Stepping off a cliff: starting your first novel
Learn from an experienced award-winning writer.
An introductory course for first-time novelists to learn the elements of writing including: plot, structure and character development. Tutor Dr Lee McGowan also teaches you how to approach the project in order to finish it.
Who should participate
This course is open to anyone over the age of 18, including international participants.
QUT Creative Industries Precinct
Course dates Times Registrations close Saturday 3 November 2018 9am-5pm Early bird registrations close 11pm 6 October 2018
Standard registrations close 11pm 20 October 2018
- Early-bird discounted fee: $386.10 (GST included)
- Standard fee: $429.00 (GST included)
We won't accept registrations once the course has started.
For more information about course content, contact the Creative Industries Faculty Commercial Programs Office.
For registration or payments questions, contact Continuing Professional Education.
Write your first novel
You have a great idea for a novel but you don't know where to start. Learn a range of techniques and methods to approach a novel-length project and help you negotiate the dangers in those fraught first steps.
Develop and practice your novel writing skills by taking a close look at the elements of successful novel writing. During the two days of the course, you will take part in informal, informative and engaging workshops. You will break down and practically consider beginnings, middles and endings and other elements of the novel, such as character development, plot and structure and settings and themes. You will exchange work with your classmates to read and discuss and receive feedback from the tutor.
By the end of a full day of talks and workshops, you should end up with an outline for your first novel and a plan to help you finish it.
Dave Lowe is a Brisbane-based award-winning novelist. Across three series and 11 books, his novels for children have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.
His first book, My Hamster is a Genius, was highly commended at the prestigious Sheffield Book Awards in the UK. The series – six books – has been translated into six languages so far and is being re-released in new editions in the UK and Australia in 2018. Dave’s second series, Squirrel Boy, won the kids voting section for the Lancashire Fantastic Book Award. And his most recent series, The Incredible Dadventure, has been shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award and included in the UK-wide Summer Reading Program.
Dave’s interactive writing sessions have been a huge hit with a broad range of audiences and writing classes in the UK and Australia. He’s presented at the highly-prestigious Book Festivals in Edinburgh, Bath and Cheltenham in the UK, and Brisbane Writers Festival, Whitsunday Young Voices and the Somerset Celebration of Literature in Australia. Dave Lowe’s great ability to help other writers makes Stepping off a Cliff a wonderful opportunity to learn about novel writing from a successful and entertaining author.
When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.
You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.
FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.
We offer a 10% early-bird discount if you register 4 weeks before the course starts.
If you're a QUT staff member and QUT will pay your fees, you may choose the QUT Staff payment option and enter the relevant account code and authorising officer details.
If the course is full, please email Continuing Professional Education to register your interest. We will advise you by email if a second class becomes available.
Registrations close 10 working days before the start of the course.
To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the course manager at Continuing Professional Education. If you cancel 10 business days before the course starts, we will fully refund your fee, less the non-refundable $100 registration fee.
No registration refunds will be made within 10 business days of the course starting.
QUT Creative Industries reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances or should insufficient registrations be received to run a short course. In this event, we will advise you as soon as possible, and provide a full refund or register you for another course of equivalent value. QUT are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.