Louisa Larkin is just fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Louisa was informative, supportive and gave constructive feedback. The course covered areas I would never have thought of in terms of approach and how to craft your writing.
The interactive Zoom sessions were the best. Due to an unexpected workload (and ridiculous deadlines), I was only able to join 2 of these but found the online videos also very helpful. I also enjoyed the interaction with the other participants.
I feel like I have gained so much knowledge from this course in terms of how to approach my writing, plan it, structure, character development, etc. I feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment as I am only at the beginning, but I also feel that this course has provided me with a solid foundation to begin.
I have already recommended the AWC to several friends. I have told them about the variety of writing courses on offer and also told them about this Crime and Thriller writing course and how much I was learning from it - this was after week 1.
I am so glad I found your website and the programs you offer.
I had heard Kate Forsyth interviewed on ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler. I was fascinated when I heard she had a doctorate in fairy tales. I have read two of her books, Bitter Greens and Beauty in Thorns. She was so inspirational in the interview, I wanted to experience her Zoom talks and pick up some writing tips.
Kate was a very warm and friendly person. Kate loves her work; she loves writing and teaching others how to write. This is refreshing. She doesn't mind sharing her knowledge and is very encouraging to aspiring writers.
I enjoyed Kate's enthusiasm for her work and fresh approach to teaching her Zoom class. We looked at the different genres of history, mystery and magic writing skills. Kate gave us tips on reading better. We all have a big list of books we want to read.
I would love to be as organised and brilliant as Kate Forsyth and a successful published author. Meanwhile, I write for pleasure and enjoy improving my writing skills by doing a few AWC courses and being in a writer's group.
I have already recommended the AWC to many friends. There are a wide range of courses to choose. My favourite one was MOJO course in MAY 2021. That opened up so many sensory challenges.
Thoroughly enjoyed the course and will read more of Kate Forsyth's books and follow her suggestions of other writers to read.
I am currently editing a draft of a crime novel and hoped to find tips on what works best. I found it really helpful. Helped me hone many points in my draft novel.
Louisa was excellent. Friendly, presented the information in a clear and interesting way. Made for a really friendly environment for discussion and putting forward ideas.
I enjoyed learning about the important points of writing about crime. Listening to everyone's thoughts and ideas.
I have drafted a first novel and, as we had the discussions, I found ideas kept coming to me about how to improve the novel (which I am currently editing so it was great!) and I just jotted down the ideas as we went and am making the changes now.
Loved the course and hope to do more in future. Many thanks to AWC and Louisa.
I loved sitting down with the lectures every week. Valerie's voice is so nice to listen to (not in a freaky way I promise!). They brought up so many interesting things and "Oh yeah, I was wondering about that" moments. I also enjoyed reading the selection of longer profile pieces in the handouts.
I came into the course wanting to know if freelance writing was something I would enjoy doing and was able to do. I came out of it with those questions partly answered but most importantly I now have all the tools I need to plan, research, pitch and write an article. After only a few weeks I can pitch a viable article to a real publication. I could do it tomorrow if I wanted!
Really well organised and planned. You come out of the courses with really practical, industry-based knowledge and the courses often answer all your "this is probably a stupid question but I really wanna know" questions. This course taught me big things and small things - all of them fundamental and useful.
The course far exceeded my expectations - combining insight into genre with a particular area of writing technique was a fantastic way to go. And there were so many useful insights.
Kate really, really knows her stuff - she understands writing and the use of language at an incredibly deep level.
I'm shaping a new series and it's absolutely given me the tools to forge ahead confidently.
The course I did was absolutely worthwhile and there is so much amazing stuff on offer.
I was interested in the possibility of bypassing the traditional publishing gatekeepers; plus the flexibility of non-traditional formats that Kindle offers. I was initially hesitant - but now I have all the answers I need to feel more confident.
I enjoyed the bite-sized components of the modules. The instructive slides. I feel more confident about the different formats that can be published - it doesn't have to be a 65,000 word book.
The courses run by AWC are informative, relevant, straightforward and enlightening. A must-visit for any aspiring, and practising, writer.
This course is perfect for its audience and provides lots of feedback and exercises to keep the student occupied.
I'm starting to seriously do more of my creative writing.
Amazing short course for people who want to get some practical and effective information about starting their creative writing journey.
I like the self-paced nature of the course and extended access to the course audio and materials. It provided a good introduction to the different content structures, and the content examples helped to illustrate these.
I now read content more carefully, trying to identify the structure used by the writer. I also write more purposefully, using the formulas/structures to keep my content on topic.
I really enjoyed each lesson. Kate was very engaging and enjoyed our feedback and questions. She was always keen to answer our questions and give in-depth answers.
I loved all the different literary examples that Kate used in each chapter, which has now been added to my "to read" pile. Has spurred me on to focus on a historical saga that I've had floating around in my head.
I love attending all the courses at AWC and find the content engaging and informative and the teachers are also engaging and encourage us to pursue our dreams.
I enjoyed this course with Kate immensely.
I want to write a collection of short true stories on a niche topic. I also had some time during COVID with few work commitments.
I enjoyed Valerie's clear explanations and examples from published books.
Given me lots of things to keep in mind when, and if, I start the process. The narrative arc - such a crucial element. Interesting to see how I can apply it to short true stories about people's experiences.
Do it. Lots of good tips and knowledge crucial to a writer starting out.
This course gave me a chance to focus on my fiction writing. I wouldn't have done any writing without this course.
The tutor was very professional and had a wealth of knowledge and experience in the publishing industry.
I enjoyed the positive feedback from the tutor and others and the sharing of stories from other writers. I have learnt a lot more about writing thanks to my tutor and fellow writers' critiques.
My online tutor pinpointed some areas where my writing could be improved which I suspected I had problems with. Also my tutor's encouragement and comments regarding my writing.
If you want to get your novel published, this is a good start to knowing what is required.
I'm working on a murder mystery. I was particularly interested in writing suspense and action scenes as I had learned some of the basics from previous courses.
Louisa was fantastic. Friendly and personable and with a lot of experience to share. I felt her feedback was really constructive, positive but also giving places to improve and think about more. Absolutely fabulous. Even in those areas I had previously studied like character and structure, I learned new things relevant to my genre which was great.
I wasn't overly keen on the zoom format, being a typically introverted writer type, but I loved it! Great to bounce ideas off each other. The breakout rooms were really useful.
This and Novel Writing Essentials have been so helpful to my dream of writing a book. Well worth it. The courses are positive, helpful and constructive.
I wanted to learn how to develop my limited thriller/suspense writing skills and my fiction writing skills because I had only written a non-fiction self-help book. The course description showed it to be very hands on, which, from previous writing courses I have done, was essential.
Louisa is a highly skilled writer and excellent trainer. She was positive, generous and complimentary in all her feedback. She provided helpful examples of alternative options, suggested books relevant to specific genres and questions. She always found positives in what was read out or discussed, and offered variations as well. Her enthusiasm and interest were infectious throughout the group it seemed to me.
The wonderful combination of providing information in an interesting and accessible way, the many examples of different types of crime writing, the additional information provided including links to videos of real crimes. Louisa was very generous in her range and depth of information, so that the attendees would have information about their writing focus. She answered all questions in detailed but easily understandable ways.
Having read dozens of 'how to write' books and attended courses previously, I found that after this course I am more confident and much better informed to write in the crime genre. I am excited now to finish my short stories and publish them.
Increasing my knowledge and confidence about writing fiction was the most precious outcome. And having my eyes opened to the numerous ways of going about the different aspects of writing. The positive feedback and discussion between group members, either in break-out rooms or as a group was great.
I learned how to go about planning and shaping a book. How to include bricks of details, pace stories, include plot twists, create interesting characters, and much more. I am more confident about my ability to write and how to go about it.
Having a highly skilled presenter who is also a brilliant and successful writer is paramount. I'm so glad I did this course. Thank you, Louisa, and AWC.
Louisa was wonderful. Very generous with her time, advice and feedback. She was encouraging and helpful and encouraged respectful and positive feedback from across the group.
The format and approach and the genre-specific nature of the content was great. Louisa was wonderful and I really appreciated her generosity in sharing her real-world experiences and her encouragement.
A great opportunity to understand the bones of a great crime fiction novel. Thank you to Louisa and my fellow participants!
I found it enjoyable to hear about the types of writing you can aspire to get into, and how they all differ from one another.
I am more inspired than ever to become a writer, which is a lifelong dream. I will definitely be enrolling in more courses to help me.
Valerie is amazing, the course is easy to follow and you are bound to get a lot out of it. It is possible to become a successful writer without spending thousands of dollars and years at university.
I knew I needed some structure and accountability to move forward with my novel, and I like being in a critique group. I'd also heard lots of praise for AWC on a Facebook group I'm in, so I checked out the website and went from there.
The range of topics in the modules was awesome. I also like that the content stressed there is more than one way to be a writer, rather than adopting a 'this is the one true path' sort of methodology.
Bernadette is amazing! She balances being incredibly perceptive and constructively critical with genuine encouragement. Her insight is so valuable.
I enjoyed reading my fellow students' work. It was really inspiring and motivating to see what everyone else was working on, and the feeling of all being in it together.
I am considerably more confident in my abilities than when I started. I feel like I might actually be able to finish my novel!
Thank you! I'll be back for more in the near future, I'm sure.
I found the tutor very knowledgeable. The feedback she provided was constructive and I was able to implement it immediately.
I enjoyed receiving feedback for my work and interacting with other people passionate about writing.
It made me realise that I can write a given number of words based on a prompt and I can meet writing deadlines. I spent so much time worrying about this for no reason.
The AWC is the place where people really care about writing and they do their best to guide students in writing their first novel, short story or whatever they choose to do.
Having completed the Copywriting Essentials course (and loving it), I decided to add real estate writing to my arsenal as I set up my copywriting business so I have more skills to offer my future clients.
I liked that the course was delivered with a sense of humour. I found myself looking forward to each new module. The tips were practical and I felt it covered everything that I needed to know.
This course gave me the confidence to take the first step towards finding my first client. It was delivered in a very aspirational and positive way, making the world of copywriting seem very inviting and the goal of becoming a real estate copywriter achievable!
Nicole's feedback was invaluable. I really enjoyed listening to her recorded feedback not only for me but for all the other participants in my course. I got the impression everyone in my course got the confidence boost they needed to keep working on their manuscripts while at the same time benefiting from the constructive criticism and tips about what's not working.
By the end of the course I was emotionally invested in everyone's stories.
I have some confidence that I can actually write (of course there is lots to improve). Before doing the course, I was wondering if I was wasting my time.
DO IT! It's money well spent and the worst that can happen is that you discover your novel hasn't got legs. In saying that though, the course content is highly engaging so you're highly likely to be inspired to start another story that does have legs.
I've been writing and editing for a while but all through self-taught means (I.e. "Google, help me figure out how to write this!"). I was looking to improve the professionalism and accuracy of my writing by learning the accepted rules.
Michelle was wonderful! I really appreciated her welcoming, humble approach and found her content matter knowledge to be incredibly valuable.
I enjoyed the concise, clearly articulated 'rules' of editing. There were many things I learned that had always been a source of confusion.
I gained confidence in what I was already doing correctly, and clear guidance on the things that I'd often spend a lot of time trying to figure out.
Thank you for another great course and for supplying the recording so I could catch up on the section I missed.
You're never too old to learn grammar and punctuation. The Australian Writers' Centre course improved my grammar immensely, so much that my writers' group now say my punctuation skills are better.
Really loved Bernadette's teaching style, personality and feedback. For me, the main takeaway was detail & specificity. The more words you use that relate to the target market's concerns the better.
I enjoyed the content and resources. The homework is designed to be very actionable and digestible. I didn't spend hours on it, but it targeted all the key skills which were put together at the end. Really well-designed structure.
I'm much more confident with copywriting and writing in general! It got the writing floodgate open. I never thought of myself as a writer, but I really do write a lot in my current job. Others in my organisation have called me a wordsmith before but I really didn't think so myself. Now I feel like I really can own that. I now have the tried-and-true tools to guarantee my work is at least above-average in its ability to incite action. With more practice, I can get quite masterful at this!
Took my copywriting to the next level. Ties together a lot of what I already did instinctively but now I have a handy checklist to ensure I'm always following best practice. Made me more confident in my writing. Highly recommend the course to anyone who needs to write to sell or influence (which is ALL OF US!)
I enjoyed being able to tap into the online content wherever and whenever it suited me. Of course, it helped that the content was engaging and full of helpful advice.
It has given me the tools to critically analyse what I've written. It has also helped me to realise that some of what I've written is really quite good...and some of it less so.
Before doing this course, I don't think I'd realised just how critically important scenes are. That sounds so random. Of course, I understood their importance. I had just underestimated how much work they do for the overall story.
Writing is a journey and if you'd like someone to help guide you on that journey then I'd highly recommend the AWC.
The depth of experience and honesty of David Leser exceeded my expectations.
I most enjoyed the online lectures. It has clarified what I will write next.
If you want to write profiles this is the course for you.
I have always wanted to have some of my opinions published. This course seemed to offer the right balance of theory, practice and advice.
I found Vivienne to be an engaging and knowledgeable tutor. It was well structured and progressed logically. As always, I enjoyed the diversity of the participants.
Without over engineering, I will now structure my letters to the editor and any proposed opinion pieces more effectively.
It delivers pretty well exactly what it says it will and I think offers good value for money.
Vivienne was great. She provided good content and a good model to utilise for future pitches. Her feedback on our opinion pieces was also very thorough and useful.
Inspired me to get back out there writing and honing my opinion writing.
AWC provides practical, hands-on inspiration and writing support so you can reach your writing goals.
I love my young students and I wanted to create some new stories for them! I've always loved writing and I've always been writing, but lately it's been more writing for work (marketing) rather than for pleasure or creative projects.
The assignments were great! The feedback was SO useful. I was not expecting to be able to read everyone's stories and hear their feedback and have everyone read/hear my stories and feedback, but it ended up being so cool. :-)
I loved Zanni's honesty and positive attitude. She provided really wonderful and useful feedback and recommendations!
Honestly, giving myself the time and space to read and appreciate all these picture books was so fun and inspiring. I always loved picture books but I feel like I appreciate them even more now that I realise how challenging they are! And of course, the ability to read other people's stories and hear their feedback. And to hear someone read my stories out loud was slightly scary but awesome. I really appreciated Zanni's feedback. :-)
This course reminded me I need to make my creativity/writing a priority. :-)
Give yourself the gift of creative time. It's more important now than ever! This course was part of my new 'self care' routine, honouring and nurturing my creativity.
I love you, AWC! :-)
The course was nice and relaxing, was not too stressful and demanding. It really allowed me to just sit back and slowly digest the information, then put that information to words.
Amanda Hampson was a great tutor, provided good feedback for areas to improve on and when asked questions, answered the best she could. No faults.
As I opted to write segments of my own story, it really made me want to revisit it and continue the journey (the particular story used was one I had abandoned for nearly two years now). So it gave me that spark I needed to continue.
I'd like to thank Amanda and the students for all the feedback.
Get on it and don't wait like I have for so long!
Bernadette was great, her feedback was constructive and extremely helpful. I never felt as though I had done something wrong because she always explained her feedback in a positive way.
I enjoyed learning a practical approach to the art of copywriting, complete with examples and resources. I felt as though I was actually learning rather than hearing/reading academic theory. I remembered how much I enjoy writing and copywriting is something that I could happily do professionally.
AWC has a diverse range of courses available to anyone interested in writing, whatever their preferred genre/interest. The practical skills that they teach and their teaching style makes learning fun, plus there is a wealth of knowledge and experience to tap into. I'm certainly thinking of enrolling in more courses, just have to decide which ones.
Bernadette was a fantastic tutor for SEO Copywriting (as she is for anything copywriting!)
I enjoyed the common-sense approach without jargon. Feeling much more confident to tackle anything 'SEO'.
I enjoyed the course, especially being able to listen to the modules.
Zanni was very helpful and I enjoyed getting her feedback each week. It was great having someone who is in the industry to offer a professional perspective.
I never considered the huge amounts of corporate and technical writing I undertake in my current employment as writing until I listened to the course audio. It made me realise I already have a wealth of experience as a writer which really boosts my confidence.
You do not need to be born with a natural gift for creativity that flows easily from mind to paper in order to write. It is a skill that can be learned and honed.
Undertake this course if you are considering a change in career and suffer from self-doubt.
I like how Bernadette provided constructive criticism without being unnecessarily harsh/belittling. She was warm, friendly and very helpful.
I enjoyed being able to see the work of other people taking the course. Getting detailed and helpful feedback on my assignments (and being able to listen to feedback provided on others' assignments with more useful tips!)
I've realised there's a lot more to copywriting than meets the eye, but I'm eager to find out more.
As Bernadette says, people don't think you need formal training to become a good copywriter. That might be true for a (special/lucky) few, but for the rest of us, there's this brilliantly structured course that keeps you engaged every step of the way thanks to Bernadette's wisdom and wit.
I loved that it was only five weeks. Being my first course with AWC it gave me a chance to see the quality of courses offered without making a major time commitment.
I have gained so much knowledge from both the tutor, Zanni, and my fellow classmates.
Zanni was lovely. Her comments and feedback were always so encouraging but also really helpful and insightful. She would see things immediately that would elevate the story and gave really thorough feedback to everyone in the course.
I enjoyed actually sharing my stories, which at first I thought terrifying, and getting to read others was great.
I now write every day and believe I may actually one day write something that is good enough to be published.
Thank you for this course. I have never done a writing course before and this was so wonderful. I will definitely be looking into further classes with AWC in the future.
If you want to do a writing course, go to AWC!
I've always liked reading and writing but, due to work, never had much of an opportunity. My wife knew of my passion and enrolled me into this course as a birthday present. I'm so glad she did!
I absolutely loved the creative writing course! The learning content and resources were well constructed and, combined with the assignments and exercises, aided my better understanding of the art of creative writing.
Angela's assessments of my assignments were very constructive, helpful and on the mark every single time. It is quite obvious that she is a seasoned professional in the art of creative writing.
I enjoyed putting all the learning from the resource materials to work in my assignments and impressing myself with how much I had improved since starting the course. I also enjoyed the interactions among my fellow students...and knowing that I wasn't alone on this journey!
It has reignited my passion to start creative writing. The course has also given me the confidence to plan to write a series of short stories...and perhaps even a novel one day.
If you would like to start creative writing or improve your creative writing skills, contact the Australian Writers' Centre!
Thank you so much for including me in this course, which has convinced me that I am not too old to start a creative writing career!
I found being able to do this in an achievable time frame and not under pressure made this course enjoyable. It also gave me great theoretical background to writing which I had not covered for a while. The feedback was useful and I was able to use it to critique my writing for my next tasks.
The course was great in kickstarting my writing. Made me feel like writing for an audience is possible and that I am capable of it.
Do it - it's a great confidence builder. I'd always hesitated, because I was worried about sharing my writing and I'm not great with receiving feedback. However, I found I enjoyed the critical feedback knowing it was only going to strengthen my writing for other readers.
Thank you to my tutor Amanda and other students for their feedback.
This course absolutely clicked for me. It's exactly the kind of work that I want to be doing and I honestly cannot wait to get started!
I have so much respect for Bernadette, her knowledge, experience, and practical application to work are awesome!
I have always been a wordy writer, and I have found that this course has given me some tools around being succinct and tailoring what I write.
I loved the course that I completed, and felt absolutely encouraged and welcome to step into the world of copywriting. The course modules together with the assignments and feedback have given me the confidence and tools I needed to call myself a writer.
The AWC course on children's picture books is great! I have already recommended this course to a friend. It teaches you a lot of valuable skills for writing children's picture books as well as valuable tips for getting into the industry and approaching publishers. You will definitely come out of the course a better writer and with skills for approaching publishers professionally.
