Writing Courses and Workshops


Creative writing

Course format: Weekly 2.5 hour classes during school terms.

Span Community House | Mondays 9.30–12.00 noon

Bookings: 03 9480 1364 | info@spanhouse.org



Writing for Pleasure and Publication

Course format: Weekly 2 hour classes during school terms.

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre | Tuesdays 12.30–2.30pm

Bookings: 03 9853 3126 | admin@kewnlc.org.au



Thornbury Writers Workshop

Course format: Weekly 2-2.5 hour classes during school terms.

Span Community House | Wednesdays 10.00–12.30pm

Bookings: 03 9480 1364 | info@spanhouse.org


Novel in a Year

Course format: Weekly 2 hour classes during school terms.

Span Community House | Wednesdays 2.00–4.00pm


Tania offers one-on-one mentoring face-to-face or via Zoom. Places are limited and preference is given to writers with completed (or nearly completed) fiction manuscripts. Enquiries tanchantraining@gmail.com


I attended Tania Chandler’s writing classes at Span House for over a year. She is a warm and generous teacher, encouraging, inclusive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Her passion for writing is catching, and she inspired and helped me to apply for (and be accepted into) a place in a writing degree at RMIT. She is a great writer herself – I have read and thoroughly enjoyed her books. I absolutely recommend her classes for anyone at any level who is interested in learning more about writing.

Mitzi Swan (Thornbury writers workshop, Span Community House)


Tania’s special skill is instilling confidence in writers. Whether you are a novice keen to develop your style or a writer who wants to finish a project, Tania helps you find the way. She is a superb editor, encouraging and very kind (which helps). I reckon she is a legend.

Chris Keogh (Creative writing, Span Community House)


Thank you so much. I found the workshop really helpful. Your teaching style is relaxing and fun – it was not at all intimidating (I confess I was a little afraid it might be!). I found the writing exercises particularly useful.

Libby Thompson (Building Character workshop, Writers Victoria)


I’ve found the course to be incredibly helpful. I got excited about what I wrote, so now I’ve relaxed into it and have learnt a lot about setting a scene and fleshing out a character. All very interesting, and terrific for loosening up with a pen and keyboard. Huge thanks for your guidance and encouragement.

Deb Parkinson (How to Start Your Story short course, Richmond Community Learning Centre)


Dear Tania, I’m writing to thank you for the writing course this semester. Your usual superb teaching to a disparate group at different stages of learning was challenged by the virus. The way you swapped from a room to Zoom was impressive and very professional and at no time did your teaching suffer. I look forward to next semester to continue learning from you and thank you again.

Veronica Power (Creative writing, Span Community House)


Thanks for your feedback on my fiction piece, much appreciated. I also wanted to say that I’m finding the whole writing experience under your guidance totally inspiring. My brain is popping with ideas from the session today.

Sue Fitzpatrick (Creative writing, Span Community House)


Much obliged for the short story info. I’ve already started reworking my stories. Really enjoying our course.

Michael Cairns (Thornbury writers' group, Span Community House)


It was by serendipity that I came across Tania’s Creative Writing course at Span Community House. I was warmly welcomed into an already established writing group and from the get-go settled in and am finding the experience nurturing, uplifting and motivating. Tania provides and holds a supportive and inclusive space. I am excited to bring the idea of my book into being, with the help and support of Tania and my fellow classmates.

Barbara Fitzpatrick-Haddy (Creative writing, Span Community House)