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The Secrets of Storytelling
36-Week Course

Unlock the Secrets of Master Storytellers

A 36-week course with award-winning author A. R. Levett is offered at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre.

Gaining the structural tools used by best-selling authors, weekly classes will motivate you to start, or finish, that novel you want to get on the page. Working alongside peers in a supportive, encouraging environment your work will develop, layer by layer, over four structured terms.

Classes will deliver:
1. Discovery of techniques used by writing masters;
2. Examination of popular stories and how they work;
3. Development of these for your story;
4. Professional guidance for your individual story.

The course is an ongoing, 36-week commitment for new, emerging, and experienced writers to develop their stories. Payment options are available.

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Course Outline: Term 1

Module 1: The Premise


Class 1: 4 Feb 2024

Receive an introduction to the course, learn why it's important to write about something important, and explore your story's possibilities and challenges.

Class 2: 11 Feb 2024

Locate your story's theme, its most interesting character and their central goal.

Class 3: 18 Feb 2024

Establish the story's main opponent, character values, and central conflict.

Class 4: 25 Feb 2024

Create the protagonist's character growth equation, final moral choice, and your story premise.

Module 2: The Conflict

Class 5: 3 Mar 2024

Map out your story's main events, inciting incident, and climax.

Class 6: 10 Mar 2024

Determine your protagonist's self-revelation, inner weakness, and central goal.

Module 3: The Characters

Class 7: 17 Mar 2024

Determine each character's story function and begin to individualise them from each other.

Class 8: 24 Mar 2024

Continue to individualise your characters and use four-corner opposition to determine how each opposes the others.

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Course Outline: Term 2
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Module 3: The Characters (continued)


Class 9: 21 Apr 2024

Learn about archetypes, archetypal journeys, and discover which archetypes are the most and least dominant in your characters.

Class 10: 28 Apr 2024

Chart your protagonist's ego archetypal development.

Class 11: 5 May 2024

Determine your protagonist's soul archetypal journey.

Class 12: 12 May 2024

​Create your protagonist's self archetypal journey.

Class 13: 19 May 2024

Chart your protagonist's character change arc by establishing the lie they believe, their wants and needs, and their past.

Class 14: 26 May 2024

Keep determining your protagonist's character change arc by creating their characteristic moment, their normal world, and their state in the first act.

Class 15: 2 Jun 2024

Continue mapping your protagonist's character change arc by looking at their first-plot point, who they are during the first half of act 2, and at the story's midpoint.

Class 16: 9 Jun 2024

Keep mapping your protagonist's character change arc by  creating their state during the second half of act 2, their third-plot point, ​and act 3.

Class 17: 16 Jun 2024

Finalise your protagonist's character change arc by determining who they are at the climax, and resolution.

Module 4: The Theme

Class 18: 23 Jun 2024

Discover the theme of your story & how to play it out through character oppositions.

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Course Outline: Term 3

Module 5: The Symbols & Setting


Class 19: 21 Jul 2024

Develop symbols for your story and discover how settings are forms of symbolism in storytelling.

Class 20: 28 Jul 2024

Discover the purpose of setting in story and the meanings of multiple human-made settings.

Class 21: 4 Aug 2024

​Discover the meanings behind multiple natural settings & weather & how to use them in your story.

Class 22: 11 Aug 2024

Determine the symbolic value of the tools and technology in your story.

Class 23: 18 Aug 2024

Uncover how using setting can help convey the protagonist's development during the story.


Module 6: The Plot

Class 24: 25 Aug 2024

Discover how to create an organic plot & how to plot the story's opening and backstory.

Class 25: 1 Sept 2024

Learn how to implement the setting, problem, inner weakness, inciting incident and central goal in your story's plot.

Class 26: 8 Sept 2024

Develop your story's allies, sub-plot character/s, main opponent & fake-ally opponent in relation to plot.

Class 27: 15 Sept 2024

Implement a reveals sequence, first major reveal & decision, and the protagonist's training.

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Course Outline: Term 4

Module 6: The Plot (continued)


Class 28: 13 Oct 2024

Discover the long sequences of opponent's attacks & the protagonist's counter-plans.

Class 29: 20 Oct 2024

Determine the attack by an ally, apparent defeat & the second major reveal & decision.  

Class 30: 27 Oct 2024

Develop the third major reveal & gate, gauntlet, & visit to death.

Class 31: 3 Nov 2024

Implement the climax, self-revelation, moral decision, thematic revelation, & new equilibrium into the story's plot.

Module 7: The Scenes


Class 32: 10 Nov 2024

Create a scene breakdown for your story.


Class 33: 17 Nov 2024

Discover the most powerful way to write scenes for your novel.

Module 8: The Writing

Class 34: 24 Nov 2024

Discover how to use showing to make your story so much more powerful than telling.


Class 35: 1 Dec 2024

Examine the different types of point-of-view, how to use them in a story, & which one works best for your story.

Class 36: 8 Dec 2024

Develop strong dialogue for your scenes & create dialogue tracks to give it more depth.

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"Empowering stuff. I’m going to be able to write stories more easily now."

— Lynne Deperas


Term 1: 4 Feb - 24 Mar 2024

Term 2: 21 Apr - 23 Jun 2024

Term 3: 21 Jul - 15 Sept 2024

Term 4: 13 Oct - 8 Dec 2024


Edith Cowan House

20/270 Joondalup Drive

Joondalup, WA

$1,500 for full course (Save $300!) / $1,400 PCWC members
or $400 per term (save $50)
or $50 per class / $40 Peter Cowan Writers' Centre members


Booking essential.

Bookings close 27/01/2024.



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"A great opportunity to flesh out and focus in on a story idea."

— Garry Winterton

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