I have an illustration background but want to write and illustrate my own stories. I knew very little about the writing side of things, so this course was perfect!
I was a little concerned that it would be too much for me to fit into my work/life schedule, but it was very manageable. I could listen to the lessons whenever I wanted to. I really appreciate the flexibility the course offers in that respect.
I was impressed by the speed and clarity at which Zanni dissects and critiques stories. I found her feedback to be very useful, straight to the point and also very encouraging. She guided me to write a story draft that I believe is worth presenting to a publisher with a little more editing.
I found the structure and format of the online course really refreshing. I've studied a lot, up to a master's degree, and believe this to be the best course I've done in terms of balance between the volume of information and practical assessments. I also enjoyed Zanni's feedback. The course is affordable in terms of cost and time commitment as well.
This course has really helped me to start thinking like a picture book author and has also taken the mystery out of the publishing process and industry as a whole.
The Writing Picture Books course is a perfect introduction to the field. It offers a thorough understanding of the current trends, what's involved in the practical process of writing a picture book and how to edit and prepare for a publisher. I totally recommend it to anyone wanting to make a start or needing guidance on their first attempts at writing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thank you!
I have just retired from a very busy and enjoyable career as a developmental/behavioural paediatrician. I've always loved children's books and recently become a grandmother, with more grandchildren on the way. I wanted to do something creative in the area of writing and found this course on Google. The AWC looked such an excellent group to start my quest for learning to write creatively.
Zanni has been thoughtful, encouraging and the experience she brings, very helpful. It has been enjoyable to read the stories from the rest of the group, and also to listen to Zanni's suggestions for them.
I enjoyed many things about this course. Learning about the structure of a picture book, and what makes a 'not put downable' story. The interaction with others on our course and reading their great stories. Zanni's guidance.
This course has given me a new pursuit, which I think about daily, and look forward to continuing with.
If you are interested in writing in any form, do one of the online tutored courses to start you on your journey. The Australian Writers' Centre also introduces you to the vibrant community of writers and illustrators in Australia.
Just a big thank you.
I watched the Zoom information session regarding copywriting and feature writing that was held a couple of months ago. Bernadette explained what copywriting was and I was instantly hooked. I felt that I would really enjoy this as a career and wanted to pursue it.
Bernadette knows her craft extremely well and is very generous with her time, study material and guidance. I would highly recommend anyone to learn from her; she has so much knowledge and is great at teaching it. I also appreciated that she taught the actual subject herself and was the one that graded our assignments as well. This provided consistency.
I realised that I can write for a living and have a stable income working from home. I never knew copywriting was an option until I did this course.
The tutor was brilliant. No negative feedback at all. Very knowledge, clear and easy to understand.
I enjoyed the handouts we were given as resources for our future, I enjoyed the fact the course was online and self paced, I also enjoyed all of the assignments as I found them challenging but also really fun!
I feel like I now have more confidence when writing copy since learning about the headline formulas, features and benefits, linking words etc. I feel like it has made me a more confident writer.
I would say that the course content was outlined perfectly, that there was a right amount of learning/assignment, that it was easy to understand and that it was challenging but fun.
I am always interested in improving my skills. Working on my manuscript, I wanted more technical information on creating scenes. I was somewhat concerned that it might be too basic for me, but the level of detail was excellent and I can already see how I can apply this information to my manuscript in the second draft.
I feel better equipped to continue writing. I feel like I have more tools to work with, rather than just 'winging it'.
I've taken a few online courses now, and each has been beneficial. There is a huge variety of courses for whatever stage you are at in your writing and whichever way you like to learn - live, with feedback or accessing it when you have a spare minute like I do with the online course. Would definitely recommend.
Helped me realise what I'll have to do to edit my novel. I wasn't sure how to approach it (major rewrite several times!) but I really liked the clear steps and focus points of this course.
Editing is hard and it's not about rewriting a billion times - it's about being logical and proceeding through different stages to pinpoint problems!
Do it, it's helpful, don't leave it to the last minute like I did.
I had just completed the first draft of a novel I'm working on. It was great timing, as I felt I needed help with the editing process.
It has opened my eyes to just how big a task writing a novel actually is. It's also provided tips that will hopefully prove beneficial in the future should I write another novel. Hopefully they will save me a lot of time.
The course material is easy to follow and the people working there really care about seeing you grow in your craft and having fun in the process, whilst being honest about how big an endeavour it can actually be.
I knew I'd need this course to edit my manuscript when I finally finished it. It backed up what I learned in the Fiction Essentials - Scenes course. The handouts are an awesome tool to be used over.
During the course I found myself saying, "Yes! I did that in my manuscript." For example, the final segment - making sure the ending ties up answers asked in the first part of the book. It also highlighted areas I have doubts about - sagging middle.
The Australian Writers' Centre is the right place for all the write courses.
I loved the course. The information was clear and interesting and valuable. I will be referring back to the notes and exercises for sure.
Suzanne was great. Her feedback was kind and constructive and really encouraging.
I most enjoyed writing! I've been trying to get myself started for so long and this really put me in the path.
I was also really comforted by the information and advice. I guess I'd always thought writers sat down and the words flowed beautifully onto the page. It's just never done that for me and it was comforting to see how much "behind the scenes" work actually goes in to that finished product. It gave me hope!
It's very worth it. If you were trying to master any other skill, you would seek training and expertise from people within the industry, why not writing.
Michelle was great. She knew her stuff and was open and realistic about the challenges faced by editors. Michelle also talked about managing expectations and relationships, which I found very helpful.
Time well spent! I needed a confidence boost in some areas and the environment was friendly and encouraging. My tutor had extensive and current experience, and made us feel like we were all in it together.
Thank you :)
Angela was fantastic. Her analysis and assessment of each person's submission was very comprehensive, positive and encouraging. I especially liked the last assignment evaluation as she edited these as well.
The most enjoyable part of the course was reading and commenting on other student's work. Their comments on my writing was so encouraging in the sense that I really felt that I was in a community. I have made some new friends.
The course is very balanced in the amount of lessons and handouts as well as assignment expectations. I didn't get time to finish or even look at some of the extra exercises, but I will work through these at my own pace.
It has made me want to take up writing seriously, not just as something I dabble in. I want to be a writer! That is a profound life choice for me.
I had a wonderful experience participating in the course and this was due, not only to developing a creative process for writing, but also in the resources and support I received from my tutor and AWC.
I'll be back!
Angela's feedback is affirming and supportive, giving valuable comments and guidance, especially for someone like me who came into the course knowing absolutely nothing about the process!
I enjoyed reading the other students' work and communicating with them. Also, being able to do the assignments in my own time and at my own pace, within the weekly format.
I knew nothing about how to construct a narrative, a scene etc. I had no idea about structure, the importance of setting the scene, and using the four colours in a scene. This course has taught me so much, and has given me sign posts to guide the way. The handouts will be invaluable to refer to in future.
You don't need to be an enormously gifted writer to succeed - you do need to be prepared to do the work with passion, time and self-discipline, but you don't have to be the next Charles Dickens!
The atmosphere within this course is stimulating, but always very encouraging, which gives even the most sensitive writers an environment of acceptance and trust, knowing their work will be dealt with in a respectful way. This, in my opinion, is a huge "tick" for AWC.
If you're looking for an excellent grounding in the craft of writing creatively, to learn important guidelines and receive valuable feedback which will enable you to hone your skills and help you grow as a writer, then this is the course for you.
The tutor was good and informative. I enjoyed how matter-of-fact they were when talking about techniques and other writing stuff.
I'm thinking more about the writing process and taking breaks from different stories to gain a better perspective.
Nicole was a skilled writer and I found her feedback on all our submissions to be informative and supportive.
One, I grew in that I finished the course and committed to it the whole way through. Two, I learned from others that there is no magic - it's giving rein to your imagination and then, word by word, scene by scene, putting your story down. Three, don't agonise over making your first draft perfect - you'll change it anyway later.
Well-organised, practical lessons and handouts. Thoughtful, detailed feedback from the tutor and AWC's coordination/moderation of workshopping means that feedback is constructive and useful and not scary.
So many great tips about getting the most from Scrivener. Natasha teaches just as brilliantly as she writes!
I think this will transform my use of Scrivener and improve my ability to organise and visualise my writing projects enormously.
The course forced me to write and forced me to think about what I was doing with my writing. It allowed me to experiment and helped me to cease procrastination. With a solid due date ahead of me I have found I spend the time writing and learning. That was invaluable to me.
The online tutor was extremely encouraging and appeared very knowledgeable about writing. She was able to comment on aspects of my writing I was unaware of and could provide a different perspective to what I was used to.
The scene setting lesson was probably the most helpful lesson I have received about writing a scene. I will very likely return to it whenever I am struggling with a scene.
The AWC website whole-heartedly encourages people to pursue a career (or even a hobby) in writing. The breadth of courses and activities available has something to suit every individual person. Everything you see is inspiring and encouraging and you truly feel like a part of a community.
Thank you for creating the opportunity for me to write and learn at the same time.
I've done quite a few of your courses and this one was a standout. Practical. Great to have a clear process to follow and templates to assist with editing. I will use this process and tools to edit manuscripts in future.
Well structured, clear, practical, great tools.
I love the examples and author interviews. I purchased nearly every book discussed. I like the bite size format. This made it very easy to consume when I have tiny moments throughout the week available.
It has broken down what's commonly seen as daunting.
High-quality courses, designed for the busy professional in mind. Easy to fit into my schedule, skills for confidence and life, skills for income and improving your business. Grateful for AWC and will seek out more courses once I have finished those on my dashboard.
I'm writing biographies for a charity organisation and have always been interested in creative non-fiction.
I enjoyed the use of the examples from well-known authors. Also the clear layout of the course. I think I have a clearer idea of structure and I picked up some very useful tips.
The AWC offers an extensive range of courses taught by passionate teachers. The courses are insightful, inspiring and practical and will guide you in the world of writing.
It was practical, topical and I haven't seen other courses covering this topic.
Bernadette provided great feedback - she always had something constructive to add, but also found something positive to say as well which helps with motivation!
I am now picking up on the SEO techniques mentioned in this course whenever I google something. The tips are very practical and applicable for setting up any kind of business.
The courses are practical and informative. The feedback provided on work is extremely constructive and the format is very convenient. I particularly like that most of the course work is listening to audio which (during lockdown) has been great to listen to on daily walks!
I've really enjoyed the course - thank you!
Great course. Some things I'm already doing but each section contained something new for me to think about and bring to my own writing. I really want to revisit my character language, for example, to see how I can make sure each has a unique voice through my book. I'm also desperate to weave in some ping-pong conversations now that I know about them.
I think my 'aha' moment has been the realisation that it's not just making your characters say funny things that brings humour to your work. I suddenly see the full toolbox of techniques available to a writer such as situation, wordplay, repetition, surreal comedy etc. I have never stopped to think about the different elements of comedy before. Some I've already introduced to my work without knowing it, and others I can now consciously plan in.
You don't know what you don't know. Even if you learn one new thing, it might make all the difference to your work.
Bernadette is thorough and gives clear explanations and instructions. Great detailed feedback on assignments!
I've learned the skills to be more strategic with content. I love the practical, hands-on nature of AWC courses.
Vivienne was very prompt and active in the online classroom, and my impression of her was that she was a very encouraging but also honest and genuine tutor. I enjoyed the feedback immensely, and I think her delivery of it is very inspiring. I feel encouraged whilst also challenged, without ever feeling judged.
I enjoyed getting to listen to lessons, and Valerie's style of teaching was wonderful. I looked forward to the sessions with my headphones on and my notebook in front of me, and getting to follow along the audio with the helpful summary of points. The profile writing assignment was my favourite activity by far!
It's opened up a world of possibility which I'd never given thought to before! It's helped me reconnect to the love of writing I had in school, which I had been discouraged to pursue as any sort of career. This has given me the knowledge that it is totally possible, and given me a feeling of excitement that I could use my love of words and creativity to carve out an unexpected career path and do something I consider meaningful and aligned with my values.
The course is delightful! It's well-structured, affordable, interesting, and equips you with very practical, real-life knowledge to go down the writing path.
Thank you to the team for designing and offering this course! It's been a highlight of my year.
Tim was great with so many tips and stories to tell! Thank you! I enjoyed the videos and bits of advice along the way.
I know more about the process which is comforting for me. I like to have a pathway to work towards.
Highly recommend before you start your writing journey as an excellent overview.
I learned so much over the past 5 weeks! Carli was extremely generous with her time and knowledge. I enjoyed going through the readings and looked forward to our Tuesday evening classes. I appreciated her feedback and help with improving my writing skills.
It helped me find new ways of exploring my personal interest with food and food-related topics. Equally, Carli gave us the tools to go and pitch to publications on a deeper level.
I've always gotten a lot out of the AWC courses. After taking 3+ courses this year (and the Freelance Writing Masterclass), I'm developing more confidence in my abilities as a writer.
Angela was fantastic. Really responsive and helpful. I found her feedback on my writing excellent and insightful in ways that helped me breakthrough blocks I was facing.
It helped me actually finish my book and gave me insight into what my strengths are and what areas I need to work on. I felt more like I could actually do this. It also introduced me to other excellent writers, who I hope to keep in touch with.
Angela's comments on my synopsis and the questions she asked were a big 'aha' moment for me - they helped me nail the final story and identify crucial things that were missing.
Thanks very much for this. It was great and would definitely do it again! I'll be buying the editing course next. :)
It was enjoyable and easy to follow. I feel confident on how to go forward. The ease of use made the information less overwhelming.
Helpful and informative; very well set out course. It has given me a map to move forward with and eased some of my confusion about the process.
The professionalism and quality of this course - in both content and presentation style - far exceeded anything I anticipated. The online platform and modalities have worked extremely well. Very smooth!
Bernadette is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Her presentations are rich in detailed information and her conversational style is friendly and relaxed. She maintains an encouraging tone in her feedback, while providing helpful and constructive criticism. An outstanding presenter!
I have gained a whole new skill set and awareness, which provides confidence and opportunities moving forward. It has been very rewarding starting to be immersed in a new genre and its culture. I have learned to be more economical with my writing and gained a bunch of strategies for arresting the attention of the reader quickly. The fact that there is some immediate income earning potential after this course is fantastic. Because these skills can be transferred to so many other areas of professional life and writing, it feels like being on the threshold of a whole new world of possibilities.
It has been great to discover that I can be dragged into the 21st Century and learn the SEO component of copywriting without feeling completely overwhelmed. Having come from a very off-line, classical, academic background, I have gained confidence that I can actually understand and do this!
AWC has been well-organised and easy to deal with. There is a great range of courses, which in my experience so far have been high quality and professional.
Thank you for introducing me to something wonderful and new!
Carli was a joy to be taught by. Her knowledge was so generously shared with us all and she made me feel as if I could approach her about anything.
I really enjoyed the homework, funnily enough. And being able to send this work onto Carli for her feedback has been wonderful!
I feel so much more confident in going forward with my writing and pitching ideas to publications. And feel that I am definitely on the right track in pursuing this as more than just a hobby.
It has changed the way I feel about writing as well as injecting an extra dose of confidence within me that I didn't have beforehand.
The whole course really was so wonderful, and it brought me so much joy in what has been a challenging time. So thank you!
I was blown away by how much I learned on this course. It took me to areas and writing opportunities that I had no idea even existed!
Bernadette is just lovely! Her genuine love of copywriting and the knowledge she imparts, in such a down to earth way, and always positive, is not only thought provoking but informative and confidence-building.
The way in which the course was run and the fact that it was only 5 weeks gave me the opportunity to fit this in between work and family commitments. I enjoyed the many different aspects to copywriting and the tips, tricks and templates Bernadette imparted.
It has inspired me to want to be a copywriter! To want to and believe that I can actually make a living from my love of words, together with all of the relevant information and templates imparted by Bernadette. I'm looking forward to my journey with newly found self-belief!
I actually knew more about copywriting in my day-to-day life than I thought I did! Was just the terminology that was missing! The whole course was one BIG 'aha!' moment for me.
Even though this course was a challenge for me in every way, from personal to practical, I just loved the fact that, at the end of this course, I wanted to learn MORE!!
Excellent courses! Interesting, informative and relevant with manageable timeframes and fantastic tutors!
The tutor was professional, funny, clever, encouraging, met you at your level - generally fab!
Superb - really eye opening course. AWC were doing online courses well before COVID, they set it up this way and they know what they are doing. This is not just a reaction to not being able to do things in person (as many seem to be).
Thank you very much to Bernadette and the whole team.
I was keen to inject some more humour into my writing for children, and it seemed like something fun to do during COVID lockdown.
The exercises given were long enough to get my grey matter working, but not too onerous to fit into my busy life. Tim's presentation style was engaging and he presented the information clearly and concisely.
I now feel capable of ramping up the humour in my writing for children. I'm excited about blowing the cobwebs off a previously written story for children and giving it the humour makeover I see it now needs.
If you are really serious about learning to write, or improving your writing, the right course could be a great investment.
Suzanne always gives a very enthusiastic response to all submissions, and under that influence you feel compelled to submit the best you can.
Got enormous pleasure from responding to targeted exercises and applying them to the story I am working on. Loved that creative challenge and the feeling of achievement that starts with: "OK, Robyn what have you got (in response to this exercise)? Now what can you DO with it?"
There is so much satisfaction in taking up the challenge to make your writing hum by employing concepts that are introduced and described weekly. Even more satisfaction though, if by condensing, rearranging, re-examining and rethinking - you can make them sing. Doesn't happen all the time, but when it does...
Writing re-energised. Confidence boosted. Onward.
This course is very practical and hands on, i.e. supplying 'formulas' and templates for copywriting; most courses don't offer this. I also like that it's online and I can do the class when it suits me each week.
Bernadette is great, very personable and interesting and her feedback was always really constructive and positive.
I liked the homework assignments each week; it was a good way to put into action what I had learned. I felt the course evolved at a good pace.
I like the practicality of the course and Bernadette made it all seem easy. It takes the fear out of staring at a blank page as I now have tools and templates to get started.
Great course, really practical and useful - whether you're just learning to write or have industry experience.
Suzanne was very thorough, and gave really easy to understand feedback. She picked up on points in my writing I was not aware of, and was very encouraging.
I really enjoyed the lectures and how the assessments built upon each other.
It has given me the confidence to take writing seriously. I received really encouraging feedback that left me smiling each time which is pretty amazing to me!
I would say to take the chance, and you won't be disappointed.
Great course. Has delivered what I expected it to and encouraged me to continue my journey towards my first novel. I feel confident enough to just begin writing the book now.
I enjoyed the structure and the way that it scaffolded the various elements as we learnt them and applied them. The tutor was great, very considered feedback and very positively presented.
Absolutely great resource for aspiring and experienced writers alike. A great place to start if you need to find your voice and the confidence to start.
I will be back for more courses!
I'd been hearing a little about copywriting as a growth field so I wanted to find out more about it as a possible side-hustle. The simple format of the sessions, the breakup of the content and the small assessments made this a really achievable 5 weeks of learning.
Bernadette is really easy to listen to, full of advice and stories, and I found her feedback to be both encouraging and informative, pushing me to further develop my work.
I enjoyed the real-world references to actual ad campaigns, and I also enjoyed having the verbal feedback on my work, and also hearing it for others too. This is a really powerful learning technique!
I think the course is a well-oiled machine that's running perfectly!
I've already started using some of the techniques in my current work emails. And I can see that there is a possibility for me to use these skills, and find the courage to call myself a copywriter.
Thanks for your approachable and encouraging manner, Bernadette. You really made me believe that I can become a copywriter!
I am interested in writing in general, and also part of my work involves writing copy for a website, brochures and emails. I joined as I thought having some training behind me would make me better at these tasks, as well as being interesting for me personally.
I found Bernadette to be very professional yet relatable. She was able to provide great tips and feedback in a manner that was easy to understand and put into practice.
