Learn On Demand

Writing NSW continues to expand our range of online learning options, including our on-demand courses — learning you can do at any time and at your own pace, at an affordable price. With on-demand courses, you can learn from anywhere (with reliable internet access), and work at your own pace and to your own schedule.

Getting Started with Short Stories with Ryan O’Neill

Writing short fiction is a great way to develop your creative writing skills.
As well as being an art form in its own right, short fiction can be a laboratory for you to try out new and strange ideas; it can be a training ground in which you can build up your writing muscles before attempting a longer form such as a novel; and it can be a playground, in which you can have lots of fun.
In this three-hour course from award-winning author Ryan O’Neill, you will:
  • learn the most important elements that make up a short story: setting, characterisation, point of view and plot
  • find reading recommendations and writing advice, including how to spark story ideas
  • complete a variety of writing exercises to build your short fiction skills

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready. 

This course will be available from 27 July 2020.

Full price: $69
Member price: $49
Level: Aspiring/Emerging

About the tutor
Ryan O’Neill is the author of two short story collections. His latest, Their Brilliant Careers, won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award.

Developing Your Voice
in Fiction and Non-Fiction
with Lee Kofman 

Above all, it’s a writer’s voice that makes a literary work truly gripping.

Learn from Lee Kofman, author of three fiction books and two memoirs, and editor of two anthologies of personal essays. In this three-hour course, you will:

  • unpack macro and micro aspects of voice in writing
  • develop the sound and flow of your own unique voice
  • learn strategies to continue to hone your voice.

This workshop is designed for both fiction and creative non-fiction writers, to help you to develop your voice and/or sustain it through a series of theoretical and practical suggestions, writing examples and exercises.

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready.

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Full price: $69
Member price: $49
Level: Aspiring/Emerging/Developing

About the tutor
Dr Lee Kofman is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books and two memoirs: Imperfect, which was shortlisted for the Nib Literary Award 2019, and The Dangerous Bride. She is also co-editor of Rebellious Daughters and editor of Split, both anthologies of personal essays by prominent Australian authors. Split was longlisted for a 2020 ABIA Award.

Writing and Editing Digital Texts
with Pamela Hewitt

Today, writers need to understand the digital world and decide how they want to participate in it.

You don’t need to be a techie to publish and publicise your text on a variety of digital platforms. Learn from accredited editor Pamela Hewitt, who has worked in editing and publishing for over 25 years.

Working through the practical, hands-on exercises in this course, you will:

  • understand current digital technology
  • learn strategies for presenting your blog or podcast or story on a range of screens
  • explore the digital possibilities for texts you’ve already written, in any subject area and genre
  • gain insights into the pros and cons of self-publishing

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready.

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Full Price: $139
Member Price: $99
Level: All levels

About the tutor
Pamela Hewitt is an accredited editor and qualified teacher, who has worked in editing and publishing for over 25 years. After an in-house career in educational and academic editing, she established a freelance editorial practice focusing on memoir, fiction and creative non-fiction.

Getting Started with Picture Books
with Aleesah Darlison

If you’re interested in writing picture books for the first time, or if you’ve started a few drafts and are looking for some inspiration and guidance, this course is for you!

Aleesah Darlison Emerald, the Green Turtle's Tale, writing picture books courseThrough advice and exercises, Aleesah Darlison will explain the picture book genre for you and demystify the process of beginning to write these joyous yet challenging stories. This self-paced course will provide an initial overview of the genre and assist you in getting your ideas down on paper and moving forward with those stories to mould them into shape.

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready. 

Full Price: $69
Member Price: $49
Level: Aspiring

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About the tutor
Aleesah Darlison writes picture books, chapter books, novels and series for children. Her story themes include courage, understanding, self-belief, friendship and environmental issues. She has won several awards for her writing and has had numerous short stories, articles and book reviews published across various mediums.

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