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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.

Leanne Gillespie

“I’m reading with fresh, discerning eyes and feel I have been given valuable insight into the publishing industry. The course has given me the basic skills to tackle the process of preparing and submitting my own work for publication.

“Holly has a very appealing, informal and enthusiastic presentation style which seemed to engage most of the group. She made the course fun and informative at the same time.”

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Jennifer Leeder

“Claire is lovely and had our interest and attention at all times. She is so experienced and knowledgable and encouraged us all to share our ideas whatever our level.”

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Persephone Nicholas

“The course equipped me with all the practical information I needed to get started in my new career as a freelance writer. I learned how to develop and pitch appropriate ideas to editors, techniques for improving my writing plus countless insider tips that have helped me behave professionally in my dealings with magazines and newspapers. I believed I was a reasonable writer before I did the course but doing it has enabled me to get published.

“I am now working as a writer and recommend ‘Online Magazine and Newspaper Writing’ to anyone wishing to do the same.”

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Mark Holmes

“Sue White is an excellent teacher. The class was very well structured and planned (compared to other institutions I’ve done short courses through! Logical, approachable, and with practical advice – Sue had obviously spent a lot of time structuring the course and it flowed perfectly in a timely manner.”

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David Nunn

“Each night I left having learnt something new and of value to my writing.”

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Sara Donovan

“The best course on writing I have ever done. It delivered its promise to help a would be women’s fiction writer get the nuts of bolts of what they need to know. I really enjoyed the depth of information presented by Lisa and her flexibility in being able to answer all our questions and still keep us on track to cover all her excellent modules. You won’t find a better value for money program, or a better mentor in Lisa.”

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Silma Ihram

“I enjoyed the opportunity to write and to share. I was able to start writing at the course and receive valuable feedback. I found it helped enormously to start me on writing my memoirs.”

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Peter Latimer

“I have used what we discussed in my own writing and now have a better understanding of the writing process.”

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Johney D’Halla

“Certain friends of mine are high-level managers who don’t believe they have anything else to learn. I informed them since attending this course that it really opened my eyes with regard to that form of accepted wisdom! Sue was incredibly proficient in teaching the course. She certainly had in-depth knowledge of her subject.”

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Lynda Bennett

“Exactly what I needed to give me the confidence to go forward. Little things like how to get an ISBN, and the handout to use a guide for process and layout were invaluable when you haven’t got a clue. Thank you. I now know I can have a go.”

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Karen Horne

“Jeni was a delight. Always interesting and entertaining, always open to any question; honest, pragmatic, knowledgeable; approachable and obviously passionate about her craft. The course was simply fun, inspiring and a joy to attend. I’m inspired, motivated and have a great big list now of things to do, write, read and research.”

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Amy Bachrach

“Nicole Avery was bright, energetic and organised. Her focus on goals, strategy and planning was extremely helpful. She clarified for me what kind of goals to set, the importance of posting regularly and several ways to produce posts, how to be effective on social media, and key differences when writing for the web.”

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Lachlan McBain

“Sue was an excellent facilitator. She was knowledgeable and experienced. Further to that she developed at excellent rapport with each member of the class despite the variety of needs.”

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Amanda Whitelegg

“Carli was excellent. She was very personable, comfortable presenting, happy to share her experiences and always made us feel 100% at ease to ask questions and share our work with her. She made the course fun and enjoyable as well as a great chance to learn.”

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Annie Vaughan

“Amazing and invaluable insights into the industry, and really hands-on advice that differs from other similar courses. My new knowledge has given me a better grasp of what I do everyday and helps me see smaller tasks in relation to the bigger picture.”

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Megan de Graaf

“It’s excellent, you learn so much in only five weeks. The assignments are good, the feedback is constructive and I was able to do the course next to my fulltime job. The audio lessons made it feel like a real class and I learned so much from listening to them!”

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Rena Richmond

“It was great to attend a social media course that focused solely on Twitter, it made it much easier to absorb. Kerri was very personable and interesting. I have already recommended this seminar to someone else who is looking to build a profile through Twitter.”

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Michelle Crook

“I received some good tips in regards to publishers and what they want. There was a great deal of very useful information and Judith presented all of it very well.”

