Creative Writing Courses

John has conducted talks, short courses, seminars and workshops on creative writing and creativity at –  among others – The University of Cambridge Centre for Continuing Education; the University of California at Davis Summer School; The University of Western Australia Extension School; Edith Cowan University; The WA State Literature Centre and The Fellowship of Australian Writers.

creative writing courses perth

He has written for a living all his working life, first as a journalist and now as an author, popular novelist, scriptwriter, ghostwriter, copywriter, book doctor, writing coach, manuscript makeover consultant, manuscript assessor and as a creative writing teacher.

See John on Piazza Portraits produced by UWA to promote his creative writing courses at UWA Extension.

Creative Writing Courses

John usually has a programme of half-day, full-day and sometimes two-day courses running somewhere in Perth. Some of the course subjects he covers are :

  • The Art of Plotting your Novel
    Understanding and using the nine-point parabola of the plot
  • Developing Memorable Characters
    How to create believable characters in your fiction
  • Writing Dramatic Dialogue
    How to write sparkling dialogue
  • Show Don’t Tell
    Otherwise known as ‘exposition’ or ‘backstory’ – how to carry the story by showing, not telling
  • Developing your Technique
    How to develop your narrative style, voice, tone and point of view
  • Narrative Structure
    How structuring the story and playing with time can increase the drama
  • The Writing Business
    Understanding the world of publishing and the place of genre including writing a synopsis and hints on how to get published
  • Developing your Creativity
    Understanding and expanding your natural creativity
  • How to Write a Popular Novel
    Understanding what makes a novel popular
  • Writing a Thriller
    Using mystery and suspense in your writing

For information on what course subjects are currently being conducted where and when, contact John