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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 Anderson

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

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Colleen Winney

“Tim is passionate about his subject and inspired me to write and to continue after the course has finished. I wanted a cut-to-the-chase experience that emphasised practice rather than theory and that’s what I got. I feel inspired and have some basic tools to continue developing my screenplay and possibly others.”

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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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Rachel Welsh

“Mel’s level of experience and her training style were exceptional. Her suggestions and approach were useful and practical. She kept the day moving but allowed for appropriate discussion. I have consciously altered my style of conveying information and my boss has commented on the difference.”

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Clare Nathan

Patti was wonderful in encouraging us and providing that safe environment to share our stories. Her feedback was invaluable, not just of my work but of everyone’s. It gave me the confidence to believe in myself. It has inspired me to continue with my project.”

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Lesley Robyn Landmark

“I have just come home after my last class with Nigel, full of inspirational ideas. Every question that I had was answered, along with a lot of other valuable information. Nigel was very approachable and gave us accurate, no nonsense advice. He presents in an easy to understand manner. His valuable information comes from his expertise and good preparation. For anyone wanting to pursue a career in writing about interior design, I highly recommend this course. Just do it. You won’t be disappointed.”

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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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Jane Grover

“I gained insight into an industry I knew not much about. The presenter was very helpful, enthusiastic, addressed all members of the group and answered questions well.”

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Maureen Flynn

“I found it most interesting learning about the narrative arc and how you can play around with that but still have a story structure. Kate is a really good teacher. She is clear, organised with material and doesn’t beat around the bush. This is my second course with Kate and both times I have come away with a strong understanding of how story writing theory applies to my own work.”

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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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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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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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Ruby Rebic

“Patti is such a positive person and she made it a lot of fun with our group whilst learning a lot. She has an amazing way of teaching and brings out the best in you.”

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Gemma Creegan

“Cheryl did a great job. She made the seminar interesting and interactive.”

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Louise Errington

“Putting theory into practice was incredibly useful, as was the workshopping of story ideas and structures. Valerie was incredibly knowledgeable, and gave fantastic answers to all our questions. She was supportive, but also straight down the line when we were off the mark. A great balance.”

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Kerry Osborne

“I enjoyed Patti’s teaching style, experience and encouragement. The small class of participants (12) allowed us to get to know one another, share our writing and interact.

“It has inspired me to keep writing and to learn more about writing. I feel the quality of my writing has improved. I’m certainly now aware of many things I was doing wrong!”

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Colleen Filippa

“The seminar set out beautifully the steps to media releases and pitches – it was just what I needed. Catriona was well presented and interested in what we had to say. She gave lots of advice and ideas.”

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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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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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Debbie Ansell

“I have gained more confidence to go forward and write content for the web without the doubt as to whether I am writing correctly.”

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Sam Taylor

“Grant made everything very clear and related it directly to working situations. I have started my own music blog and am applying for web content jobs with the confidence of knowing what the techincal aspects of the job will involve.”

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Christopher Blyton

“Kerri was fantastic, warm and engaging with ideal experience. The seminar really exceeded my expectations.”

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Ian Patrick Celarc

“I learnt new ideas about creating emails and letters and a better understanding of how get my point across.”

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Claire O’Connor

“Thank you so much for the Self-Publishing course. It was so informative – the advice on printing was excellent but the advice on the “small business” you become when selling your own book was invaluable.

“The information about advertising, publicity, methods of selling etc would be essential to anyone with a small business, whether they’re selling a book or not.

“The presenters were very honest and generous with your time and experience. It was not just theory, you’ve both achieved this, and that was really motivating.”

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Kate Stevenson

“I have learnt practical information about feature writing and now feel confident in the knowledge that I can get out there and have a go! The content of the course was very interesting and practical – which is what I wanted. Also, the convenience of doing it online was great. The best thing was being able to commit to doing the course while fitting it in around other commitments.”

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Angela Steyn

“I have finally had an article published in Home Beautiful! Thank you so much for all your wonderful help in assisting me to get to this point – without your ongoing encouragement I doubt I would have persevered. I found your course to be not only extremely practical, but also inspirational and it certainly gave me the tools to pursue my dream of writing for interiors magazines.”

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Katherine Badatzanis

“The teacher and the students were all very encouraging and informative. It has made me get into a habit of writing and has also given me the confidence to display my thoughts on the page.”

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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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Brooke Lumsden

Brooke Lumsden

With no prior writing experience, I completed the Magazine and Newspaper Writing course in 2012 and, within a month, was published by Fairfax Media. I have been writing regularly for them ever since. I was also published by a US magazine immediately after the course, which is distributed to a niche audience including the US Congress. They liked my work so much I was made associate editor within three months. I have written for various magazines about a range of topics, and the work has opened up many doors and networking opportunities, so I now am able to earn more money working from home with complete flexibility than I did in my previous roles that were difficult to juggle with family life. Another aspect that I love is stumbling across something or someone interesting in everyday life and thinking ‘I should write about that’, then actually doing it – and getting paid to do it. I’ve never felt so valued in my work.

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Bill Collis

“A profound experience. I had doubts about the promise of the course being ‘17 days that could change your life’, but it has turned out that way. Being the ‘token male’ of the group I was a little apprehensive at first but the friendship and camaraderie of the group made me feel right at home.”

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Vincent Burke

“The seminar answered many of the questions I had about blogging. Karen was a lovely person, knowledgeable and credible because of her own experience as a blogger.”

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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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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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