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RWA OWL: Craft 101: Back to Basics

“How do I know what I don’t know when it comes to writing craft?”

Writing is a craft, not a gift. It can be learned and perfected with practice. In an industry where we’re constantly reminded of the importance of having a fresh and unique voice it’s easy for new writers to persuade themselves that their innate writing voice (and enthusiasm) will be enough to draw an editor’s interest. But getting the craft right matters. Problem is: how do you know what you don’t know?

Craft 101: Back to Basics will provide a broad overview of the key craft elements of fiction writing and cover a number of common craft terms and concepts—point-of-view, voice, GMC, hooks, pantsing—so  you can figure out where your knowledge gaps are and make a plan to fill them before you start sharing your work with editors/agents or even contest judges. This lightly interactive, introductory/Aspiring level workshop will remind new writers that they have to be proficient in the basic rules of craft before they can start breaking them. 

This course will run for five weeks (four weeks + bonus week) on Moodle. Three lessons will be delivered each week, lesson materials will be in the format of a downloadable pdf and podcast. Discussion will take place in the Moodle forum and feedback will be provided on submitted homework.

The minimum recommended time commitment (for lurkers) is one hour per week (a total of five hours). While average participation will require a total of 15 hours over the five weeks. 

Pre-course preparation 

A minimum of a scene (preferably a chapter) is required for participants to use their own work for the homework.

Presenters Bio

AJ Blythe (Anita Joy) is an experienced TAFE trainer and educator who has done her fiction-writing apprenticeship over many years in the close company of some of her favourite published authors. Since joining RWA in 2008 she been a finalist in the High 5, Ripping Start and Valerie Parv Award and won the Selling Synopsis award in 2013. In 2009 she instigated RWA’s ‘New Member Liaison’ program and was an advisor to new members for five years before becoming the inaugural ‘ambassador’ for the Aspiring Author group where she saw, first-hand, how easy it is for new writers to miss the fundamental elements of craft that could make the difference between career success and disappointment. 

Find her at and @aussiecozy



Course Dates: 5th August to 8th September 2019

Cost: RWA-Member – $55.00 Non RWA-Member – $88.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.

Venue: Online - RWA Moodle Platform
(Course attendees will be notified of access/login details via email from the OWL Registrar a few days prior to the start date of the course)

RWA OWL Courses
PO Box Q740
Queen Victoria Building
NSW 1230
Contact Details:
Tania Lee
OWL Registrar