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Niki Morrell

“For professionalism, relevance and sheer enjoyment, this course was streets ahead of any other I’ve done online – and I’ve done a few. The information Valerie gave us in the first module alone was enough to justify the course fee. It was wonderful to get feedback from someone who’s so obviously at the top of her game. I live in a remote part of Australia. If the course hadn’t been offered online, I would have missed out on one of the most worthwhile professional development courses I’ve ever done.”

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Leanne Anderson

“Good presenter and excellent and well structured course content.”

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Maraya Bell

“I loved how practical the course was – I’ve studied writing at uni but it was all theory and no practical. I loved knowing the exact steps you need to take. I feel like I have a lot more confidence to go out and pitch – knowing exactly what editors expect.”

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Rachel Morton

“Such great practical advice that would normally takes years of industry experience to learn. Sue was great. Very knowledgeable and keen to help. The online delivery was very easy, very well structured and easy to navigate. This mode of delivery allows repeated listening to the modules which will be useful. Also, being able to do it in segments throughout the week whenever I had time was so convenient. Fantastic!”

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Sarah Morton

“This experience will help me both in my work as a copywriter, and my own personal writing. Patti was wonderful, she is a natural presenter and had such great tips and ideas every day. Her feedback on our writing was also honest but kind and really helpful. I loved it — there was enough time for the course, plenty of time for relaxing in the afternoon and then to meet up for dinner with the group. By the end of the week I was both relaxed and inspired! The accommodation was lovely and in a perfect spot — close enough to town to walk, but far enough away from the busy street and tourists/shops. This was a nice balance between learning something new, meeting new people, having a holiday, going somewhere new and relaxing! Perfect.”

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Betty O’Neill

“The course was well structured and a good balance between theory and practice. Marina’s experience and stories added so much relevance and current knowledge to the course. The pace was good and the handouts and examples were very interesting and useful. Marina was fabulous. Relevant, engaging, encouraging and an enormous amount of experience to share with us. She’d be hard to beat as a presenter!”

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Gary Wells

“Judy Skatssoon was excellent. Judy is dynamic, free spirited, and provides students with expert knowledge, insight and information. Judy’s style is also interactive, which I enjoyed.

“I have gained greater knowledge of feature writing, the structure, skill-set and style required. Also, from a business perspective, the invaluable knowledge of how to market and manage feature writing as an independent freelance writer.”

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Mary Louise Wawatai

“Inspiring and freeing. Patti created a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere in class and I always felt safe with Martine there – her local knowledge is a great asset to anyone who has the privilege of being in her company.”

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Shannon Meyerkort

“A lot of simple but practical ‘insider’ information with regard to pitching articles, transitions and analysing publications.”

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Donna Webeck

Donna Webeck

In 2011, I undertook the online course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 through AWC. As someone who was always saw her writing and blogging as a hobby, being able to take it to the next level, thanks to AWC, was thrilling.

My course taught me everything I needed to take that very first (very scary!) step into the publishing world, and beyond. Now, years on, my words have been featured numerous time on online publications such as Essential Baby, Essential Kids, The Hoopla and Kidspot, and in print with Sydney’s Child and Newcastle’s Child magazines.

I urge anyone else who has even the smallest seed of a dream inside them to see their name in print to do a course with AWC. The possibilities of what may blossom as a result are infinite!

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Johney D’Halla

“I enjoyed re-learning a lot of things I’d forgotten, and learning the technically correct methods of doing certain things. Deb was very good. She clearly has a lot of in-depth knowledge on the subject and had a nice interaction with everyone. I found the course a lot of fun.”

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Kerstin Pilz

“The course was very well organised, well presented, I loved being able to do it at my own pace. I got very practical information and hints; it was great to have a course presenter who works in the field.”

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Erica Enriquez

“I now have the tools to pursue a writing career.”

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Sofia Tsiamoulis

“I had a list of 15 questions and Geoff answered all of them as the course progressed. I know so much more now about getting a book published and what to do to improve your chances. Geoff had a lot of knowledge and was interesting.”

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Liz Swanton

“As a long-time journo who had been working solidly without the need to pitch, I was out of practice. Then came a major shift in my circumstances and I needed to chase work again. I knew I needed to freshen up so I signed up to do this course. As with all the Australian Writers’ Centre courses, it was excellent. A really practical, workable body of information that helps you craft a pitch and then aim it at the right target with confidence. Highly recommended.”

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