Writing Courses and Workshops

Writing workshops

Celebrate the power of the written word. Bring along your fiction, non-fiction and poems for discussion and feedback. Articles on writing skills, examples from published writers as well as writing exercises provided.

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

Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre | Mondays 12.30–2.30pm
Bookings 03 9347 2739 | info@cnlc.org.au

Span Community House | Wednesdays 10.00–12.30pm
Bookings 03 9480 1364 | info@spanhouse.org


Creative writing

Develop writing skills, build confidence and receive feedback on your writing. The focus is on novel writing, but the skills and techniques can be applied to other styles of writing such as short stories and memoir.

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

Span Community House | Mondays 9.30–12.00noon
03 9480 1364 | info@spanhouse.org

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre | Tuesdays 12.30–2.30pm
03 9853 3126 | admin@kewnlc.org.au



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


In the News

‘Writers Workshop at the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre’. Inner City News (30 March 2022) Writers Workshop at the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre

‘The purpose of the weekly workshops is for members of the group to share their work and receive positive-focused feedback from their colleagues’.



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)