Advancing your Writing

This course was formerly advertised as "Advanced Writing Workshop"


Photograph of a laptop and piece of paper with writing on it (Brainstorming)Overview:
Are you writing a novel, novella or short story, or a work of non-fiction, and feel you could use a supportive and stimulating environment to keep going? Or maybe you would benefit from an exchange of ideas with other writers? If so, this is the workshop for you. Over eight-weeks you will receive constructive advice on how to keep going with your writing. You will have the opportunity to share your work in a positive environment and develop critiquing skills.

Target audience:
This course is for anyone that wants to continue writing fiction or non-fiction.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  • made good progress on your work
  • gained a better understanding of what is involved in structuring, writing and editing your work.

Course outline:
Each two-hour session includes structured writing guidance and provides the opportunity to discuss your writing, workshop sections of it in class, hear what others are working on and develop your critiquing skills in a supportive environment.

In addition to group workshopping, the tutor will provide you with tailored feedback on the pieces you write throughout the course.

You will be expected to write between classes.

A short break is held halfway through each session and tea and coffee are provided. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Class limit:
This course is limited to 12 participants, so please enrol early.

Anna Jaquiery has completed a PhD in Creative Writing from Monash University in Australia. She is the author of two novels, The Lying-Down Room (2014) and Death in the Rainy Season (2015), both published by Pan Macmillan UK. Her stories and poems have appeared in many journals. She is currently working on a new book.

“Anna Jaquiery was a great teacher. I would recommend her to others”, Advanced Writing Workshop participant (2018)

“Anna did a great job of fostering a group atmosphere. She really gave each of us a lot of individual focus too and considered feedback”, Advanced Writing Workshop participant (2018)

“Anna ran the course in a flexible but well-organised way. She set up ground rules at the beginning that helped make the course constructive and productive”, Advanced Writing Workshop participant (2018)

Relevant links:
International Institute of Modern Letters
Pan MacMillan

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.