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Registrations are open for all 2017 courses.

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
Musk Avenue
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059


Course datesTimes Registration status Registrations close
Saturday 10 and 17 June 2017 10am-2pm Closed
  • Early-bird registrations: Saturday 13 May 2017
  • Standard registrations: Saturday 27 May 2017
Saturday 4 November 2017 8am-5pm Open
  • Early-bird registrations: Saturday 7 October 2017
  • Standard registrations: Saturday 21 October 2017



  • Early-bird discounted fee: $371.25 (GST included)
  • Standard fee: $412.50 (GST included)

Late registration fees

$50 (GST included).

Online registrations will be open for 1 week after the closing date, unless the course is full.

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.

Registrations are open for all 2017 courses.

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 two days of talks and workshops, you should end up with an outline for your first novel and a plan to help you finish it.


Lee McGowan is an award-winning writer. His first novel-length work, a football fiction, was shortlisted for the 2007 Queensland Premier's Literary Award emerging author category. He won the 2009 QUT Writing Prize and became a Varuna Fellow in 2011.

His second novel-length manuscript was developed for his recently completed PhD on football in literature. It is currently being considered by his literary agent.

He's written a range of non-fiction articles (predominantly about football, writing and music) for publications such as The Smith Journal, M/C Journal, The Global Game, WQ, strange bOUnce, The Courier Mail, The Independent and street press magazines.

Dr McGowan is an Associate Lecturer in QUT's prestigious Creative Writing and Literary Studies Discipline. He has been tutoring in creative writing courses for over four years and has also run a number of creative writing workshops for Queensland Writers Centre.

Registration info

Registrations are open for all 2017 courses.


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.

Early-bird discount

We offer a 10% early-bird discount if you register 4 weeks before the course starts.

QUT staff

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.