Extending Your Creativity

Extending Your Creativity

Who: Sue Woolfe
Saturday 12 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Beginners and intermediate writers

We’re all wired for creativity, but too often as adults we let our creativity fade. In this workshop, you will not only find how to access your creativity again, but also how to form a spellbinding story out of the potent ideas, words and phrases that emerge. Experienced creativity teacher and writer Sue Woolfe will use her research into neuroscience to guide you from fragments to story.

Drawing on the free-written text that you bring to the workshop, you will gain an ability to trust your imagination while learning how to structure a traditional short story. Within the structuring process, you will learn strategies for heightening suspense in your story.

This course follows on from Sue Woolfe’s Remembering Your Creativity course. If you weren’t able to attend this earlier course, it’s strongly suggested that you read Sue Woolfe’s The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: A Writer Looks at Creativity and Neuroscience, available in most libraries or online at

Participant Requirements
Participants must bring unedited scribbles that they have accumulated over previous writing sessions – up a total of 5000 words, which they’ve recently typed up. We will work on this.

Participants will also need to bring scissors and coloured pencils.

About the tutor
Sue Woolfe
is the best-selling author of four novels: Painted Woman, Leaning Towards Infinity, The Secret Cure, and The Oldest Song in the World. She has adapted two of these to the professional stage and on ABC radio. The Australia Council in November awarded her a grant to convert The Secret Cure to an opera. In 2017 she published a collection of short stories Do You Love Me or What? (Simon and Schuster), which author Alex Miller described as ‘Impossible not to be enthralled at once and lost for hours in the joy of reading’.

She regularly teaches creativity and neuroscience in Australia and overseas in several forums including universities: currently she teaches Neuroscience and Narratology at NIDA (The National Institute of Dramatic Art) and holds writing retreats overseas, currently in Greece. This year she’s running a 14-day Masterclass in November. 

Her fascination with creativity and how the creating mind works led to her collaboration with Kate Grenville in Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written, and more recently alone The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: A Writer Looks at Creativity and Neuroscience, (UWA Press) followed by several scholarly papers.


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