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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.

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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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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Jennifer Morton

“I completed the online course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing in September 2010 and loved every minute of it. The information given was practical and useful straight away. I followed the guidelines on how to pitch to editors and was delighted when my very first pitch was accepted by Australian Family magazine in February 2011. Since then my byline has also appeared in Good Health, The West Australian, Essential Kids, Essential Baby, Web Child and The Hoopla. I am also a reporter for the regional newspapers out of Geraldton, WA. I’m living the dream and I give all the credit to Valerie and her team for their ongoing education and support.”

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Sharna Bryant

“The course took the process of writing to a deeper level and Pamela is a passionate word lover, which I found inspiring. I have learnt to survey my work more closely, and to think about the whole process from a deeper perspective.”

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Melissa Anderson

“Even being totally new to the world of freelance writing, I’ve learnt much more than I thought I would in the course. I’m looking forward to putting it into practise now! Valerie was fantastic, the content was terrific and the convenience of doing it online was great. I loved being able to do it at any time of the day or night which suited me.”

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Debbie Dalgliesh

“Carli was genuine and knowledgeable and gave good advice.”

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Leanne Gomez

“The best thing about the course was learning real insider info on how the freelance market works and how we can get started. It was very inspiring and motivational to get you kickstarted in actually doing something you’ve dreamed about for a while. Sue was a great presenter and very generous with sharing her experience and all the things she learned in her career, and delivering them in a way that was easy to understand and practical. If you’re thinking of a career or even just trying out the idea of writing articles for magazines and newspapers, this course is a great place to start because it teaches you practical ways of getting into the market and gives you insider info on how to reach editors successfully.”

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Sharon Harwood

“Trae was candid and open about the world of blogging, including about her highs and lows. She was easy to listen too, very entertaining and informative.”

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Noelene Proud

“I enjoyed Trae’s lively, upbeat, energetic and humorous presentation style. She has great presentation skills as well as a comprehensive knowledge of blogging.”

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Con Calagis

“Easy to follow, informative, credible, positive, objective, realistic. The course dispelled many of my reservations and confirmed many of my perceptions about feature writing. I was able to work around my schedule – listen in the car or while walking the dog.”

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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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Vanessa D’Adamo

“It’s practical, up to date with the industry and fun! Alecia is outstanding. She knows her stuff and is very encouraging and helpful.”

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Jen Dalitz

“Well I’ve done it. Little Wins for Working Women is my first ‘Little’ book. Thanks for your encouragement over the past couple of years, I’m really enjoying my writing. I’m working on a couple of new ideas now and will share any success they bring in the future.”

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Donna Webeck

“The information was very practical and relevant, and presented in a convenient and easy to understand format. Sue was wonderful with her feedback and information. Even though I always feel pressed for time in life I found it very easy to complete the course online and found it helpful downloading the modules to my iPod and listening to them on the train to work.”

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Jane Wessling

“I could have listened to Judith for hours – she has seemingly endless passion and information to share! I didn’t know much about writing beyond high school English so the course has given me valuable insight and the confidence and contacts to start writing.”

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Diana Timmins

“The entire course was so enjoyable that it is difficult to pin-point one particular aspect – Sue made us all feel so comfortable and created a relaxed and open atmosphere that it would have been almost impossible to experience anything other than enjoyment. Because writing is a huge passion in my life, every topic we covered more than held my interest – but the way in which Sue delivered the information enhanced this experience. Fantastic!

“There is honestly not one tiny bit of negative or constructive criticism I could give on Sue. She created a warm space from the very second we opened, making sure everyone felt comfortable to speak up and be heard – right to the very close of the weekend. No-one’s opinion, comment or thought was more or less important than anyone else’s. No matter what part of the writing journey the participant was on, Sue treated each and every one of us with the same level of respect. I would definitely do another course with Sue. She made me feel more confident in terms of my ability to continue my writing journey, and helped me come away with much needed clarity on a number of grey areas.

“The Australian Writers’ Centre is the perfect place for a writer of all levels to go – whether it be a friend wanting to know how to begin their career, or a professional working in the field who needs a bit of a refresher. I would also recommend signing up to their fabulous e-newsletters.”

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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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Bruce Aylmer

“L.A. Larkin was outstanding as a presenter. Her enthusiasm and preparation were excellent, as was the structure of the course.”

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Kees Bakhuyzen

“I really enjoyed yesterday’s seminar. This was my fourth course at the Australian Writers’ Centre and they have all been great. I always come home so inspired and full of energy, it’s fantastic. The material presented is very good and helpful, the presentation is excellent and I also notice that the Centre always manages to attract a very interesting and stimulating crowd.”

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Brooke Andrews

“My knowledge and skills base as a writer has improved dramatically. Valerie gives all of that ‘insider knowledge’ that can make or break. I really enjoyed doing this course online. I’ve done other distance education but this was different. It didn’t feel like there was any distance. The ability to post questions and have them answered the same week was great.”

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Gail Rast

Very informative – received a lot of very useful and relevant information. I now have a solid understanding on how to approach a publisher and how to submit a book proposal.”

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Lee Franklin

“The depth of information imparted was great, I learnt so much from Valerie. I have more confidence to submit articles to magazines. The course was very comprehensive and yet with the online delivery there was no feeling of being overwhelmed. I could access the information whenever I needed to, even at 2am!

“[In terms of how to improve the course] … You can’t improve perfection.”

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Siew Jin Ooi

“I enjoyed the interaction between participants, Judith’s enthusiasm for the subject matter. I learnt new things, got brought up to speed with contemporary children’s literature, and was able to have a lot of things confirmed that I knew intrinsically but didn’t know I knew until Judith brought it up!”

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Tina McIntosh

“Overall, the course was brilliant!”

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Roenna Baker

“I really enjoyed the seminar. I feel more confident about the stories I have written and more confident in approaching publishers.”

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Nick Rhoden

“Learning copywriting online is easy and convenient. I could view and listen in my own time but still had the structure to complete assignments on a weekly basis.“

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Christine Huntdale

I now have more confidence and heaps of useful information which is there for the keeping. The course is so manageable and the encouragement given is inspiring. This online delivery was easy. It gives the opportunity to ‘sit in on the class’ at a time that suits, which is so important in busy lives.”

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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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Nimmity Zappert

“Kate was a great and encouraging teacher, and squeezed a huge amount of really practical useful information into each class.”

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