Finally – A Personalised and Inspiring Way to
Achieve Your Writing Goals
Are you sick of second-guessing every phrase you write? Looking for ways to establish an engaging, effective writing routine and faster project completion? At The Writers College, we’ll help you achieve your creative writing goals in the shortest time possible.
In the last 15 years we’ve taught thousands of novelists, poets, scriptwriters and children’s authors how to polish their writing and get published, without wasted time and effort. We’ve helped students of all ages and backgrounds achieve impressive results, and we can do the same for you.
Here Are a Few of Our Student Successes:
Martin Steyn completed the Write a Novel Course. He had his first novel, 'Donkerspoor' ('Dark Traces'), published by Lapa in 2014. The book was an instant success and bestseller, and had to be re-printed. His second book, 'Skuldig' ('Guilty'), received even greater acclaim. Since then, he has written two more novels.
Gareth Ward's novel that he worked on during the course went on to win multiple awards. 'The Traitor and the Thief', a rip-roaring young adult steampunk adventure, won the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel, a 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award, and was a finalist in two categories at The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Gareth has this to say about studying with The Writers College: 'Hand on heart, there is no way I would have been published without Alex’s guidance.'
Trish Nicholson, a former Short Story Course graduate, keeps notching up successes on the writing front. Trish won first prize in the Flash500 competition, with four stories shortlisted during that year. She won first prize in the 'shorter story' at the Winchester Writers' Conference in the UK, as well as runner-up in the ‘short story’ category. Two of her stories were commended in the South Island Writers' Association competition. A finalist in both the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition and the Neil Gunn Writing Competition, Trish is one of our most successful creative writing graduates yet.
Suzanne Main completed the Basics of Creative Writing Course. Her children's novel, 'How I Alienated my Grandma', won the 2014 Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award.
Andy Evans completed the Basics of Creative Writing Course and the Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course. He had his first short story, 'The Wooden Hills', published in 'Takahē' magazine. He placed third in the NZ Writers College Short Story Competition with his story 'Gravity'.
Taemumu Richardson was shortlisted in the Writers' Forum Short Story Competition. This is a big achievement as this competition draws a huge number of entries globally. She was also shortlisted for the Flash500 flash fiction competition, longlisted in the NZ Writers College Short Story Competition and received an honourable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. Tae had a story published in the literary magazine 'Takahē'.
Megan Frith completed our Short Story Course and our Novel Writing Course. Her short story ‘Scars‘ came first in the 2014 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition. She went on to place third in the 2015 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition for her short story titled ‘Till Death‘. Recently, two of her stories were published in 'Horizons 2', an anthology compiled by the Top of the South branch of the NZ Society of Authors.
Follow One of Our Specialised Creative Writing Programmes and Avoid Common Writing Mistakes
Completing your novel, screenplay or short story can be easier than you think. Many writers simply don’t know the best approach to take, resulting in frustration, lack of motivation and blocked creativity. At The Writers College, we’ve done the difficult groundwork for you. All you need to do is follow our step-by-step guidance and implement your individual feedback to complete your creative writing project in no time.
You won’t just save time and effort either. By harnessing your professional tutor’s insider tips and tricks, you can unlock far better creative results than you’d ever achieve on your own.
We’ve taken decades of writing experience by our team of award-winning writers and compressed it into comprehensive, effective programmes that you can complete at your own pace. Plus our students consistently tell us how fun, stimulating and challenging our courses are!
What Our Students Say
Martin KristiansenBasics of Creative Writing Course
Completing the course was a fascinating and valuable experience; quite possibly, life changing. It was exactly what I was looking for but didn’t really expect to find. It went way beyond what I expected.
Bradford KeenWrite a Novel Course
It helped me start a novel that, without it, may have taken another eight years for the first words to be written.
Maggie BenhamAdvanced Creative Writing Course
My experience at The Writers College changed my life. It has been a great creative outlet and has given me the courage to write a novel. Thank you.
Philna SmithWrite a Novel Course
The course was excellent in the sense that I received detailed feedback on my work, could work at my own pace, and my specific weaknesses were addressed.
Gwen PritchardWrite a Novel Course
I had talked about writing ‘my book’ for years and when my family signed me up, I was forced to start and it was an amazing experience. It was a journey of learning and growing as a writer and an opening of the mind.
Kayla Jean McCollWrite a Novel Course
This course helped me learn a lot about myself as a writer and I enjoyed every second of it. I now know a lot more about the writing industry that many people usually don't know. It has been an amazing and insightful year and I would definitely do it all over again.
Rachel ColliganWriting for Video Games Course
The Writers College was exactly what I'd been looking for. It has helped better my understanding of this genre of writing, and has helped solidify my thoughts on working towards a career in creative writing.
Here’s a Brief Outline of What We Cover
in Our Courses
Learn Proven Creative Writing Techniques We’ll reveal the writing skills that famous authors and professional writers use to bring their work to life, create authentic characters, and invent compelling plots and story structures. Skip the uncertainty and find out exactly how it’s done!
Follow a Step-by-step Process Taking You from Idea to Final Draft These straightforward strategies can help you finish your creative writing project months faster than you ever thought possible.
Uncover Your Writing Blindspots With the Help of Your Award-winning Tutor Eliminate self-doubt and uncertainty with feedback on the specific errors you’re making in your writing. Receive detailed constructive critiques on every assignment from an award-winning, professional writer.
Discover the Mistakes Made By Virtually All Beginner Writers Almost everyone makes the same common problematic mistakes – we’ll help you identify and eliminate them.
Explore a Wide Range of Publication Outlets to Enhance Your Chances of Success Find out how and where to professionally submit work for publication, and exactly what steps to take when approaching different markets.
Anyone, of any age, can acquire the tools needed to kick-start their project or drive it to completion.
We’ll impart the skills you need to harness your imagination, super-charge your approach and polish your final draft.
Whether you’re fresh out of high school, a confident writer aiming to fast-track their manuscript, or newly retired with time and energy for a personal project, our one-to-one feedback and expertise will boost your writing progress.
Do you have what it takes to be a writer?
You’ll never know unless you try!
Here Are Our Creative Writing Courses for 2021:
The Basics of Creative Writing
Master the basic skills required for all forms of creative writing. Practise your writing in dozens of fun exercises in this four-month writing course. Suitable for all levels of writers.
Our Advanced Creative Writing Course builds on the skills you acquired in the Basics of Creative Writing Course. Use these skills in more sophisticated ways to achieve mature, polished writing. Open to graduates of the Basics Course.
This course covers everything you need to write your manuscript - chapter by chapter. Learn how to write believable dialogue, create solid characters, how to structure your plot and create tension. Walk away with a proposal ready for the publisher's desk.
Learn to write for one of the fastest growing industries in the world! This ten-module course teaches you how to write dialogue, concept documents, in-game text and the host of other narrative assets that you'll find in video games.
Our Advanced Write a Novel Course builds on the manuscript that you wrote in the foundation course. Now complete your manuscript up to 70 000 words with one-to-one guidance from an award-winning writer.
Our Advanced Poetry Course will take you a step further on your journey towards crafting poems that could be considered for publication by literary journals. Your experienced tutor will teach you how to find your poetic voice, how to edit your own work, and how to become more technically proficient as a poet.