Online Courses 


You can enrol HERE at any time in this FREE short course developed by

Central Queensland University that features contributions by two of our

members, Leanne Dodd and Pam Blamey. 


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Allow readers to witness a difficult story and learn from it. 

In this online course, you will learn techniques and strategies for writing traumatic stories and traumatised characters for memoir, biography and fiction in an authentic and engaging way. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the neuroscience of trauma (fight/flight/freeze)

  • Represent authentic actions/reactions to trauma

  • Use the Hero’s Journey story arc for post-traumatic growth stories

  • Understand key narrative techniques and strategies to

      represent trauma in writing

  • Learn strategies for interviewing trauma survivors

  • Ethical considerations – whose story is it?

  • Self-care to avoid re-traumatisation and vicarious traumatisation

About your tutor:

Dr Leanne Dodd is a university lecturer in creative writing, an appointed mentor with Queensland Writers Centre,

and is also qualified in writing and art therapy. Under the pen name of Lea Scott, she has published three indie

crime thrillers featuring traumatised characters. Her latest novel was longlisted for the 2018 Richell Prize with Hachette.


Have you ever wanted to create a short film about your life?

In this online course designed just for beginners like you, learn to voice your own story using images, video and a short personalised script. Digital Storytelling is creative and flexible, and reflects the way our modern society is engaged in the process of meaning-making, through a multi-modal, multi-platform, co-creative and collaborative work.

Learning Outcomes:

You will be guided through:

  • development of a personalised 250-word script

  • selection of visual materials including basic images and video

  • voice recording 

  • audio editing using free downloadable software

  • final production of your story in a digital format you can share it on various forms of media.

About your tutor:

Elena Volkova is a transmedia storytelling practitioner who has designed an innovative narrative-based artistic practice

that offers a range of services to assist in building resilient and sustainable peer support communities.  She is qualified in

literary studies and radio journalism and her area of practice includes creative life story writing, digital storytelling, and

oral history practice. 

ABN: 622 438 61317

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