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NaNoWriMo Success - Creative Writing

NaNoWriMo Success - Creative Writing Course

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place in November every year. The aim is simple: to write 50,000 words during the month. The key to NaNoWriMo success is two-fold:

1. Preparation

2. Dedicated writing times and spaces.

My NaNoWriMo Success course is divided into two sections — October is all about essential NaNoWriMo preparation; and then November is about mentorship and driving you to success to meet that word count with fully catered write-ins. The course is designed to suit writers of all genres.

Most importantly, in October you'll get my NaNoWriMo Workbook, which you'll then be able to use to write in November (and for every novel you write in the future). The workbook will include many of the things we'll work on in the October classes - such as your new novel's premise, controlling idea, setting, character pics, character back story, other character exercises and plot breakdown/exercises. 

Key features

  • Sundays in October (10am-4pm), Sundays in November (9am-5pm)
  • Two months of weekly sessions for complete creative immersion
  • Sessions capped at 20 people
  • Creatively inspiring environment — the Abbotsford Convent
  • Full catering included on all nine Sundays so you can focus on the writing
  • Four days intensive training with PD Martin
  • Extensive notes
  • In-depth exercises to help you put theory into practice
  • Intensive work on characterisation and plot development (with application to your novel)
  • PD Martin’s NaNoWriMo workbook


  • $1,500 for nine days (inclusive of GST)
  • $1,300 Student, concession and early bird (extended to 5pm on 19 September) Use code EarlyBird on checkout
Note: The cost breakdown is $225/day for October (which includes a teacher/trainer fee) and $120/day in November (which only covers the cost of room hire and catering). During these sessions Phillipa will be on-site but they are writing days, not training days. 

Day-by-day breakdown

Sunday 5, 12, 19 & 26 October — 10am-4pm

Day 1:  Story ideas, genre, research and sense of place

Day 2: PD Martin’s Writing Rules to Live By

Day 3: Character intensive (character exercises to get intimate with your protagonist(s))

Day 4:  Plot intensive (plot your novel, ready to start writing on 1 November)

CateringCoffee/tea on arrival, morning tea and lunch provided.   


Sunday 2, 9*, 16, 23 & 30 November, 9am-5pm

Intensive writing sessions lead by PD Martin (note, these are write-in sessions rather than training)

Catering: Coffee/tea on arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Please email Phillipa on info@pdmartin.com.au for more information. Most people email to ask questions before signing up :)

* Due to the Abbotsford Convent's open day on Sunday 9 November, that session will be held in the Workshop Space at the Wheeler Centre in the city. 

Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford, Victoria 3067

CONTACT DETAILS: Phillipa Martin info@pdmartin.com.au pdmartinauthor@yahoo.com