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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.

Marcia Tsiliris

“It was informative and easy to grasp with lots of very useful tips. Content was really good. Brilliant.”

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Susie Wicks

“It was great being able to do it in your own time and being to pause and rewind to listen to parts over. Question and answer format was great too, really enjoyed getting feedback from Valerie.”

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Jaci Byrne

“The course was fast-paced, loaded with information and perfect for those who really want to do feature writing. Sue was concise, friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable and offered a lot of herself.”

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Graham Russell

“Cheryl knew her subject very well. She connects well with all her class participants. She is patient and careful to answer participant’s questions, and she checks with them that they were satisfied with her answer. A good tutor and she puts the class at ease.”

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Lara Tulloch

“It was very easy to do the course online. I liked that there was a whole week to do the modules and the fact that the classroom stays open after the course has finished.”

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Greg Byers

“Jeni was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, easy to listen to, encouraging – bloody fantastic actually!”

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Imogen Bailey

“I have always wanted to write creatively but I have long been guilty of collecting half finished pieces of work. I have now learnt how to put the pieces together and the true gift of that knowledge is that I have found my creative flow. I am now writing everyday and really experiencing the beauty of the creative process, the difference for me feels nothing short of amazing.

“I found this course to be not only educational in teaching me the skills that I so desired to know but it has also blessed me with a great support network. It’s an inspiring experience to be in a room with minds that are all hungry for the same thing and a room filled with passion. This is a brilliant course!”

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Anni Webster

“I would recommend this tour as a life-changing experience. Patti is a fabulous, generous, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher.”

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Niki Meris

“The content was excellent. All of my niggling grammar questions have been answered. Even as I am typing this response I am conscious of where I should place my commas!”

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Monica Girard

“The content was excellent. I learnt a lot. Kim’s presentation style was relaxed and conversational which I really like. She kept us on track and moving through the content very well. I now have so many ideas for where I want to take my blog. Thanks Kim for the encouragement and information. I am ready to build my empire!”

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Maureen Collins

“Pamela was superb. Her insights were and extraordinary she has an uncanny ability to see ways to make the best of our work.”

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Catherine Pelosi

“Kate is lovely and I found her very inspiring. This topic is such an important one so this course is something I think every writer needs!”

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Jared Barnes

“I enjoyed getting together with other aspiring writers and hearing their different story ideas. Tim was an enthusiastic teacher with a wealth of insight. Very good.”

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Chrissie Ellis

“The course was stimulating, helpful and informative; most of all, it inspired me to dare to dream. Kate was intelligent, quick, enthusiastic and really engaged with the class. Her encouraging comments about a piece I had written inspired me enormously.”

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Sarah Bell

“The seminar was comprehensive and easy to follow, well-planned and executed. Catriona was engaging, passionate and expert. Great venue, professional course, and a great presenter.”

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Claire Fitzgerald

“Lisa was great. She really knows her stuff and was engaging and entertaining.”

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Caz Makepeace

“I really enjoyed learning all about freelancing and analysing travel articles. Sue was very knowledgeable, passionate and supportive. She was easy to understand, confident and friendly in her approach.”

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Jessica Shirvington

“So I thought, ‘Well, I just need to… if I want to give this a go, I’ve got to just put myself in this writing world’. That’s why I approached you guys. I was a little bit nervous, and I was traveling at the time with Matt, my husband, so I signed on the dot for the online creative writing course. That was a great way to start because I felt anonymous and I wasn’t throwing myself out there. But what was really great, because I’m a procrastinator and I like to go back to things a lot, was that as people posted their work, it was there, so I could go back and read it again, I could read the teacher’s comments.

“I could see what she was picking up on, what was working, and what wasn’t. That helped. In a lot of ways it gave me extra confidence in what I was doing or would send up a flag, you know? ‘Okay, that’s a bad idea’. Things like that. I think more than anything just being in that kind of environment, where it’s actually okay to want to pursue something like this, and everyone’s really passionate about it, that was really a good start.

“And so I thought, ‘Well, if I really want to keep going with this I just need to keep myself in this world.’ I can’t let myself out of it in a way. So I signed up to do the second course in creative writing and I did that in person. So then I was coming in once a week and I was surrounded by 10 other people who were writing and passionate about it and we were just talking through stuff. At that time I sent out my manuscript and it was during that course that I actually got picked up by an agent. It was great because it was just the right environment for me to be in and it worked really well.”

