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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.

Eden Riley

“Fantastic. Very intense! No-nonsense, thorough and clear. The best writing course out there.”

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Gustavo Panucci

“Even though I am only new to writing, during the course I found so many new techniques and ways of approaching my work that I couldn’t have discovered without help. Writing is a passion I have only just recently discovered, and to have a course that offers so much in these early stages of my learning was the best experience I could have hoped for. I loved the course and would recommend it to anyone who wanted to take creative writing to the next level.”

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Janet Morice

“Anna was excellent.”

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Samantha Ihring

“Carli was fantastic, so knowledgeable and very generous with her knowledge. I can not talk highly enough about her.”

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Carolyne (Caro) McCourtie

“I strongly recommend you do this course. It is excellent value for money, and you learn some fundamentals that you may think you know, but don’t. And it’s taught by someone who has published many times herself in this genre. I certainly learned more than I thought. You might too!”

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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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Meredith Lawson

“The small group and casual style of the presenter was excellent. The information presented was highly useful and there was flexibility in the program. Julietta was very friendly and relaxed, creating a lovely atmosphere. her extensive experience in the industry gave us many valuable insights.”

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Sally Davies

“I enjoyed being in such a creative environment. I found that it really assisted in inspiring me to write. Tim has a wonderful enthusiasm for film and writing that I found reinvigorated my writing and also encouraged me to analyse films at a deeper level.”

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Michelle Guillemard

“Thank you so much for providing such a comprehensive insight into the world of publishing last night. You addressed all of my questions, and you made publishing seem like something that is realistically achievable for any of us – as long as we go about it in the right way! It’s very encouraging as I feel that the dream is within reach now. I’ve still got a lot of work to do on my first draft, but when I’m ready to pitch it (hopefully by the end of the year) I’m confident that I have the right tools to do it properly!”

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Jane Gilvear

“I was in Paris! Oh my, if ever I am lost for words … I miss it already – the country, the people, new friends. It was such a beautiful experience all round and I highly recommend it to those who may be considering it. Although I was extremely nervous, all my fears were left behind when my feet landed in Paris and we ladies met up for welcome drinks.”

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Melissa Anderson

“Even being totally new to the world of freelance writing, I’ve learnt much more than I thought I would in the course. I’m looking forward to putting it into practise now! Valerie was fantastic, the content was terrific and the convenience of doing it online was great. I loved being able to do it at any time of the day or night which suited me.”

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Chantelle Ravenswood

“Lisa Heidke is a great presenter and an amazing writer. She really got in and listened to everyone. She taught me a lot in only two days and everyone was buzzing about her at the end of the two days. She makes it fun, enjoyable and exciting! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain by doing this course.”

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Madeline Gill

“The course was well presented and the course notes are an excellent reference tool. Deb was very professional and passionate about her subject matter. She is an excellent presenter.”

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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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Robyn McWilliam

“Clear, concise and helpful. Anna provided lots of useful information.”

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Felicity Young

“The course was illuminating in many ways. Patti skilfully kept 10 very different people engaged and on track whilst cleverly sharing quality advice on ways to improve. It was empowering in terms of both learning and sharing and as a result I’m encouraged to continue this journey of discovery. Not only did it unleash the very dormant writer within but it also taught me to relax, share with, and encourage like-minded folk whom I now feel I have a connection to. I started somewhat hesitantly and finished with a desire to continue in earnest.”

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Raine Jackson

“The personal correspondence with Pamela was great! It was great how she would include her personal experiences and view as an experience editor.”

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Max Warren

“For me, the seminar highlighted that I am writing for my audience, not myself. Grant maintained interest; involved the participants and inspired confidence. He is a good teacher and communicator.”

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Jody Connor

“Pamela was the most enjoyable thing about this course. Also learning that I am not alone in amateur-hour. Pamela is engaging and inspiring. Every Tuesday night was spent writing my heart out until the wee hours. If you need inspiration and if you want the myths/mysteries/etc of writing and publishing uncovered, you MUST do this course.”

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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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Julia Bowyer

“Valerie’s course on magazine writing for magazines was wonderful. We explored the nuances, tips and tricks for writing for magazines while preparing work of our own and receiving Valerie’s invaluable feedback. This course provided practical steps for writing, editing and learning the steps to see your work in print.”

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Maraya Bell

“I loved how practical the course was. I’ve studied writing at uni but it was all theory and no practical. I feel like I have a lot more confidence to go out and pitch – knowing exactly what editors expect.”

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Jan Samuels

“Jen was an engaging and generous presenter willing to answer questions but still stay on track, and on time.”

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Tina Chappell

“This course is something anyone can benefit from.”

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Annie Chiv

“Pamela was excellent, very lively and helpful. She brought in a lot of personal experience, which was precisely what I’d hoped for.”

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Caroline Betts

“Being taught by someone like Pamela who has had so much experience in the field of creative writing was very enlightening. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the course has really given me momentum with my writing by giving me the tools that I need to improve.

“It was informative, encouraging and inspiring.”

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Sharon Collins

“The presenter was very good. She had a good style and was very knowledgeable about business writing.”

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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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Flora Lee

“Marina was encouraging and very open in sharing her experience and knowledge.”

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Liz Swanton

“As a long-time journo who had been working solidly without the need to pitch, I was out of practice. Then came a major shift in my circumstances and I needed to chase work again. I knew I needed to freshen up so I signed up to do this course. As with all the Australian Writers’ Centre courses, it was excellent. A really practical, workable body of information that helps you craft a pitch and then aim it at the right target with confidence. Highly recommended.”

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Amanda

“Thank you for your online ‘writing for magazines and newspapers’ course. Since completing your course I have been published in Insight magazine and French Provincial, with two more proposals accepted for the end of the year. I have also been sub-editing for a small women’s magazine.

“Although I had writing experience before your course, I didn’t believe that the magazine industry was possible to break into. The language you use in the course is very empowering and the advice is practical.”

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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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Jaci Byrne

“I enjoyed meeting other writers. This manuscript writing business is a very lonely occupation! Geoff presented his information at a fast and furious pace and he managed to cover the plethora of points in the short time available to him. The Australian Writers’ Centre is a great resource centre for all the lonely writers out there who are tapping away at their keyboards and trying to get all the information they need from Google!”

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