We are very excited to announce that CSM Short Courses tutor, Elise Valmorbida, is a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award winner!
Elise Valmorbida, © Hannah Koelmeyer

Elise Valmorbida, © Hannah Koelmeyer

Honouring Australian writing, Elise won the fiction category for her incredibly well received new novel, The Madonna of the Mountains; congratulations Elise! You can find out more about all the nominees, their works and the competition within The Guardian, Herald Sun and The Sydney Morning Herald‘s amazing news articles.

Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winners, © Hannah Koelmeyer

Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winners, © Hannah Koelmeyer

Elise teaches the wonderfully engaging and truly inspiring Creative Writing – Fact or Fiction – Beginners course and, for those who wish to progress, the Creative Writing – Fact or Fiction – Intensive course as well. Having taught her very first class in 1997, you can also hear from Elise herself in our wonderful takeover blog from 2016 where she discusses and reflects upon the first creative writing course at CSM Short Courses.

Elise Valmorbida, © Hannah Koelmeyer 002

Elise Valmorbida, © Hannah Koelmeyer

Since then many wonderful students have attended Elise’s fabulous courses, delivered through dynamic group discussions and amazing feedback. Check out former student, Lori Smith’s, wonderful Rarely Wears Lipstick blog post, Creative Writing at Central Saint Martins. Whilst others have gone on to become nominated and award winning writers in their own rights.

Luan Goldie, former Creative Writing - Fact or Fiction - Beginners and Intensive student

Luan Goldie, former Creative Writing – Fact or Fiction – Beginners and Intensive student

Bristol Prize shortlist included former students Florence Delaney and Paul McMichael

Bristol Short Story Prize 2015 shortlist included former students Florence Delaney and Paul McMichael

So why not take your first steps into creative writing; whether you’re just starting out or planning your first epic novel, we’ve spaces available upon the Creative Writing – Fact or Fiction – Beginners and the Intensive course running April, to book right now! See you there.