Novel Writing Bootcamp

Course Overview

Are you thinking about writing a novel but need help and guidance? Or have you finished writing and now don’t know what to do with your story? In this comprehensive course, we will define and discuss popular novel genres, where your novel stands in the market, plus how to write according to genre expectations. We will also tackle the nuts and bolts of actual writing – story, structure, plot, characters, setting, dialogue – that includes writing exercises and plenty of class interaction. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a novel and wondered how to go about doing it, this course is for you.

Learn from Award-winning Australian fiction author, Paula Roe:

Paula Roe is a regular Borders Books bestseller and one of only five Australian authors who write for Harlequin Desire, a line published by Harlequin Enterprises, the biggest romance publisher in the world. Harlequin books go out to over 28 countries and are translated into 28 languages in 114 international markets on six continents. Before publication, Paula’s writing won and placed in various contests, including Wisconsin Romance Writers Fabulous Five Silver Quill, Magnolia State Dixie First Chapter, Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Award and the Valerie Parv Award.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course you will learn:

  • How to identify popular novel genres
  • How to define the genre they’re writing
  • The elements that make a strong story
  • Logical steps on how to plan and plot a story

Course outcome

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Define popular fiction genres
  • Identify where their story fits within the market
  • Use the workshop techniques to craft plot, characters and story

What you need to know

Entry requirements

The ability to read and write in English at an intermediate level or higher.

What you need to provide

  • All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Notepad and pen

Other information

Materials are extra. You will need equipment such as nippers ($40), glue ($22) and mosaic tiles which would depend on the size of your project. All of this can be bought from our studio

There is plenty of parking at the venue.

Class details

Start Date18 May 2024
End Date18 May 2024
Time10:00am - 4:00pm
TutorPaula Roe


Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


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How to Enrol

Step 1

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Step 3

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