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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.

Carolyn Francis

“Pamela’s knowledge and love of writing are so evident and make the course so much more enjoyable. She is generous with her time, constructive criticism and knowledge. It’s a pleasure attending her classes.”

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Peter Stephensen

“I found Anna to be very articulate and knowledgeable. As a ‘non-techno’ type, she made understanding the various options for my ebooks far simpler.”

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Lindsay Burke

“The Writers’ Centre freely gives information and they genuinely want you to succeed. It’s a safe environment and if you don’t come away committed to the act of writing then you clearly weren’t listening!”

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Michelle Hill

“The course materials were useful and will be a valuable resource for future reference. Bernadette was a great tutor. She clearly has years of experience in copywriting and provided really good materials to help us understand the basics of copywriting. Doing the course online is very easy and convenient. I particularly liked Bernadette’s slides with the voiceover. It worked really well for me.”

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Paula Bevan

“The Lygon Arms was gorgeous place to stay and study. Kate was truly fabulous and did a wonderful job of bringing the group together and giving way beyond what was outlined in the course.

I learned the one thing that had eluded my writing for almost 10 years!”

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Carol Warner

“I needed help to further my writing, so when my friend – who had already done a course with Kate – asked me to go to Oxford with her and do this course, I didn’t hesitate.

I learnt more through Kate Forsyth’s teaching than any other course I’ve undertaken and exceeded my expectations. She was a fantastic presenter, in group form and individual support.

Roger, the tour guide was friendly, experienced and did a fabulous job.

Writing in Oxford was amazing and worth every cent!”

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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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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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Karina Higginson

“Danny has such a lovely presentation style, he shared his wisdom and experience as well as loads of humour thrown in. Danny was generous with his experience and his time and he was available throughout the entire course. His passion for the work shone through.”

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Tina Chappell

“This course is something anyone can benefit from.”

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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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Belinda Marsh

“I now feel confident that I know how to approach publishers professionally with book proposals”

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Lisa Hampson

“I’ve had an opinion piece printed in our local newspaper as a direct result of targetting my writing to their style by following Valerie’s advice. The course was extremely practical. No fluff. I also enjoyed the welcoming environment. You were encouraged to ask any question and were not made to feel inadequate in any way. The online delivery was extremely convenient.

“I looked forward to each Monday. I knew what to print out, what to download and could get myself organised so that on Tuesday I was ready to listen to Valerie.”

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Max Warren

“For me, the seminar highlighted that I am writing for my audience, not myself. Grant maintained interest; involved the participants and inspired confidence. He is a good teacher and communicator.”

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Marcia Tsiliris

“It was a great experience. I haven’t been in a classroom for 20 years so it was a little scary at first but Patti was awesome. She’s a very good teacher, a lovely lady. Everyone was great in fact, it was a wonderful experience to share with like minded people, it’s nice to know you’re not alone in the quest! Bloody brilliant!”

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Michelle Bracks

“Tim was terrific and his feedback on my script was a great help to slowly ‘get’ how it’s done.”

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Damian Rocks

The presenter was excellent – inspiring and willing to assist where he could. I can now see the finishing line for my project which is great, and I have a much more practical idea about how to proceed.”

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Catherine Hanrahan

“I just wanted to let you know that I have just started a full time job as a news reporter at Medical Observer. I just wanted to say thank you for putting me in touch with them, and also for the skills you taught me in the magazine writing course. I will certainly be putting them to good use in my new job.”

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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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Wong Fui Yuan

“This course helped to motivate me to start writing and keep writing. All the course materials were straightforward and easy to understand. You should definitely sign up to get into the right mindset to begin writing!”

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Sarah McKay

“I loved feeling so stimulated. I learned so much every week and time went far too quickly each lesson. I now feel I have the confidence and knowledge to give feature writing a go. I always hoped that I had the skills, now I have the practical know-how.”

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Chau Tran

“Kerri was hilarious and provided lots of insider knowledge.”

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Suzanne McGillivray

“Patti is a very good teacher, she has a wonderful ability to draw out creativity from the students. I hope to write that book! The course has allowed me to take off my training wheels and maybe give it a go.”

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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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Louise Guy

“Fantastic.”

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Jacy Kattan

“I am writing more, and within a week of finishing the course, I was able to have a fresh look at one of my manuscripts, re-edit the work, and finally take the plunge and submit it to publishers.”

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Greti Willett

“Thank you, I have benefited immensely from this seminar. I now have some great tips to improve my skills in my work place.”

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Wendy Fitzgerald

“I loved the opportunity to step out of my everyday life and immerse myself in a totally different culture and set of experiences. I liked looking at this new world with the eyes of a writer. I liked taking part in the workshops and concentrating on literary topics. Patti was an inspiration. Her presentations were professional and well thought out. Her advice was honest and encouraging. I liked the way she led the workshops, discussions and class sharing with a compassionate, but no–nonsense manner. It was an experience that I will hold dear forever.”

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Carly Middleton

“I thought I would let you know that I have a new job as in-house travel/features journalist for Caravan and Motorhomes magazine! I get to publish a lot of stories – about five per month – plus lots of travel in the outback (!) and photographing. So thank you for all that you taught us.”

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Tamzyn Dorfling

“The course has given me the tools and confidence to enter this market. I have no doubt that I will get something published. I found it very interesting to learn about how to analyse mags, and how to go about writing in the relevant format. Overall, the course provides great insight into the industry.”

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Lucy Salt

“Doing the feature writing course gave me the confidence to go for it. My first pitch was accepted by the first editor I approached and the subsequent article was recently published in Landscape Architecture Australia magazine – my first pitch landed me my first paid gig! The ongoing support from the ace community of AWC graduates and staff helps keep the momentum rolling. Valerie and her team have the knowledge – and genuine desire – to help you craft a successful career as a freelancer.”

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Alison McInerney

“I enjoyed the relaxed and interactive environment. The course has given me a new, more confident approach to writing.”

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Belinda Williams

“I gained a very strong understanding of the essential aspects of thriller writing and now know what publishers would be looking for when presented with a thriller manuscript. Louisa is very knowledgeable on all aspects of thriller writing and I really liked the way she incorporated a range of other author’s thriller work into the course.”

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