Why Australian Writers' Centre?
We love this place so much. but then again, we would say that. So, allow us to give you a more balanced account of why it’s great to learn with AWC and how we can help you achieve great things!
If you have a writing goal, we’ll have a writing course to match - with beginner courses, genre courses and advanced programs to suit where you’re at.
Learn from world-class presenters
When you enrol in one of our classroom or tutor-led online courses, you’re not just getting practical, industry-specific content – you’ll also have the knowledge and experience of some of Australia’s top authors, publishers, journalists, bloggers and communications experts to tap into!
We hand-pick each one of our insanely talented presenters to ensure you’re learning from the best in the business. And every day our graduates tell us how that extra dollop of “know-how” or advice helped them to get published, score book deals, get promotions or change careers. We’ll be blunt. You won’t find presenters this fabulous anywhere else.
Become part of a dynamic, nurturing community
We’re proud to say that our students come from all walks of life, experiences and locations. Because great writing can, quite literally, come from anywhere. The Australian Writers’ Centre is like the complete opposite of writer’s block – a place where inspiration, encouragement and motivation don’t just reside – they thrive.
As well as the camaraderie fostered between students and presenters in the courses themselves, we also offer special graduate forums – amazing places to get advice or share successes. Add to this our regular meet-ups, weekly newsletters and incredible resources like our blog and podcast and you have one amazing and active writing community!
Meet AWC founder and CEO, Valerie Khoo
Creating a vibrant writing community was certainly the aim of founder Valerie Khoo when she launched AWC back in 2005.If you haven’t heard of Valerie, it’s time to crawl out from under the rock and read on. With her fingers in a ridiculous number of pies, Valerie is an award-winning feature writer, the author of six books, journalist, mentor to various writers and entrepreneurs, and has worn many other hats including that of magazine editor, business owner and public speaker.
She started her working life as an accountant, but switched careers to pursue her passion for writing, and is now passionate about helping others do the same.
As an aspiring writer back in the 1990s, Valerie wished there had been a place where she could have learnt everything to get her started on the right foot. Not a lengthy university degree, but rather a fast-tracked “push” that gave writers the confidence to take the next step – armed with industry knowledge that would normally take years to learn on their own. In 2005, she set up that place, and you’re on its website right now!
Valerie is an active part of the Australian Writers’ Centre, co-hosting our popular podcast So you want to be a writer and sharing her weekly insights through our newsletter.
Feel free to drop her a line and say “hi”!
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