Category: Success stories: Freelance and non-fiction

Ashleigh Mills launches her travel directory – ‘Hotels with Cats’

Courses taken at AWC: Blogging for Beginners Freelance Writing Stage 1 Travel Writing Profile Writing Ashleigh Mills wanted to combine her passion for cats, travel and freelance writing. So she took AWC’s courses in Blogging for Beginners, Travel Writing and Freelance Writing Stage 1. Then everything fell into place... read more

Jaci Byrne’s dreams of being a published author come true

Courses taken at AWC: Freelance Writing Stage 1 Inside Publishing (previously called How to Get your Book Published) After self-publishing four novels and a series of eight illustrated children’s educational books on Amazon, Jaci Byrne decided that she wanted to get her books ‘traditionally published’. She took Freelance... read more

Brad Kelly: From history teacher to full-time freelance writer

AWC courses completed: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 Freelance Writing Masterclass Program Copywriting Essentials Profile Writing The Business of Freelancing Writing Australian History After a 15-year career as a history teacher, Brad Kelly was ready for his next challenge. With a keen interest in the world of writing... read more

Joy Adan: Living her dream as a freelance writer

AWC courses completed: Writing for the Web and Mobile Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 Freelance Writing Masterclass Program Profile Writing Reinvent Yourself Creative Writing Stage 1 Make Time to Write Life Writing Even though Joy Adan dreamt of becoming a writer, she initially didn’t have the confidence to... read more

How Jennifer Johnston gained the confidence to become a freelance writer

Success: Learning the practical skills and gaining the confidence to pursue a career as a freelance writer – regularly getting paid for her stories. AWC courses completed: Travel Writing Profile Writing Copywriting Essentials Freelance Writing Masterclass Program (current member) Background: Jennifer Johnston is living proof that you never stop learning – in... read more

Melanie Dower: Freelancing from Finland

When Melanie Dower (pictured) relocated from Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki, Finland to join her husband in his dream job, it turned her whole world upside down. Here, on the other side of the globe, she struggled to find a job on par with her previous field as she wasn... read more

Michaela Fox: Blogger turned successful freelance writer

As a blogger, Michaela Fox was already loving being able to write while at home, but it was almost too comfortable. The idea of working as a freelance writer and earning a living really appealed. “Being able to freelance from home is just the ideal situation for me,” she says... read more

Catherine Rodie: overcoming dyslexia to become a successful writer

Catherine Rodie never thought she would become a writer. This limiting belief, coupled with her experience with dyslexia, meant that she hadn’t considered that writing could be a real career for her. But after completing a course at the Australian Writers’ Centre, that all changed. And now, she’s... read more

Josefa Pete: research scientist becomes freelance feature writer

“Eighteen months ago, if someone had said to me you’re going to be doing freelance writing, I probably would have brushed it off and said ‘no way’…” And yet today Josefa Pete, busy mum to two boys, proudly calls herself a freelance writer, without a moment’s hesitation. So... read more

From social worker to successful freelance magazine writer

Lindy Alexander was working as a social worker two days a week when she decided to take the course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre. She says it’s the single most important thing she’s done in her life to turn her dream of becoming... read more

Penny Harrison: Finding success in magazines and picture books

When journalist Penny Harrison made the switch to writing feature stories, little did she know it would lead to her first published picture book – with more to come. “I had been working as a local newspaper journalist for 10 years and was just thinking about returning to work after my... read more

Changing careers and landing a coveted role in publishing

Deadlines. Celebrities. Breaking stories. And a growing audience of women who are clamouring for more digital content. That’s the world of Avi Vince, Managing Editor of iVillage Australia, which is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network. Both iVillage and its sister site Mamamia have carved a firm niche... read more