I will be able to put these skills into practice in the aspects of my work that require copywriting. It has also given me skills that I may be able to use in future jobs and any writing that I do for myself.
I would definitely recommend it. Great course - thank you.
Suzanne has great industry knowledge and was a massive asset to have as a tutor. She provided constructive criticism and often provided alternatives to the way things were written. That helped me understand the differences between my writing and what publishers are looking for.
I enjoyed writing! Being given a weekly assignment to write stories was great motivation and a thoroughly enjoyable task. It has made me realise that I really want to pursue this path to writing a children's picture book.
I would highly recommend the course! The more your commit to the course and the assignments, the more you will gain from the feedback.
It was good hearing from successful authors and the different attitudes to social media. It validated the concern around it soaking up time, but also showed that, pretty consistently, it's considered a crucial tool and, if you choose the channels that work for you, then it can be a pretty rewarding experience as well.
I knew I had to get back into my author profile after letting it fall to the side. But I didn't know where best to focus my efforts or how to start. The course has broken through that uncertainty, gotten me well down the path and provided some more confidence on how to go about it in a sustainable way. I'm feeling much more upbeat about it all as a result!
If you are unsure about your author platform in any way, then this course is a good resource to help you find the answers to your uncertainty and get started.
Since moving to Australia, I was unsuccessful in securing a job as a journalist and worked instead in community care. When Covid-19 hit in 2020, I decided it was time to get back into writing. This course with the AWC has given me the assurance that it can be done no matter which stage of life you are at.
The modules are self-paced or can be binged during these frequent lockdowns in Melbourne.
The case studies with authors and writers is invigorating. It's almost like I've found my tribe.
I found this course at the point in my life when I was ready to make a career change. It has shown me that it is possible to venture into freelance writing or novel writing while having a job.
The Australian Writers' Centre allows you to dream and helps you achieve it.
Very step-by-step with great links and resources for relevant information.
It has convinced me not just that I have to do this (which I already knew but hated) but that I can do this. So I'm going to take a deep breath now and jump...
Bernadette was excellent. I found the thorough feedback given to everyone to be very valuable. I enjoyed the challenge of the homework!
It may be a pathway to something new for me. Even if I don't take it that far, I will now think about what I've learned in this course whenever I have to write something. Great course.
If you want to improve your writing skills for whatever reason give the AWC a go.
I am writing a chapter book for children and would like to include a lot of humour. And it looked like it'd be fun to do! :)
I enjoyed the examples read by Tim, bringing theory to life. Exercises were fun and practical. Loved getting Tim's recorded assessment of my writing exercise - that was an unexpected added bonus!
Received so many tips and ways of injecting humour into a story that I wouldn't have thought of or naturally used. Invaluable.
Zanni came across as caring and experienced. She delivered her feedback in an insightful, helpful and constructive way
Although in the beginning it was daunting to construct a story in a week, it became a bit of fun to create another new story idea within a timeframe. I also enjoyed reading everyone else's creations and enjoyed how different they all were.
Before this course I had very little confidence in my ability to write a children's story let alone let anyone read any of it. This course made me face my fears and allow my thoughts to be public. I feel I have moved closer to making my aim of writing a book a little bit closer to reality.
It's been so wonderful to be creative and challenged as a distraction and different focus from the current everyday life. In fact, my partner watched me enjoy the course so much he signed up to do the copywriting course as well.
Bernadette was so welcoming and friendly from the get go. Her welcome video made me feel so comfortable as she was so confident that absolutely anyone could become a copywriter. She also seemed to be able to read my mind and know exactly what reservations I had and why I should put them behind me and give this a go. Her feedback was always kind and constructive. She was able to tell me what I had done well and where I could improve and how. Best feedback I've ever had from any tutor!
I actually enjoyed the assignments! They didn't make me feel overwhelmed and they were short and sweet while allowing me to put the skills Bernadette had taught me to the test. I also loved the handouts Bernadette provided; they were all extremely helpful and are a great visual for me to keep and refer back to.
The instructors are friendly and helpful and make the learning process simple. Learning online and at your own pace is also a win, so that you can take your time and take it all in. You can also download the slides, audio and handouts so that you can come back to the material in the future.
I thought it was going to be like all the other how-to's I've encountered on the Internet over the last 5-10 years, but I was proven wrong.
The tutor is skilled and experienced, and knew exactly how to diagnose what was wrong with my work or the approach of it. I found the learning and the "breaking down" of what I thought I knew enjoyable.
The course and teacher for the course taught me how to improve my writing, since I had an inkling of something about my previous work that didn't feel right. In attending this course, I had someone look at my work, no matter how small, with fresh eyes.
It will change your writing.
I've heard a lot about Scrivener and out of pure frustration of scrolling through 90K plus words in Word I finally took the step of faith.
I've never done an online course before (I'm an in-class face-to-face kinda girl). But Natasha was SO clear and thorough and explained the steps really well. I also liked that it was a short course, giving me the motivation to do it knowing that it can be completed.
I enjoyed the clarity and sharpness of Natasha's voice and articulation. The fact that each video was short and could be accomplished in one sitting (say after work). And I liked that she repeated the steps a few times just to make sure we got it.
I did a little dance when I discovered you can put images, and research notes and web links directly next to the scene you're working on! Amazing! I haven't applied it yet (as I just finished the course), but it's been something I've been imagining for a long time. I believe this Scrivener course will change my life - for the better.
Definitely do it! These people are passionate about their craft.
I've promised my Nana I will write her memoirs for her 90th birthday. I'd like to take her life story and turn it into a novel one day as well. I know I need a bunch of new skills and feedback on my writing to achieve both!
Suzanne is kind and creative. She has offered constructive feedback to all the writers in my course. I learnt something from every recording Suzanne provided, not always from the writer or their piece, but how to become a better reader too. It's been great to look deeper into my own writing with her guidance.
One major learning moment was understanding how the structure of a novel plays the most crucial role in the success of a book. The different roles of scenes and summaries was something I didn't know, and now notice in every book I pick up!
I got so much out of these five short weeks. You won't regret investing the time and money into this course if you want to really get serious about your writing. I feel like I have new skills to implement and know I WILL write this memoir.
Just THANKYOU! So much.
Tim was very entertaining and funny - which I guess you would expect in a course about writing humour! Everything was laid out very clearly. The reading suggestions were highly beneficial. Loved that Tim used examples from his own work and other popular books to illustrate concepts.
I've realised how important it is to include humour in children's books, regardless of the target age group. I have re-written an idea to include more gags, especially ones delivered via illustrations.
Stephen gave very thoughtful and encouraging responses to all the participants. I learned a lot not just from his feedback to me, but also from what he said to other writers in the class.
I enjoyed exploring fiction writing for the first time in decades!
The difference point of view can make when you are writing characters is astonishing. While I knew that intellectually, I had a real aha! moment while exploring one of my own characters on this course.
Thank you for giving access to the online material after the course is over. This allows dipping back in when you have time, which I find valuable.
I liked the idea of having deadlines to work against and the feedback aspect from multiple people unfamiliar with the genre I was writing in. I had self-doubt about what I was doing and my writing, but with the encouragement of my tutor and classmates that was stripped away pretty quickly.
Angela had a great no-nonsense approach to giving feedback which I loved. It let me know clearly what needed work and how to go about fixing it. She gave me a great motivational boost when telling me what worked and why. She also gave real world examples to the group that were thoroughly helpful and made sense. I couldn't have asked for a better suited tutor.
The most enjoyable part was definitely the workshopping. As writing is a pretty solitary pursuit, it really helped to get second opinions on sections I was unsure of. It was also great to read genres I don't normally read and to see how others worked through plots and character.
It helped me to understand that even the most successful writers still have doubts about what they're doing. It also helped me to develop habits to continue writing, maybe not at the pace of this course, but definitely to continue with a second book. Nothing is perfect and to let mistakes happen. Just continue writing and get that first draft done. Everything can be fixed in the next draft.
I loved this course. Yes, it was stressful and I feared I wouldn't finish my first draft, but I did and had fun while doing it. This was the perfect course for me. It has made me a better writer, a better planner and most of all given me the motivation to keep going and write more.
If you're looking to develop habits to help you write, get used to feedback and not feel so alone, or to just finally get your first draft finished - do this course!
Cindy provided me with great feedback on my assignments. She was professional and insightful in her feedback.
I enjoyed interviewing a classmate. Even though I did not really know the interviewing process, I really enjoyed talking to another person doing the same course, learning about their lives and what they hoped to achieve.
It has given me some tools to start writing stories for magazine and online publications.
Value for money and helped focus me in Sydney lockdown. If you want practical information and knowledge that builds your writing practice, whether creatively or commercially, then try out the AWC courses.
I love the AWC. Your website is so informative, welcoming to new writers without being patronising, and honest about the writing process without being intimidating or gatekeeping. It's one of the best decisions I've made to enrol in Creative Writing Stage 1 last year, so I knew that the next step would be even more informative and engaging.
Pamela was wonderful. Very honest about feedback given, but never in a way that was impersonal, overly harsh or unhelpful. Very thorough, detailed comments that gave me a really good springboard for my further drafts.
I enjoyed the video feedback format from the tutor. I like how different learning styles were incorporated - some people respond better to detailed text instructions, whereas some digest them better in video or audio.
I now have a very confident path to forge ahead with my planned novel, and during these uncertain times of lockdowns, it's fantastic to have something you can confidently focus on.
I have written a novel (draft), but wanted to learn how to write better. I also hadn't written for over two years and wanted to get back in the habit of writing.
I was worried the course would be too basic, but I found it was great. There were some things I already knew like the three-act structure, but many that I did not. It was really valuable and Angela's feedback was great.
Angela was knowledgeable and encouraging. She also gave us link to articles relevant to each of us/our writing specifically, which was great.
I enjoyed writing! Having a Sunday night deadline was great as it forced me to do what I love (which sounds so stupid, but there you have it). Perhaps 'prioritise what I love' is a better description.
This course reminded me of how much I love writing and I have actually taken a semester off from my uni course to focus on it for the next six months. Perhaps I'm doing the wrong thing at uni...
In the final assessment, I chose to use a scene from my previously written draft and straight away I could see things that could be improved, which I did before submitting. Angela's feedback then allowed me to see in which areas, generally, that I need to work on and this can be applied to the whole novel (along with what I have learnt). I feel confident that I can read my manuscript now and improve it significantly thanks to this course.
I was hesitant at first, because I was a complete beginner and I had to get over those feelings that it wasn't meant for me, but only for people with experience or who were already 'writers'. That definitely wasn't the case! It was a really supportive environment and I felt comfortable being a complete beginner and learnt so much.
The course delivered everything it said it would. The information was extensive but easy to follow, there were so many helpful resources and the assignments were enjoyable. The feedback received from the tutor and other participants was really valuable.
Angela was responsive and provided really valuable and encouraging feedback. She also generously shared extra resources and hints with us, such as her blog posts and other articles.
It has improved my confidence immensely, and changed my mindset around writing. I feel like I have a much better understanding of the foundations, and that it has given me the 'permission' to take it more seriously.
I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in creative writing, for any purpose. I would tell them that if they're thinking about it, give it a go! It was a really encouraging environment, and there was so much to learn.
I wanted to refine my scene writing skills. I am 35k through my first draft of my first novel and things were starting to get complicated!
I'm bogged down in a complicated Act 2 and this gave me the help and the motivation I needed to get on with it!
Carli was a great tutor! She quickly established rapport with each of us and effectively tailored information to our specific situations throughout her teachings. She answered all questions with ease, and was friendly and professional.
I loved the nitty gritty session on Thursday. It was great to get some clear guidelines for best web practice. I also appreciated Carli's insider tips around freelance rates.
I am able to confidently tackle my work project, understanding and practicing best practice when it comes to website management and accessibility. I also feel better equipped to continue my career in writing with a very important skillset added to my toolkit!
I would highly recommend this short training for a crash course in web practice and accessibility. Learning from the vast experience of both my tutor, Carli, and the other students, was a really great experience. The online format of the training fit perfectly with my work schedule and I have left with great knowledge and confidence in how to execute best web practice!
Thanks to Carli and the AWC team!
The whole course was set out very well and seemed to cover every aspect that I could imagine would need to be covered for historical fiction.
It has spurred me on to actually start researching and putting pen to paper.
All the courses that I have attended in person or completed online have been very informative and enjoyable. I thoroughly recommend the Australian Writers' Centre.
Bernadette was an excellent tutor, and her feedback was targeted and useful. Well-chosen activities that honed the skills we were learning.
Excellent and practical course that is also great fun to take! It's given me the confidence to proceed with a career in writing.
I had an idea for a picture book based on something my five-year-old boy did.
The tutor was exceptional. I enjoyed the assignments and the feedback. It has given me the confidence to pursue this specialised area knowing I have valid ideas and I can write.
If you want to go down the path of being a writer, go with the AWC.
Bernadette was very encouraging. She framed all the feedback in a positive way and gave plenty of suggestions about how we could improve our writing.
I enjoyed putting what I had learnt in the modules into practice and having a go at writing my own copy.
Bernadette has given me the confidence and belief that my stuff is actually good and that people would pay for this. I learnt this through the assignment feedback she provided. I am hoping to start up my own copywriting business in the near future.
Go for it. If you love writing there's so many different directions you can take it in.
I can easily recognise different forms of humour now. For example, that's word play or that's surreal humour. And I discovered through doing the assignment at the end that I could write a humorous scene!
It's entertaining, easy to listen to and you get out of it as much as you put in.
Carli was wonderful. Engaging, informative, regularly referenced the wonderful expertise in the group, gave us great examples throughout. I enjoyed her wonderfully generous sharing of information!
Professional, valuable, highly recommended.
The presenter was very methodical, which I liked. My main take out from the course is, focus on the audience.
Worth doing whether you are a novice or a seasoned writer.
I found Carli to be engaging and enjoyed both sessions, which went by very quickly.
It was a great introductory overview to UX writing, touching on many points that are a bit of a blur at the moment (cognitive overload - what an important principle to be aware of). However, the resources we have been left with will be invaluable in enabling me to utilise what I have learned to greatly improve my online writing.
Cost effective courses from people working in the field who genuinely understand the realities that you may be experiencing.
Carli is a generous presenter. I like that she encouraged and utilised the expertise of others in our group to help each of us with our individual projects. I appreciated Carli taking the time to talk about fee structure, add ons and time management. For someone like me who is new to the industry it really helped.
The course covered a lot of ground and had a practical focus. We were equipped with knowledge right from the get go that was useful, best practice and relatable.
I see the pathway forward for me. Writing and design come together in one space. I love the technical, but my strength is fine tuning what it says, how it looks and how it's used. Before I did this course, I couldn't work out how to go forward in the digital space and where to find the information. Now I feel empowered to motor on ahead. Step one: give my author platform and socials an overdue tune up.
Go in with an open mind. Be willing to try a few courses until you find your path. There are takeaway nuggets of gold in every course and presentation.
I love writing. I watched the Creative Coaching event with Bernadette and Valerie and was so inspired! A slight hesitation on the cost - but, quite frankly, it was worth every cent!
I loved every minute of the course and learnt so much. The feedback gave me a great confidence boost. I loved the homework(!)
I've recently cut back my work to 4 days a week because I wanted to write. This course has given me clear direction and confidence.
Just do it - great quality content and it will change your life. Big thanks to Bernadette and AWC!
The tutor was very knowledgeable and made the course engaging with stories and examples in practice. Not too much "cognitive overload!".
Made me realise I know more than I thought I did, the work I've done to date is on track (and pointed out things I can go back and improve) and that I should own the fact that I can call myself a UX copywriter.
The work I've done to date with copy for websites and the app I've developed put me at an experience advantage that I should promote with more confidence.
I'd done other AWC courses (including another led by Angela Slatter) so I knew signing on for this one would improve my writing and ensure I made solid progress with my novel. The six month timeframe was short enough for me to visualise the end and 'scary' enough to propel me into action.
I was a little concerned I might not be able to keep up with the demands (regular assignments, feedbacking and delivery of my entire manuscript by June) but I enjoyed the course so much, I prioritised it and kept up to speed.
Angela is super knowledgeable across many facets of writing and publishing. She was 'above and beyond' generous with her time and feedback. I liked how she was clear and direct about ways I could enhance my writing, while also providing lots of positive support and encouragement. I signed on to IMPROVE so I wanted real feedback, not just sugar-coating and this is what I got. I learned so much from Angela and my story and writing are stronger for it.
Like all the AWC courses I've done, I enjoyed 'meeting' my classmates and getting to know their stories too. I learned a lot from reading and reviewing their writing and I've been able to apply new techniques to my own writing as a result.
When I signed up, I was six months away from turning 60. I'd been messing about with my story for about a year prior to that, and was determined to finish my manuscript by the time I reached this milestone birthday - and I did! That was really satisfying. I hope I can keep up the momentum and make it shine in the upcoming drafts.
If you have any aspirations to write, a course with the AWC is a fantastic step to take. It gives you energy and motivation to write, equips you with insights and skills, and helps you get your 'head in the game' as a writer.
Thanks AWC and Angela for a very satisfying and thrilling ride!
Excellent presenter with good communication skills who knows her subject exceptionally well. I have learnt a lot in the last two days.
Times have changed since I did my last in-house training and this course gave me a lot more information on how to improve my writing.
The clarity of the course content, helpful templates and volume of content packed into 5 weeks exceeded my expectations - thank you!
Bernadette really knows her stuff and was a pleasure to learn from. Her feedback was both valuable and insightful and it was great to learn from everyone's examples, not just my own.
I liked Bernadette's relaxed but knowledgeable style, which came across in both the videos and the feedback recordings.
It has given me the belief and confidence that I can actually do this in the future, which is fantastic.
You can't go wrong. The tutors really know their stuff and the courses are high quality. Love the flexibility and mix of options with completely self-paced or guided (but flexible) time-constrained courses.
A huge thanks to Bernadette and to the AWC for another awesome course. I'm keen to take the next steps in copywriting and learn the business side of it.
Bernadette is great. Great delivery of material, and the feedback was great, particularly hearing the feedback across the group.
I enjoyed the assignments! It was great to quickly put what was learned into action.
The course gave me some awesome tools to help write with more structure, and great go to reference material. The biggest impact was giving me the chance to reflect on my previous work, and not be scared to say "I'm a copywriter". In doing this it unlocked my drive to start building my business as a copywriter.
Do it. Easy to access courses, with industry leading presenters, and a lot of fun - it didn't feel like studying!
Thanks Bernadette! Great intro course, and I'll soon be enrolling in the SEO course (after I do my two-day UX writing course next week).
Bernadette is well versed in copywriting, which shows. She was generous with her feedback and also any pointers to improve. I loved the sense of humour she brought to the course.
Completing the assignments and also reading the work of the other students was fun!
It has a pretty compact schedule and gives value for money. It has a great tutor and will definitely improve anyone's writing skills.
Creative writing is something I loved at school, but never pursued. With a month of leave from work, and having been told by others that I should write something, I decided to see if this was something I wanted to explore.
I wasn't sure what to expect really, but I enjoyed the course very much and learnt a great deal.
I really liked Margaret. I found her to be very engaging and knowledgeable. I took her feedback on board and was chuffed when she said I should be pleased with what I had written for the Module 3 assignment.
It's pricked my interest for sure. I'll admit to being super daunted about where to from here...but I think with some space for reflection I will find myself making time to write and revisit the lessons.
I found the length perfect, the pace good, the interaction with the tutor good, the content good and the assignments challenging but relevant to the coursework. Great course. Not only did I start my investigative journey into creative writing as an adult, but it kindled that love of reading a book - not just listening to one.
I had Scrivener for a few years and found it really difficult to navigate. I thought this course would give me the basics to manage my projects.
Natasha explained everything very well and it was easy to follow her around Scrivener. She was very likeable and made the content easy to understand.
I can now open a new project, start a new project, import files and organise my work.
