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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.

Barb Hunt

“The setting was very peaceful and totally different to anything that I have experienced before (my balcony overlooked the paddy fields). The tour really exceeded my expectations.”

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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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Jodie Hamblin

“I thought Cathie was excellent. I appreciated her direct feedback and honesty. It was obvious that she had a great depth of experience and knowledge. I thought the course was interesting and Cathie’s directness and sense of humour made it fun!”

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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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Lauren Eyles

“A wonderful two weeks – the company, the learning, the wonderful neighbourhoods with stylish clothes, delicious food and good coffee. So much inspiration. Thank you for Paris and for each other.”

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Andrew Franks

“I am now committed to finishing my first novel after years of prevarication!”

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Mary Louise Wawatai

“Inspiring and freeing. Patti created a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere in class and I always felt safe with Martine there – her local knowledge is a great asset to anyone who has the privilege of being in her company.”

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Thomas Walsh

“Pam is wonderfully insightful. I went to the course thinking/expecting many things, what I got was a completely fresh and experienced view on my work. If you want something affordable, effective and inspiring then the Australian Writers’ Centre is perfect. Both the courses I have done have given me more than I thought I would get out of them for the price.”

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Zurinah Watt

“The course opened my eyes and further fired up my passion about food. The course is excellent and helped me improve my skills in writing about food. I would recommend it.”

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Megan Macpherson

“The course gave practical information about becoming a freelancer in the field of interiors and inside information about what magazines want, and the do’s and dont’s. Nigel was informative, and able to impart personal and professional knowledge effectively.”

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Bec Stuart

“The course was very well organised. We moved clearly from one session to the next with a lot of time to discuss, to write and to hear first hand experience from Lisa. She is a fantastic teacher. She is very natural and is not afraid to share her experience and ideas at all. I was really inspired by her.”

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Leah Nicol

“She was great. Funny and informative.”

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Kerstin Pilz

“I like the fact that Judy works in the field and brings real knowledge to the course; she’s very helpful and approachable. I did a similar course at [another organisation] last year and I must say that this one was, by far, superior. What was so great about your course was the small class size that enabled us to address questions as a group. Well done!”

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Celeste Mitchell

“Great content and great teacher. Sue was really friendly and approachable and I really enjoyed hearing her experiences and practical advice.”

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James Pratt

“All the necessary knowledge required to self-publish was available and conveyed simply. Geoff is excellent and willing to help during and after the course. His knowledge of the subject is boundless and he shares that willingly. Don’t even think about writing to get published without first doing several Australian Writers’ Centre courses.”

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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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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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Celeste Nygaard

“The presenter gave general information to everyone and then gave specific info depending on participants’ book topics. It helped me to break down the big picture into smaller, workable steps. I don’t feel as overwhelmed by the idea of publishing.”

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Linda Habak

“Valerie Khoo is just mesmerising to listen to. She is very inspiring and has an uncanny talent of making you believe you can be a writer.”

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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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Chantelle Ravenswood

“Kathryn gave everyone the opportunity to tell our own stories. She made us feel so comfortable with our own style of writing and at the same time, taught us ways to improve in the areas we may be struggling. I really felt confident to express my words. She has such energy and love for what she does that makes it enjoyable for everyone.”

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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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Alex Jones

“I found it a significant stepping stone for those like myself wishing to discover the foundation of how to write creatively for short stories or a novel.”

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Jodi Jackson

“Nicole was great. She obviously had a great deal of knowledge and, most importantly, experience about our topic. Her presentation was very comprehensive and she presented it with great fluidity. The editorial planning section Nicole presented has made a profound difference to my blogging. I have, as was prescribed, created my own editorial plan and have filled it in for virtually the whole year. It was a big task but I wouldn’t have known to do this without Nicole’s guidance.”

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Nicole Lewis

“The course was very good. I highly recommend attending it.”

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Lynn Anamourlis

“The venue was fabulous and even the people in the café were lovely. I learnt heaps. The presenter was so experienced, knew her subject and was full of great tips. Very professional and very focused.”

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Rebecca Douglas

I signed up to do the course Magazine and Newspaper Writing with the Australian Writers’ Centre in late 2009. I was a bit sceptical about doing my first ever online course, but shouldn’t have worried. The whole process was easy and it was great having virtual classmates to discuss the lessons and to cheerlead each other on to success, even if it was a bit bizarre not being able to see them!

I actually got my first paid commission from a magazine while I was still doing the five-week course. Five months later, my article was published in Cosmo Bride magazine and I was hooked (line and sinker) on the writing game. Since then, I’ve been published by titles including Girlfriend, Jetstar Magazine, Women’s Health and Fitness, Diabetic Living and The Big Issue, as well as ABC The Drum and Mamamia online.

I’ve also recently completed the Travel Writing online course taught by Sue White, which definitely lived up to my first wonderful learning experience with the Centre. It offered me real, practical guidance to ethical questions, writing practice and feedback. The entire experience felt like fun, not work.

I’ve now got my sights set on the courses in Food Writing and How to Get Your Book Published. I’ll definitely keep coming back for more. One of the best things about the Australian Writers’ Centre is the ongoing support. Valerie, Sue and the other teachers don’t just cut you loose once you’ve finished your course. They keep helping you through the email newsletter, blogs, Graduates’ Club and more. I wholeheartedly recommend trying a course with them. The only thing you’ll regret is not giving it a go sooner.

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David Coleman

“Kate is an engaging presenter, and a skilled writer. I found her insight invaluable. She also allowed a great deal of discussion, and always valued input from the class. I learned so much in just two sessions.”

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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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Sharron Olivier

“Tim is a delightfully engaging presenter and a five-star teacher. He knows the course subject matter inside out and enriches it with anecdotes and excellent practical advice gleaned from his long years as a professional writer for film and TV.”

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Milos Nikolic

“I enjoyed the friendly, approachable and knowledgable teacher and the fact that she is a published writer with valuable experience. She was encouraging, informative and interesting.”

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Kylie Kempton

“The information was well organised and presented in a logical manner. Trae is fantastic. Her knowledge and presentation style is great. She is a great ambassador for the AWC.”

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Simone Wolski

“Lisa was terrific! She’s so knowledgeable and very open about discussing her own experiences. After day one, I asked her about how to practice writing in active voice rather than passive, and the next day she brought in handouts she’d written up which were very helpful. She had a great attitude and the mood and feel of the room was light and warm the whole weekend.”

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