Creative Writing Course

Creative Writing courses in Sydney. Open to the general public.

Learn Creative Writing with Creative Writing courses in Sydney – short courses created for you by the University of Newcastle.

This creative writing course will focus on key elements of creative writing craft that relate both to fiction and autobiographical writing. This creative writing course will allow you to gain or further develop concepts that will enable you to become a better story teller and a more effective communicator. This creative writing course will introduce you to a range of creative writing terms and experiment with a number of different writing approaches. Participants will become better at reading and editing both their own work and the work of others, and will learn how write more effectively.

No matter what stage you are at in your writing, this creative writing course aims to support you to through to the next step and will facilitate an exchange of ideas with like-minded participants. You will leave feeling inspired with a direction to continue your pursuits.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this creative writing course you will learn:

  1. How to effectively structure a piece of creative prose.
  2. How to create effective characters.
  3. How to choose your narrative mode and take advantage of its strengths and weaknesses to create a strong perspective.
  4. How to use negative space in writing.
  5. How to use a range of writing terms to describe how writing works.

Course Content

This creative writing course will cover the following content:

The three levels of imagery in creative writing

  • Basic.
  • Implicative.
  • Symbolic.


  • Scene.
  • Plot.
  • Crisis.
  • Escalation.
  • Completion.


  • Subjective.
  • Objective.
  • Omniscient third person.

First Person

  • Intimacy and unreliability.

Negative space

  • Shaping your story through what you do not say.

Intended Audience

This creative writing course is aimed at those with an interest in creative writing, from those who have published their first stories to those who have only written for themselves. No university experience is required, although it is recommended that participants read broadly and have done some creative writing in the past.

Delivery Style

This creative writing course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of a instructor lead lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application.

Course Prerequisites

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

About the instructor

During a childhood spent moving between Europe and Australia, Dr Michael Sala developed a passion for writing. In 2007, he dropped out of medicine to focus on writing his first memoir manuscript, Memory Vertigo, which was short-listed for the Vogel/Australian Literary Award that year.

He began his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle in 2008. His short fiction and personal essays have since been published in a range of Australian anthologies and literary journals including HEAT, Kill Your Darlings, and Best Australian Stories in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

He received his PhD in Creative Writing in 2012, and the creative component of his work was published in that same year as the autobiographical novel The Last Thread, by Affirm Press. The Last Thread went on to win the 2013 Glenda Adams/UTS Award for New Writing and The Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific Region.)

Earlier this year, Dr Sala published his eagerly anticipated second novel, The Restorer.

"The Restorer is a superb new novel from the author of The Last Thread, winner of the NSW Premier’s Award for NewWriting and the Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific region) in 2013.

After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family moves from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly patches the holes in the floorboards and plasters over cracks in the walls, Maryanne believes, for a while,that they can rebuild a life together. But Freya doesn’t want a fresh star – she just wants out – and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating his father, who soon forgets the promises he has made. Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured – with devastating consequences.

Haunting and utterly unforgettable, The Restorer explores the insufficiency of love, the way trauma shapes identity, and the frightening power parents have over the lives of their children." - Text Publishing.

For more information about Dr Sala click here.

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