All the courses I have done with the Australian Writers' Centre have been great. Easy to understand and they cover the information very well.
I thought the lessons were really well recorded and very easy to listen to. It was also helpful to have the content of the lessons itemised so it was easy to go back and listen to any part without having to listen to the whole lesson.
I was extremely impressed with the tutor. Her feedback was valuable and it was very beneficial to hear her feedback for all the students as I took something from each.
Every lesson has provided me with so much learning that I have already improved so much. (I think). Even my memoirs that I write just for myself have changed for the better.
A highly professional organisation. Great online content and support.
I've done two other courses with AWC and really liked them. This one was outside of my comfort zone, but something I wanted to try.
Zanni was great. Really awesome at constructive feedback! My story developed a lot each week based on her input and guidance.
It was great having the opportunity to keep developing/refining the same story over a few weeks. I liked the consistency and applying skills from the lessons each week into the assignment.
I had a vague idea for a story going into the course. Now I've written my first full draft of that story. It's come to life through the lessons, but mostly through Zanni's feedback.
I'd say AWC courses are a great resource to learn some basics, or if you have a story in mind, it's a great place to develop that story in a safe environment.
I was wanting to learn how to write a novel, and two friends of mine had completed and recommended this course to me.
I really valued and respected both the feedback given and the way the feedback was delivered. Margaret was realistic, kind and quite obviously knew her stuff!
I'm going to start writing my story!
Loved the presentation and layout of the web design - easy to understand and follow. Due to having not studied anything since I was 17 (now 54), I was quite daunted by the whole online experience.
I am so surprised at how easy I found it to complete the online study and interact with students and tutor. I labelled myself a technology dinosaur before this experience and now am very happy to report I am dinosaur no more!
Margaret is very observant, just and fair in her critique. Engaging and positive in all feedback, even the negative. I truly like her style.
It has opened my eyes to my own potential. Whether I decide to make a career of it or not, I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Just a big thank you to everyone involved. A great learning process that has unleashed a creative streak that has always been lurking in the background of my years, waiting for a chance to spring forth out of the shadows!
I loved this course!
- I liked that we could share in the assignments and feedback of others.
- The assignments and exercises are diverse and valuable.
- Valerie has a lovely voice to listen to for the presentations. Having the audio to embellish on the written notes is very useful (and some videos too).
- The handouts were very well set out and easy to follow.
- The feedback is very positive (strengths) and constructive (areas to improve).
- I feel like I can go out and tackle this now, and have enrolled in the masterclass.
- The course took the recommended time each week (usually 3 hours for me).
- I know what is involved now and that it is not an easy process that gets completed over the 5 week course.
I am more knowledgeable in teaching reading and writing for my job as a primary school teacher (year 2 - so lots of picture books!). I feel that this course should be part of teacher training!
More importantly, I am confident that I could turn some of my ideas into picture books and have benefited immensely from the content and feedback on assignments. It made me commit to the writing and spend my time in purposeful writing rather than doing random things!
I have enrolled in some of your other courses and am now motivated to finish them. I love writing so much more!
Zanni is an amazing tutor. I loved that the feedback was verbal and that she read our stories back to us. Her feedback was thorough and timely, always pointing out what is working well and what could be improved upon. She doesn't just tell you what to improve upon though, she tells you how and gives you an example of a possible change. It's great that she is a well-loved children's book author so you know that the advice you are getting is going to be useful. While I didn't ask anything, I noticed that she wrote back to others very quickly. Thanks Zanni :)
I can't recommend this course highly enough. I was turned off creative writing at high school, but since teaching primary school children, I realised the magic of picture books. This course reignited my passion for writing, which is a dream of mine that has tended to come and go. I now know not only why to write (I see that every day in my students!) but how to write. There's no way you could get this information delivered in such an engaging, fun and meaningful way through any book or through your own research. You have to do this course, even if you love it only half as much as I do then you'll be absolutely stoked!
Keep doing what you're doing because it's magic!
I was looking for inspiration to get me back into writing after quite a long period away from it. It's given me the confidence to complete the enrolment in a five-week course, and not just think about it.
The most enjoyable part was learning what is possible in the world of blogging. I have found more aspects in my writing that I now know how to improve. Also, I now know what's required with starting a blog.
The Australian Writers' Centre has a wide variety of courses that cover many topics, with in-depth modules and videos. I highly recommend them as their courses have helped me in many areas of my writing.
After completing Creative Writing stage 1, I was hooked, and found myself writing a story. The Novel Writing Essentials course felt like perfect timing.
Pamela's feedback was very useful and I found myself having many aha moments during her feedback. I enjoyed reading all the other stories from classmates and receiving their feedback. The audio lessons are fantastic!
I was using a lot of flashbacks in my story and, after the useful feedback from Pamela, I have re-written many scenes using story present. As a result, I am feeling a lot happier with those scenes and feel closer to my characters too.
I highly recommend taking a course with the Australian Writers' Centre. My understanding of plot, characters and individuality as a writer has transformed my approach to my writing and I feel very encouraged about where my story is going, thanks to what I have learned through the course.
I look forward to signing up to the novel writing course next, although I am going to pause to zone in on my story for a few months just using what I have learned from the Novel Writing Essentials course. I plan to go over the coursework again and continue to workshop with the group privately for the time being. But I will certainly be back for more courses.
I liked this course as it took me through a process of thinking through what was possible step by step. I also enjoyed hearing the stories of other students who had success with translating what they've learned through AWC into a part-time or full-time writing career.
Previously I had some idea of what type of writing I'd like to focus on but had not really thought it through as thoroughly. This course was a great help. However, I still feel that I have a long way to go.
Probably, the main 'aha' moments were that I need to write what I enjoy and to believe in what I'm doing.
I would say that doing this course or any others with the Australian Writer' Centre is a gateway for anyone considering taking up writing as a serious hobby or even career. These courses offer writing knowledge and skills in a very practical and easily accessible way.
Lesley is a wonderful presenter - a pleasure to learn from. I enjoyed her teaching and doing the assignments.
I'm keen to experiment and see if I can produce something publishable. The main thing is that I really enjoyed it, which hopefully means my writing will be enjoyable to read.
I have been confident enough to put myself out there and to start making contacts. I attended my very first small business networking event and made some valuable connections
I only needed to step out into the world and start telling people that I am a copywriter to actually start my career.
Do it! Such great guidance, resources and mentoring.
Tim is a legend. I loved it and all the info was extremely helpful. I enjoyed his quirky humour; caramel donuts; and farts.
It's helped me consider different ways of injecting humour into my work.
I loved this course and just wanted it to keep going!
My tutor was amazing. Pamela is an incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging facilitator. She inspired our group every step of the way. We adored her!
The homework tasks inspired us to write, collaborate and engage in critical reflection to improve our skills. Pamela was a wonderful guide and teacher throughout the journey. Pamela helped me to believe in myself. How does it get any better than that?
I cannot thank Pamela and the fellow students in my group enough. I learnt so much and felt supported along the way. The camaraderie was wonderful and the knowledge I gained was invaluable. Thank you!!
The course inspires you to reach your writing goals in an incredibly supportive environment.
It took away the apprehension I often have to start writing on a given day and made me write. It was gradual--something that built over the 30 days.
Just try it. It builds confidence that you can write. It’s just about doing it every day in some way.
I had been considering participating in this course for a long time but only now had the courage to test my skills in English creative writing. I was concerned if my skills in English language were sufficient to take part in a creative writing course.
Stephen was great. He provided feedback on different aspects of the writing after each module which I found really useful. I can put the lessons learnt to immediate action on my current manuscript.
I enjoyed the feedback from both the tutor and other course participants on my stories and reading other course participants’ stories.
I decided early on to use this course as a kick starter for my next manuscript.
I enjoy participating in courses, listening to podcasts and watching the webinars provided by the AWC. I listen to the podcast every week and the AWC graduates group in FB has become like a home base for whatever writing related information I am looking for.
Bernadette was well versed in the subject and added life experiences which allowed participants to imagine situations which they may need to deal with.
I enjoyed writing the content, and having to meet word counts made me really think about how I was writing and to make it more succinct. I have been able to use the skills learnt to improve my writing in the workplace (and have received positive feedback from my boss on my writing).
It has made me hyper aware of the way "advertising" content is written - I look at every email now with new eyes and think about why it has caught my eye. Also, it has helped me to hone my report responses at work.
Do the course, it will change your life.
Bernadette was fantastic: relatable, encouraging and deeply experienced. Her humility when offering assignment feedback - she would often pause and correct herself without making a big deal of it - was useful to witness. Rather than getting bogged in perfectionism, it felt like a demonstration of a productive mindset for doing quality work, getting paid and moving forward.
I enjoyed the consistently positive and encouraging tone. When you're nursing doubts about trying something new, the supportive voice makes a difference.
I'm confident I can make good on my goal to earn money by writing. That's a huge step towards my dream career switch.
The courses are focused, results-driven and delivered by lovely people.
The tutor was very knowledgeable, encouraging and efficient in his replies.
I enjoyed meeting the other students ... we are from everywhere and all so different. Also working at my own pace.
It's made me realise that I can write that novel if I really put in the effort. In my mind, a Uni degree was the only way forward, but I've realised that these short courses are so much more suited to my learning style and still deliver the goods. The courses may be short, but they have a huge amount of precise information that really get the creative juices flowing.
A writing friend mentioned the course to me when it was first released and I purchased it straight away. I also purchased and completed a number of other AWC courses before I completed this one. As someone who found this course at the start of their writing journey, I was attracted to the course as I knew adding humour to my books was something I wanted to do and who better to be guide me in this than Tim Harris.
I loved how Tim was so open and honest about everything in the course. Made the course and material very relatable.
I have already used the techniques in a picture book I was working on and have submitted to an Australian publisher for consideration. Tim's feedback of my final assessment was the confidence boost I needed to just get in there and write my heart out. I can't even put into words how his critique of my assessment has made me feel about my writing.
If you are having fun, your readers will pick up on that. I think that's the major thing I have taken from this course.
I recommend AWC all the time. I am currently finishing my 9th of 10 courses through the AWC and I have taken something from each and every one of them. I know that my writing has improved dramatically in the last 12 months because of the information and feedback provided in the courses. If you are even just a little bit curious about exploring different avenues of writing, then give AWC a go.
I have always wanted to do a creative writing course and a few of my friends have done courses previously at the Australian Writers' Centre. I wasn't sure how much I would get from this course because it was all online pre-recorded, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually learnt.
I found the feedback very helpful and easy to understand. I enjoyed using my imagination and becoming more confident in my writing.
It has helped get me started to write a little every day. Now here is hoping it becomes a habit!
The Australian Writers' Centre is great place to learn about writing.
I saw it in the AWC newsletter and I thought it was a great idea. I didn't know anything about marketing myself as an author and didn't even realise I had to. When I saw this course in the newsletter, I had a lightbulb moment and realised immediately that I had to sign up.
I found this course excellent. There was so much information, but it was broken down into easy to manage chunks. At no point did I feel completely overwhelmed, which is quite impressive since there was so much to learn that took me out of my comfort zone. I think it was great that it was continually reiterated to start slowly and stick to the platforms that I'm most comfortable with. I also liked the reminder to not let social media get in the way of writing.
I now have a massive following on Facebook and Instagram, plus a good amount of people subscribed to my newsletter. And I have a website I love. I have met some amazing authors online, they have also taught me new things about writing, and are truly interested in my writing too. These people have become friends and this course was the catalyst for that.
I can't believe how far I have come in the last year, all thanks to doing this course.
Loved Pamela, the fast pace and the practical exercises. Got me moving, convinced me I can be a full-time writer.
A great way to develop your writing to the next level.
Alex was great. She gave very clear and helpful feedback that I could use to work on my skills.
I enjoyed hearing real-world stories from the industry. It really helped me to see that writing freelance is possible and that it’s something I can do.
The course gets you ready to start out freelancing, it's focused on the industry and provides concrete examples, case studies and best practice.
I came in with an open mind, so am delighted with what I have learnt in this short yet informative course.
The tutor was kind. Gentle. Knowledgeable. I really appreciated Stephen's comments.
Even though I was doing a lot of these things inherently in my writing, it was great to have the skills outlined, explained and expanded on. I have enjoyed writing just for the sake of it and like the 200 and 500 word challenges.
I am looking to pitch my fiction to a traditional publisher, so the advice around this has been very helpful. Although I write as part of my living, fiction is a new area, and I now have more confidence to pursue this path. Thanks.
The course is professionally and cleanly presented. It is informative, encouraging and fun. The assignments are challenging and it's great to get professional feedback. The additional exercises are appreciated, and even if there is no time to do them in the 5 weeks, it is terrific that we can revisit and review in the future. Great value for money.
Thank you. I have already purchased several more courses, and have a few more in mind to do after that.
I've done two Writing Workout courses and really enjoy the Zoom format. I've definitely seen improvement in my writing. It's brought back my joy of writing.
It's wonderful working with everyone's stories, and especially wonderful to be able to connect with remote writers during lockdown. Zoom has meant I get to be in Pamela's classes even though I'm in Melbourne.
I love being part of the Zoom classes. It's been great connecting with writers from around the country. We can cheer each other on, and have wonderful discussions that would not happen if we were mainly communicating via text.
I really enjoyed this course. Wish I'd taken the time to do it earlier. Will be happy to enrol in another.
The quizzes were great for testing my knowledge.
Pamela was very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The environment was encouraging.
I'm working hard on completing my novel and thanks to this course I am out of the thinking stage and into the active writing stage.
As I worked on writing my own piece and providing feedback for my fellow course-mates, I realised that the important thing was to get the story down and that it doesn't have to be perfect. As long as the story is written I will have the opportunity to make it better as much as I want.
The Australian Writers' Centre provides a friendly and encouraging environment, especially to someone like me who lacked confidence in her work and was afraid of criticism. The experience is constructive, inspiring and overall fun.
I want to change career and have always wanted to write. I want to reinvent myself and this course covered it all!
I really appreciate the range of writers that shared their story as I am still discovering the direction/s I want to take.
I enjoyed how positive it was and affirming that I can do this!
At this point, I have yet to take some of the actions, but I think if I really engage with the step-by-step process (baby steps - thank you), I think it could be profound. I am at the beginning.
We have one life, so why spend it doing things we don't enjoy? For me that means changing my life, facing the fear and stepping into the unknown.
It was practical, positive and really reasonably priced! For the small amount, you can be on the way to following your dreams to become a writer.
I'd earlier completed the Copywriting Essentials course and this felt like the natural next step before setting up my business.
Bernadette was great - interesting, informative and professional but approachable in her teaching style. I felt that her advice was practical and realistic based on her first-hand experience as a copywriter.
I enjoyed the pace of it and that assignments were achievable given that I was also working another job at the time of doing the course. Also liked how practical it was with assignments providing the steps to actually get a business up and running.
I feel more confident in starting out as a copywriter when the time is right for me to begin and also knowing how to charge appropriately for services.
Thanks Bernadette for another enjoyable, well presented course! I really looked forward to each module and know that I will continue to refer back to the two courses I've done with you as I move forward with starting my copywriting business.
I thought it would be beneficial to learn something about the process of publishing should I ever get that far. It was surprisingly interesting and the voice over was engaging.
It will keep me focussed that I'm writing for a market, so I should have in mind more clearly who my audience is rather than me.
Thank you to Pamela Hart. I have even bought one of your books.
I liked that there would be assignments and that we would be given constant feedback as well as being encouraged to work on stories that we have already started.
I was hesitant because I wasn't sure whether it would help me with the story I have been writing but it ended up working out perfectly.
The tutor was incredibly helpful, she gave constructive feedback and asked questions that made my writing better. She made sure to also give praise for certain things and overall was extremely supportive and gave great advice.
I enjoyed the assignments as it was where I was given feedback on my work and also the Q&A week where I was able to ask questions regarding any topic to do with writing and my tutor was very prompt with her replies.
It has made me consider certain things in regard to my story and has helped me to understand how the world of writing works, as well as the better way of planning a novel.
AWC courses are well structured, making it easy to complete studies in writing; without becoming overwhelmed. This is my fourth AWC course. It's become an addiction now!
The course has made it easier for me to see my 'big picture' manuscript, at a time when I was feeling bogged down in story details. I feel like I have the skills to move on with a major structural edit of my book.
Early in the course, we were looking at different types of structure. I realised that the life events depicted in my memoir seemed to contain an organic structure, that mirrored elements of the three-act structure, as well as the hero's journey. These structures mirror the human story, because the human story is where these structures originated.
I would say that AWC courses are a really easy way to develop professional writing skills, one step at a time. Courses are structured so that writers can focus on specific areas, as they're needed. They're enjoyable, as well as rewarding. You even get a certificate! Once you do one, you'll want another.
The lessons were comprehensive and provided great practical advice. Also appreciated the exercises; although optional, they were helpful practice.
Amanda was very encouraging and provided precise feedback. I knew exactly what I required to improve my writing.
I had finished the second draft of my manuscript and wasn't sure of the next step. I knew it wasn't ready to submit but I wasn't sure what I needed to do to improve it.
I love the self-paced online format for the more technical courses, such as this one. There is so much information and I can pause, stop or continue depending on my capacity to learn.
The power editing process has clear steps that were well explained. It gave me the skills and the confidence I need to self-edit my manuscript.
I feel more confident in my ability to self-edit and submit to a publisher or literary agent.
The Australian Writers' Centre gives you the tools you need to improve your writing as well as your confidence in your own abilities.
I wanted to try a creative writing course and the length and format of this one seemed perfect for me to get some tips/advice before either seeking something longer or more involved. That a published author would be providing feedback was also a plus.
I think the feedback provided was excellent overall and was sure to point out the positives of submitted pieces and constructively appraise areas for improvement. It was also timely and the oral format suited the delivery of the course material. It also allowed self-reflection for the points made for other participants when considering my own writing style/choices.
Really, I just enjoyed the chance to give writing a go and have other people read it and enjoy aspects of what I'd done.
The course lessons provide lots of useful insights and tips to take on board in a very encouraging way. I would recommend this course if somebody were toying with doing some creative writing.
I had been thinking about setting up a blog and wasn't sure how to start. I had completed courses with the AWC in the past and knew the quality of the courses.
I was surprised that I felt very confident about setting up the blog even before I finished the course.
I loved the fact that it was oriented towards action. Just get out there, do it, don't worry too much about getting it 'perfect'.
After I set up the blog, I posted it on my Facebook site and sent a message to individual friends encouraging them to have a look and comment. I was surprised how many people absolutely loved my writing. It has given me a real confidence boost and I am now committed to writing a piece to share each week.
AWC courses are practical and well-structured. The self-paced modules allow you to complete sections in your own timeframe and you can always go back to lessons should you need to. They contain a wealth of information that are geared to get you going.
Zanni was great, very honest. I enjoyed learning different literary techniques and getting to try out a different story every week. The course was pretty perfect!
I've rewritten a story and come up with a brand new story that I'm pretty confident about. I have the confidence to keep trying even if I don't succeed with these ideas.
If you want to have a shot at being published, you need to do this course.
I'm interested in creative non-fiction and life writing and have tried to start my autobiography but gave it up. I wanted to learn more about how to do this sort of writing.
A major learning during the course was the similarities between creative non-fiction and fiction, e.g. story arc, dialogue, etc. Also, the need to make your story interesting for the reader, not just a recitation of facts.
The course has also provided me with a great book list to work through. I've just started reading my first Peter FitzSimons book and am enjoying it, although I had avoided his books in the past.
I would say that the Centre's courses are straightforward, comprehensive and provide useful tools to aid your writing endeavours in either creative writing or non-fiction forms of writing.
Bernadette was brilliant. Very generous and encouraging with her feedback. Really useful information provided on slides. Practically-minded and material well-paced.
The time commitment was perfect for people working and/or with other commitments.
I enjoyed getting verbal feedback from the tutor herself. The excellent slides and handouts. The pace. The assignments. Everything, really.
