Creative Writing Course (Beginners)

Creative Writing Course (Beginners)

Creative Writing short courses in Sydney, open to everyone.

Express yourself with the written word. with our Creative Writing courses in Sydney.

Learn Creative Writing with our Creative Writing courses in Sydney - short courses open to everyone.

This creative writing course is a highly practical writing course that is designed for those interested in the creative writing process. This creative writing course is aimed at stimulating your creativity and imagination, finding answers to your questions as a writer, including your authentic voice, structuring narrative and crafting a plot. This creative writing course will challenge you by asking why, what and who are you writing for as well as how to enhance your writing skills. Ideal for those who consider themselves beginners, this creative writing course aims to support you through to the next step and will facilitate a hands-on writing workshop. At the completion of this creative writing course you will gain new insights into your creative writing approach from the work you have written during classes.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this creative writing course you will know how to:

  1. Explore and deal with your strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
  2. Understand the value of imagery and how to employ it as a process in creative writing.
  3. Find your own distinctive voice and creative writing style.
  4. To develop characters and dialogue.
  5. To manage settings, action, plots and structure.

Course Content

This creative writing course will cover the following content:

The creative process

  • Viewpoints and techniques
  • Who are you writing for?
  • Why are you writing?

The Story

  • What do you want to write?
  • Whose story is it?
  • Prose and fiction genres from the writers' and readers' perspectives.


  • Who do you want to write about?
  • Searching for characters.
  • Developing characters.
  • Conflict and contradictions.
  • The quality of exposition.


  • Where is it?
  • How settings relate to characters and plots.
  • Imagery.

Voice and Perspective

  • Who is the narrator?
  • Forms of narration.
  • Dealing with the first, second and third person standpoints.

Writing Dialogue

  • Who is communicating and why?
  • Text and subtext: show and tell

Writing Structure

  • How will you structure your story?
  • Beginnings, middle, endings.

Intended Audience

This creative writing course is aimed at those interested in developing their creative writing skills, from those who have published their first stories to those who have only written for themselves. This creative writing course requires no formal university or creative writing experience, although it is recommended that participants read broadly and have attempted some form of writing in the past.

Delivery Style

This creative writing course will be delivered as an interactive workshop where the instructor will provide principles to drive workshop activities. This skills approach adopted in this creative writing course allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the instructor for engaged learning.

Course Prerequisites

This creative writing course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

About your instructor

Ann Brewer

Ann Brewer

Professor Ann Brewer is the Dean, University of Newcastle, Sydney. Her career has spanned organisational behaviour, psychology, education and business as a researcher, lecturer, and author. Her research expertise is people at work including conflict, change, leadership, commitment, stress as well as gender.

Ann is an accredited executive coach with more than 20 years of experience enhancing the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. In that capacity she designs and develops coaching programs for whole-of-organisations as well as 1:1 coaching consultations. She begins with establishing a foundation for each client to clarify their professional aims and values for developing and sustaining leadership resilience. Her coaching strategy is focused on leadership, relationship and culture building as well as dealing with thorny issues and conducting difficult conversations.

Ann’s professional background incorporates diverse programs and initiatives for individual development, team building, organisation design, and facilitation. Her practical approach to leadership and organisation development is derived from her own senior leadership positions.

Her work has been applied in diverse industry sectors such as business, education, industrial relations, human resource management, health administration, public policy, transport and logistics; banking and mining. She has led commercial facing entities including a start-up to success.


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