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Graduate testimonials

Success stories. Book deals. Life-changing experiences.

Australian Writers’ Centre is full of students from all over the country whose lives have changed as a result of our courses. You can read just a few of our Graduate Case Studies by clicking here.

Or if you want to browse what some students think about our courses, you’ll find this below.

Julie Noever

“Marina – what an inspiration. She was fantastic. Her own knowledge base was so incredible and the insight she brought as an editor was worth every cent. She was very generous with her time and approach. Do Marina’s class. That woman is amazing.”

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David Howlett

“I loved Tim’s enthusiasm and the way he would get across points he was trying to make. Being able to leverage his experience and knowledge was invaluable. I definitely have a better idea of how to build and manage the development of a script. I really enjoyed Tim’s teaching methods and found him very responsive when discussing my own script.”

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Kathy Mueller

“The course was practical and offered so much real-world information. Alecia was well organised, encouraging and gave so much from her own experience. It was useful in not only telling us how to write features, but showing us how to get them published. She is a great presenter.”

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Alyssa Tasker

“It was a very friendly atmosphere, there was no pressure to write anything amazing and you didn’t feel compared to the other students. Pamela has fantastic knowledge of writing and the industry and passed this on in a very understanding manner. The location was fantastic close to parking which made it a lot easier and the view is amazing.”

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Tony McFadden

“Louisa knows her stuff, and had some very useful and timely tips. The course was full of useful and relevant information. It has really helped me with the story I’m currently writing.”

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Cynthia Mikel

“Pamela is the most inspiring presenter ever! Put this course on your bucket list.”

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Tammy Kelly

“Geoff was easy to talk with and it felt just like a group of people sitting around having a conversation about getting published. Geoff’s knowledgeable, articulate, no-nonsense and brings so much to the session. At the Australian Writers’ Centre you get knowledge experts, an open and friendly environment and they provide so much information just to help budding writers everywhere.”

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Gordon Kalton Williams

“Tim has designed an effective short course, providing a good solid grounding in screenwriting. He had a very precise way of conveying what he meant, and his observations on my writing were very helpful and illuminating.”

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Jo McCann

“The course has opened my mind to attend to the details of writing and the sensory input that can create a world and characters to draw the reader in. The ideas and inspiration that came from participating in this writing course exceeded anything I might have anticipated. Patti is very focussed and very professional. Every lesson was well prepared and delivered with a great understanding of how we, the students, could develop and deepen our writing skills. Patti is passionate about her art and she shared her knowledge generously. I loved the whole experience. At a very personal level, in relation to my writing, it has been life- changing. It is an invaluable opportunity to inform your writing and take it to another level.”

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Catherine Zsifko

“Great course and very knowledgeable instructor! I found the whole day to be very enjoyable and beneficial to help me with my current job. I liked that Grant asked us for examples from our workplace. He obviously keeps updated with the web and this was reflected in the course.”

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Anne Whaite

“The trip exceeded all expectations. It was an extraordinary two weeks that provided invaluable input and established new friends and writing contacts. And all this in Paris – ‘a postgraduate course in everything!'”

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Brooke Lumsden

With no prior writing experience, I completed the Magazine and Newspaper Writing course in 2012 and, within a month, was published by Fairfax Media. I have been writing regularly for them ever since. I was also published by a US magazine immediately after the course, which is distributed to a niche audience including the US Congress. They liked my work so much I was made associate editor within three months. I have written for various magazines about a range of topics, and the work has opened up many doors and networking opportunities, so I now am able to earn more money working from home with complete flexibility than I did in my previous roles that were difficult to juggle with family life. Another aspect that I love is stumbling across something or someone interesting in everyday life and thinking ‘I should write about that’, then actually doing it – and getting paid to do it. I’ve never felt so valued in my work.

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Midge McCall

“The presenter was inspiring and I felt she was being honest in her feedback. It was wonderful.”

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Daniel Brown

“I’ve learnt that sometimes simple is better. Kate was very professional and a great teacher. Great examples and templates were provided too.”

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Natalie Keen

“Cathie is extremely knowledgeable on the topic of picture books, and with so much relevant industry experience, her tips and insights were invaluable. The workshop aspect of the course and meeting other writers was terrific. Cathie was awesome. She was direct, honest, informative, funny – perfect!”

