Justwrite Courses & Workshops

Justwrite offers a variety of writing courses including half and full day workshops, weekly classes and online writing courses. Topics covered in our workshops and courses include creative writing, fiction writing, memoir writing, life writing and how to write a book.

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Featured Courses in 2017:

Word Warriors Revision And Editing Workshops

Are you brave enough to make your writing shine in 2017?

If you are then this series of revision and editing workshops is for you. Over 8 months, writers will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback from fellow writers and be guided and instructed by multi-published author and experienced teacher, Pamela Cook.

Meetings will be held on the third Saturday of each month from 12.30 – 4.30pm at Stanwell Tops. The first workshop will be held on Saturday March 18.

Participating authors should already have a work-in-progress under way and be aiming for some form of publication. They also need to commit to reading and providing feedback (written and verbal) on five pieces of writing each month as well as submitting their own piece of a similar length for work-shopping each month. Writers will be guided on the form their feedback should take.

In addition there will be a 45 minute tutorial each month on aspects of craft including plotting, characterization, dialogue, description, backstory, setting, voice and publication possibilities.

  • 6 participants only.
  • Each submits up to 3000 words per month
  • Each gives feedback on five others – written and verbal
  • 8 x monthly meetings March – October, 3rd Saturday of every month
  • 4 hour sessions (15 minute break), 30 mins devoted to each piece
  • 45 minute tutorial on one aspect of craft
  • Cost $750

If you would like to find join the Word Warriors please contact Pamela for an application: pamela@justwrite.net.au

Places are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to take your writing to the next level.



Tell Me a Story: An Intensive Writing Course in Commercial Fiction

Fiji – April 29 – May 6

What do readers want? A great story, well told with engaging characters and turn-the-page tension. Crafting that story is what this course is all about. 

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Course Outline

In this 6 Day Intensive Writing Course held on the beautiful island of Savu Savu you will learn the secrets to writing a novel readers won’t want to put down. Whether you’re just getting started on your novel or all the way through your first draft you will come away with a much deeper understanding of how plot, setting, character and style all work together to create an enjoyable work of fiction. In addition you’ll find out how to make your manuscript more attractive to publishers and discover how to turn your great idea into a fully developed story.

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Morning classes will be information based and will include:

  • exercises on plot
  • structure
  • character
  • place
  • and other aspects of craft.

Afternoons will include mentoring sessions, during which each participant will receive feedback on their writing as well as afternoon excursions and free writing time.

Prior to the course the tutor will read the first 5,000 words of each participant’s novel and give feedback in separate one-on-one mentoring meetings over the duration of the course.

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Who is this course for?

This course is best suited to women (or men) who are writing a commercial fiction style novel and aiming for publication.


Retreat Summary

  • includes a one-on-one mentoring session
  • and advice based on reading 5,000 words of a manuscript in advance

Dates: April 29 – May 6
Programme: Daily morning workshops of 3 hours
Suitability: For people who have started on a writing project and may even have a manuscript
Excursions and extras: Visit to waterfall, beach picnic, village visit
Food: Three meals a day; Fijian, Indian and International menu
Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu April 29. Course starts morning April 30, ends evening May 5. Depart Savusavu May 6.
Cost (excl Airfares): 

AUD $2300 single room
AUD $1950 twin room
AUS$1075 non-writing partner

For further details and booking information go to paradisecourses.com


Weekly Writing Classes

Keep your writing on track and connect with fellow writers at these fun, no-experience-necessary weekly sessions. Each meeting includes timed writing exercises, information on craft and the opportunity to workshop your writing.

Where: The Coast Coast Emporium, 9A Walker Street Helensburgh

When: Term One classes Feb 9 – March 30, 7pm-9pm

Cost: $160 for 8 weeks

To register or enquire: Contact Pamela via email pamela@justwrite.net.au

The Write Your Book course has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. Not only have I received valuable tools for crafting my novel, but have had the added bonus of mixing with like-minded people, sharing the experience of writing and receiving valuable feedback on my work.


I attended one of Pamela’s seven- week courses in writing development. I was doing my HSC at the time and had chosen to study 4 unit English, a unit requiring a board-submitted piece of literature.  I decided to choose to write a suite of short stories and found that Pam’s course was really helpful.  Here, I discovered a wide variety of writing techniques and mediums.

Pamela’s rich experiences in writing definitely showed in her running of the course.  She delivered her lessons on both group and individual bases and her advice was extremely clear, direct and helpful.  Pam provided purely constructive criticism and continued to help me with my short stories after the course had finished, reading my drafts via email and making many helpful suggestions. I achieved 94% for my 4th English unit, being the top band and I am very grateful for Pam’s input and support throughout the process.