I can apply everything I learnt to my job right now. There are also so many ways I can improve my knowledge in this area based on the materials Bernadette provided. It really was a launch-pad course to put you on the right track and also help you figure out what you don't know and how to get it.
Do it. It's practical, affordable, fits into a busy schedule and you'll leave more enlightened and enriched than when you started. Guaranteed.
Bernadette - you are a legend.
I completed a creative writing course a few years ago and had started writing a novel. I hadn't looked at it in a year so wanted to get motivated to write again. I have listened to the podcasts for quite a while and enjoy Allison and Valerie's banter, so thought I would give Novel Writing Essentials a go.
Pamela was amazing! Her feedback was so useful and made perfect sense. She gave a lot of tips throughout the course interwoven through her various feedbacks. I learned a lot from listening to her feedback to other students as well as my own.
I enjoyed the learnings from the feedback sessions - both Pamela's and the other students. Also, reading other submissions and seeing the many different writing styles/genres.
I have started writing again and I feel like I know (sort of) what I'm doing now.
Even though I have completed a couple of creative writing courses over the years, I regret that I didn't start with the Australian Writers' Centre creative writing course.
Wow, where to start. I'd never realised there was so much theory and structure that went into novel writing. I was stuck with the 'how do I put my novel together and arrange the story' and I have so much insight into that now. The lessons were fantastic along with the assignments to put learnings into practice and hone my skills.
I have always said "I want to write a novel" but had never studied creative writing, so this was the first step in taking my novel writing more seriously. I picked this one because of the reviews; it looked like a quality course compared to many others out there.
Pamela was fantastic. Really loved listening to her feedback each week on my work and was always able to improve it another notch. Was very helpful listening to others' feedback too. I learnt a lot in the process. Would love to have her as a tutor again.
I enjoyed the structure, the weekly activities and feedback. Working alongside other students. I got into a great routine of writing five nights a week and hoping to keep that going!
I was a bit of a 'pantser' before this course. Now I can see how much development there is to do before diving in and writing. Characters, structure, working out all the turning points etc. Of course, the plan may change as I write, but it's great to do this work first.
Go for it - you won't regret it! I have so much more confidence in myself as a writer now.
I wasn't sure that I could transition to this type of writing, but I think that I can now.
Lots of good templates and ideas about what type of content writing is used. Also good advice about how to get involved in the industry. There is a formula and structure to help you along the way, and there is actually a huge industry out there for it.
Was quite keen to explore all aspects of my writing journey, particularly after having taken the Picture Books course for younger readers. I have fond memories of the chapter books of my own childhood and its role in introducing me to independent reading. I hadn't ever heard of a course for this specific area being offered before.
It was helpful going through the development of one particular story to illustrate the concepts. The presenter also offered a solid grasp of the area with examples from other books.
Children's books have always seemed an untouchable and distant realm for the chosen few. It was wonderful to have it demystified and explained by Lesley, with instructions that are clear and specific.
I think the AWC has given me such a boost, both in motivation and in confidence, to continue along the writing journey. It's paved the road that little bit more in the most important of ways.
I've recently finished the copywriting essentials and SEO copywriting courses and wanted to learn how content writing differentiates from copywriting in order to bridge any gaps. I really enjoyed that this is self-paced. It's allowed me time to fit this around work and family.
I enjoyed all of the example articles because they were not only a great way to show how each formula applied, they were also an interesting read.
I realised that I've actually been a content writer for years and that I'm totally allowed to call myself one and feel confident about it.
I had an 'aha!' moment when learning about thought leader pieces. I've been writing these for my family's small business for a while, drawing on the thoughts of the owner who truly is a thought leader in his field. However, I didn't realise they were called thought leader pieces and therefore haven't been writing them effectively. I can now apply what I've learned in this course to improve it.
The Australian Writers' Centre courses provide loads of valuable tips and templates you can apply to your writing straight away.
I wanted to add another string to my 'writing bow' and this course fits neatly alongside my copywriting and content writing (I'll have enough strings for a violin soon).
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to David and will take the next few weeks to read the resources provided. The video content was invaluable. David's delivery of his own story, written works and glimpses into his journalistic background was mesmerising. The toolkit details will come in very handy when I summon up the courage to ask a friend of mine if I can profile her. I would never have considered this if the course hadn't supplied me with the right tools.
I feel confident that I can 'profile' a few local individuals who have had, and continue to have, a significant impact on the lives of others (and whose stories should be told).
Annabel was terrific. Her style of presentation was inclusive, knowledgeable and fun. I enjoyed the practical exercises and listening to fellow students' ideas and concepts.
I feel re-energised. My current manuscript (2nd) is nearing completion and I was dissatisfied with it. I now realise I was expecting too much from a first draft. I forgot that the layering, body language, sub plots etc are honed and flesh out on the rewrite.
An excellent course that guides you comfortably along the path of learning.
Annabel was great; she was well prepared, knowledgeable and had 'gone the journey' to publication. Her energy was also inspirational and kept us going.
The people were great. Different writers with different backgrounds, but clear on where they'd like to take their writing. This enabled all of us to draw on each other as inspiration. The intro to the other attendees with the potential to keep in contact as a "writing group" was a real bonus.
Lots of great courses, with a variety of tutors to get your writing to where it needs to be. I'm a Furious Fiction addict and have been spreading the word on this one too. Thanks for holding this in person and in Perth.
After a hiatus of nearly 12 years, I wanted to try my hand at writing again. I wasn't sure if I'd be better suited to copywriting or creative writing. I picked this course as a starting point in my new journey of discovery as it sounded fun, and because I am familiar with the AWC.
Bernadette is very knowledgeable and readily shares her experience. Feedback was positive and constructive.
I liked the structure of the course. It wasn't too overwhelming in terms of content volume. The hands-on exercises were fun. I liked the fact that I could listen to the tutorials at any time and that I could download the lessons to revisit content when I needed to.
Thank you, Bernadette, for your kind encouragement. Thank you, AWC, for a fun experience. I will enrol in another course soon!
I thoroughly enjoyed how relatable Bernadette made the lessons, and the extra tidbits of knowledge that she shared throughout the course. It made me even more excited about the content and the lessons.
Bernadette is very engaging, I was looking forward to listening to the lessons each week. She made the content easy to understand and gave really helpful feedback.
It's helped me gain confidence in my ability to write well and to write quickly. I want a career change and this course has given me the extra boost that I needed to know that I can go out there and be a copywriter.
It's fast paced but easy to learn. The lessons are engaging and the resources are extremely useful.
Pamela Cook was an excellent tutor and gave great feedback throughout this course, not just to myself but all the students.
The opportunity to read the work of others and offer feedback, and receiving feedback, was fantastic as it has helped improve my own work.
These courses are great, the tutors are very helpful, the classroom is respectful to your work and the feedback others offer is fantastic.
The course has re-ignited my passion for writing and given me direction as to how to go back and re-invigorate my memoir, incorporating more memory-type writing.
I'm now committing to 3 writing sessions a week, and two of those will be going to our local library, a place without the distractions of home.
Definitely highly recommended. I've already done this to my friends.
I enjoyed the ease of the content being delivered clearly, succinctly and effectively through the videos.
It has reminded me of the need to be thorough and meticulous when compiling correspondence and to keep an eye out for those pesky grammar errors!
Go for it. Even if you think you've got it covered, it's a great refresher, or if you're needing some confidence, it's a great course to complete!
Bernadette was wonderful. So easy to understand and easy to listen to. Very knowledgeable and insightful. I really loved the audio in each module and hearing the feedback on everyone's submissions.
I feel much more confident to start putting myself out there as a freelance copywriter.
Do it! AWC are great and I'll look to do more courses with them down the track.
It delivered great 'bang for my buck'. I got exactly what I wanted at exactly the right price.
I now have a toolkit I can refer to quickly and easily to get the best results. I don't get bogged down in the detail.
I'm a novice writer who had completed a final draft. I needed to know how to tighten my writing and make it attractive to readers. The course information AWC provided for The Story Doctor ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for.
The tutor was enthusiastic and magnetic in the online class - this is not something everyone can do. The tutor's facilitation style, for me, was like listening to a friend. The words of support and encouragement given, though not specifically directed to me, still found their way into my psyche to calm the doubts I have about the value of my writing.
It was all about the tutor having exceptional writing skill and knowledge, coupled with the ability to engage every participant in the online platform. There was no pressure to participate, but the tutor was able to relate the teachings to each student's writing. The examples provided were relatable, as were the exercises.
Thank you for the work you do and the opportunities you offer. I have suggested to my writing friends that they explore the courses offered by AWC, as there is bound to be something that will be just what they need.
I found Bernadette's course content and presentation to be warm, interesting and enjoyable. Her feedback on the weekly assignments was very helpful.
The most enjoyable aspect for me was delving into the practice of thinking about words and their impact. I would happily become lost for hours, wording and rewording a headline or some content for an assignment, being driven by the thrill of the chase to uncover just the right combination! Definitely addictive!
I have discovered that this is something that I enjoy and CAN do!
If you are interested in exploring copywriting as a potential business or side hustle, AWC is the perfect place to start. The course content, length and cost are very manageable and will give you a taste of what is on offer. Bernadette delivers an interesting, insightful course in a warm and humorous manner. She has a wealth of industry experience and knowledge and gives constructive feedback on assignments. Whether it is to assist you with writing great copy for your own business, or other people's, you will learn plenty of useful strategies. Don't hesitate or doubt yourself - just enrol and start writing!
This was so practical, and I not only learned everything I needed but was given direction on where to find out more. Brilliant!
Bernadette was amazing. The feedback was spot on and her lecture style was engaging. The resources she supplied were exceptional.
I enjoyed learning the tricks of the trade and then putting them into practice. The way I read and write back cover blurbs, sales sheets etc. for work has improved and become more fun. I also now can actually see my future as a copywriter, which impacts my present!
It is incredible value for money.
I found the course easy to follow and full of awesome info. Bernadette is a super engaging presenter and I found her feedback extremely helpful.
Loved the course - looking forward to the next one. Thanks Bernadette for being so awesome! I feel a lot more confident in my work and feel I can write copy a lot faster now.
Do it! It's money well spent.
I have a few new real estate clients and I wanted to enhance what I could offer them.
I enjoyed Dean's narration. He is an engaging teacher/speaker! Thanks Dean!
It gave me another way to logically approach the process of writing real estate copy, and I'm sure this will flow into other areas.
I'd certainly recommend AWC. It has been invaluable for growing my confidence (both in existing and new skills) as I begin my freelance journey.
I had already done a self-study course with AWC which I really enjoyed, and then wanted to learn about SEO for our website. I liked the 5-week length of the course, so I could really focus on the topic.
I found Bernadette to be very easy to listen to on the videos, and her chatty style of presentation was engaging. It has left me considering doing another of her courses. Her feedback was extremely helpful, and gave me confidence in my ability.
It is now clear to me what SEO copywriting is all about, and I actually enjoy it! I now have lots of great ideas to implement on our website.
If you're interested in writing, definitely go ahead and do a course. It is so worth the investment, and will save you time trying to do your own research on the topic.
Great course, thank you Bernadette.
I've already submitted 3 articles and had 2 positive responses; I'm off and away.
I've stewed on writing professionally for years but now with the industry know-how, I can pitch my writing ideas and get going.
If you really want to write, do a course with AWC and see where it takes you.
Bernadette is the best presenter!
The handout summaries are great. I also took many screenshots of the various diagrams and infographics Bernadette shared. There was a simplicity to the course structure, making it really clear what to focus on in the realm of SEO copywriting.
I go off on tangents looking at competitor websites and their DA scores like it's a sport :-D
I got confirmation that the SEO stuff I'd originally completed for my previous company website was the correct thing to do, which is a huge relief. Now I'm confident that I know that and I can do it better in future.
Now I have completed all 3 copywriting courses, I feel confident in this continued professional learning and how it relates to my on-the-job experience. I think it's a very worthwhile course, even for keeping up to date with best practice techniques.
Thank you, Bernadette, and AWC for this course!
I've been using Scrivener for years and love it but realised I was only using some of the functions of it.
This course was great. I didn't realise how many cool functions Scrivener had that I wasn't using! Very easy to follow and I could amend my Scrivener project as I went along, while watching the videos, using two screens.
I have colour coded all my scenes, can now use the cork board for what it was intended for, and the outline functions are really useful for seeing where I'm up to in my manuscript. Also the Linguistic Focus tool was a revelation for seeing when you've gone overboard on adverbs, adjectives or dialogue.
Excellent courses, good online platform and quality teachers.
There was a lot of information to take in over a relatively short timeframe but all of it is very useful and great that we continue to have access to it for 12 months.
The tutor was positive and supportive and gave constructive feedback.
It has given me confidence but also it has helped all of my writing, including the writing I do in the business world. To learn how to be economical but highly effective with words has been very useful.
A well-structured, practical course with constructive feedback that also helps you to understand the industry and how to approach it.
Bernadette has a lot of knowledge and shares it willingly. She gives personal feedback that is helpful but at the same time supportive and shows us how to improve our work. I've done three courses with Bernadette and loved them all! Thank you :)
I enjoyed the assignments. They were practical tasters and gave us a challenge in a supportive environment.
Whilst doing the course I was also building my website. I was able to apply my new knowledge to my website and make sure that it has every chance of being found!
Bernadette was fantastic in her real-world approach. It was great to learn from someone so experienced and so willing to share thoughts and ideas in a really relatable way. It was great to be able to hear the other participants' feedback as well to learn from that.
I enjoyed all of it, but the assignments were especially good to be able to apply learnings and then get feedback.
I have started to look at opportunities in my local area where I could offer copywriting services and how I would improve different pieces of copy I come across. I've also enrolled in the freelance course and started to think about how I might position a side hustle copywriting service.
If you're looking to learn from credible writing experts who understand all the different reasons people write, and who can target material to various writing abilities and confidence levels in a really inclusive way, then consider a course with AWC.
Taking the step to building my author platform has been critical to thinking of myself as an author. My big take-home idea was that if I'm expecting others to take my writing seriously then I ought to be taking it seriously too, and to build a platform made me think of my writing - and marketing my writing - in a more strategic way.
It's given me ideas for writing blog posts - and that I might count these as "proper writing" (having so far been a novelist, it is very hard to write short pieces!)
It's OK to start small, start slow, and take your time. It was heartening to hear many established authors confirm that the platform is a means to an end and shouldn't detract from writing time.
I have always been interested in reading profiles and have wondered about the skills required to do so.
I found David's presentation to be interesting and easily followed. I enjoyed his easy-to-understand communication style, combined with questions from his audience.
I can see openings for profile writing that relate to preservation of memories for future generations in families. So much is lost with the death of older people or their loss of memory.
If you are wanting to write and are unsure how to go about it, have a look at the AWC website for inspiring courses.
I enjoyed listening to the lessons and following along with the handouts. The content taught was very thorough and gave me a good understanding into the Picture Book world.
The tutor was knowledgeable and gave practical feedback.
It has given me a practical insight into the picture book world. I have always wondered about how to get a story published, and I feel like the course provides a very clear path to get there. Just have to write a good story now!
I was concerned that the material provided may be too difficult given I do not have a background in journalism. However, it was very easy to understand.
I feel more in touch with my strengths in writing and rediscovered my passion for words. I really enjoyed discovering that I love writing.
Fabulous course. Self-enriching in every way! Anything is possible. You just need to discover the pathway to reaching it.
I took Copywriting Essentials and loved it. This was the next step.
Bernadette is a great mentor and delivers the course material clearly and concisely. Her anecdotal infusions are funny and enlightening. She is amazing.
I have had so many ideas, have written in the past and am looking for a new career that I decided it was time to try.
Thankyou Zanni - your feedback was invaluable, very relatable to me. It was of a high quality while also showing me what to do.
I have written my first children's picture book but it has also shown me and given me a taste for other types of writing.
The Australian Writer's Centre is a must-have toolkit for any writer. They have tips and tricks to get you started on your writing journey. Their courses, like the Short Story Essentials course I just took, break down the process of writing and give you practical opportunities to practice the skills and theory discussed in lessons.
I liked the balance between the more technical info and the pure copywriting content. The best part was listening to the review of the assessments - this is where I saw the ideas in practice, learning from others in the course.
I've already started writing blogs for other people (thanks to a course with AWC years ago) and this gave me a deeper level of understanding about structuring keywords for improved writing and SEO results.
Doing this course has really broadened my ideas of what writing is and has improved my writing. I struggled with the 'show don't tell' before, but I have a better grasp on it after listening to the lessons and reading the handouts.
I thought Pamela gave good and varied feedback. She was good at doing the sandwich technique for constructive criticism.
My writing has definitely improved and I feel I have what it takes to write the first draft, if only just to bin it afterwards and start again. I really thought before you needed to have a clear idea of what your story is before writing, but realised that's not the case after this course. I think writing the first draft then binning it (or keeping it if it happens to be worthy) will really help with developing the story and what I want.
Definitely try it! It's life-changing, and also fun. Even with full-time work and language study, I still made time to complete the assignments and listen to the materials every day. The advice is really sound and inspiring, plus the weekly feedback is super beneficial to improve your writing! I can truly say I've come out of this course more knowledgeable, but happier and more confident with myself too. Plus there's the secret bonus of being invited to zoom events and receiving AWC weekly newsletter too.
Thank you for the wonderful course! I'm definitely looking forward to doing another one in the near future :)
Entering the world of picture books is like entering the TARDIS for the first time. The course opened my eyes but has given me the tools and knowledge to work through the maze.
Zanni is great. Her comments were relevant, useful and encouraging. I gained a lot from listening to her feedback on everyone's work, including my own.
I enjoyed the challenge of writing simple text to create big ideas.
I feel ready to join the world of children's book writers. Now I just have to find a publisher who agrees with me. Thank you to Zanni and AWC.
I loved the practicality. I have a journalism and creative writing degree but this is much more hands on and actually gives you the tools to make a freelance career as a writer or even use the tools of writing in your work. I am very impressed by the content and Valerie Khoo has a dream voice to listen to!
I feel more confident now on how I can establish myself more as a freelance writer. I have had some articles published but this model and system could really take my career to the next level and potentially a full-time role which is ideally my goal.
The course gives you a practical step-by-step guide that actually works. There is nothing else like it in the marketplace.
I had no idea how to start a blog and it seemed far too complex. I am now very confident that I can start a blog and plan to do so now.
I have more than one idea for a blog and now I am realising how accessible it will be to start one and see how I go. Fantastic!
I'm interested in writing a children's picture book. Started researching how to do this and get published online. It all became very overwhelming. Found this course and thought, "what a great way to get introduced to the world of picture books."
I found the content extremely valuable. I really enjoyed learning about the world of pictures books and its complexities. I loved listening to the lessons. There was so much good stuff to take in.
Do it! It's a fun learning environment. Thanks Zanni :)
I have been interested in profile writing for quite a while and seeing David was running it helped make my decision. David is a wealth of knowledge and made the course a pleasure to participate in.
I actually feel that this is definitely the direction I want to follow with my writing; I feel much more confident in pursuing this.
I have often recommended AWC to people interested in writing, I have done multiple courses now and each one has helped me fine tune my craft in ways I didn't expect.
I saw it on an AWC newsletter and it was timely because I was just quitting my job and looking to build a more creatively based work life (with more balance!) after a long career in advertising and marketing research.
I was surprised at how engaged I was in the topic. Every lesson seemed interesting and exciting. I could see how this built on my past experience and how I could parlay that into a new skill that I would enjoy and be stretched by.
I liked the flexibility of a-synchronous learning and the deadline was easy to meet. Homework was a great tool to embed the learning and yet was not too onerous in terms of time and the amount of work involved.
I feel very confident about what SEO copywriting is, how it will be useful to me in building my business and secure in knowing I have the tools and materials as backup if I need to refresh my memory.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have now signed up for Copywriting Essentials. Thank you, Bernadette, and all at AWC!
