Learn How to Write a Book

Learn everything you need to know to get started on writing a book



3 hours Class size 1 to 15     label $79

Everyone has a book inside them they say, but how do you get the story out? Well, in this live online workshop, you will learn everything you need to know about how to write your novel, memoir or non-fiction book.

In a supportive and creative atmosphere, your teacher will lead you through a number of exercises designed to help with the planning of your book.

You will touch on all the important elements of writing craft including:

  • Mapping your story
  • Coming up with a good title
  • Writing your synopsis and chapter outline
  • Crafting an engaging opening chapter

You will learn about the writer's voice, building the world of your story, how to create great characters and lead them into page-turning action.

With this plan in place we will set goals and a timetable for regular weekend writing that can see you with a draft manuscript in three to six months.

All genres and all levels of experience welcome.


Knowledge required
Ability to write, no other experience necessary.
 
What to bring
  • Plain paged A4 size visual diary or scrapbook
  • Fast-rolling black pen
  • A small set of coloured textas
Suitable for

This Live streaming class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for virtual team building activities at home.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or Xmas gift.

Your teacher
Jan Cornall
Jan Cornall
(Writers Journey)

4.9 (8)
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My passion is supporting writers on their journey to publication.

I've been teaching creative writing for two decades at writer’s centres, community colleges, universities (UTS, WSU) and writer’s festivals in Australia and Asia.

The thing that distinguishes me from other writing teachers is a technique I've developed called Meditative Writing. Using guided sense visualisations I take writers deep into their creative source. The workshops produce startling results and over the years a number of writers working with me have gone on to publish with major publishing houses.

For my own work I have been awarded a number of grants and fellowships and have written plays, musicals, screenplays, a novel, a collection of stories and poems, and three CDs of songs. With a Master of Arts in Cultural and Creative Practice (WSU) I am dedicated to nurturing the unique attributes of each writer I work with.

Based in Sydney, Australia, I also lead writing journeys to international locations. From 2014 - 2020 we have travelled to Bali, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Japan, Fiji, Paris and Morocco.

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Anita Bradley Sep 2020


Tremendously helpful. Clear and insightful. Jan is a great tutor, goes straight to the heart of how to put together a story. Highly recommended. Encouraging, inspiring and motivating.

Wendy Batchelor Jun 2020


Jan is a great teacher. Her creative ways of approaching what was a planning project were very helpful and fun.
She motivates and supports and shows a personal genuine interest in her students and their writing. I'm looking forward to the next one!

Kate Broadhurst Jun 2020


Jan lead us through a fast paced and thought provoking workshop. It helped me find the natural structure and boiled down core of my book. I feel motivated and much clearer about where I am going. There were newbies and published authors in the workshop and all seemed to get clarity and inspiration from the fun process. Great Saturday afternoon well spent.

Cheryl Evans Jun 2020


What an excellent class! Three hours of writing exercises which were not only practical and motivating but also fun. The small class format also enabled discussion between participants and the teacher. This class helped me to add structure to my work, to delve into the themes, characters and the vital main question of the book. Thank you Jan Cornwall for a wonderful workshop.

Linden Whiting Jun 2020


Good delivery, connection with all participants and sharing of experience and knowledge. Made me feel very inspired.

Melinda Sung May 2020


I really enjoyed this class. It was very practical and really helped me get my creative juices flowing. Jan was a lovely instructor with lots of useful feedback and tips.

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Emma Buckley May 2020


I really enjoyed this online class. Jan led us through some fantastic exercises that helped clarify some of my ideas for a story that's been in my head for years. She also helped us create individual writing plans that helped make the prospect of writing an entire book feel like an achievable one, no matter how much or little time you think you have to devote to writing. I found the class very inspiring and highly recommend, particularly to anyone who has ideas for a book but feels a bit lost on how to start.

Natalie Turns May 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


A really well-paced, well-facilitated workshop with lots of practical activities incl time blocks to write and group discussion. I can’t believe how much I achieved in three short hours! Would recommend this course to anyone who needs guidance and support to put structure and planning around their writing and tips on staying engaged and creative during your project.
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