Saturday 9:30–4:30 pm, Sunday 10:00–4:30 pm

Venue: Surry Hills, with easy access from Central Station
(participants will be emailed the address on confirmation of payment)

This Boot Camp will suit:

  • Aspiring writers 

  • Emerging writers

  • Advanced writers – published or unpublished

- regardless of  style, genre or level of writing experience 

Our presenters:

Nick Bleszynski has worked in the media industry for 40 years as a filmmaker, author, journalist, PR advisor and screen and media teacher. 

He is the author of the best-selling Shoot Straight You Bastards about the trial and execution of Breaker Morant, You’ll Never Take Me Alive! on the bushranger Ben Hall and Bloodlust about Australia’s only cannibal convict. Nick has just completed a new novel, Macbeth’s Other Witch, set in Scotland during the 17th century witch trials.

Nick teaches screen and media at TAFE and NIDA. As a writer/director, he has worked in many of the top companies in the film and television industry. He will share his own experiences and tell you how his ideas come together, how he researches …

Ally Burnham is an AWGIE award-winning screenwriter, novelist, and comic writer. A NIDA graduate (2016, Masters, Writing for Performance), she is also the Creative Producer at Westwords – Western Sydney’s literary development organisation. She is the lead writer of Metropius (AcropolisWorld), a multi-media project, consisting of the comics, Forgotten Rose (2022), and the animation screenplay, which won Most Outstanding Animation at the 2022 AWGIE Awards. 

Ally also writes as a novelist. She drops weekly podcast episodes called Prose & Cons, a podcast by emerging writers, for emerging writers. When there is time, she teaches at NIDA Open, training school-aged and adult students in screenwriting for film and television.

Focus will be on:

  • Where to find good ideas for stories and why they are important

  • Ingredients of a good idea

  • Techniques for fiction and non-fiction writers

  • How to write dialogue

  • Character profiling – bringing your characters to life

  • 27 plotlines

  • Synopsis/blurb – how to write one

  • The 3 ACT structures:

    • Broken structures – non-linear storytelling

    • Exposition

    • Foreshadowing and misdirection

Expected learning outcomes:

  • Knowing whether your idea has the key ingredients required of a best seller

  • Understanding which plot type(s) you are developing within your storyline

  • Understanding why/how to structure your novel/memoir …

  • Knowing practical techniques

There will be:

  • Interactive discussions

  • Workshops

  • Questions and answers

Relevant course notes will be emailed to participants after completion of the Boot Camp. 


  • Exclusively for SWW member participants – go into the draw to win one of two SWW workshop vouchers for 2024

  • For an additional fee of $25, following the course, you will receive by email one-on-one feedback on three pages of your work, double-spaced from Nick Bleszynski (to be arranged at the Boot Camp)

Boot Camp Fee: $275 per person (includes tea/coffee facility, and biscuits)

For further information and the registration form, please download the file below – you can print it to handwrite your details or complete on-line, or email Gwen Bitti at for a copy to be emailed to you.



Please pay by:

Credit card:


Direct debit:
      The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
      BSB: 062 018
      Account:  00950433

Include in your email the reference: BC and the first two letters of your first name and first three letters of your surname, e.g. Mary Jones will be: BCMaJon.