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Learn the techniques of writing a novel with our creative writing short courses online & in Sydney!

The interactive live online novel writing course will be delivered via Zoom platform, with a small class group.

Have you tried to start writing a novel and gotten stuck somewhere in the middle? Do you have a burning desire to get that story out of you and onto the page, and don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’re plodding along with your novel, and you’re not sure if you’re doing it right…?

This practical novel writing course is designed to give you the skills to write engaging novels. It doesn’t matter what stage of writing you’re at, whether you’ve got the glimmer of an idea and can’t figure out where to start, or whether you’ve started and just need some guidance on the next step toward completion and publication, this course will give you the fundamental bricks for building your fiction novel, one word at a time.

Wherever you’re at, this novel writing course may help launch your writing career. On completion, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of fiction novel writing, along with a writer’s toolkit jam-packed with techniques and tips for creating engaging, must-read fiction. You'll also have gained valuable insights into the world of publishing from an experienced, published author.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this novel writing course, you should:

  • have learned how to develop and craft compelling characters your readers will cheer for
  • understand and know how to draft plot outlines and story plans
  • know how to use scene and sequel to draw a reader along in the story
  • be able to optimise reader experience by using point of view, dialogue and setting to your advantage
  • know how to hook editors, agents and readers by creating an engrossing read they can’t put down
  • understand the steps involved to prepare a finished novel for submission or publication
  • gain valuable industry insights beyond the secret doors of publishing, and understand the process from story concept through to publication.

What will be covered in this novel writing course?

Week 1: Character

How to build compelling heroes, villains and supporting characters with objectives, motivation and conflict, and understand character interactions and their roles within the story

Week 2: Structure, plot & hooks

How to plan your story, develop an outline, ensure conflict is sustainable, and hook reader interest all the way through until "The End"

Week 3: Scene & sequel, tension & pacing

How to engage action and reaction, character insights and pivots, to create drive and direction, and assess the structural merits of a scene, and how to raise the stakes and ratchet the tension and control the pace of your story

Week 4: Point of view, dialogue & setting

How to utilise deep point of view and dialogue to conceal and/or reveal, and use setting as a character in your story

Week 5: Revision & editing

How to objectively assess your story for structural integrity, fix any issues, and edit and polish your story until it shines

Week 6: Synopses, submissions and publishing

How to write a synopsis, research editors, agents and publishers and prepare your manuscript for submission

Online delivery

Please note: The online course is a modified version of the full course, so the content and learning outcomes will be reduced to suit online delivery and the shorter course duration.

Who is this novel writing course for?

This course is suitable for beginners and students with some creative writing experience.

What to bring to class

  • a notebook with removable pages
  • pen or pencil
  • a laptop or tablet if this is what you prefer to write on (optional)

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Creative Writing Course: Novel Writing

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$249 Limited inc GST / $187 / $199.20 / $224.10
This class will be offered live online via Zoom

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Creative Writing Course: Novel Writing

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I really enjoyed this course. Shannon was great at explaining all they key elements... I liked the examples she used and the way she encouraged us with our ideas. I would love the course to have gone a bit longer, more time for discussions about our ideas.

  • said: I loved this course! I can not commend Shannon Curtis enough for her wonderful teaching and knowledge. I have recommended this course to my book club! Thanks for the worthwhile experience!

  • said: Shannon always had time for all questions, regardless of the class times. She made us feel like she’s there for any questions and is genuinely interested in our writing. Great class!

  • said: The whole thing was excellent. The tutor was very interesting, informative and easy to listen to, provided very pertinent information, and having published 17 or so books, knew what she was talking about. Would definitely recommend.

  • said: Really enjoyed novel writing course with Shannon Curtis. Very good structure and presentation. Shannon's experience as published author was a big benefit.

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