Having a dedicated tutor that was able to provide real-time feedback and weekly assignments were both really valuable aspects of the course.
Zanni was highly professional, available as needed, and her feedback was very helpful! I would definitely consider scouting her out for ongoing personal mentorship in the future!
I enjoyed reading the ideas and stories of other participants and being able to build upon new skills introduced each week.
Picture book writing is so much more than a good idea and cute characters. There is a whole structured process to picture book writing than I originally thought! It's quite a carefully thought out process with many components and ingredients!
Do it! You will definitely learn something new, or at the very least, you'll have a lot of fun and get to exercise the creative side of your brain!
The course content was inspirational and I am going to pursue profile writing, starting with my family. My mother is the last in her generation so I am going to interview her (no doubt more than once) about relatives.
The content helped me identify that I have some skills already and has given me the confidence to make a start.
The Australian Writers' Centre is a community of writers who support and encourage you to write, providing the opportunity to learn the skills you need to deliver on the goals that are important to you.
It was exactly what I needed. Although I have always been fiction focused, the course gave a great overview of different writing types - I hadn't even considered some of them being an option.
I found each module easy to listen to and the tasks helpful for thinking through what I needed to consider about myself as a writer. Having to intentionally consider my values, what I wanted my writing to convey and what I would or wouldn't compromise was something I hadn't thought of prior to being challenged by Valerie to list them. The interviews with authors and their expertise added extra weight and reality - hearing their stories made me think - 'yes, I think I can do this'. The craft of writing is something for me to further explore, but the inspiration and excitement I feel after the course has given me what I need to actually take the plunge to reinvent myself.
I feel invigorated about writing and about owning 'writer' as part of my identity. In the past my writing has only been for me, a secret pastime that has mainly been musing. I now feel as though I have permission to add 'Writer' to the list of answers to the question "What do you do?"
Just do it - there is nothing to lose. The fact that the courses are professional and so well endorsed by both emerging and professional writers speaks volumes.
Being able to read other people's works and feedback was amazing. I never expected a "classroom" environment in the comfort of my own living room.
The tutor was fantastic! Nicole was very generous with her comments and I felt she read every word we wrote. It was great to get such detailed feedback. And all the examples she provided in our lessons were so valuable.
AWC provides you with the tools to write whatever you want to write. Their range of courses is amazing and the flexibility of doing it online (whenever and wherever you want) is a necessity in this day and age, when we are so time poor.
Was looking for a course less formal than uni. Weekly feedback was very appealing. The lack of a pass/fail system very appealing also.
I had little to no expectations as I have not studied in years. Course was run very well and extremely informative with the tutor's feedback and handouts etc. It felt relaxing as well as challenging due to the open format and presentation.
I am definitely encouraged to continue studying writing for now. I have always enjoyed it but felt I do not construct stories well. I feel I might develop better plot and structure with further course study.
It's very accessible and easy to use. I have had no difficulties using the site or course material.
I've always wanted to give writing a go and when I looked online at the course information I thought it presented very well. There appeared to be scope for trying lots of different aspects of writing with the different courses on offer.
I was a little hesitant to share my writing attempts with others on the course as I wasn't confident about my writing skills. I thought it could be a bit embarrassing but I got over that idea pretty quickly.
I thought Suzanne was good at giving constructive feedback which included positive comments and pointers about areas to work on and improve writing.
I enjoyed reading the other participants' work and seeing the variety of approaches. I liked the challenge of doing the assignments each week. I found the audio lessons and handouts very informative and useful.
It has renewed my interest in doing some writing in the future. I've learned about the components of a story and thought more about dialogue, character, scenes, settings etc. It has given me a structure to build from if I do decide to do any writing.
It has taught me it's ok to let go of words and sentences I've worked on and become attached to or thought were clever. Having to stick to word limits has made me pare things back a bit and I think it has made the end product better.
I would recommend the AWC because it is well organised and provides very useful and usable information about various aspects of writing. It gives participants a chance to try out writing pieces following clear guidelines and with the opportunity to hear feedback on your pieces.
Loved the practical tips, particularly:
- reassurance that there is a place for your authentic voice
- getting clear on why and who you are blogging for
- looking at examples of the types of blogs out there, and that fabulous quote to keep salient for all posts: Be helpful. Do it often.
The course has had a larger, rather than smaller impact on how I will approach writing for my new blog. The reminder that content is always king and how you can go that extra mile is something I will keep at the forefront of all material I prepare for my blog.
The Australian Writers' Centre is a treasure trove of knowledge on all topics related to writing and they are fun. I have done several AWC courses across varying topics, and each one has shown me new and creative ways to use the written word to effectively communicate with my chosen audience. Definitely well worth my time and money.
The detailed insight of how publishing works plus the real-world examples were great.
I never realised just how hard it was to get published, but there are lots of options and don't give up! Stephen King's fourth book, Carrie, was his first published; JK Rowling went to twelve publishers. In other words, rejection is not the end of the line.
Very professional, flexible yet detailed training - it's a must if you want to enter the publishing world.
Going through the modules and doing the exercises was very enjoyable. The homework was not too onerous and got to the point. Very practical.
Bernadette gave objective feedback based on her experience as to what works and what doesn't.
I now realise that it is possible. I don't know what the next step is, but I'll dabble and find something. Knowing where to look for a newbie and having the confidence to give it a go is something that is important. It's easy to talk oneself into not taking action.
Suzanne was very knowledgeable, professional and encouraging. I enjoyed the opportunity to have my work read and critiqued.
The lessons and handouts really filled in many blanks and gave me more of an understanding on how to plan and work on stages of my writing.
It's a fantastic learning platform and resource for writers in which to subscribe to. I'll be enrolling in more courses!
I'm working on some websites and need to refresh my skills. I did a Grad Cert in Editing and Publishing a few years ago, but feel the need to keep updated. Also would like to be able to travel and take my work with me.
The tutor was very professional, yet friendly and relaxed.
I didn't realise what I didn't know. Very useful for work I'm currently doing, so a confidence boost!
I think copywriting suits my style, 'less is more'.
AWC courses - some seriously useful fun. Online courses that are super-informative, well-prepared and user-friendly, but above all fun.
Bernadette provided an environment of warmth that encouraged each of us equally and strength to continue exploring the writing exercises regardless of the level of our writing skills.
The Zoom interaction delivered so many helpful tips from Bernadette and my fellow writers.
The 'aha' moment was when I found scenes appearing before me as a result of the exercises.
I found AWC to be a genuinely supportive environment and will take another class with them.
So many enjoyable things in this course but the most important was the honesty; I greatly appreciated that. There was a line about not quitting your day job if you think being an author is going to make you rich, combined with write because you love it and write about the story you need to tell (not trends, as publishing process is slow and trends have changed by then). The other message about perseverance and persistence in relation to getting published and not giving up. The value of editors and their role and the differences between indie publishing and traditional publishing.
Knowledge is power - I have more knowledge now. It is good to know there is some room for negotiation in contracts and what to focus on. So much to learn, and this helped immensely.
You have to be able to be so much more than a great writer to be an author. You need to know how to edit your own work, promote it online and in-person and be a business person/ contracts lawyer-in-training to be able to figure it all out. Not to mention the essential personality characteristics of never giving up and don't take constructive criticism personally. Tall ask!
AWC courses are professionally run and resources are fantastic for referring to later. The audios are helpful, as well as PowerPoint slides. All very well put together and being able to do courses online and in your own time is so valuable.
Extremely clearly designed course, interesting, and highly practical. Suzanne's feedback was great, really helpful and positive. Also pointed out where we could improve. I am writing a little every day and am determined to take this to fruition.
THANK YOU - I really enjoyed this course and am really hopeful it is the start of a great journey.
I can't speak highly enough of Bernadette's presentations and feedback. I enjoyed the continuity, the course content, the ease of working online.
I can see an exciting pathway that involves writing which is what I wanted but was unsure about the format of how I could do this. I have since enrolled in two more subjects to complement the first.
I found the course gave me so much information about writing an actual novel rather than crafting just a few prices of writing. I enjoyed actually doing the writing and having completed the assignments.
Suzanne is lovely, very insightful and not afraid to point out the bad bits as well as the good bits :)
All my fears were discussed by Valerie, which tells me everyone has the same fears and that is OK.
I now believe I can write a book. Above all it takes dedication and commitment to the process.
I realised I was lacking an understanding of the intricate aspects of point of view and my basic understanding wasn't going to be enough to complete my novel. This course appeared to cover everything that I needed, so it's the one I chose!
I feel far more confident with creating characters that my audience can connect to in a meaningful way through POV.
The information around depth and discourse were probably the biggest learning curves for me. I now feel far more equipped at navigating POV after considering these aspects.
The courses and resources at the Australian Writer's Centre truly are made for writers by writers. The information is engaging and relevant and you leave with actual tangible resources in addition to new skills and understanding.
Bernadette is an excellent teacher: clear, comprehensive, and easy to listen to.
It covered everything a new copywriter faces but most importantly addresses all the fears we have about going out into the world and announcing ourselves as copywriters, and the daunting task of taking on projects. Bernadette understands how we feel and is very reassuring that we are all up to the task.
Gave me the confidence to approach prospective clients and to say yes to jobs I might have been hesitant to accept.
I have already recommended a friend do the course and she has just finished the Copywriting Essentials course. She had been thinking of getting into copywriting and I told her she would definitely benefit from doing their courses.
I started writing a novel and wanted to learn more fiction techniques and I needed some accountability to keep writing! I also wanted feedback on my work in a safe environment.
I was a bit scared about sharing my work with others, but I actually found it so helpful in the end having feedback from my classmates and Nicole.
Nicole was great at giving feedback. She picked up on a lot of things that I didn't think about until she said it, which is really going to help improve my work. She was a good tutor.
I enjoyed the workshopping, receiving feedback (even if it's a little scary) and reading other classmates' work.
I would say that if you are keen to learn fiction techniques properly and want to actually write a novel (the right way) to look to the AWC :)
I really enjoyed meeting other writers on this and other courses run by the AWC. I feel like I have made a real connection with some of the other students and may have found not only some new friends but really wonderful long term beta readers.
Anyone with dreams of being a writer would be helped by a course run by the Australian Writers' Centre. It is a great starting place.
I wanted to learn more about crafting meaningful characters before diving into writing my own novel. Without this course, I wouldn't have noticed some potential issues with my initial planning.
The examples, worksheets/activities and overall presentation were very engaging and helpful. Not once did I zone out and have to re-wind! A wonderful course.
This course helped me consider characters from angles that I hadn't even thought to investigate. I think the characters, narrative voice and relationships I've now been able to craft are significantly more meaningful than what I had started with. The worksheets/activities are very helpful and really promote reflective thinking. They're also embedded into the audio lessons and are explained explicitly. Nothing in this course felt like a waste of time or money or a time filler. I now have resources and skills that I will definitely come back to in the future.
I felt I was in a bit of a funk and not enjoying the sort of writing and work I was doing at the time. I just felt I had lost my mojo and my love of writing.
I absolutely loved this course and feel really inspired. It has helped shape my thoughts about what I want to do for the future with a couple of big "ah ha!" moments. Although I still feel like my writing muscles need stretching after atrophy, I feel like they've had at least a little exercise now. And more importantly, I feel like it's lit a fire to keep exercising those muscles (way to mix my metaphors!).
It was like opening a present every day. I would never know what surprises were in store for me!
I get paid to write for others. It has been so long since I've written something just for MYSELF and I had forgotten just how satisfying that can be.
DO IT! You won't regret it. In fact, I'll join you on the next one.
I wanted to write an eBook for my business, but wasn't sure where to start.
The variety of examples and case studies used throughout the course gave me some great ideas of what I could do for my book.
I've found that all I have to do is get started! The Bootcamp was especially helpful. Why have I waited so long to get started!
The AWC courses are very professional, with extremely experienced, friendly and helpful tutors. Worth the investment if you are serious about writing.
I wished to challenge myself to do something new and I thought this course sounded interesting. Little did I realise how intricate writing for young adults is!
I had to make myself just enrol before I thought about it too much! I have a habit of leaving things for later and then thinking that it's not worth it. But with this course, I decided to do it, I enrolled and then I couldn't back out.
I must admit that I was a little taken aback when I first realised that submitting my weekly assignment was posting on a chat feed for all my classmates to read! That took a bit of courage. But once I found that confidence, it was lovely to read other people's work and get their feedback every week.
Suzanne was excellent. Her feedback was always insightful and greatly improved my writing.
I now understand how to plan a story. It's given me a structure to just start writing!
Thank you for this opportunity. Now to do something with it...
I have recently begun to write stories for children and know the way to their hearts (and heads) is by making them laugh.
I liked the clarity and brevity. Tim was very knowledgeable and approachable. I now have a new arsenal of skills to take with me as I approach my next writing project.
A great course for anyone wanting to understand the specifics of writing humour for children and the finer details of how different types of jokes can be approached. Hilarity ensues!
The course was great in giving insider tips on getting started in the industry and providing tips on writing a good feature article. It also highlighted that I may need more practice in writing to fine tune my skills
The course overall was very interesting and enjoyable; I can't decide what was best. Alex was great. She was very encouraging and provided very constructive feedback.
It has helped give me a real insight into what it means to be a good writer and provided me with an understanding of where I need to improve my skills to become a great writer. It has motivated me to give it a go.
It's a really good course for giving you the key tools for good feature writing.
This course exceeded my already high expectations! As always, Kate was a gracious, expert host and trainer. Kate shares her experiences and knowledge freely and with immense kindness and grace, she learns about your work and issues and addresses concerns and questions with ease. Amazing level of knowledge and interest as well as provision of information, insight and practical advice on the art of editing.
Every course I do with Kate changes my mind, my writing and my world as I leave it feeling a little terrified by the workload ahead but inspired and encouraged to embrace it to achieve it.
Kate is immensely kind and generous with her time, insight and advice. She leaves no one out, is never critical only constructive in a positive way. So you're not afraid to ask the 'duh' question and always get a gracious and expert answer. The materials were useful - as with previous Kate/AWC courses I will refer back to them time and time again. Everything leads to learning skills to identify issues or problems with your manuscript and doing your first edit and second draft.
If you want to learn how to write better and meet other aspiring and successful writers, this is the course and writing organisation for you!
Thank you - great quality content, expertly delivered by an awe-inspiring, exceptional writer.
I was looking for a way to consistently practise my creative writing skills, although I was not ready to commit to writing a novel. I had some good feedback on this course from other people on the AWC Graduates Facebook page which made me realise that this was exactly what I was looking for.
Bernadette was great to work with, and her experience in the publishing industry really shone through in the feedback she gave us. Her feedback was always helpful, supportive and she always left me with something to think about.
I loved reading everyone's work each fortnight and watching their stories develop each session.
I created a character in Week 2 which I developed over the course and had great feedback about him and his story from Bernadette and my fellow students. I am currently working on developing his story into a novel. Bernadette also helped to foster some self-belief in my ability which has inspired me to keep going. The reaction I had to my Week 2 submission made me realise that I could actually do this!
This is my second course through AWC (not including MOJO Month) and I have loved both of them. I have learned so much both from the tutors and other students and it has helped me to hone my skills and grow my confidence.
If you are thinking about enrolling in Writing Workout, just do it! You won't regret it!
Suzanne was fantastic. Really knowledgeable and sweet. I liked everything about it and I enjoyed connecting with other writers.
Really practical advice that will steer you in the right direction.
It really pushed home how well you need to know your characters before you start writing them. And the more I heard that the more I became convinced that of course that is true. And because of that I have been able to produce a far better mind map of my story than I had initially.
I enjoyed the raft of great ideas and tools for developing my characters - the stress on knowing your characters so you can write them.
I now know why my characters were same ole same ole. I now know my three key characters. I now have a good sound structure for my story. I now have hurdled the roadblock that was stopping me from writing this particular book.
It is a good and thorough course. It will bring home to you the big things about writing fiction. It will also bring home to you the little things. So you get the meat. And the gravy.
Zanni is so knowledgeable and diplomatic. It was a delight to be told where my work could improve, knowing feedback was informed by her expertise. I suspect she could give improvement notes on marauding technique to a red-faced marauder mid-rampage and they'd take off their helmet and set down their axe to listen.
Like taking an intensive picture book alchemistry class - in the space of five weeks I've been able to transmute base non-fiction materials into potential golden picture book content.
Spending time and money on the course to learn valuable writing craft lessons now will save you multiples of both to learn them later, if you're open to listening.
Writing picture books is something that I have always dreamed of doing - since I was just six years old. I finally decided to take the plunge!
The course was amazing. The audio lessons are fantastic, easy to access and it's great that they are broken down into small chunks so you can re-listen to anything with ease.
Zanni was wonderful. She gave great, constructive feedback, in a really warm and engaged way.
The course has given me the tools to finally follow a life-long dream. It's opened my eyes to a whole new world, of writing, and picture books, and I am feeling so inspired.
Do it! Just follow your dream, and your heart. You won't regret it.
The course was brilliant! Full of practical, useful guides to getting started as a copywriter/content creator.
Bernadette is brilliant! She truly is a copywriting guru. Her lessons are well-thought out and easy to understand, her feedback extremely useful and the handouts are gold - incredibly practical and useful. I've already put the copywriting strategies and formulas to use. Bernadette, thank you for generously sharing your knowledge!
From the very first headline formula, I realised how little I actually knew about copywriting, but how easy it was to change all of that. I now feel confident that I have the strategies and formulas to write successful content for my own website and others.
Just do it! You won't be disappointed. Money well spent if you want to be copywriter.
I liked listening to the experiences of the AWC graduates who had success in publishing their writing. It made me realise writing is not out of my reach. Anyone can become a writer with the correct tools and applying themselves.
I liked that it was a 5-week course and that I could gain practical skills to help me boost my copywriting skills. I'm a SAHM with two small children doing some freelance copywriting on the side. But the fact that it's online and only requires a few hours' work a week made it easier than I thought! Sometimes courses claim to take only a few hours a week and then require much more, but not this one. This course provided enough of a challenge without going overboard so I never felt stressed as to how I would get everything done.
Bernadette is brilliant. I'm so glad I did this course.
I enjoyed everything! From the first lesson I gained practical tools to help enhance my writing skills. I also found the course very generous. The client brief document was very generous of you to provide. I didn't expect any specific resources like that, but that document will be a huge help to me.
It's definitely helped boost my confidence and I'm finding I'm writing jobs more quickly now.
Thanks so much, I loved this course!
I wanted to know more about blogging and this seemed like a good place to start. Plus I had already completed the 'Business Writing' course with AWC and I liked the format of that course.
Very easy to follow format, good examples and the videos were not too long.
As I am well into writing a novel, it reassured me that I seem to be getting a lot of it right but also provided tips for me to build upon. The information on when to bring in descriptions of characters and how much to describe is great.
Having enjoyed reading many (sooo many!) picture books to my young sons, I wanted to learn how to write my own, especially for them. The five-week course also fits well into my busy schedule.
Zanni was attentive and insightful. Her hints and tips were most appreciated (thanks Zanni!).
I'm determined to get published, and excited - not scared - about the journey ahead. Picture book writing allows you to embrace your weird, wild and wacky side!
Get started today!
There was so much useful and practical information available in this course combined with tips and personal experience.
The course gave me the tools to pursue this area but with some doubt that I had the skills, confidence and ability to get started. Listening to the audio interviews was gold. They made me realise we all start in roughly the same place, experiencing the same doubts and hesitation. It was fabulous to hear how they each "started" in Real Estate Copywriting and how they managed the pitfalls, highlights and strategies in their individual journey to a successful career.
The information was very informative and listening to the interviews I believe it is very possible that I could be a successful Real Estate Copywriter.
It is a great place to learn and experience new and interesting courses.
