Ignite Your Creative Fire

Ignite Your Creative Fire

Who: Jan Cornall
6 x Wednesday evenings: 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 6:30–9:30pm
Full Price: $600; Member: $420; Conc Member: $360
Level: All

Creativity is important in every art form – the challenge for writers is how to access your creative energy and bring it to the page. Whether you are experienced or a novice, at the beginning, or part way through your writing project, in this course you will learn how to bring the fire of creativity into every aspect of your writing. 

Pulling out all the tricks from her creative toolbox, tutor Jan Cornall will introduce you to meditative and visualisation techniques, sense immersion, mind mapping, scrapbooking, word play, mind photography, image collecting and more.  Be prepared for mess, chaos, colour, texture, movement, music and sound as we open all the senses to the deliciousness of creative play.

Each week we will use our newfound methods to troubleshoot our own writing challenges, relating them to the essential areas of writing craft: voice, setting, character, story and structure. Learn too, how to introduce the habit of creativity into your daily writing practice, so you can continue to give voice to the stories waiting to be told.  All genres welcome.

Course overview
Note: Each session will devote time to exercises in sense immersion and creative play as well as craft-related topics. From week 2 participants will be invited to bring a particular writing challenge to creatively troubleshoot with the group.

Week 1: Introduction to creativity – hunting and gathering materials and ideas, scrapbooking, mind mapping.  Setting up daily writing rituals. Introduction to creative troubleshooting techniques. Playing with the sense of space.

Week 2: Creating the world of your story through visualization, image collecting, wordplay and descriptive detail. Playing with the sense of sight.

Week 3: Listening for the voice of the narrator/storyteller, the sound track of the story. Playing with the sense of sound.

Week 4: Creating living breathing characters, mapping their successes and failures, their unresolved desires. Playing with the sense of touch.

Week 5: Creative ways to map structure, story, dramatic action, story soul. Playing with the sense of smell.

Week 6: Ensuring the impact of your story, the emotional traces you leave behind. Setting creative goals. Playing with sense of taste.

 Learning outcomes

  1. Learn how to bring a more creative approach to your writing craft and process.
  2. Compile a toolbox of creative ideas for troubleshooting writing challenges.
  3. Use creative methods to set up a daily writing practice and achieve writing goals.

Participant Requirements
Bring an A4 blank page visual diary or scrapbook and small pack of coloured pens.

You may also be interested in:
World Building: Writing Speculative Fiction with Terry Dowling
Understanding Story Structure with Laurel Cohn

About the tutor
Writer Jan Cornall has written 15 produced plays and musicals, a feature film, a novel (Take Me To Paradise) and a collection of poems and stories (Archipelagogo) set in Indonesia. She has been awarded several grants and fellowships and is a regular guest at literary festivals in the Asia Pacific region.

Jan has an M.A. in Cultural and Creative Development and has taught writing at writers’ centres, community colleges and universities (UWS, UTS). Jan also mentors writers and leads international writing workshops and retreats. Each year a number of writers working with Jan go on to publish with major publishing houses. Visit


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