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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.

Samantha Wiese

“I enjoyed gaining an insight into the world of a genuine writer. Lisa was enthusiastic, lively, encouraging and helpful. A very professional, relevant and hands-on course.”

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Allison Cahill

“Very informative with lots of useful tips. It was also good to speak to other budding authors. It can also ignite your passion and motivation for writing.”

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Simone Brandon

“The emphasis on the structure of articles was very useful, particularly around transitions, case studies and quoting interviewees. I could see how to easily make improvements to pieces I had written in the past when I re-read them after the course.

“I thought the presentation was very clear in terms of emphasising important points and not assuming any prior knowledge. I enjoyed the example articles and the commentary interspersed from Valerie were helpful.”

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David Kennedy

“The flexible format was excellent. Valerie’s presentation style was easy to follow and her practical insights into the industry were really valuable.”

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Elise Maki

“Nicole was an absolute darl and her enthusiasm for good writing was infectious.”

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Veronica Rose

“An inspiring motivating two weeks. In many ways it has been a life-changing experience.”

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Trevor Treharne

“Just thought I’d let you know that I’ve secured a deal with a US publisher! Thanks for your assistance with my pitch; it was a million times better once I knew what I should actually put in it! They particularly liked the idea that I’d be a regular contributor for them, as after your seminar I listed my second and third book ideas in my first book pitch and it was that information that seemingly got me over the line.

“The course gave me the confidence to pitch as I knew that should I get rejected it was that my book idea wasn’t right for the publisher, not that my pitch wasn’t right. Writing a book, or having a book idea, means you have a bit of an emotional attachment to your work. The course enabled me to focus on building a business proposal on what my book could offer the publisher, not just why I felt my great book idea was so great!”

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Davina Poletto

“Great environment, relaxed speaker. Took away some important points on writing that will be useful in my day-to day job and came away with more points on effective writing.”

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Therese Spruhan

“Kerri was very informative and enthusiastic and had lots of great tips. She confirmed a lot of things I was thinking of doing but hadn’t quite put into practice. It was also a relaxed way to find out heaps in a short time.”

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Pamela Basden

“I enjoyed Trae’s friendliness and energy. She was confident and very knowledgeable about blogging.”

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Andy Morton

“Kate is an excellent teacher and muse.”

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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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Belinda Bentley

“The depth of the content was covered was invaluable and Carli was amazing. Honest and well-prepared.”

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Susan Moore

“I took away a great list of actionable ideas to improve my own blog. The session also helped me to clarify my purpose in blogging – why am I doing it and what do I want to get out of it. “

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Keri Ahmet

“Tim was entertaining and creative. He was very helpful with feedback and comments.”

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Carl Moggridge

“A very practical and inspiring day. I went away clearly knowing what I need to do next.”

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Kerrie Hawkins Waine

“I have been able to adopt my learning to my day job and will look to get a story published by the end of the year. That is, one outside of the corporate publications I currently get published in. The online delivery was very easy – in my opinion it couldn’t have been made any easier.”

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Eva Tanner

“Valerie is a great teacher, extremely knowledgeable and has lots of great examples to illustrate her points. She is very direct and to the point which I found great for a course that is limited in its time. Overall I found the course very practical and informative.”

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Anna Farr

“Allison was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. This was the first time I’d done an online course and I was worried it would be difficult for me as I’m a bit low tech, but I found it really easy. Even communicating with fellow students online was easy and felt quite friendly and connected.”

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Martina Coffey

“I enjoyed the relaxed environment in which I could explore the idea of writing and how to go about starting to write. Pamela was excellent. She is a genuine and experienced presenter – friendly and non-threatening, inspiring and fun. This is a great taster course if you have ever wanted to dip your pen in to writing. Informative and hands on in starting your writing experience.”

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Tim Canham

“Pamela’s breadth of experience and knowledge was invaluable.”

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Edwina Dick

Edwina Dick

“Taking the Australian Writers’ Centre online course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing was such a great move for me. The course work was really enjoyable, I learnt far more than just a new style of writing, and I’m now a regular freelance contributor to a few of my favourite food and travel titles. You could certainly say I’m thrilled with the return on investment – you can’t put a price on loving your work.”

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Sarah Thompson

“Judith Ridge really opened my eyes to the unique art of children’s writing. She made me think about how to approach and write for children and to think about the differences between writing for children and writing for adults. She improved my manuscript for children enormously.

“I would recommend her courses to anyone at any level who has an interest in children’s literature and writing.”

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Anne-Marie Paddon

“I really enjoyed being with a group of people with a common interest, going through the materials, brainstorming ideas. It was a very practical course and Julietta was fun, engaging and clearly a very experienced travel writer. I felt privileged to be taught by someone who has so much knowledge.”

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Mark Butterfield

“Deb was great and certainly knows her stuff.”

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Linda Habak

“Valerie Khoo is just mesmerising to listen to. She is very inspiring and has an uncanny talent of making you believe you can be a writer.”

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Andrew Bardsley

“This is a good course for building the foundations of writing business letters.”

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Pat Kefalas

“She has such a colourful personality which kept me interested in learning more.”

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Eric Grayson

“Geoff was very approachable and had excellent advice. All of the questions I had in mind when I booked the seminar were answered in one way or another. Geoff knew the industry really well.”

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Jenny New

“The Novel Writing Course was amazing. Pamela is an amazing teacher. Her depth of knowledge ensures that everyone in the class receives fantastic feedback and her ability to take a very average piece of work and turn it into a great piece of work is just invaluable. I have done a number of courses with the Australian Writers’ Centre to date and found the Centre extremely professional and the presenters are all fantastic. I think that the courses are extremely good value for money.”

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Louise Brogan

“Jen was interesting, well informed, and really knew her topic.”

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Sally Taylor-Phillips

“Jen was very knowledgeable and covered the content really well.”

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Tenar Dwyer

“Loved that Valerie remained on topic over the two days and kept everything relevant. She treated us all like adults who’d paid our money to learn and all the anecdotes she used were relevant to the course – I can’t tell you how much I appreciated this. I can honestly say I got exactly what I paid for and what I’d hoped I’d get out of this course. It was jam-packed with so much information. A really excellent course.”

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