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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.

Jennifer Leeder

“Claire is lovely and had our interest and attention at all times. She is so experienced and knowledgable and encouraged us all to share our ideas whatever our level.”

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Tim Lassig

“Geoff really was engaging, funny and knowledgable. I got more then I expected to get in a two hour period. The seminar was very good and I learnt a lot. It is also enabled me to think about new ideas and possible new angles for my own book idea.”

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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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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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Craig Eardley

“I benefited from Sue’s real life insights. It wasn’t just theory. She was  generous with her knowledge and even her intellectual property. I am confident that I can write travel stories.”

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Aja Stuart

“Pamela is a great teacher, very encouraging and motivating. There is an enormous amount of information covered, and by the end of the course you feel prepared to begin the freelance journey.”

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Maureen Collins

“This course really improved my craft and I’ve made real progress with my manuscript. Pamela was breathtaking as always – inspiring, insightful and full of wisdom.”

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Ali Rolleston

““Claire was fabulous. She was incredibly knowledgable, as well as thoughtful, honest, gentle and approachable. I certainly recommend Travel Memoir. If you are interested in writing and travel then you have a lot to gain by taking the course. It opened my eyes, taught me a lot about writing and encouraged me along my own writing path.“”

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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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Elaine Ballantine

“It has given me a place to start. I’ve always thought I’d love to write feature articles for magazines but never knew where to start. It now seems like more of a reality rather than a pipe dream!”

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Anni Webster

“I would recommend this tour as a life-changing experience. Patti is a fabulous, generous, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher.”

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Lesley Robyn Landmark

“With Sue’s wealth of knowledge and no nonsense, useful information, I was able to learn everything I needed to learn. I cannot speak more highly of Sue. She knows her craft and she shares it well. She gives everyone equal time and everyone’s questions are answered. She is very honest with her advice and I found her very easy to understand. I have now completed two courses with Sue and I would highly recommend anyone contemplating doing this course to go ahead with her.”

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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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Stephanie Anderson

“I enjoyed the mix between audio, case studies, assignments and the online forum to share questions and comments with classmates. Felt like a great balance. Allison was very knowledgeable and gave good feedback and shared her insight.”

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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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Susie Wicks

“It was great being able to do it in your own time and being to pause and rewind to listen to parts over. Question and answer format was great too, really enjoyed getting feedback from Valerie.”

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Ian McLean

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

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Lisa Robertson

“Deb was great, she explained everything in very great detail and was very easy to understand.”

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Michaela Fox

In the 12 months since completing the course Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1, I have been published in many online publications including Essential Baby, Mamamia, Daily Life and Life&Style. I have also seen my byline in several print magazines such as Melbourne’s Child, Practical Parenting and Australian House & Garden. This course gave me the confidence and tools to pitch ideas that work. It also gave me access to a community of incredible writers who provide support, advice and encouragement. I cannot recommend this course more highly for anyone wanting to see their byline become a reality.

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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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Peter Latimer

“I have used what we discussed in my own writing and now have a better understanding of the writing process.”

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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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Silvana Petrovski

“You will benefit from this course as it assists with improving your business writing skills. It outlines better ways of writing emails, letters and documents and also the important English rules that we all tend to forget in the business world.”

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Elizabeth Willmott

“The course was really practical, interesting and easy to follow. Sue was great! The online delivery was very convenient as I could fit it in around work and family commitments.”

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Steve Wilkinson

“Just a short note to say thanks! Within a month of completing your online magazine writing course I’ve had my first article accepted for publication in ‘Finally at 40 –  Life Begins’, with the promise of more work. I now have the confidence (and skills, thanks to you) to approach some bigger mags. My journey begins…”

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Megan Blandford

“I’d been writing and knew I wanted to make it my job, but I didn’t know how to take it to the next level. When AWC’s magazine writing course was recommended, I enrolled in their next online course – and I haven’t looked back. The biggest thing it did was give me the confidence to take leaps into the industry, and the support from their Graduates’ Club and the people I’ve met through AWC has been amazing. I’ve been published in Jetstar magazine, My Career, Essential Kids, Practical Parenting and WellBeing, among others. I work from home and travel for my writing, and I also do corporate writing and have spoken about freelancing at conferences. But the best thing is that I’m now making a living from what I love – all because I enrolled in an online course that day.”

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Rene Chambers

“I’ve learnt practical tools to make my writing better, more interesting and more descriptive, and I now feel much more confident when being asked to write.”

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Oded Reuveni Etzioni

“The course was very relevant to what I do for a living. Sue was passionate about writing and knowledgeable about the different publications written for by students. The course provides a great framework for report writing.”

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Josephine West

“I found the presenter Grant Doyle very informative, knew his stuff and a great ‘easy to listen to’ style. The manual will be a great asset to review what we covered.”

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Helen Stanley

“Grant was excellent. His passion for writing in this style filled you with enthusiasm to return to work and get started. You definitely felt you had all the information you needed.”

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Mary Hickson

“Fantastic! Dynamic! Inspiring! Kate is so knowledgable and generous in sharing information. The course was packed with useful information that I can ap