I've been considering early retirement for a number of years so I can focus on my new career as a writer. I've published one book and have two others in the making but felt like a fraud and stuck to my other job which does not involve much creativity. The name of the course just struck me as the right thing to do next.
It was encouraging to hear that it is possible to start my part-time journey as an author while having a full-time job. And the reassurance that I can be involved in writing across genres and don't have to stick to my field of specialty.
Reinvent Yourself has persuaded me to pursue the path I've been thinking hard about and to diversify after my first book. It has also compelled me to do a little bit every day and not wait for weekends only to be able to practice my writing craft. I can also enrol in and practice feature writing and submit pieces as a freelance writer to relevant places while I get there with my longer-term project.
I've done two courses with AWC and they gave me the confidence I needed to believe in myself. The insightful advice and feedback by accomplished writers was inspiring. I had a reality check that reassured me I could do this.
I have been lacking direction with my writing and in desperate need for professional feedback. I saw a post on Instagram and looked at the AWC website and found lots of valuable information. I often find it difficult to spend money on myself professionally (I am a freelance illustrator) but I always find that when I do it's really worth it. It generates a forward momentum that can't be powered alone.
Feedback was wonderful. It was so important to be given a useful critique and each iteration allowed me to improve my work draft by draft.
I have begun!! The page is no longer blank and I am inking my first graphic novel for the first time in the three years of thinking about it.
If you are wondering whether it's worth it stop wondering and just give it a go.
Thank you for providing such a useful resource and wonderful tutors. I am determined to get something published like never before.
I wanted to know more about writing for children and young adults. All the other courses I have done through the AWC have been really helpful and great.
The course was invaluable. I liked everything about it and I enjoyed connecting with other writers. Suzanne was fantastic. Really knowledgeable and sweet.
I will have to rework my manuscript but it's doable and I have a bit more direction now.
It was thorough, detailed, with step-by-step processes and examples given.
I loved that it was self-paced and I could work through it on my own. I loved how it made me think what I want my author platform to look like based on the examples. When I looked at other author websites, it made me examine what I liked and didn't like. Then it made me think what I'd want my platform to look like. I like that it encourages authors/illustrators to adopt the platforms that they like to use and build their author platform around that. I like that the course encourages people to start small. I do have an author platform, but am looking forward to overhauling it and making it effective based on what I heard in the course.
Do it! Loved the course!
I was attracted to this course because I completed Copywriting Essentials and I found it really helpful. Thankfully this one was too.
Bernadette is great. She puts everything in really simple terms and doesn't use too much jargon or superficial language. It's a nice change from what I'm used to.
I suppose it's really helped me with my self-confidence. I have a terrible case of imposter syndrome and this course has given me a real sense of reassurance that I can do well at copywriting if I try hard. That starting a business might be hard work but isn't rocket science.
It's a very handy course for people who feel a bit lost and aren't sure what to do next. I would also tell everyone out there not to be scared to try Copywriting. It's a bit frightening to try something new but when you do something different, you learn something new about yourself. Even if you don't end up doing Copywriting, at least you have something new in your skillset.
Thanks a lot Bernadette, this was a really great experience!! All the best for the future!!!!
I enjoyed finding the voice of a character and plotting in point form for the climax of a story. It gave me some new insights on how to proceed with other stories I have in mind.
Good feedback provided by Suzanne. She is always polite and respectful yet offers good insight and constructive advice. I learned more about my writing and how to improve it. I also learned from her discussion of my peers' posts.
I enjoyed Suzanne's feedback the most, along with my peers' comments. That feedback is crucial for developing as a writer. Having an established writer and tutor suggest improvements and point out strengths and what works is inspirational.
I enjoy the community aspect, which I can access whenever I have the time, day or night; right where I am, especially during this pandemic.
I was very happy with the quality of the feedback. I was not expecting so much detail, or every week. I also like that I could see what the other students had written and hear their feedback - I found this helped me to learn more.
I really enjoyed the fact that it was over 6 weeks, with weekly exercises and feedback. I had enrolled in a 12-month course before, but over time I slowed down and didn't complete it. By having weekly assignments it made me apply the learning straight away and get feedback so I could consolidate the learning and then build on it the following week. I also loved the weekly feedback; it felt like there were multiple opportunities to get feedback rather than just one at the end.
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us in such an open way. And thank you for taking the time to review my work and give me such open and honest feedback.
Wonderful courses that really have practical knowledge to help you succeed in the industry. Not just academic theory, but practical and relevant advice for entering the industry by industry experts.
As an avid writer looking to improve my abilities, a creative writing course targeted at people my age seemed like a great way to continue writing and learning the craft.
I found my online tutor very helpful. She was very welcoming and seemed genuinely interested in my story which was quite comforting. Additionally, her feedback was both positive and constructive.
I really enjoyed all the audio lessons as they contained a lot of valuable information. I think the fact that they can be downloaded and listened to multiple times is very helpful. The activities were also very useful in applying the learnt skills.
I now know a lot more about how to structure a scene and am able to form more realistic characters. Furthermore, each week being targeted to a specific writing skill allowed me to improve my writing abilities across all areas.
I saw the course in the newsletter and knew that I needed to do it as I've never had my own business before.
Bernadette was excellent. I love the personalised feedback and doing it through Loom was a nice touch. Everything was useful and practical and I feel ready to start my own copywriting business now (almost!)
I enjoyed the practical nature of the course and how easy it was to implement many of the tips shown in the course. Still lots to do but getting there.
I now have a clear pathway forward and know what I need to do. There is a lot still to do but I have new knowledge and know where to look for things I still need to figure out!
Do it! The courses are practical and you will learn loads. You'll get personalised feedback and can implement everything right away
Thank you :)
I felt that I needed to polish up on my Grammar and Punctuation... and, sadly I DID need to polish up!!!
Quite a lot of 'aha!' moments... I hadn't realised how bad my grammar etc was :)
It was easy to follow, comprehensive. I love that I can refer back to the course.
I am only at the beginning of my AWC journey, but so far so good.
Aside from my own growth as a writer (which is great - I feel much more confident), I loved seeing the way others in the course developed their craft and honed their ideas across the five weeks! Inspiring. Gave me lots of insight into how to improve my own work as well.
The course helped me to recognise that writing is truly a lifelong passion of mine. Completing the tasks and receiving feedback has fostered my confidence and sparked creativity for future projects. I am very glad I did this course.
Good value, well-balanced, detailed... do it!
I have read the Mapmaker series, and so I have a respect for that author. I also have a love of creative writing and hoped that she could help develop my skills. I love that this course offers personal feedback and that she was honest about my strengths and weaknesses.
I have grown in my understanding of developing characters and storylines and I know why my previous efforts at writing had failed. So, I think this course is valuable.
The tutor was very informative and used picture language which helped me to visualise.
I liked the feedback that A. L Tait gave on my assignments. I also loved completing the assignments which were challenging and motivating to complete because of the timeframe, and applying the skills that I learned in the course.
I have been longing to write for a living after completing my degree in 2019. This course was just what I was looking for, being able to do it at my own pace.
Bernadette was fantastic. So knowledgeable, interesting and really drew you in.
I enjoyed the content and the assignments. It was actually fun!
Within 4 weeks of finishing I have launched my own copywriting business and have earned $3,000 in the first month.
I thought Pamela Cook was great - her feedback was spot on, thoughtful, insightful, encouraging and constructive at all times
Working on a submittable piece every week was great - kept the creative mind ticking over and receiving feedback was invaluable.
I feel it has made me more committed to writing every day and committed to planning, plotting and writing a novel. Some of the positive feedback from Pamela gave me inner confidence and confirmed my own commitment to the creative process.
AWC has great short courses that are easily accessible and affordable. Great format to the course, the material/information is of a high quality and delivered by experienced authors. It gives you the scope to explore your own creativity in a creative space with other budding writers. Thank you AWC!
I just feel sad that it's over - but now I can choose another short course and keep up the momentum.
I was interested in learning the theory behind copywriting since I'm technically working as one, yet without the formal tools. There are plenty of copy online courses, but I chose this particular course for various reasons: AWC's prestige, Bernadette's and Valerie's credentials and the Centre's reviews.
Bernadette is pragmatic, straight-forward and you can tell she KNOWS what she is talking about. I really liked her teaching style and the attention she gave each one of the students in terms of feedback.
The most enjoyable were the assignments and feedbacks. The most useful were the formulas and practical tools provided.
I used to write copy "instinctively", which was good. But now I include theory and strategy to that, which I believe makes my copy more powerful.
It's short, it's easy going, you actually LEARN tools, is not just abstract ideas or opinions, and you can get an experienced teacher to guide and rate your work. Go for it.
Without exception, the submissions of every person in the class have improved immensely since we began. Our stories are so much clearer now (I suspect for the writer as much as for the reader).
I am in awe of Pamela's ability to identify the strengths and the weaknesses of any piece of writing with scalpel-sharp precision. Even better is her skill at finding solutions for the problems too.
I enjoyed the Zoom sessions together. Seeing the people behind the stories. I now have three writing friends that I'm still in regular touch with and we're looking forward to meeting for the first time at the ARW conference in August.
Very helpful and encouraging. I found it really eye opening.
I enjoyed seeing everyone's different writing style and seeing and learning about all the work that goes into creative writing works.
You should try out this creative writing course. It's very helpful and eye opening. It's fun and you get to learn and talk to an array of different people and encouraging tutors.
I had so much fun and cannot wait to start another course with the Australian Writers' Centre.
Angela was great - was encouraging as I am a new writer, and gave good, timely feedback.
I enjoyed the community that was built online, the mixture of resources, and the encouragement provided to give it a go.
I feel inspired to write more, and also to learn more about how it's done. Authors don't just pick up a pen and write a great story - everyone can do it but you have to work at it.
Great environment, and love how you fostered an online community.
I've been wanting to improve my writing and check essentially whether or not I was on the right track to finish my novel and embark on writing my series. A member of Writer's Victoria recommended the course to me and I signed up.
My tutor was really kind and keen on exploring different options with my story and looked at multiple ways in which I could express different ideas. She was also open to any depth I wished to add and I got the impression she was patient and excited to explore a multitude of ideas to help my writing.
I enjoyed the depth everything went into and how methodical it was. It allowed me to create checklists and general notes to essentially check the content and structure of my writing and ensure I stayed on the right track.
It basically told me that I'm on the right track and should just keep writing and be open to change. I found I was doing quite a lot of these things intrinsically, and if not all the time in my own writing, I could very clearly pick it out in others'. It gave me tools I needed to assess others' writing as well as finding meanings and making inferences and it gave me a lot of insight into possible motives and other analyses.
It was nice to know that I really did know a bit more than I thought but also that I was getting help and learning more about the bits I didn't know.
Try it. You will be surprised how much help it will be to you.
What attracted me to this course was my liking for creative writing and trying it out until I got stuck in my writing. I saw this course and thought that it could help me get unstuck in my writing.
The feedback that I got from my tutor was very good and helped me to move my writing skills to the next level.
I found the assignments the most enjoyable part of this course.
It has helped me to get back into my writing and fix up things in my writing that I hadn't even known were wrong. It has made my writing better and more entertaining.
Amazing - Kate is so knowledgeable and generous with sharing her expertise. I enjoyed the group dynamic, Kate's slides and handouts. The sessions were really interesting and engaging.
I have a better understanding about how to actually do a structural edit.
Natasha has put a lot of effort into making sure that every element of the pitching process is covered, and covered in detail.
I have used Natasha's template for a query letter a couple of times, modified for the situation. In one case, it led to a shortlisting for Penguin Random House's Write It Fellowship. With the letter I have developed through this course, I feel confident that I come across as professional while pitching the attributes of my writing and myself as a writer.
A big thank you to Natasha for her explanation of the three types of pitches - summary, strapline and the 'tell us more' overview. Without this I wouldn't have known where to start.
Natasha Lester's 'Pitch Your Novel' course not only walked me through the process of pitching my novel, but also provided insider knowledge that makes me feel so much more confident navigating the publishing industry.
Such clear instructions delivered with a pleasant manner. I will be able to organise my work in a much more accessible way.
If Scrivener interests you and you think it would help you organise your writing, resources and photos, this course will confirm that with practice, it will help you become more organised and able to keep track of all the threads of your stories.
Structure has always been the thing I've struggled with most in how to put a story together, so this course seemed heaven sent!
I feel much more comfortable with structure now, though a little scared about the multi-book story idea I have banging around my head. But I feel I now have the tools to successfully structure a story.
I enjoyed learning about the different types of structure and the multi-book structure as well as the art of working in sub-plots and their purpose.
I now feel like I can structure a novel, something I've been trying to do for ages!
Don't hesitate, sign up today and get writing. You won't regret it.
I learned the differences between a novel and a short story but found much of the course applies to novel writing as well. I was very happy with the many examples provided to explain the different points in the modules.
I've completed quite a few courses with the Australian Writers' Centre and have been more than happy with them.
Blogging is something I have had in my mind for a while and I wanted more information about it.
I enjoyed the real-life examples and guidance. I finished the course equipped to take the next step in blogging.
The tutor was supportive and helpful. I enjoyed the supportive nature and the detailed modules. Allowed me to think about more clearly as to what direction I want my writing to head towards.
Amazing course. Highly recommended.
While never specifically intending to write historical fiction, I fell into it firstly by writing plays about Australian aviation history which have been performed over the last eight years. An interest in European History 1930 to 1945 led me to writing short stories set in this era. I wanted more information on research methods as I might consider tackling a more substantial piece in the future.
The resources were exceptionally clear, and the lessons included helpful illustrative examples. The written material provided an excellent framework for developing characters and plots within a specific historical setting. Moreover, these frameworks could easily be applied to general fiction. The sections on pitfalls and research proved particularly useful.
I wasn't aware of the number of research resources available. It made me think I should get to know my State Library!
I've enjoyed the monthly challenge of Furious Fiction offered by AWC - always a spur to creativity, and especially valued during seemingly endless lockdowns. AWC offers a wide range of clear and informative courses suitable for writers at different stages of their journey. These focus on the CRAFT rather than the politics of writing.
Having completed a number of courses with AWC (serial workshopper here!) and then bringing my story idea to life through the Novel Writing Essentials course, Write your Novel was the next step in the process.
Reviewing the work of others and having your work reviewed by them is invaluable. Reading the tutor’s comments and feedback to others (in addition to your own specific feedback) adds to the learning.
Cathie is incredible. So knowledgeable, practical and her feedback is so well presented (and spot on!) Areas for development were provided in an honest and supportive manner and I loved the recommendations for wider reading.
I enjoyed the combination of learning from the audio content, workshopping and submission of chapters for feedback. Great online, group support.
I finished the draft of the novel I had been thinking about for so long. I navigated through plot and character changes to come to a point where I can now start my subsequent drafts focused on refining and improving through each of the drafts to follow.
Just keep writing. You can't write the start till you know the end so stop re-writing those first few chapters and keep going.
Do it. Give yourself a structure for pushing through and achieve what you've been wanting to do for so long.
The speaker was very engaging and generous with his thoughts and experience. I enjoyed learning invaluable tips from an expert profile writer.
Cathie provided excellent detailed feedback and guidance in how to draw more from a piece of writing.
I enjoyed watching my classmates' skills grow and really value their comments and feedback on my manuscript. I feel I have grown as a writer. I can now add more depth to my stories. I have also gained the confidence to share my writing with others.
Go for it. The courses are informative, provide useful and interesting lessons. The tutors are knowledgeable, give fair and valuable feedback and are supportive of your journey as a writer.
It made me think a lot more about the promotion of myself as an author but also the extra effort I could take to make sure I was organised and had a good knowledge base for what agents and publishers are looking for.
There are so many other steps you need to do to proceed once you have written your manuscript. I wouldn't have known this without this course.
Go for it - it was so helpful!
After completing Creative Writing Stage 1 and Writing Workout, I wanted to delve deeper into each of the elements of writing discussed.
I loved learning more about the intricacies of writing great dialogue and was pleasantly surprised by how detailed the course material is.
I loved doing the exercises as I created a few more scenes for my book!
I’m loving building on my writing skills and doing the Fiction Essentials courses (I’m assuming the others I’ve purchased are going to be as fabulous as the one on dialogue!) is a wonderful way of building that knowledge and confidence.
I’ve been telling all my friends about the courses I’m doing and how much I’m getting out of them. I tell anyone who’s even slightly interested in writing to check out your website!
Though I have written and published a picture book, I wanted to test my ideas out on others to see if I am on the right track. I have completed multiple courses with AWC and always find the content/takeaway notes extensive.
I found the feedback on everyone's story very valuable in how to self-assess my stories. I liked Suzanne's gentle way of pulling a story apart and by doing so giving us insight into what is needed and what to leave out of the text for a picture book.
I enjoyed the challenge and now know I can write a picture book each week if I put my mind to it.
Whatever stage of your writing journey the Australian Writers' Centre has a course for you.
I did the Novel Writing Essentials course with Cathie and Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth and my idea for a historical novel took shape. Once I had written 20,000 words, I enrolled in this course to complete my novel.
The comments and the reading material suggested by the tutor and collective wisdom of the reading group were extremely useful in shaping my novel.
I am grateful to Cathie as her gentle yet tough love edged me on to do my best and complete the first draft of my novel.
The comments by other participants, the tutor's comments on other drafts (in addition to my draft) and the list of reference books on writing fiction were good. The online audio sessions and course material were good as well.
I liked the pace of the twelve-month course as it gave me time to absorb and apply the principles I learnt through the lessons. This allowed me to do my homework and be prepared with my submissions.
The AWC offers a huge range of courses on writing. I love their courses on writing fiction. If you follow the lessons and listen to all the advice you get from the experts, you will achieve your goal to complete your first draft of your novel.
Thanks to everyone at AWC - the course creators, the course deliverers, the experts, the tutor and the participants. Loved every day of the course.
I've always loved creative writing and wanted to start taking it seriously. The course was so much fun and was lots of help!
Pamela was very friendly and gave great feedback that I'm using to improve my writing as a whole.
The best part had to be the characterisation section where we went through the PDF worksheet for our characters and really worked on fleshing them out - I learned a lot from there.
It has helped me to structure my writing better and give life to my words on the page. I have been taught how to flesh out ideas and build them into narration, dialogue and more. The course has also inspired me to write more often and now I can clearly see the positive difference it is making in the quality of writing I produce.
I would say it's a great tool to use for improving your writing and also a great and friendly community of writers and courses of all types.
Thanks for the great experience!
The tutor was amazing. I particularly liked the audio feedback.
I enjoyed the hands-on writing and the expectation for us to write stories for several of our assignments.
A wonderful, practical course with a talented teacher.
Natasha's expertise and sharing of her own journey to getting published and breaking down the steps into bite-size chunks was excellent (even the spreadsheets!)
I enjoyed the step-by-step actions to work through.
It provided the motivation for me to rewrite my pitch and synopsis several times already over the course. It was an encouraging reminder that we writers are in it for the long haul and not to give up when/if facing rejection.
You only get one chance -make sure your manuscript IS ready to pitch!
AWC creative writing courses are the best. Sign up - what are you waiting for?
Suzanne was great at giving constructive feedback. It was always clear what she was expecting of your writing.
I enjoyed the assessments and listening to the lessons in my own time.
I think now I would really like to put more time into my writing, and try to formalise it rather than it just be a hobby.
I would say it is an excellent course if you are wanting to develop your writing skills and learn more about the industry.
The course was great fun and has challenged the way I think about writing. It covered a lot of ground and yet made the thing approachable and, more importantly, POSSIBLE!
The course is based in solid practical advice from people skilled in the craft. The exercises are meaningful and useful. And its bloody good fun!
Thank you so much for the stimulus materials that you put into this course. I feel that I am a different person, more creative and confident of my identity as a writer.
In the transition to my new identity as a retired teacher, I have tried different activities. While I go to a U3A writing group, I have not felt confident in the development of my writing skills. This course has taught me that it is okay to be creative for the rest of my life.
