth reading…
Here's what you'll learn:
Through weekly modules and resources, this creative writing course will teach you how to:
- Kick-start the creative writing process
- Tap into your imagination to let the ideas flow
- Draw from everyday experiences and memories
- Examine the many different types of creative writing
- Build a framework – giving structure to your writing
- Create memorable characters and bring dialogue to life
- and MUCH more!
Perhaps you’ve always dreamt of writing, but don’t know where to start. Perhaps you don’t think you’re disciplined enough to complete your book or short story. Perhaps you just want to give it a go. Whatever your motivation, our online courses remove a bunch of obstacles to allow you to study in your own time and in your own space!
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Exclusive access to our Online Writing Forum
When you graduate, you'll also get exclusive access to our dynamic online writing community.
Online training – real world results!
Even if you haven’t written in years, all you need is the desire
– we can help you as we’ve helped many others get an inspiring start. Make no mistake – this course offers you all the things that classroom training would (okay, you’ll need to fetch your own tea and coffee).
Our professional and talented
presenters are all published writers themselves – on hand online to offer feedback or advice. Add in the support and critique of fellow students through your ‘virtual class’ environment
and you’re in great hands!
By the end of the course you'll improve your creative writing skills and have the confidence
to pursue your own writing projects. You'll not only gain an understanding of how to write a compelling story
, you'll have the inspiration and skills to write your short story or the motivation to start writing your novel.
So unlock your writer’s block and hop aboard your online course: Creative Writing Stage 1
– igniting your writing dreams and helping share your creativity with the world!
Course content and outcomes are consistent, regardless of whether you learn at the Centre or online
We are sticklers for consistency and quality in our courses, so you’ll achieve the same outcomes regardless of which presenter you have. Naturally, each presenter brings their own insight to the course, but you can be assured that the content is consistent across the board.
You’ll also achieve the same outcomes regardless of whether you enrol in our online or face-to-face course!
Your online classroom
You can attend the online classroom any time, any day of the week. This
way, you can fit your learning into your schedule and lifestyle. You
do not have to commit to a set time each week. However, you MUST
complete each module during the week specified, or you won't get the
most out of the course. Each week builds on the one before and you have
the opportunity to ask questions and make comments about the topics we
discuss each week. To sample a taste of how this will work, click here.
The online course Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1
is an interactive web-based class. Lessons are delivered via our
password-protected classroom. You and your online classmates are
encouraged to participate and ask questions online. The presenter will
answer your questions online as well. You need high-speed internet
access (cable or ADSL) to participate in this course.
How much time should you commit each week?
You need to commit a minimum of 2 to 3 hours a week. The audio program
itself is around 2 hours a week. Beyond that, we recommend that you put
into practice what you have learnt that week.
While you are expected to commit to a minimum of 2 to 3 hours a week, we
won't hold you back if you are super keen and want to spend much more
time than that on your writing. We are happy to give you feedback on any
feature writing you do during the course.
Past student Samantha Hutton talks about the course
Rave reviews about
Creative Writing Stage 1
"Fantastic course. I loved it. It was very practical and full of useful hints and tips. The most rewarding part of the course was getting such constructive feedback from Cathie. It has encouraged me no end."
- Deborah O'Brien
"I found the course absolutely wonderful. The course was well presented and lots of fun. It was tailored towards someone at my level and it was well set out in a structured way that helped us grow on what we were learning. It was very easy and convenient to do on the online course and it suited my working life. I live too far away to attend a course at the Centre so this online course made it possible to do something I have wanted to do for such a long time."
- Penelope Leary
"I just wanted to send Cathie, Valerie and the team a VERY BIG THANK YOU for coaching me in our online Creative Writing course. The information I received during the course has been invaluable and gave me the tools I needed to become one of the 28 winning co-writers of James Patterson's Chain Thriller AirBorne.
- Kylie Williams, one of the 28 winning co-writers of James Patterson's chain thriller, Airborne
"I also found it a safe, non-threatening environment where I could experiment and start to take a few risks. I'm really sorry my course has finished! I would say that if you want to start writing and learn how to write well, take a course at the Sydney Writers' Centre.”
- Anne Bennett Taylor
“The writing and the inspiration that was provided each week made me want to write more. Valerie's enthusiasm for the topic really came across in the audio and that rubbed off on me. I've told friends and colleagues that the course was really inspiring and helped my writing a lot.”
- Rebecca Smedley
"The content was better than expected. It was clear, concise and provide me an opportunity to learn. I liked being able to listen to parts of the dialog over and over again until I 'got it'."
- Lillian Garcia
"Just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoyed the course ... a bit sad it's over actually! I found the MP3s very well structured, interesting and the information therein will prove invaluable I'm sure.
"I feel inspired, motivated and much more prepared to tackle the task of fulfilling my dream of writing a novel. The tools and advice this course offers are priceless. Thank you!"
- Barbara Parks
About the course
ABOUT THE ONLINE COURSE
Pamela Freeman on Creative Writing
WHY STUDY ONLINE?
Learn from the best
| Pamela is the award-winning author of over 20 books, most recently the Princess Betony series published by Walker Books. In 2010, Full Circle (Book 3 of the Castings trilogy), was published in the US, UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany as well as Australia...
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| In addition to Pamela Freeman, your online tutors include editor and manuscript assessor, Cathie Tasker. Cathie is a fiction editor with over 25 years experience. Her specialisations are in science fiction, children’s and young adult fiction and genre adult fiction. She is a veteran of the book publishing industry, both in editorial and marketing, in children’s publishing, and in adult fiction and manuscript assessments. Her publishing background has been at Scholastic Australia, HarperCollins and Koala Books ...