Australian Writers' Centre

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We’re Australia’s leading provider of writing courses and we’re so excited that you’ve found us!

Whether you’d like to improve your skills, discover a new career, or simply find your creative community, this is the ultimate place to pursue your writing passion.

People love our online writing courses because of their affordability, short duration and accessibility – a surefire way to gain new writing skills in a supportive environment.

We have something for every writer as we offer over 55 different writing courses.

Alex Murphy
Alex MurphyFebruary 2024
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'Writing has become a daily part of my life, both through learning to write and actually writing. The coursework and the AWC podcast have helped me learn more about the craft of writing and what it takes to become a writer. I also spend time writing and coming up with ideas most days. The course has drastically improved my confidence and my writing.'
Daniel Gray-Barnett
Daniel Gray-BarnettFebruary 2024
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'The AWC has really great courses on all types of writing, run by people who are also working in the industry. I've learnt so much from my courses and they're suitable for all skill levels.'
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Rebecca Grant goes from physiotherapist to picture book author
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Q&A: “Leaped” or “leapt”

Online writing courses starting soon:

Creative Writing Stage 1

  • Discover the secrets to writing compelling fiction.
  • Develop characters, scenes, dialogue and more.
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of the art of writing.

4 March 2024

5 weeks

Booked out
(New date available)

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Copywriting Essentials

  • Write headlines and words that sell.
  • Take creative briefs and do research.
  • Earn money immediately from clients.

Starts this week

5 weeks

$550

Bookings close soon

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FOCUS ON... Flashbacks and Memories

  • Learn when you should use memories or flashbacks.
  • Discover how to transition between the past and the present.
  • Understand the difference between writing a memory and a flashback.

7 March 2024

$55


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Edit Your Novel

  • Shape your story into its brilliant final form
  • Receive powerful editing techniques and guidance
  • Workshop your manuscript with experienced writers

7 March 2024

6 months

Booked out

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Writing Children's Novels

  • Learn the key elements of a novel for children
  • Create believable characters and dialogue
  • Find the right voice to suit your reader

11 March 2024

5 weeks

$450


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Novel Writing Essentials

  • Write the first 20,000 words of your novel.
  • Become a stronger writer with group workshopping.
  • Give your opening chapters the best possible start.

12 March 2024

10 weeks

$795


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Profile Writing

  • Write compelling human stories.
  • Learn pacing, structure and style.
  • Valuable insights from a top profiler.

12 March 2024

2 evenings – LIVE

$245


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Writing Picture Books

  • Create magical stories for the youngest of readers.
  • Discover the themes that kids (and publishers) adore.
  • Explore your creativity in a supportive environment.

18 March 2024

5 weeks

$450


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Freelance Writing Stage 1

  • Industry advice on writing for publications.
  • Techniques on structure, research, interviewing.
  • Find and pitch story ideas with confidence.

18 March 2024

5 weeks

$450


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Writing Workout

  • Complete exercises to strengthen your writing muscles.
  • Receive tutor guidance on your fiction techniques.
  • Write, write and write!

19 March 2024

6 fortnights – LIVE

Booked out
(New date available)

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Write Your Novel

  • Workshop your way to a completed draft.
  • Iron out structural flaws and master techniques.
  • Achieve your dream of writing a novel.

20 March 2024

12 months

$265
per month


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Writing Workout

  • Complete exercises to strengthen your writing muscles.
  • Receive tutor guidance on your fiction techniques.
  • Write, write and write!

2 April 2024

6 fortnights – LIVE

$595


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Teenage Creative Writers’ Program

  • Discover the key skills for creating compelling stories.
  • Receive feedback and guidance from an award-winning author.
  • Learn creative techniques that can be easily applied at school.

8 April 2024

10 weeks

$395


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Plain English Business Writing

  • Understand ‘plain English’ principles to improve readability.
  • Discover common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Get templates to improve your reports, proposals, emails and proofing.

9 April 2024

2 mornings – LIVE

$345


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With great courses comes great responsibility. Our presenters possess wonderful writing talent and experience, and they also love to teach! Meet some of them now.

Award-winning author of more than 40 books. Also writes under the name Pamela Hart.
Multi-award-winning journalist, acclaimed profile writer and author.
Internationally published and award-winning author of 32 books.
Successful fiction editor with more than 25 years' experience.
Award-winning feature writer and CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre.

“The Australian Writers’ Centre courses are really worthwhile, definitely for anyone who’s interested in writing and taking a more serious step toward that as a career – or even just as a hobby.”

Sarah Bailey's debut crime novel The Dark Lake was a bestseller.
She followed up with the successful novels Into the Night, Where the Dead Go and The Housemate.

Discover how an AWC course can change your life!

"When I found out that my book had made it through the acquisitions process and was going to be published, I burst into tears!"
– Karina May Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "Duck à l'Orange for Breakfast" 

"Winning the Banjo was the day when in a single stroke all my publishing dreams came true."
– Dinuka McKenzie Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "The Torrent"

"I took everything I’d learned and wrote a fourth manuscript, A Girl Called Corpse, and the rest is history!"
– Reece Carter Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "A Girl Called Corpse" 

“I don’t have a degree in creative writing or journalism – I wouldn't be working as a writer without taking courses at AWC”.
– Jo Jukes Freelance writer, graduate of Australian Writers' Centre Freelance Writing Masterclass Program

“Enrolling in those AWC courses made all the difference in the world, the best thing I ever did!"
– Al Campbell Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "The Keepers"

“I learned more in the two days I was at the AWC than in the few years prior doing self-research.”
– Freda Chiu Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "A Trip to the Hospital"

“I know I never would have been published had it not been for Valerie’s support, guidance, that ‘red pen’ of hers, and her incredibly accurate feedback.”

Jennifer Johnston, freelance writer

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