Writer's Boot Camp


Are you a ‘non-practising’ writer? Has a lack of time, energy or self-belief stopped you from starting and completing your writing project? Are you trapped within a writer’s block or stuck writing/re-writing the same old chapter? Importantly, have you noticed how discipline alone will not help?

Whatever your writing issue, you’re not alone; many writers both amateur and professional feel the same level of frustration when not able to follow through with a promise to them self, and/or others, to ‘write their book’, ‘tell their story’ or create their family history. Whether you’re writing for fun or serious profit, come along and learn innovative tools and techniques to loosen up ingrained perfectionism, harness more time and create a masterpiece or ‘mini-piece’ for your awaiting audience.

Suggested Reading
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way, Penguin 2007

Course Outline
Break down the manuscript into manageable ‘bite-size’ sections.
Use innovative tools to harness time and beat procrastination.
Learn groundbreaking techniques to loosen up and beat perfectionism.
Quickly capture the more important elements of your work, enabling you to write efficiently.

Planned Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
Organise a project management journal and record daily writing progress.
Understand why discipline alone will not help the ‘non-practising’ writer.
Identify the early signs of perfectionism and procrastination.
Recognise when life ‘seems to conspire’ to stop writing.
Identify when it’s time to stop re-writing.
Find a proof-reader, editor and publisher.
Pitch' a manuscript to a publisher.

About the Tutor
Karen has a Bachelor of Psychology degree with Honours from Curtin University. She also has a Certificate IV in Training and Workplace Assessment. Karen has written in both technical and creative fields and is a member of the Australian Writers' Guild (AWG). Three years ago, she set up the Writers' Boot Camp in Otford to specifically help procrastinating writers break through their barriers and finish their writing. She has helped procrastinating writers at both WEA Illawarra and WEA Sydney and this term she’s looking forward to helping you.

Excellent course and teacher! – Carolyn from Paddington

Please note:
All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

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