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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.

Janis Love

“This was an excellent course that contained everything you need to know to get straight into magazine writing. It didn’t contain any unnecessary information. Everything was useful.”

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Belinda-Jane Latta

“I came away with ideas running rampant in my head, this has continued since the seminar. It’s helped me think more creatively and clearly about different ideas I have and where they could lead. I really enjoyed it.”

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Jenny New

“The Novel Writing Course was amazing. Pamela is an amazing teacher. Her depth of knowledge ensures that everyone in the class receives fantastic feedback and her ability to take a very average piece of work and turn it into a great piece of work is just invaluable. I have done a number of courses with the Australian Writers’ Centre to date and found the Centre extremely professional and the presenters are all fantastic. I think that the courses are extremely good value for money.”

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Justine Sarpi

“The course was very practical and I felt that, by the end of the five weeks, I had the tools submit a story. Marina’s stories and tips were also great. She was engaging, interesting and really encouraging. A great course if you want practical tips in a short space of time and with a great teacher.”

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Angela Steyn

“I have finally had an article published in Home Beautiful! Thank you so much for all your wonderful help in assisting me to get to this point – without your ongoing encouragement I doubt I would have persevered. I found your course to be not only extremely practical, but also inspirational and it certainly gave me the tools to pursue my dream of writing for interiors magazines.”

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Catherine Ferrara

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

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Nadine Zrinzo

“I attended the online version of this course and loved its format, the interaction with Valerie and with other participants. There were several great learning points one can use to start feature writing for fun or for financial benefit. Well worth it.”

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Hayley Morcom

“A great thorough course! I enjoyed every minute of it. Julietta made things interesting and easy to learn. Her friendly personality and extensive knowledge made this course well and truly value for money!”

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Scott Williamson

“The structure of the course and content were magnificent. It was really a hands-on exercise – far from theoretical with no practical application. Julietta was excellent. She was able to balance giving critical feedback with praise which was very motivating. I loved the fact I could complete the reading and assignments in my own time. Great!”

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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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Karl Melrose

“Course was very well run, Deb knew the subject material backwards and taught it in a way that made it entirely accessible to me, I wish I’d done the course 15 years ago.”

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Imogen Bailey

“I have always wanted to write creatively but I have long been guilty of collecting half finished pieces of work. I have now learnt how to put the pieces together and the true gift of that knowledge is that I have found my creative flow. I am now writing everyday and really experiencing the beauty of the creative process, the difference for me feels nothing short of amazing.

“I found this course to be not only educational in teaching me the skills that I so desired to know but it has also blessed me with a great support network. It’s an inspiring experience to be in a room with minds that are all hungry for the same thing and a room filled with passion. This is a brilliant course!”

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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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Ben Dodd

“Great revelations in the ’11 golden rules’ for business writing. Excellent content – I feel it has given me quick wins immediately. Kate was excellent. If you want quick wins in improving your communication, go to this seminar.”

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Alegria Alano

“Sue White’s enthusiasm for writing made going to class on a Monday night worthwhile. She was fantastic!”

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Carolyn Eade

“I really enjoyed Kate’s inclusive and encouraging style – all student questions were handled professionally. We participated in a number of exercises, which always helps to solidify what was learnt. The style guide with the comprehensive tool kit were great takeaways. Kate was able to provide something for everyone who attended.”

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Nimmity Zappert

“Kate was a great and encouraging teacher, and squeezed a huge amount of really practical useful information into each class.”

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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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Kyra Webb

“Kerri and Valerie were fantastic.”

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Margaret Rochford

“The best thing about the course was getting feedback from Pamela and the students on work we submitted. Pamela really knows her genres. She always provided insightful and constructive comments which made a real difference to my work.”

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Mary McDougall

“It was easy and convenient to do the course online, as it allowed those of us in an isolated area to undertake the course. The virtual classroom meant we could run off all sheets for each week and to take notes from Val’s comments. The price was extremely competitive.”

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Cheryl Mathew

“Pamela was fantastic. Her advice and feedback were always spot on, and the sessions were always very informative and enjoyable. I loved discussing everyone’s work and giving feedback and possible ideas for improvement. The feedback from the other writers and a published author like Pamela Freeman is invaluable.”

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Gemma Swart

“The relaxed and flowing conversations about good books, great stories and fascinating characters were expertly woven together with practical lessons on how to craft your own words.”

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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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Tilly Brasch

“I feel that I got 150% out of each day in Paris. I find it frustrating that words cannot express the reality of being in Paris at the workshop. The experiences and opportunities were beyond words.”

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Carolyn Barnabo

“Patti Miller has extensive experience and expertise, and is an outstanding teacher as well – a rare combination.”

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Danielle Ramsay

“The live demo on setting up a blog was great. It made the idea of starting a blog seem a lot less intimidating and manageable. Trae was great – open, approachable and happy to pass on tips of the trade and her learnings along the way.”

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Nicola Duncan

“Nigel’s personal insights were really valuable and interesting. I particularly appreciated that he had asked people he knows in the right positions (i.e. magazine editors) to provide their dos and don’ts. Nigel is engaging and interesting.”

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Anthony Cooper

“Tim’s enthusiasm for screenwriting was infectious.”

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Kim Pickburn

“Australian Writers’ Centre is an experienced organisation with experienced teachers. Abbotsford Convent is a great and inspiration location. I loved getting practical publishing information.”

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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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Holly Lander

“I enjoyed being able to take the class whenever I wanted from home, and the simple step-by-step process of the course. I thought everyone who was involved was excellent! I learned lots, and now feel more confident about my writing.”

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Ruth Tofler-Riesel

“Grant led a lively workshop in which participants became fully involved. He successfully integrated the excellent seminar materials with participants’ individual work situations/experience, creating interesting models for discussion and analysis. It gave me a solid sense of what’s needed to write effective websites and introduced me to the necessary parameters. The workshop also gave me confidence that I’m in fact not so far off the mark with some of the skills I already have.”

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