Novel-writing intensive

This week-long course allows you to fully immerse yourself in the world of creative writing to take your writing to the next level. Phillipa has successfully helped many unpublished novelists hone their craft and move into the published author ranks. The course content is applicable to all genres.

“The writing masterclass was amazing…There was so much information to absorb, but Phillipa made it easy to understand.  There was a lot of individual attention and the feedback on my partial manuscript was invaluable.” Rosemary Campbell, May 2014 attendee

2015 course dates: 13-17 April & 24-28 August 2015

Key features

  • Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
  • Five days of intensive training for complete creative immersion
  • Exclusive, small sessions capped at 12 people so you get individual attention
  • Creatively inspiring environment — the Abbotsford Convent
  • Full catering so you can focus on the writing
  • Extensive notes
  • In-depth exercises to help you put theory into practice
  • A range of tools to make your novel the best it can be
  • Intensive work on characterisation and plot development (with application to your novel)
  • Access to internationally published author
  • First 15 pages of your manuscript (12pt, Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced) edited/critiqued by PD Martin


  • $1100 (inclusive of GST) for five days of training, morning tea and lunch every day plus the 15-page review
  • Concession and early bird price: $999

Day-by-day breakdown

Day 1:  Story ideas, genre, research and sense of place
Day 2: PD Martin’s Writing Rules to Live By
Day 3: Character intensive (Part 1)
Day 4: Character intensive (Part 2) & Plot intensive (Part 1)
Day 5: Plot intensive (Part 2) & Bringing it all together
Please email Phillipa on for more information and enrolments. Bookings are based on a first-come, first-served basis (maximum 12 students).