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Creative Writing: Essential Techniques

These are the skills every writer needs, regardless of genre or purpose, fiction or memoir. Don’t waste time turning thoughts into words, and scribbles into stories, without first learning these essential conventions and techniques. Whether you intend to write for pleasure or are looking to create a body of work for publication, this insightful workshop will ensure you do it right. Discover how to:

• create effective settings
• find and develop theme
• organise a narrative structure
• develop engaging characters, and
• establish a fun and sustainable writing practice.

We’ll also look at energising your imagination, establishing your personal writing goals, and thinking how to write something readers will want to read. You will leave this class feeling renewed and confident in your writing abilities, and keen to apply what you’ve learnt to your own projects. No matter what your preferred writing style or stage, this workshop will improve and stimulate the way you write.

Creative writing is an engaging and invigorating craft, embrace what it has to offer and let it enrich your life! Taught by a multi-award-winning author, short story judge and editor, book creator and writing mentor.

About the tutor

Zena Shapter is a Ditmar award-winning author, creative writing tutor and mentor, freelance editor, copywriter and social media consultant. She has won ten national writing competitions and is published in magazines such as “Midnight Echo” and anthologies such as “Award-Winning Australian Writing”. She writes close-to-reality books of the unexplained and adventures that get you thinking. She also founded and leads the widely attended Northern Beaches Writers' Group, whose collaborative writing has also won multiple awards. Read her through the links on her website at

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113