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Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques

Five-week online course with the Australian Writers' Centre.

If you have already enrolled in our online course you should have the activation code to join the course. You will find your activation code in your welcome email.

If you haven't enrolled you can enrol online here.


  • Keen to continue your writing momentum?
  • Want practical feedback and relevant exercises to help you get there?
  • Need that extra push to fully develop and finish your short story or piece of creative fiction?
  • Eager to recapture that awesome creative vibe by learning from the best in a nurturing environment?
  • Have you done a foundation course with us – and want more?

(Please note that this course was previously called “Creative Writing Stage 2″.)

Welcome to Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques. If you’ve completed a foundation course, congratulations! You’ve not only learnt the skills of good storytelling, but you’re actually keen for more. Alternatively, this course would suit you if you have some creative fiction under your belt and are looking to take it one step further. Well folks, step this way…

By understanding the principles of storytelling, you’re ready to make some great creative fiction – if it was a cake, all the ingredients would be lined up on the bench ready to go. Now it’s simply about getting the quantities right, mixing, chopping and whacking this thing in the oven. So ask yourself: “Do I want my finished piece to be delicious or half-baked?”.

Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques is the ultimate sequel – action-packed, full of interesting characters, amazing dialogue and (obviously) well written! Hands on with exercises to complete in class and at home, it’s more of a workshopping process – discovering your strengths and weaknesses and bouncing them around the room. This creates a hugely collaborative and positive environment – guaranteed to fast track your writing!

In a nutshell

This course is all about nailing the essential elements of YOUR story. These elements include:

  • characters: getting more out of your main ones and making your minor character ‘extras’ more believable
  • ensuring each character’s voice is unique and distinct: putting yourself in the shoes of the reader and seeing what they see
  • how to keep those pages turning through effective structuring of your story
  • climax and resolution: how they shape the final story and how to write them
  • scene development: the engine room of your fiction, including dialogue, pacing, manipulation of time, character interaction and managing exposition
  • fine-tuning: successfully editing and proofreading your story and its structure, with examples from published and student work

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, you’ll find plenty more when you join us over this enriching five-week journey.

Practice makes perfect sense

The focus of Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques is practical and specific knowledge – tackling the technical aspects of your writing. (For this reason, we recommend completing Creative Writing Stage 1 or any of our Creative Writing Foundation courses first). Each week, you’ll receive different tools and techniques to help make your creative writing shine. And by the end of the course, your characters, storyline and scenes will be strongly developed – almost as strong as your skills!

Many people can take the first step. It’s the next ones that count. This course is the perfect way to finish what you started and get your creative work over the line. So grab those ingredients and let’s get cooking!

A new chapter in your life

Just as the first line in a book is crucial, so too are your first steps. 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. Our professional and talented presenters are all published writers themselves and are always on hand to offer feedback or advice. Add in fellow students and a supportive, constructive 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.

Course content and outcomes are consistent, regardless of which presenter or format you choose.

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 classroom course!

So unlock your writer’s block and hop aboard Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques – igniting your writing dreams and helping share your creativity with the world.


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More Information

Online course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques

Our fabulous foundation courses help reignite your passion for writing and teach you the basics of fiction. Creative Writing Stage 2 is a whole new ball game. At the end of the next round of intensive, practical training you will have the skills to create a finished product: a short story you’ll be rapt with and the skills to be able to make it even better.

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Duration: 6 Weeks

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