Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction

Creative Writing - Creative Nonfiction

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Creative Writing – Creative Nonfiction – Sydney Course

Learn creative writing for nonfiction in this Sydney short course.

Have you ever wondered how to spruce up your writing? Or clear the clutter from your sentences? Or entice, engage, and entertain a specific audience?

As any wordsmith knows, fashioning exquisitely styled sentences forms the foundation for writing success. Creative Nonfiction reveals the secret to constructing such sentences, by presenting a standard set of writing tools that all authors need to grasp. Although focused on nonfiction and creative nonfiction, these sentence-styling strategies can nonetheless be applied to any narrative, including fiction.

On completing this Creative Nonfiction Course, students, professionals, and writers of every skill and status will have enhanced their sentential potential, while mastering the art of stringing words together to produce sophisticated sentences – linguistic structures standing the tests of time and taste.

The course fee includes a copy of the prescribed textbook, Create, Narrate, Punctuate: How to Fashion Exquisitely Styled Sentences, written by Ramy Tadros.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Eastwood, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol today or Enquire Now!

This course is delivered in partnership with Sydney Community College.

Course Outline

In this course you will learn:

  • In the beginning were simple rules
  • Find that just-right balance
  • Grow your sentences in three main ways
  • Serve your readers
  • Show — don’t tell
  • Embrace a simple spirit
  • Tailor the length of sentences to suit readers
  • Be active ( and sometimes passive )
  • Use strong verbs and concrete concepts
  • Mould left-, mid-, and right-branching sentences
  • Grasp, master, and use rhetorical devices
  • Glue it together
  • Avoid the dark side
  • Punctuation marks matter
  • Greet and farewell your audience in style
  • We can neither confirm nor deny your right to have fun

Course Outcome

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • write in a clear, concise, and engaging style, by embracing simple sentences and avoiding common writing blunders
  • shape sophisticated conjunction-rich and phrase-filled sentences
  • wield advanced writing techniques, such as tuning a verb’s voice and applying rhetorical devices, to attract an audience
  • master the main sentence patterns and correctly use punctuation marks ( colons, semicolons, hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes )
  • structure an essay, feature, article, book, e-book, or manuscript, by including an appealing hook and an unexpected ending ( bookend )
  • edit writing for clarity, brevity, and simplicity

What to bring

Please bring a:

  • A notebook with removable pages and something to write with
  • Laptops (optional)

Important Information

The course fee includes the prescribed textbook, Create, Narrate, Punctuate: How to Fashion Exquisitely Styled Sentences, written by Ramy Tadros.


This is not a fundamentals course. It is suitable for students who have a good knowledge of grammar. Students should understand the different types of phrase, clause and sentence and the different parts of speech.

Delivery Mode

The class is delivered in a classroom.