RWA OWL: Spell Casting: an introduction to the craft

Most writers aren’t born with magic in their fingertips. While a rare few have a natural instinct for storytelling, the rest of us need to hone our craft. This class introduces tools to sharpen your skills.

The best books casts a spell over readers, stealing them away from every day to let them live in someone else’s head. What are the tools and tricks used by wordwitches to create this magic? What should an apprentice wordsmith know?

This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of craft including story, characters and worldbuilding, voice and writing style. 

Specific lessons include:

  • Wordsmithing

  • Deep Point of View

  • Editing

  • Character Goal, Motivation and Conflict

  • World Building

  • Plot Points

  • Romance Beats

  • Movement and Flow

Pre-course preparation

An orientation class for writers ready to enter competitions or mystified by their feedback.

Course Type


Hours of Commitment

As an introductory course, it’s more about them choosing how deep they want to go. 1-2 hours a week would be plenty.

Presenters Bio

An internationally award-winning writer, Karina Coldrick started penning Empire Strikes Back fan fiction as a seven year-old and hasn’t stopped writing since.

Originally from Perth, Australia, she met her husband-to-be when studying in the UK. After deciding they needed castles more than sunshine, Karina and her family moved to the Emerald Isle where they now live near the river Shannon. She writes romantic fantasy and contemporary romance.



Course Dates: 2nd March to 27th March 2020

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:
Debbie Deasey
OWL Registrar