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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.

Robyn Fitzroy

“I loved the overall experience and when the course finished, I wanted to leave Paris as it didn’t seem the same without the rhythm and structure of our formal writing participation with Patti.”

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Peter Lambropoulos

“The seminar was educational and made you look at writing from a different perspective. Melissa was fabulous.”

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Ilona Marchetta

“I am a writer for a newspaper and I lacked the confidence even to give freelancing a try. Valerie made me feel as though i could achieve my goals.”

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Louise Brogan

“Patti was an excellent facilitator – grounded and down to earth. Of course, meeting and listening to the writing of others is the best possible thing to do. Patti’s feedback was supportive and constructive.”

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Robyn Elliott

“I loved the course and truly Judith is a brilliant and enthusiastic teacher … she is passionate about children’s books and such a huge knowledge of all the different age groups so that she could be speaking of four year old book of verse and switch to fifteen year old teenage writing with ease as she knew her subject matter … so thank you for your help and advice and thank you to Judith too.”

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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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Robyn Elliott

“I found Patti interacted with us all without judgement, with compassion, with insight and with truth. She knows her subject well and it comes over that she enjoys teaching. The benefits of the course will possibly be ongoing. Not only was it enjoyable, with no pressure to ‘perform’ or come up with anything too intellectual, but it gave structure and method to life writing.”

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Gemma Ryan

“Pamela was very entertaining as well as informative. Just do it. You won’t feel out of your depth or intimidated. You will have a positive experience.”

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Lisa Yates

“I’ve already arranged a meeting with the editor of a magazine to pitch my idea in person.”

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Monique van Tulder

“Julietta Jameson’s tutorship helped me develop confidence in my writing ability. The steady pace of the course ensured we covered plenty of ground over the 5 weeks. I cannot recommend this course highly enough for people with a love of writing about travel; in whatever form that might take.”

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Pat Kefalas

“She has such a colourful personality which kept me interested in learning more.”

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Tammy Wright

“Editing Essentials is essential!”

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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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Catherine Ferrara

“Tony was excellent. He has a good knowledge of his subject.”

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Danielle Ramsay

“Alecia was great – approachable, knowledgeable and professional. The opportunity to learn from a presenter with her resume and practical experience in the industry is fantastic. Gives everything she said weight. This was a great course!”

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Linda Ballam-Davies

“The Creative Writing course was a great way to kick-start my writing ambitions in a supportive and fun environment. I was really motivated to keep writing after every class.”

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Louise Guy

“Fantastic.”

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Louise Dean

“Lisa was fantastic. My huge thanks to her for her honesty and sharing of all her knowledge and experience! It’s very special to have met the real lady behind the Stella, Kate and Lucy & Claudia stories. I now know why I can relate to her book characters so easily. Thank you Lisa!”

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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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Eric Grayson

“Geoff was very approachable and had excellent advice. All of the questions I had in mind when I booked the seminar were answered in one way or another. Geoff knew the industry really well.”

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Janet Hillis

“Deb was absolutely brilliant. Her teaching style is approachable, intelligent and well-paced. I would add three exclamation marks but I now know that’s a hyphenated no-no!”

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Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy

I am very glad I discovered the AWC courses. I completed the Travel Writing course and the Magazine Writing course online. The information learnt in the courses, so nicely spaced and well presented, has made the difference to me having pieces published in places such as The Age online, International Traveller, Green magazine and Great Walks. The courses gave me many practical skills such as sourcing ideas, pitching, interviewing, organisation, resilience and many more. I learnt that you have to keep honing your skills and keep trying, despite plenty of knockbacks, to gain a foothold into the freelance writing world.

Without the AWC courses, I would have packed it in as a fantasy long ago. Writing and having work published has given me an avenue into a hobby I thoroughly enjoy and which I never really thought would be possible for me. The AWC Graduates’ Club has been an invaluable support also – with people, including the presenters, generously sharing information, contacts and encouragement.

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Dr. Josephine Telfer

“I found the Creative Writing Course well presented, and the challenge of writing and approaching publishers were addressed clearly by Kylie Ladd.”

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Samantha Lau

“Valerie was a dynamic and knowledgeable presenter and the course itself was practical and inspirational. Excellent for any writer or wannabe writer who wants the skills and know-how to launch a freelance career. I now have theoretical and practical knowledge of the process of writing a feature article and getting it published. I have been inspired to pursue my passion for writing.”

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Robyn Elliott

“I learnt a great deal about the mechanics of the publishing side of things. I learnt how to analyse a story; how to dissect my own work and see if it is balanced; how to work out how to make the story work. Pamela has a lot of knowledge and is very enthusiastic. She listens intently and gives constructive feedback which is appreciated. She is also able to show why a plot isn’t working or why a character needs to be worked on.”

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Alla Erlikh

“Pamela is incredibly knowledgeable, has a great presence and is an amazing source of information.”

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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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Julie Abrahams

“I found the class very inspiring, informative and interesting. I learned so much in such little time. I also met some very wonderful people and enjoyed interacting with them each week. I feel more confident now to go ahead with my own projects as a result of the information given in the class.”

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Helen Vatsikopoulos

“Patti is a wonderful teacher and mentor, great at making people feel relaxed and their contributions worthy.”

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Jodi Gibson

In 2012 I took a leap of faith and enrolled in the Magazine and Newspaper Writing online course at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Writing is something that I have wanted to do for so many years but life sometimes takes you the long way around. The course was fantastic! The content was detailed and thorough; it covered everything I needed to know to kickstart my writing career. The presentations were clear and easy to follow and the feedback and interaction from the tutor was brilliant. Now, 18 months later, I can say I am successfully forging a part-time career as a freelance writer, having been published on a number of online sites. I am finally realising my vision of being a writer and would never have had the confidence or courage to do it if it hadn’t been for the course – and the ongoing support from the centre and past participants in the Graduates’ Club. For anyone who is contemplating following their dream I say: Stop pondering and do it! It will be the best thing you have ever done.

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Tim McKeon

“The most enjoyable part of the course is the ability to get the course done without hassles. The online concept is fantastic, and makes the course accessible. Also the fact that the course is delivered by a professional – who is also accessible. Valerie has earned her stripes, but speaks as though she is next to you, not a cut above.”

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Fiona Brown

“The content was easy to understand and gave me a sense of being able to do this and motivated me to get going on my blog. Trae was friendly, well spoken, made you feel at ease and made it simple and easy to understand. I really enjoyed her presentation.”

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Elizabeth Petrovich

“Kathryn has an excellent personality for the task. She delivers the course with jam-packed enthusiasm.”

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