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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.

Gerald Abelsohn

“Louisa was easy to communicate with, had a sense of humour and was never boring. Participations was encouraged and the course was lively and interesting.”

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Janice Dib

“An excellent course. Learning how to critique my own work was really helpful, and I’ve been applying Jeni’s tips and had lots of light-bulb moments since finishing the course. Jeni was very generous with her time, loading her apprentices with a cart piled high with hot tips to take away on our writing journeys.”

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Katie Gatward

“The course delivered everything that was promised and I found myself learning plenty of useful facts. I appreciated the booklet of Nicole’s presentation, which was very detailed and will definitely come in handy.”

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Grant Hyman

“Judy really knows her stuff and as always (this was my fifth course with the Australian Writers’ Centre) the content, delivery and genuinely sincere interest in students’ success was obvious. Whilst the original class (Magazine Writing Stage 1) was good enough to springboard a lot of students to success, I’m glad I paid the extra for the Masterclass. The value of the extra knowledge quickly became obvious as both a condensed recap and advanced understanding of the freelance journalistic environment.”

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Marion Nicolson

“I loved Valerie’s delivery – I could hear the genuine passion for her work in her voice. This was infectious and enhanced my learning. Valerie’s feedback was excellent and spot on. And thanks for taking the trouble to show us how to use a phone recording device. This is the same attention to detail which was apparent throughout the course. I have lots of practical knowledge which is new to me. I know how to tackle writing an article and how to improve it. Valerie has shown me a high standard to strive for.

“I liked the flexibility and convenience which meant I didn’t miss a module. Even better with the online course, I could replay the audio to take notes or repeat key points. The handouts and examples were carefully selected and perfectly illustrated the points of each module.”

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Alyssa Tasker

“It was a very friendly atmosphere, there was no pressure to write anything amazing and you didn’t feel compared to the other students. Pamela has fantastic knowledge of writing and the industry and passed this on in a very understanding manner. The location was fantastic close to parking which made it a lot easier and the view is amazing.”

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Maggie Perez

“I enjoyed learning how to write feature articles and pitch them. The assignments were very valuable and we got great feedback from the tutors. It was great doing the course online and listening to the mp3 at anytime that suited me. The Australian Writers’ Centre is very professional – practical, hands-on, and helpful in helping you to succeed to write.”

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Samantha Wiesr

“The information provided in this course will enable me to start my novel. Kathryn was knowledgeable and passionate about her subject.”

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Sunehla Bala

“Sue delivered the program very clearly. She also provided one to one attention to clarify individual enquiries. She was very confident and made us feel that she was on a mission to help us.”

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Angharad Dalton

“I enjoyed Judith’s wonderful enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, the topic. I now have much more detailed knowledge of the children’s publishing market. The course inspired me to sign up for the Creative Writing course.”

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Victoria Sharp

“The whole day was extremely practical. I felt very empowered at the end. I’m now far more aware of how PR can be implemented in my industry and specifically to my business, what tools are best for my area and  media pitches vs media releases. Catriona was informative, lively, enthusiastic, willing to share her knowledge and provide advice specifically to your industry.”

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Murray Henstock

“I found the ability to talk face-to-face with other like-minded people very inspirational. Cathie was great. I found her manner warm and approachable and I felt I could ask any questions.”

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Katie Whiffen

“Two highly engaging hours filled with specific insights from someone who has done this themselves and is involved with the process each day.

“I have a much greater understanding of the publishers point of view and I am now very clear about the next steps to take to get my books published. I am also absolutely inspired to get on with it!”

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Gillian Nalletamby

“This is one of the few courses that I have done which was really worthwhile. Usually with a course, you find that they give you a textbook and you work your way through it. It’s invaluable to get into Valerie’s head and learn all the insider tips of an editor. You want to learn from someone who has several years experience working in the business.”

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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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Susannah Hardy

“Lisa was a fantastic presenter who really made the course a successful one. She has a great manner and was very inspiring with plenty of practical advice.”

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Marcia Tsiliris

“It was a great experience. I haven’t been in a classroom for 20 years so it was a little scary at first but Patti was awesome. She’s a very good teacher, a lovely lady. Everyone was great in fact, it was a wonderful experience to share with like minded people, it’s nice to know you’re not alone in the quest! Bloody brilliant!”

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Kelli Odell

“10/10. Definitely do this seminar if you’re interested in blogging.”

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Laura Wuellner

“Cathie was extremely knowledgeable. It was beneficial to get an editor’s point of view – it felt like we were given an insider’s perspective on the picture book industry. The timing of the course over five weeks was also nice. It was just the right amount of time.”

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David Nunn

“Each night I left having learnt something new and of value to my writing.”

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Veeya Seekis

“The ability to listen to the modules at my own leisure was fantastic. I looked forward to them every week! The structure was brilliant and I have gained confidence in approaching publications. The Australian Writers’ Centre is a great place to learn the ins and outs of a career in writing. They’re professional, very friendly and have a wealth of experience in the field. I highly recommend it!”

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Simone Brandon

“The emphasis on the structure of articles was very useful, particularly around transitions, case studies and quoting interviewees. I could see how to easily make improvements to pieces I had written in the past when I re-read them after the course.

“I thought the presentation was very clear in terms of emphasising important points and not assuming any prior knowledge. I enjoyed the example articles and the commentary interspersed from Valerie were helpful.”

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Jane Gilvear

“It was extremely pleasant being in the company of other like-minded people going on their own life journey. I feel I have benefited enormously, giving me more of a chance of completing my story with a lot more inspiration to bring it to fruition. I think Patti presented the course beautifully and felt our needs were met.”

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Tony McFadden

“Louisa knows her stuff, and had some very useful and timely tips. The course was full of useful and relevant information. It has really helped me with the story I’m currently writing.”

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Lucy Warden

“I have studied many tertiary subjects via distance modules and wish they had a spoken word component to them as this course did. I feel that my writing is quite good and may be suited to feature writing, however I didn’t know how to structure, reference an article, or how to contact a magazine before this course. All this information has been great.”

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Jenny Diamond

“You have taken me further than I’d ever hoped into a world of storytelling and infinite possibilities. Thank you for your never-ending inspiration, guidance and support through the process of creating and beyond.”

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Gen Yan-Colebourn

“Geoff was obviously an experienced published author. Good to hear the real story, how hard it is, how much money writers make and tricks to get to the editor. Excellent.”

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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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Gary Yeates

“Kerri was personable and she has a great story as to her own experiences with Twitter. She took the time to reinforce points that dinosaurs like myself struggled with.”

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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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Diana Santamaria

“It was hands on and the presenter stopped whenever necessary to answer questions but kept the seminar rolling. It was great, moved with the flow of the participants while remaining a very nice blend of casual, informative and useful.”

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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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Danielle Brender

“I enjoyed learning new things with like-minded people, sharing experiences, and learning from a fabulous, knowledgable instructor. Deb knows her topic and obviously enjoys what she does; everyone responded to her and her inclusive style.”

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