Category: Alumni news

Mandy Foot lands children’s book deal as writer and illustrator

Courses taken at AWC: Writing Picture Books Congratulations to Australian Writers’ Centre Writing Picture Books graduate Mandy Foot on her publishing deal with Hachette Australia.   Her charming book Joey and Riley (about a young boy and his beloved dog in rural Australia) will be published next year and in the... read more

Maggie Hutchings – from counsellor to children’s author

Course taken at AWC: Writing Picture Books Maggie Hutchings’ determination to improve and keep writing until she was published has paid off, thanks to taking AWC’s Writing Picture Books course and the subsequent publication of her children’s book Unicorn! by Affirm Press. “I was absolutely committed to the... read more

Ingrid Alexandra fulfils a lifelong dream to be a published author

AWC courses completed: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Ingrid’s tenacity and stubbornness to keep at it no matter how many rejections were thrown at her has paid off with the launch of her psychological thriller The New Girl  published by HarperCollins imprint Avon Books UK. Investing in skills “I'd... read more

AWC alumnus Penelope Janu has won the 2017 XO Romance Prize

AWC alumnus Penelope Janu has won the 2017 XO Romance Prize for her unpublished manuscript, On the Same Page. Described by guest judge Alexandra Nahlous as “A wonderful, captivating story about a writer desperate to keep her identity hidden, and the man determined to expose her”, Penelope receives a $5000... read more

“I got published!”: “Delicious”, “Wellbeing” and more!

The sky is the limit when you’re a freelance writer and our AWC grads are definitely soaring high! We are back with another set of their fabulous pieces spread throughout various publications. Check out the results of their hard work and dedication: Above: Laura McGeoch featured in HRMonthly with... read more

Catherine Pelosi: From boring office job to book deal

Success: Quark's Academy – debut children's novel signed with Hachette. Plus setting up her own copywriting and freelance travel writing business in Sydney. Something for Fleur – children's picture book, illustrated by Caitlin Murray and published by Hachette Australia. AWC courses completed: Become a Children's Author (Writing Books... read more

Road is good for Bridget’s memoir

Success: Road No Good – Finch Publishing, January 2017 (Runner up, Finch Memoir prize 2016) AWC courses taken: Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Background After living for two years in remote Vanuatu where she had helped develop the preschools in an isolated town called Luganville... read more

Sarah Bailey: Daydreamer to dream book deal

We all like to daydream about finding success with our writing, but simply wishing for something tends to be an unreliable strategy. Advertising executive Sarah Bailey was one such daydreamer, but she found a way to devote more time to her writing and ultimately land a book deal. Sarah’s... read more