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Belinda-Jane Latta

“I came away with ideas running rampant in my head, this has continued since the seminar. It’s helped me think more creatively and clearly about different ideas I have and where they could lead. I really enjoyed it.”

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Fran Tann

“I enjoyed Valerie’s bright and, obviously, well informed presentation. And her energy and enthusiasm for the subject. I feel I know have an understanding of the techniques I’ve been needing. The online delivery was easy and convenient. I downloaded each module onto my mp3 player and took it on the bus, to the gym, wherever I was. Great stuff.”

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Jo Harris

“I completed Valerie’s online course in November. By Christmas, I had secured my first freelance writing job! I was completely amazed at how quickly it all happened. Without Valerie’s support and encouragement and of course the user-friendly online course, I would never have had the confidence to apply for this ongoing freelance writing position. If you follow Valerie’s expert advice you really can’t go wrong.”

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Catherine Falk

“Cathie was a genuine, honest presenter who was generous with her experience and quietly firm about what is expected of the author of a children’s picture book. She had a wry sense of humour and an engaging and organised way of delivering the work. I was really inspired to go home and get on with my book.”

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Rose Wintergreen

“I did the magazine writing course at the Australian Writers’ Centre and it changed my entire life. I met an amazing number of talented and interesting people and the support on the Facebook graduates page has been amazing. So many doors have opened up. Absolutely incredible.”

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Candice Arzapitian

“Deb is a friendly, easy-going presenter with loads of little tips on how to structure information/details into an email or letter.”

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Heather Kane

“This seminar was very interesting and it was good to learn from an experienced web content editor who had real life examples for us to work with. Grant was very well informed, very enthusiastic about the subject, and answered all questions. I think it was great that he encouraged us all to keep in contact with him. It was a great seminar taught by working professionals I found it very practical.”

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Robyn O’Connell

“I’m most impressed with the online course offered by Australian Writers’ Centre. Responses to student work are considered, informed and honest. Most importantly, there is a high level of respect afforded to each student in the manner these responses are presented. Suffice to say, I now know so much more about magazine writing than I did five weeks ago, despite a lifetime of reading many different kinds of magazines, newspapers, online articles.”

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Jo Cross

“The course was very practical and simply presented. It worked really well with a balance of listening to Jeni and doing exercises that we shared with the group. The access to Jeni was great. She was enthusiastic and encouraging about writing, and sharing what was clearly a wealth of experience. If you’re interested in writing and need a motivating hand / kick up the bum to get started, try a course. Listening to Jeni, I realised that the only limitations to getting started are with me and I just need to start typing.”

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Mark Quisumbing

“The instructor knew her stuff! And when she saw some of us having trouble understanding it she either went back over the material or made it easier for us to follow. For me, it made clear some of the grammar I had already learnt but was very fuzzy on.

“As an aspiring editor this course has given me a brief glimpse into what that profession requires. It has also shown me that I can really learn and use this knowledge, especially if there was more time for it to sink in.”

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Lara Friedman

“The course pinpointed the areas of writing that I’d never thought about. The homework/exercises/readings made total sense. I am rewriting another draft of my memoir and feel that I can enrich it so much!”

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Penny Harrison

“I wanted to write and tell you some exciting news since I finished the online magazine writing course with you. The idea I put forward as my pitch in the course (a travel story on Griffith in NSW) has since been published in The Sydney Morning Herald Traveller section and I have another travel story coming out in the September issue of Coast and Country Magazine.

“I’ve also been signed on as a regular freelance contributor with the Herald Sun Home Magazine, something that has meant I am now freelancing four days a week! It has been an amazing few months since I finished the course and I have to say, none of this would have been possible without your incredible skill and advice. So, many thanks once again for such a fabulous course, it really has changed my life!”

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Eden Riley

“Fantastic. Very intense! No-nonsense, thorough and clear. The best writing course out there.”

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Sunni Hughes

“I feel much more confident with the basic rules of grammar and punctuation that once baffled me.”

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Sharron Olivier

“Tim is a delightfully engaging presenter and a five-star teacher. He knows the course subject matter inside out and enriches it with anecdotes and excellent practical advice gleaned from his long years as a professional writer for film and TV.”

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