Writing Creative Fiction-Advanced


24 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Nurture your creative impulse and investigate how it can be shaped through crafting the elements of pace (e.g. ‘showing' in scene and dialogue, fine-tuning syntax, managing time and tenses). Deepen the texture of your writing and sail the seas of imagery and metaphor. Examine how established writers do it, and apply techniques in writing exercises. You will be encouraged to apply what resonates with your own writing projects, and to workshop with the cohort as well as receive editorial feedback from the tutor.

Course content

  • Understanding pace
  • Weaving texture into your narrative
  • What is ‘voice’?
  • How do writers do it?
  • Writing exercises
  • In-class writing time
  • Creative flow and the ‘critical eye’
  • Workshopping works-in-progress


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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Writing Creative Fiction — Introduction course or similar is recommended for this advanced course. Alternatively the desire and ability to sustain a writing practice.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

This course is suitable for students who have completed Writing Creative Fiction — Introduction or similar. It is also suitable for more advanced writers who wish to develop creative and critical approaches to writing and explore their own unique voice in a collegiate setting under the guidance of an experienced writer. Students who have studied Writing Creative Fiction — Introduction or the Getting Started Weekend are eligible for a 10% discount in this Advanced course.

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Facilitator: Susie Thatcher

Susie Thatcher is a Melbourne writer as well as being TheCanaryPress literary magazine General Manager from 2015-16. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Richell Prize for her novel Gardens of Stone as well as a WrICE Emerging Writer Fellow, participating in residencies in the Philippines and Melbourne. She has been a guest artist at the Melbourne Writers Festival (2017), the Odyssey Literary Festival (2016), and the Emerging Writers Festival (2015). 


Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to expand your ideas, practice with the tools fiction writers use and apply them to your work. Writing exercises and workshopping works-in-progress offer the opportunity to negotiate the balance between creative flow and making the most of constructive criticism (feedback).

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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