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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.

Candice Laidlaw

“Sue, you were great! Online learning is convenient and in this online course you’ll learn so much about feature writing.”

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Kirsty Cameron

“I found this course extremely useful. It has provided me with some very useful tools and a good insight into travel writing. Claire has such a wealth of knowledge and experience in writing. Claire was very helpful in providing advice and good feedback during the course.”

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Ami O’Brien

“Alecia was able to relate back to personal experience and really showed how realistic it is to achieve our writing goals. She was easily understandable, someone we could relate to, and had no problems answering our questions and providing great feedback on our assignments.”

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Jan Campbell

“I found the course terrific. I can apply the ideas and methodology directly to the various forms of writing I am required to do – from academic to work reports.”

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Shelley Stephens

“There was a lot to learn but the practical component allowed us lots of time to put this into practise. Deb created a relaxed environment that was fun and informative.”

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Sarah Donovan

“I learnt more in two days than you would in a year at uni! Great location, great teacher and useful information that will help you get published. The course taught us real practical skills on how to write something and get published in a magazine or newspaper. Sue is an extremely good presenter. As a freelance writer she could tell us about various experiences she’s had, which was very useful to me.”

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Catherine Rodie

Catherine Rodie

I completed the course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing in February 2013 and got my first commission within 10 weeks. In the last year, I have had articles published Practical Parenting, Mindfood and Sunday Life!. Online, I have become a regular contributor at Essential Baby and also write for Fairfax Life & Style and Women’s Agenda. It was always my dream to write professionally – and the AWC has turned that dream into a reality.

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Annette Moran

“This is the first course I have ever done on writing so it was all worthwhile. I now understand some of the pitfalls of writing and some aspects of writing that were previously intuitive. Judith Ridge is not just a very capable and knowledgeable presenter but a very approachable person willing to spend time helping people. This goes beyond the classroom.”

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Nikki Parkinson

“I loved the referencing of actual feature articles and situations with the course content. It made it easy to see what we needed to do and what we shouldn’t do. Sue was brilliant. It’s so valuable to have hands-on industry advice like that on tap. I also loved the ability to be able to study at a time that suited my work and family situation. The Centre is extremely professional and the courses offered will get you started (or refresh you) on your writing journey.”

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Anna Spargo-Ryan

“I did the Australian Writers’ Centre Magazine Writing course online. It was a life-changing experience for me. I was in a job 9-5 that I didn’t really love, didn’t have a lot of passion for, and the course gave the skills to get my writing career off the ground.”

 

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Nicole Foster

“I just wanted to let you know that I bought your ‘Reinvent Yourself’ Audio Workshop and absolutely loved it.”

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Heather Smith

“Valerie shared her experience and insight generously and I feel like I have done a two-year English course in five weeks. I learnt a lot about the process of writing, and I especially liked the audio responses to our questions.”

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Lynne Abbott

“Louisa is a very passionate and interesting presenter. I thought she handled the diversity of the group very well and she was well planned and prepared to share her personal story. I enjoyed her openness.”

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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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Catrin May

“I really liked Pamela. She was enthusiastic, experience and informative. A really excellent presenter – friendly and helpful. She obviously knew what she was talking about and made the whole class feel supported.”

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Suzanne Fawcett

“Claire is a very personable teacher, from the first half hour she knew why everyone was there and tailored the course to each individual. As a result, we all became interested in each other and the different stories. It was lovely to see this progress over the five weeks. Claire is brilliant, intelligent, compassionate… just super!”

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Melissa Worthington

“The course has made me look differently at the way I do business, which is what I was hoping to achieve. Alecia was excellent – so knowledgeable and with great examples. Do this course. It’s a brilliant way to spend a weekend in a relaxed but very informative environment.”

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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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Fiona Brown

“The course has given me the methodology to revise the structure of our proposals, to make them more focused and meaningful. Overall a practical, informative course and great value!”

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Gail Mahon

“Patti’s knowledge of writing practice is encyclopedic. She incorporated excellent exercises and just the right amount of homework. The experience was challenging and affirming. And the unexpected bonus was the camaraderie that quickly developed with the other participants.”

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Louise Brogan

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

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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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Lara Friedman

“The course pinpointed the areas of writing that I’d never thought about. The homework/exercises/readings made total sense. I am rewriting another draft of my memoir and feel that I can enrich it so much!”

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Lisa Schofield

“The seminar completely provided what I was hoping for. Kerri Sackville was open and generous with sharing information.”

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Emma Capell

“The seminar was invaluable on how to approach publishers and not waste anyone’s time. The presenter was fantastic.”

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Linda Greguric

“I have learnt invaluable practical insights into the world of self-publishing. The presenter was very generous with practical real life examples including approximate costs. The seminar provided the right direction of where to start to publishing your own book.”

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Dianne Mansell

“Deb has encyclopaedic knowledge and an easy, breezy, inclusive style; she made learning a pleasure. Already I am more confident – I now have a name for the nausea inducing corporate speak that is rampant at my workplace – Nominalisation. It is my curse, but also my new cause!”

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Karen O’Sullivan

“Sue is a great presenter – very informative and engaging. The course covered a lot of areas and the exercises were really good.”

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Robyn Sharp

“I now know so much more about feature writing than I did five weeks ago, despite a lifetime of reading many different kinds of magazines, newspapers, online articles. For five years, I coordinated articles for local newspapers so what more could there be to learn about writing for newspapers? So much and so much more again. Now I feel that I can really be a feature writer. It’s up to me.”

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Ned Sheeran

“It was a very nice group of people, there were good reading materials and very practical and useful tips from a professional.”

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Ian McLean

“Louisa was friendly and generous, and gave great examples to illustrate her points.”

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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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Gueza De Schryver Chavez

“Kathryn is excellent. I now feel capable of writing!”

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