Australian Writers' Centre

WRITER 603: Picture book author Megan Daley on how to nurture your children to become readers.

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.

Jude Mullen
Jude MullenMay 2024
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"I now feel confident that I have the tools to get all the way to the end of the first draft without giving up halfway through, with plenty of space for creativity and embellishment along the way. I feel excited about my writing and I look forward to it every time I sit down to write."
De Villiers Keet
De Villiers KeetMay 2024
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"The organisers at AWC have a genuine passion for the art and craft of writing and are truly geared towards helping fellow writers achieve success. They provide the extra personal touch, even in courses that are self-paced. Their courses have depth, both in theory and in practical, useable knowledge. They are truly made for writers, by writers."
Kell Woods finds international success after courses at Australian Writers' Centre
Kell Woods finds international success after courses at Australian Writers' Centre
Seth Haddon scores his dream book deal
Seth Haddon scores his dream book deal
Q&A: How far is a ‘country mile'?
Q&A: How far is a ‘country mile'?

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.

27 May 2024

5 weeks

$450


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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

27 May 2024

5 weeks

$450


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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.

27 May 2024

10 weeks

$395


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Opinion Writing

  • Learn how to craft opinion pieces for publications
  • Communicate your passion with a wider audience.
  • Receive personalised feedback on your writing.

27 May 2024

4 weeks

$395


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Copywriting Essentials

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

27 May 2024

5 weeks

$550


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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.

3 June 2024

5 weeks

$450


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Editing Essentials

  • How to edit business documents with ease.
  • Essential rules for punctuation, bullet lists and more.
  • Industry proofreading symbols and style guides.

4 June 2024

2 mornings – LIVE

$345


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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.

4 June 2024

2 mornings – LIVE

$345


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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.

5 June 2024

10 weeks

$795


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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.

5 June 2024

12 months

$265
per month


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FOCUS ON... Chapters

  • Discover how to keep readers are engaged from the first word of each chapter.
  • Explore how to ensure chapter lengths and content match the overall story arc
  • Learn how to make the end of each chapter prod the reader into reading the next one

6 June 2024

$55


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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.

10 June 2024

5 weeks

$450


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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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