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Chapter Two courses are for writers who wish to explore a particular mode writing in more intimate detail. Each course in this chapter is introductory in the sense that while they are based on the assumption that you have some understanding of writing at a general level, there is no assumption that you are intimately familiar with the history, conventions or possibilities of the particular area of the course.

There are three courses in Chapter Two: Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction. Each of these courses includes 12 lessons, and two opportunities to submit work for feedback.

The courses in this chapter are focused on development of short, stand-alone works (short stories, articles, individual poems) or on proposals and sample chapters for longer works.

All of the courses in OWL are based on our philosophy that writers thrive on a mixed diet of reading, writing and thinking. If you’ve never thought about your writing practice that way before, or you’d like to learn more about how to integrate your writing, reading and thinking, you might find our Chapter One course Reading for Writers useful for opening up your practice, exploring ideas around inspiration, writers block, how to ‘read like a writer’ and so on.


  • Available places: 20
    Cost: $295.00

    Non-Fiction CourseOverview

    This course commences September 1

    Non-Fiction is comprised of twelve lessons and two opportunities for you to gain written feedback on your writing from the course tutors. The course also includes various opportunities for you to try out a range of writing styles and techniques, share your work with other writers and participate in various interactive online learning tools, such as discussion forums, chatrooms and wikis.

    Taught by Dr Inga Simpson and Dr Nike Bourke, this course focuses onnon-fiction writing, including articles, essays, criticism and reviews, as well as book-length projects. Each lesson includes a range of readings, a discussion of techniques used by a variety of writers, and opportunities for you to experiment with your own writing.

    Non-Fiction begins by working through an example of a non-fiction article, highlighting the process of writing a piece of non-fiction, from coming up with a range of ideas and pitching them to potential publishers, to fine-tuning your essay or article.

    The second half of the course focuses on some of the key elements within non-fiction writing, such as writing about people, places, and experiences in a way that captures your readers' imaginations.

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