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Michelle Guillemard

“Thank you so much for providing such a comprehensive insight into the world of publishing last night. You addressed all of my questions, and you made publishing seem like something that is realistically achievable for any of us – as long as we go about it in the right way! It’s very encouraging as I feel that the dream is within reach now. I’ve still got a lot of work to do on my first draft, but when I’m ready to pitch it (hopefully by the end of the year) I’m confident that I have the right tools to do it properly!”

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Kerryn Gollan

“The course was very informative! It gave me a very clear view of what is needed to take my story and turn it into a book. Pamela is absolutely brilliant. I could listen to her for days. She is clear, refreshingly honest and encouraging. Can’t say enough about how wonderful she is. If you want to write and have no idea how it get started or how to approach it, this course is an absolute must. You will not regret it.”

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Andy Morton

“Kate is an excellent teacher and muse.”

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James Beauchamp

“The sharing of work with the group was a real highlight, hearing what other people had written and receiving constructive criticism and encouragement. This course was also very well structured, and the homework activities were scaled well, as you progress from writing a memory (week 1) to commencing a story (week 5). I feel that I have grown confidence in my writing, and the course has allowed me to look at new ways of approaching my writing, so much so that I am going to rewrite the story I wrote just prior to this course from a completely different perspective.”

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Karin van Heerwaarden

“Valerie’s course provides a valuable insight into the world of freelance writing. Her practical guidance and encouragement has given me the confidence to get out there and give it a go.”

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Kelly Rainbow

“The course helps to develop many writing techniques and styles. It helps with story and character development yet still encourages you to keep your own style. I liked having the handouts as well as the audio, it gives me something to refer back to in the future as I am writing. Pamela was very helpful and honest with her feedback. She gave both positive comments as well as the constructive criticism, both I think are important as a tutor.”

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Lisa Sobreviñas

“It was fantastic that Catriona used recent, relevant and real-life examples. Catriona was very switched on the entire day, from 9am to 5pm. She was great! The staff at the Australian Writers’ Centre were very professional and courteous. I walked away from the course learning more than I had expected. I felt confident about trying to do PR and writing media releases after just one day!”

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Alicia Patterson

“Nicole was obviously really experienced, had great insights to offer and was really engaging.”

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Miranda Ryan

“I really enjoyed learning exactly what feature writing is, the importance of writing your articles to suit the magazine/target market, and how to pitch to editors. Marina was a great teacher. I gained so much from hearing her stories as an editor. Her knowledge has given me a better understanding of the role of an editor and what they’re looking for in a writer/story idea. This will enable me to communicate with editors better as I start my career in freelance writing. The people at the Australian Writers’ Centre really know their stuff about all things writing and the teachers live and breathe the industry. Everything I learnt was relevant and useful and the classes are really well organised.”

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Vanessa Volpato

“Thanks so much for your seminar, it was awesome! I thought the seminar was extremely well organised and the content was to the point and very helpful for aspiring self publishers. My partner and I are going to work on our book – thanks so much!”

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Kyra Webb

“Kerri and Valerie were fantastic.”

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Harriet Jordan

“I found Judith to be enthusiastic and inspiring, and she demonstrated an amazing knowledge of all aspects of writing for children. The work produced by people in the group ranged from picture books, through historicals to young adult fiction, but in all cases Judith was able to provide valuable guidance.

“She also created a wonderful group dynamic, in which the members critiqued each others’ work in a constructive and supportive manner.”

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Sonya Madden

“I found the seminar really informative. Just listening to the presenter and the questions being asked provided a lot of valuable information. Both Valerie and Kerri were great presenters.”

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Madeline Gill

“The course was well presented and the course notes are an excellent reference tool. Deb was very professional and passionate about her subject matter. She is an excellent presenter.”

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Dawn Richards

“Sue is very helpful and provides practical feedback. I loved the convenience of the online course and would certainly love to do another one. Doing a course with the Australian Writers’ Centre online stimulates creativity and shakes up the grey matter!”

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Jane Pinsker

“The course offered a very supportive and encouraging atmosphere, fantastically useful strategies, realistic information and challenging but rewarding writing exercises. Claire is an excellent teacher; warm and engaging, very knowledgeable about both the writing process and the industry and always supportive and encouraging. I was incredibly nervous about attending and it was confronting, but I loved it too.”

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Ned Sheeran

“It was a very nice group of people, there were good reading materials and very practical and useful tips from a professional.”

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Julian Howard

“My writing is much clearer and sharper, and I now know of many details about novel writing I was unaware of before.”

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