Alumni Conversations

Here at AWC, we love to talk about how great our courses are and the positive effect we’ve had on so many lives. But sometimes it’s better to hear it straight from the people themselves – individuals just like you, who have found success through their writing.

Creative writers:

“I discovered that I could actually become a published author. I could learn the skills and techniques that it took to finish a manuscript.” – Astrid Scholte
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "Four Dead Queens"

“I really enjoyed the feedback and the support that I got through the Australian Writers' Centre... I would say get started on a course as soon as you can.” – Petronella McGovern
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "Six Minutes"

“If it wasn’t for the Australian Writers' Centre, I don’t think I would be published today. They really pushed me in the right direction.” – Kaneana May
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "The One"

“I have just published The Barrier with PanMacmillan Australia and I am loving it” – Shankari Chandran
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "The Barrier"

“I pitched the novel to Harlequin Mira... they loved it” - Penelope Janu
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, now a full-time author

“Through the course, I changed the way I approach my writing and I learnt to reflect on my work critically. And I am now a published author.” – Ingrid Alexandra
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "The New Girl"

“Through the course at Australian Writers' Centre I discovered I really could be a novelist and that was such a revelation to me and such a delight”. – Margaret Morgan
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, freelance writer, author of "The Second Cure"

“Discovering the courses at the Australian Writers' Centre really did change my life. I really am living my dream.” – Joanna Nell
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village"

“In the end when Allen & Unwin decided to publish the novel... it was amazing" – Sarah Bailey
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "The Dark Lake"

“I'm a children's author and I've just released my first series of books." – Shelly Unwin
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, now a full-time author

“When I found out I was being published it was the best thing ever, the happiest day I can remember so far. It was really, really exciting.” – Catherine Pelosi
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, freelance writer, author of "Quark's Academy"

“The skills that I’ve learnt have helped me along my journey and I’m now sitting here with a published book in my hand.” – Tania Blanchard
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "The Girl from Munich"

“On the second day of the course I came up with the idea for my first book” – Tamsin Janu
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "Figgy and the President" and "Figgy in the World"

“When Momentum wanted to publish my book, my jaw dropped to the floor.” – Carmel Sealey
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of "Equilibrium"

“Captain Sneer was accepted by Walker Books and this one just got shortlisted for the Caleb Prize, that was very exciting” – Penny Morrison
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre

Freelance writers:

“The skills I got from the course have given me a part-time income where I can work around my two children”. – Jo Hartley
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, freelance writer

“My books have sat at the top 100 bestselling lists for years.” – Heather Smith
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, author of 8 top selling books including "Xero for Dummies"

“The Australian Writers' Centre course had paid for itself maybe two or three times over before I got to the end of the five-week course.” – Brad Kelly
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, freelance writer

“I've actually been able to make a living doing what I love and it's work that I find really fulfilling.” – Joy Adan
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, freelance writer

“The Australian Writers’ Centre is hands on, it’s practical, it’s relevant, it’s just amazing to be a part of a collaborative group that supports each other” – Jennifer Johnston
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, Freelance Writer, Copywriter and Blogger

“I am a full-time writer. I’m living the dream.” – Lisa Schofield
Freelance journalist and corporate writer

“Having the thrill of going to a newsagent when you know your article is coming out is fantastic.” – Rob Grant
Travel Writer and Marketing Consultant

“I’m actually being paid to write … it’s perfect.” – Susannah Hardy
Freelance Writer & Actor

“I’m doing my dream job.” – Catherine Rodie
Freelance Writer

“The first time I saw my byline in print... it was just wonderful.” – Libby Hakim
Lawyer & Freelance Writer

“The best part of it is being able to go to work I love everyday.” – Avi Vince
Managing Editor, iVillage.com.au

“After I did the writers course I just hit the ground running.” – Megan Blandford
Freelance Writer

“I’m being paid to write and it’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling.” – Michaela Fox
Freelance Writer

“I got all this knowledge about how to break into this industry” – Lindy Alexander
Freelance Writer

“I walked out with every single skill I needed to be a freelance writer.” – Josefa Pete
Freelance Writer

“I've always liked writing so I finally bit the bullet and decided to pursue it.” – Gabrielle Martinovich
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, freelance writer

“I love having the flexibility with freelance writing... I'm my own boss and I can dictate the hours that I would like to invest into writing.” – Emily Joyce
Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, freelance writer