Centre for Continuing Education

Writing the Real Course

Creative Writing. Express yourself with the written word.

Develop your creative style the smart way with Creative Writing courses at the University of Sydney.

This writing course offers you a rich immersion in creative nonfiction, practical tuition and instruction in composition and style, along with plenty of opportunities to write and be inspired. You’ll learn how to approach nonfiction writing with imagination, discipline and lyricism. The course explores the distinctions between fiction and nonfiction and the meanings of real and truthful. It encourages writers to understand nonfiction as literature, and shows them how to employ imagination, discipline, creativity and lyricism in its composition, just as one would in fiction. Although a work of nonfiction can be every bit as literary in its diction and design as a novel, nonfiction cleaves to the actual – something that places a heavy burden of truth-telling upon the writer and reorients imagination from invention to witness.


At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Learn the arts and skills of great nonfiction writing.
  • Deepen their awareness of the qualities of fine nonfiction.
  • Learn what makes a nonfiction manuscript publishable.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Foundations.
  • Approach.
  • Writing practice.
  • The literature of witness and attention.
  • The language of solid ground.
  • Nonfiction as literature.
  • Essays.
  • Principles of writing well.
  • The elements of style.
  • Words and music.
  • The importance of place.
  • Form and Structure.
  • Planning.
  • Coherence.
  • Writing with your reader in mind.
  • Getting started.
  • Carrying on.
  • The ethics of nonfiction.
  • Editing and finishing.
  • Fourteen troublesome words and phrases.

Intended Audience

This is a course for everyone who wants to write well about the world we inhabit, the things we know – from family history to politics, from sport to philosophy, from self-help to biography and travel.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Through inspiring and lively discussions and guidance the tutor unleashed the creative force within us. I have now found (almost) my own voice in writing and feel confident in writing about topics that I would not think possible before!

Writing the Real Course
University of Sydney (Venue TBA)
$390 inc GST

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