Project Description

Creative Fiction Writing Courses

Introduction to Writing Fiction

Saturdays 5th March – 9th April

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Ignite your creativity with this six-week fiction-writing course!

We cover all of the key elements that you need to master to make your novel a success. We’ll explore different approaches to developing your story, to help you create engaging characters and a well-structured plot, as well as identifying writing techniques that best work for you. Through a mix of tutoring, creative prompts and group discussion, you will learn about the different elements and skills that go into bringing a story idea to life, in a programme designed to support and inspire aspiring writers. The course includes exercises to help you develop your craft and master the techniques that will make your fiction un-putdownable, with opportunities to discuss your own writing.

The course consists of six classes. For each class you can choose to attend either in person or via Zoom. Either way you’ll get an interactive, inspiring and engaging course experience.

Invest in Your Writing with this Six-Week Course:

Saturdays 9.30-11.30am

Level 1, 100 Mayoral Drive (or join us via Zoom)*

Start Date: Saturday 5 March


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*Vaccine pass required to attend in person

Course Outline

Create memorable characters

Good characters are the driving force of a good novel, and getting the reader to care about your characters is the key to writing a page-turner. In this workshop, we’ll take you through a number of exercises and prompts to get you started creating characters for your stories, and try out different techniques that you can use to develop and get to know your characters inside and out. We will also explore the range of tools that you have at your disposal to describe your characters in ways that really bring them to life for the reader.

Create a storyline and plot structure

A solid plot forms the backbone of a good novel. In this workshop, we’ll learn about the different plot ‘formulae’ that recur in fiction and how these can be adapted. We’ll go through creative exercises that give you the chance to trial various approaches to plotting, at different levels of detail. The aim is to help you find a method that works for you in developing your storyline and planning a structure for your novel.

Getting the pacing right is a crucial element in writing a highly readable story. We’ll consider pacing at the level of the plot, and explore how to vary the pace throughout your story, as well as looking at how to write scenes that feel ‘slow’ or ‘fast’. We’ll also explore different ways of creating tension in your story, from the plot-level to the scene-level. You will have a chance to try your hand at a number of creative exercises which will help you vary the pace and create tension in your writing.

Choose the right point of view

In this workshop, we will explore the influence of point of view on the reader experience. Through creative exercises, we’ll help you identify which points of view and narration styles most resonate with you as a writer, as well as challenging you to experiment with different styles to expand your writing skills. We’ll also explore different narrator voices, and consider the use of the unreliable narrator in stories.

Bring your dialogue to life

Good dialogue is a key element in driving your story forward and engaging the reader. In this workshop, we will use fun and energetic exercises to create dialogue that really sparkles and brings your story to life. We’ll discuss some of the secrets that make dialogue both realistic and gripping.

Create vivid scenes

In this workshop, we’ll work at writing evocative description, focusing on how to select crucial details that bring your scenes to life in the reader’s mind. We’ll also discuss some of the ways you can develop your writer’s eye for detail and create atmosphere in your story through descriptive detail.

Course Tutor: Paul M Clark

Paul is one of our writing tutors and mentors at Writers’ Cafe Auckland. Paul enjoys working with new writers and sharing his experiences from his own writing journey. He has published short stories and flash fiction, and his debut novel The Witchfinder’s Mark is out in 2022. He is represented by High Spot Literary Agency.

Student Feedback

Such an enjoyable course with a fabulous teacher and group. Well paced course and I enjoyed hearing other people’s stories develop during the course.


Would highly recommend this course to any aspiring writers. Very informative, practical and a lot of fun.


This was such a welcoming and friendly course filled with practical writing tips. Everything felt useful, and it definitely gave me more confidence in both writing and analysing stories. It was a lot of fun.


I’ve found this course to be super helpful. I’ve always had the creative ideas, but wasn’t sure how to structure them well. The course has given me the tools (and the confidence) to actually write something to publish.


As a beginner writer, I really appreciated having a safe and collaborative environment to discuss my writing, share thoughts and ideas, and grow my skill set. The beginners course is insightful, practical and encouraging – as are the tutors.


A well-presented course that catered to our group’s individual needs. A very friendly, positive atmosphere that inspired learning and sharing. Good organisation and topics that covered all the basics. Made me think, gave me new skills and motivated me. Thanks.


I found it doesn’t matter who you are, how much, how little writing experience you have the writing workshops are a deliciously open forum.


Really interesting exercises which open your eyes to new ways of expressing yourself to your readers.


I found the course immensely useful and stimulating – it helped to give me space to immerse myself in writing and pick up new skills.


An inspiring and informative course. I was amazed and very grateful to have learned so much about the finer details of what it takes to become a good writer. So many useful tips and tricks.


Achieve your Writing Goals.