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Course Details

  • Start Date: 08/06/2022
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 270 AUD

Intermediate Creative Writing Course

Intermediate Creative Writing Course

Intermediate Creative Writing Course In Australia | The Writing Quarter

Our intermediate creative writing course bridges the gap between the beginner and the more experienced writer.

You’ll explore specific writing techniques to hone your creative impulse, develop ideas and produce a strong body of writing. The tutor will provide relevant exercises, prompts and personalised written feedback.

By the end of the six weeks, you’ll have taken on new writing challenges and broadened your understanding of character, narrative and voice. Please note that this course is for adults.

Course Information
Price: $270
Start Date: 8th June 2022 – 2 places remaining

Our creative writing courses are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. Instead, the course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever it suits you. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback. You’ll find out more about how the online courses work here.

Students will receive an email booking confirmation within 48 hours of payment. If you do not see this email, please check your Spam/Junk folder.

Outline of our Intermediate Creative Writing Course

Week One – The stories only you can tell.

Week one of the online intermediate creative writing course will provide you with the answer to the question that writers are asked the most: ‘Where do you get your ideas?’

We will uncover stories by facing our fears, exploring our fascinations and interests, delving into our feelings. Who knows what ideas and characters are waiting to emerge!

Week Two – Writing real people.

Writers have a limited amount of time to establish credible characters from scratch. Considering that we are all a complex mix of nature, nurture and chance, this is no mean feat!

So, in module two, you will look into archetypes from classic literature and mythology. You will combine these with modern psychology to establish steadfast characters.


Week Three – Whose line is it anyway?

Which protagonist should you focus on? How should you focus on them in a way that is intriguing to your reader?

In week three of the writing course, you will deepen your comprehension of who says what, why they say it and how they say it – no matter whether you write flash fiction, short stories or full novels.

Week Four – Plotting with snowflakes and more.

Module four will take a look at plot basics before discovering how to put your knowledge to action when plotting a longer piece of writing.

The structure of your story is its backbone and without it your story will sag. This week’s practical guide to structuring will ensure that you keep on track, whether you are an intrinsic plotter or an instinctive writer.


Week Five – Drowning in metaphor.

In recent times, description and metaphor have become sidelined, as modern readers hunger for story in commercial fiction. However, it remains a vital element of the author’s job to intertwine sensory and thematic aspects into their writing.

Week five of the intermediate course will focus on keeping your reader hooked by subtly enlivening the world of your story through words.


Week Six – Kill your darlings.

The final module will focus on editing. Are all those words necessary? Is that character there for a good reason? Could that scene do more?

We will explore elements of word-level editing, as well as plot. You will learn how to choose the right words, scenes and characters, before daring to delete the rest.


To find out more about how this intermediate creative writing course in Australia works, visit our FAQ page.

You can also email us at [email protected].

Please view our cancellation/refund policy before booking.

About The Tutor

Nikki Sheehan is an author, journalist, mentor and teacher. She has published three novels for young adults, short stories, one biography and two picture books. Her first adult novel is forthcoming. She has also written poetry, advertising copy, subtitles and a TV comedy script. Nikki has been shortlisted for, and won many awards, including being twice nominated for the Carnegie medal. Nikki loves nurturing creativity as a mentor and course leader, and has been instrumental in several writing careers. She believes that there are fundamental misunderstandings about creativity that stop many people from pursuing their creative goals. As well as sharing the tools of the craft, a sensitivity to the psychology at play in the writer’s mind underpins her teaching, and Nikki is proud to have enabled many writers to find enjoyment, satisfaction and success whether their goal is a flash fiction poem, a novel or a movie script.

Course Details

  • Start Date: 08/06/2022
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 270 AUD

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