Do the course; it is so stimulating and stretching. It opens your mind to other worlds and confirms that you can make a valuable contribution to the world of words.
I'd always been interested in writing children's books, but the motivation to complete the Writing Picture Books course serendipitously appeared at the start of this year. Being a former journalist and currently a freelance copywriter, I was approached by a local school that works with children who have Autism to write a picture book on their behalf. The book will be used to help neurotypical children better understand Autism and sold for fundraising purposes.
Suzanne's feedback was well-considered, tactfully delivered and I found her to be highly knowledgeable on the course subjects. As an aside, her tone of voice was delightful to listen to, which I'm sure isn't a prerequisite to being a tutor, but appreciated all the same!
I really enjoyed the assignments! If I didn't have any other responsibilities, I'd have spent many more hours a week on each of them, just editing and playing. The requirement to 'find the best word here', and 'shorten this sentence there', etc, was so much fun! (Though I'm guessing only a fellow writer would understand this comment :-))
I'm in the process of pitching a memoir/self-help novel about pregnancy. The manuscript took me 7 years to finish (including 5 beta readers, 2 assessments, 3 medical checks, all the legal permissions, copy and line editing), and while I can't see myself writing another novel I definitely want to continue writing creatively (i.e. not just for the corporate world as with copywriting).
Now that I understand what's involved in writing a children's picture book and how much I enjoyed the process, I can see myself with a potentially ready-made 'audience' for my future picture books, given I'm planning to publish a book for a bunch of pregnant women! (I think it will be about timing the publications correctly and keeping in touch with my readers.)
It would be a dream come true for me to publish a children's picture book, and this will happen with my book about Autism, but I'd love to continue writing children's picture books for myself and hopefully get a traditional publishing deal.
My 'aha' moment was when I understood great picture books are about subtlety...I had heard the saying 'show don't tell' many times before, but this course gave me a far better understanding of the phrase than I had previously.
This is a fantastic course to do if you're interested in learning how to write a children's picture book.
Cathie was brilliant. She has helped and is helping me create the book I've always wanted.
I enjoyed the feedback and growing from that. And watching my fellow writers grow.
Cathie Tasker is phenomenal.
On New Year’s Day, I was wasting time on Twitter when I came across a tweet from AWC that offered a discounted price on the Reinvent Yourself course. I decided to give it a try, and absolutely loved it. So, I read up on the courses offered by the AWC, and enrolled in Creative Writing Stage 1.
The course material was a revelation, and our tutor was fabulous. I was so impressed. Angela was excellent. She is clearly an accomplished author, and her feedback was always insightful and helpful.
I felt accepted, and not in the least intimidated. And the lectures were fun!
I am so motivated to keep writing. This is such an alien feeling to me as by the time I left my last job, I used to joke to colleagues that I hated writing, and that I never wanted to do it again. The course has reminded me how fulfilling, and how much fun, writing can be!
Reading Handout 1.1. opened my eyes to the amazing potential there is as a creative writer. It sounds silly, but I realised that no one else dictates the edges of the people and worlds I create - just me. There is so much freedom in that.
If you want to experience the freedom creative writing offers you, but haven't got a clear idea about where to start or how to go about it, I strongly recommend you enrol in one of the AWC courses. You'll be supported and encouraged at every stage, and you will be provided with some excellent materials.
I just wanted to say thank you. It has been a real joy to access a new week's worth of materials every Monday.
The insights gained from feedback and workshopping has taken my work to another level, and was an excellent way of learning to identify some things I missed, and what to watch out for in the future; what worked and what didn't.
I learnt a lot of additional titbits - introducing characters in a way that readers will remember them, developing anchors for them.
Obtaining the courage to develop my own writing style, although I am a newbie, and not one based on any perceived standards or expectations.
The program of learning, writing, feedback and workshopping is spot on. Never underestimate the immense value of workshopping and feedback. This form of obtaining beta readers is far superior to tapping into your own networks in many ways.
Cathie was awesome. Always constructive and supportive.
There were many aha moments. In particular, I found the handouts very helpful, especially the descriptions of filter and filler words, tense, show not tell and concrete words. I stuck them on my wall and referred to them often.
You are the only one who can write your novel, but if you want to write it better enrol in the Write Your Novel course. The advice and support of your tutor and other aspiring writers is invaluable.
I was looking for informed advice on what to consider when tossing up whether to take a dive into the world of writing and editing. Valerie explained the different types of writing in a way a novice like me could easily digest. This has made it easier for me to consider which avenue I wish to explore.
From this course, I've narrowed down what interests me. Though this may change over time, the course explained that giving something a go, only to find out it isn't what you want, is not a waste of time.
The course format suited me perfectly. I could read/listen whenever I made time.
I'll be exploring the areas of writing that appeal to me to see which one really floats my boat.
I'm already recommending AWC :-) The flexibility, range and presentation of courses is appealing to all levels of experience.
I wanted a basic level course where I didn't feel like I had to produce any works - I just wanted to listen and absorb before I committed to an interactive course. I actually didn't know what to expect but I loved it.
I enjoyed the true-life stories of how people became writers. So inspiring! So many people who believed they couldn't write suddenly found that they actually could. Perhaps I can too. I learnt to believe in myself.
It inspired me to enrol in the Creative Writing Stage 1 course. I've been thinking about it for 12 months but kept putting it on the back burner. I've done it and start in a few days!!!!!!
Even if you're not ready to do a course, listen to the podcasts - they will give you the inspiration to look further into the Australian Writers' Centre and what they have to offer.
Stephen gave excellent feedback, including oral and written which broadened it out. He gave considered comments and often did extra research in an area if he needed to (e.g. historical facts). He was always very encouraging but not afraid to say something major if needed. If he was held up with his feedback, he made it known that was the case.
I've learnt a number of things which will improve my writing, such as fleshing out characters more, for example. The feedback from all participants was invaluable, enjoyable and a positive experience. I respect their opinions because I know that their own writing is of a high standard, so the feedback is well-grounded.
It's a great organisation, which caters particularly to Australian writers but not excluding others. The course was of a high standard, and they add extra interest by having webinars/zoom sessions, fun competitions and extra blogs/emails to help keep your motivation up.
Learning all the tips, hints and so on of how to bring a character's POV to life was a lot more involved than I had imagined and I loved getting into the nitty gritty of how to do it properly.
One thing that has stuck with me is the comment which came up several times about how there is no real right or wrong way, but what is right for you and the book you are writing in regards to first person, third person limited or omniscient.
Just do it. It really will pay off in the long run. No matter how much you think you know, if you want to do well you will make the effort to learn more.
The structure is well designed for learning and the feedback is relevant to the stage of writing. Very informative and supported.
The tutor was very straight forward, good and constructive feedback with suggestions.
I enjoyed reading other stories as well as feedback.
It provided structure and encouragement to hit the target, without too much pressure. Tailored for the needs of writers who need the scaffolding to build their stories.
Practical, useful and engaging. Get going.
Thank you - this course was outstanding! The resources are fantastic.
I enjoyed the step-by-step way to build the author platform and why it's essential, the excellent tips throughout, the many practical examples from other authors, the impetus to start something really challenging without it feeling overwhelming.
This course is exactly what I need to get me started with my online presence as an author, overwhelming as the prospect seems at times, since I have really not engaged with social media to this point other than through LinkedIn and closed Facebook groups. Thanks to this course I now have a clear idea of where and how to begin and have already started thinking about my website, opening a Twitter account and started writing blog posts.
AWC's Build your Author Platform is an outstanding course which I cannot recommend highly enough. AWC courses are excellent, comprehensive, presented by experts, and the community and wealth of resources is wonderful. AWC is invaluable for anyone who writes!
I'm a teacher for dyslexic children. The early chapter book is where these kids are desperate to reach. My stories have to appeal to a wide age range of beginning readers.
It's not until you take a course such as this that you realise how little you know about a winning book structure.
I always thought I was a good writer and could dash off a couple of PBs to feed my ego and show off to any grandkids. I now know what I didn't before. Writing for kids is not an easy task but I find it engrossing, a challenge that I have dived deeply into. It all started with Lesley's course. I may never be published but it has been the most rewarding hobby, or should I say vocation.
Just do it. Stop wallowing about in your own pond. Get up and breathe in the amazing advice from experts.
Thank you Lesley. Thank you AWC.
I wanted to learn the basics of creative writing but I needed a course I could do in my own time from home. This course was perfect for that. It was very informative and straight to the point. The information recordings were great and I really learnt a lot in this five weeks.
This course has helped improve my writing immensely in such a short time. It has also given me the confidence to continue writing and doubt myself a little less. This course also helped me to decide on one of my book ideas and commit to just finishing it!
I would highly recommend the AWC to anyone who wants to improve on their writing skills. Whether you want to become a published author or just write for your own pleasure you will learn invaluable lessons through these courses.
Thank you for creating a straightforward, easy to understand course. I really thoroughly enjoyed it and I will certainly be signing up for more in the near future.
I loved Bernadette's teaching style which is practical but provides you great strategic advice and is very insightful. Her feedback was constructive and precise. She said exactly what worked ("this is gold because...") and what needs more work ("interesting...")
I'm more confident with my writing. This course was challenging at times but it never felt like I can't do it or felt dull!
It's an all-inclusive copywriting course that is well worth the money. I'll enrol on the SEO course next.
I'm looking to develop my writing skills. I've only ever done reflective journaling and I don't know any of the basics of creative writing.
I think the tutor provided me with very useful feedback, even when I cringed extra hard. But I guess that's what you need when you're wanting to develop a skill - someone to show you the way and ask you to think about how to do things better.
I enjoyed the lessons - very informative and easy to listen to.
I've realised how much I need to really learn, but I'm excited to review what I've learned with this course and am keen to take a few others.
I wanted to start writing again but knew I needed some help and structure. It's been great fun; a bit nerve racking but so worth it.
The tutor was pretty straight talking, which I appreciated. There was no point in mincing words. I learnt loads from her and feel in a much better position to continue the book I have been trying to write for years.
I feel more confident but I also realise I still have loads to learn, but the modules have given me enough to go on with the writing I want to do. My husband said I seem happier.
If you think you want to start writing, this intro course will help you try it out through dipping your toes into core concepts.
Bernadette was extremely knowledgeable and gave great feedback.
I enjoyed learning more tips and tricks that are beneficial to my day job - and more!
I've learned how to be more intentional and considered in my writing. I'm not sure if there was just one "aha" moment - but being more aware of the words I use is one of my favourite results.
The Australian Writers' Centre courses are extremely helpful for my development as a professional writer - both in my career and in my own creative practice.
I wanted to dedicate myself to my dream of writing a novel, and I thought this course would be a great first step. I desperately needed the structure and accountability to get to work! My only concern was not being able to keep up with the writing schedule.
I found the lessons very interesting and applicable. I have never written such long-form fiction before and so the advice and direction of each of the recordings offered a great foundation for my writing. I have taken several writing courses in the past, and still learnt so much! I also liked the interaction with my fellow coursemates!
This course has started me on my lifelong dream of writing a novel! The advice, techniques and skills I have gained will be instrumental for me on my writing journey.
Great introductory course that has given me the confidence to set up my own blog.
I enjoyed the easy laidback way the course was delivered. No fuss, simple and easy to understand. Thank you!
I have done several courses with the Australian Writers' Centre and I have never been disappointed! Each course I have completed has broadened my writing immensely! If you are thinking about doing a course, if you love to write, and are looking for some tips or skills to improve your writing, AWC is the place to go!
The format of audio feedback was great. It makes it feel so much more personal than reading written comments. I also learnt a lot from listening to the feedback for other students' writing (and reading their writing).
Pamela gives really practical feedback that allows the students to improve. I felt I made huge strides in the course and could also see my fellow students doing the same. Pamela also has a lovely encouraging style that makes you keep going and trying.
It challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and to try new things.
I just want to keep writing and learning more. Thank you!
It's great fun, you'll learn a lot and you'll improve dramatically.
I genuinely appreciated all the feedback from Alex (our online tutor) and got a lot out of listening to everyone's feedback.
I enjoyed going deeper into publications and topics that I wanted to explore further. I also liked having the pair assignment where we interviewed each other. It was good fun, but also very educational at the same time.
I am now more confident in pursuing my writing further.
The AWC courses are well-structured and likewise, the tutor's feedback is so invaluable! It gave me accountability for developing my own writing practice through the weekly assignments.
I am excited to do another course!
I enjoyed all the resources! Plus studying at my own pace and being able to download everything for future use.
This particular course has really helped me to figure out the journey of my story.
Every course I have completed has really impacted where I go as a writer. I am a fledgling storyteller and I often lack the confidence to get my work out there or in fact to sit down and write anything! Slowly but surely, your courses are teasing out my writing interests.
I read through the outline and loved just about everything in it, especially world building and structuring trilogies/multiple books set in the same world with multiple protagonists.
I had so much fun and learnt so much in every class. It's really changed the approach I will take to my writing moving forward.
Pamela was a wonderful tutor. I found the way she taught really engaging. I learnt so much about writing in the last few weeks. She answered all questions really precisely and she was the first tutor to explain techniques someone with aphantasia can use when doing scenes.
I liked that all the assignments forced me to really think about the world and story I was working on in a safe learning environment. My favourite was map-making as it forced me to think about things like water sources.
It forced me to really think about every element of the world from the people, to the history to the soil. The advice, tips and resources given will help my writing for years to come.
I highly recommend it! It is a wonderful way to learn about writing and your relationship with it.
I loved the whole course and I'm very glad I took it.
I really appreciated the way the course is designed. It's clear from the content that you value people's time - there was nothing superfluous, yet there was so much detail included. I thought it might have been a bit 'general' but the insight given was impressive.
Great feedback. I learned a lot from not just my own feedback but by listening to others' too.
I enjoyed the modules themselves and the feedback. Being able to listen to them as audio files was most helpful.
I know so much more than when I began. I read a quote from a graduate saying, 'Don't submit anything before doing this course.' How right they were.
Lesley's presentation style was clear and easy to follow. The topics covered were comprehensive and informative. The exercises broadened my perspective on writing and publishing.
It has encouraged me to get back into writing. It is the place within me that I feel connected to the most.
The area of major learning for me was the themes that are usually covered when writing for 6 - 9 year olds. Most relate to their own world, including family, friends and school. But an exercise we did showed that the theme can be about anything - it just depends on how you present it.
The AWC has a wide and helpful range of courses for people interested in all areas of writing. There is something for everyone.
Thank you, Lesley, for sharing your knowledge and for your guidance.
While doing the Novel Writing Essentials course, other students recommended Scrivener. I had never heard about it before. I was curious, but was frightened it would take too long to learn. Fortunately I was told about this course on the AWC site and thought it would be worthwhile to at least investigate it.
I would really recommend you mention this course to everyone who enrols in Novel Writing Essentials. I wish I had known about it earlier! The course is presented so well. Thank you!
I enjoyed the hands-on approach. I am glad I can go back to it over 12 months as well, as I am sure I will forget things. Hopefully after using it for 12 months I will become competent.
As my novel got larger, Word was so cumbersome! I love the way everything in Scrivener is at my fingertips. Even my research! I am now finding it easier to write!
Do the Scrivener course before starting any large piece of writing. For a two hours commitment it will save many, many hours when you start your novel! The course is written so well, even people frightened of learning new software will find it so easy!
I wanted to give writing fiction a go, I hadn't done any fiction writing since being in school but always found it fun so thought I'd give it a try.
I was nervous before starting as I had never done anything like this before and I wasn't sure how it would work. Also having to post in front of other people was very nerve-racking, as you are vulnerable to other people seeing your work (as opposed to just the tutor alone). I quickly got past this however and found that it was great to see other people's work and get feedback. You learn from others as well as your own work from the tutor's feedback.
The feedback provided is useful and although it can be tough taking on board constructive criticism, I've found that Pamela explains the reasons why and it does make sense. I'm trying to look at things more objectively and hearing the positive feedback is also really encouraging and exciting! It makes you want to write more.
I enjoyed getting to follow the creative flow and see where the story goes! I feel like in school, storytelling is a small part of learning English but that's the part I most enjoyed, so to be able to refresh that again as an adult has been really exciting.
This course has made me rethink writing and what it means. I didn't realise there was so much to it, there's so much detail and whilst that scares me a little, I feel like this is a valid field to work in. The course has inspired me to keep on writing and that it is OK to write fiction and follow your imagination (I was told off in school for daydreaming too much). That is exciting!
I think for me, it was just learning throughout this course that it is OK and acceptable to be able to write fiction, to make stuff up, to go with it and this is actually 'a thing' you can do!
It has been a great learning experience. I have enjoyed letting my imagination flow and getting words onto paper. It's been great exploring writing fiction and seeing the characters and scenes come alive.
AWC's MOJO month has been a great investment, thank you FF team! They have covered every imaginable topic for a writer to feel inspired, educated and empowered in improving their writing skills. Each day provided a further insight into what makes the construct of a story powerful. I would recommend this course to anyone who has any self-doubt about their ability. A very uplifting and rewarding pathway to improvement.
The final Module on Setting was FANTASTIC and a huge help to me. It will be one of my most revisited aspects of the course and was really inspiring in terms of helping me visualise the elements of my story I'd been wanting to convey. It totally hit the spot, and I'll be telling my writing buddies about this course.
I enjoyed Valerie's voice - ha ha! I'm so used to hearing her now that I feel very relaxed about being educated by her (no matter who's behind the material). I'm used to the way she speaks and it makes me slide into the info. I also find the handouts enjoyable because they are thorough, and that makes me relax because I don't have to panic about getting the words down as they are spoken. My brain has time to process all that's being said.
I feel like I've had a breakthrough in understanding scenes and settings, and that is GOLD. I've been writing a long time and some of it is organic for me, but other parts feel like corrupted files in my brain. It's helped iron out the data by using a great input method. Settings has been a strength and a weakness, and this has truly helped iron that out in a positive way. Also, to be reminded to 'enjoy the process of writing' and not to 'rush the setting to get to the story' - words I needed to hear. I work full time and it's important to be patient sometimes. With great ideas comes great responsibility ;)
I've already been recommending AWC, and have advised they simply check out the options on the website to see which course would suit them best. If we're honest, we often know our own weak points, but there's enough 'links' mentioned in each course and references to the other courses on offer that it's impossible to do just one.
Go get your eyes on the site and check it out, have a trawl and consider all the options. It really explains itself perfectly. I reckon it just keeps getting better.
LOVE all the wonderful modules, tips, online TED Talks, links, exercises, etc. If I keep practising all that I've learned, there should be enough fodder for me to write LOADS.
I enjoyed EVERYTHING!!!!!! I love all the tips and links on offer too. So clever, informative and fun.
I will try and use everything I've learned more and more. I've kept notes (loads of them) and will put them in a folder so that I can peruse and look at them when I'm feeling 'meh' to get encouraged again and again to keep at it.
Pamela was personable. She has great advice for the novice writer. Her feedback was honest and aimed at helping the students.
I enjoyed being in a Zoom class. I liked the chance to interact with fellow class mates. I like the informal nature of the course. Pamela let the conversation take a natural course. You were learning and enjoying it.
It provided me with a validation of the genre I want to write in. In other courses I keep getting the 'I don't read this genre' comments. These participants don't only read it, they write it too.
Just do it! If you think you want to write fantasy, science fiction then this is the course for you. This is where you will find your tribe!
It has been so refreshing, learning to think about writing in a mindful way. I learnt to be a better spy, listening to conversations, people watching (body language and interacting with one another), snapping photos of colour and ideas for stories. That was the amazing thing, there is a story in all of us, and all around us.
We all have stories to tell. Observe everything and be open to new experiences, you never know when that story idea will hit.
An inspiring and uplifting course, full of challenges and fun things to do.
It has given me insight into the art of writing and creativity - to keep doing it for the love, enjoyment and exploration of myself. Anything is possible and it may be a rollercoaster at times but just keep going.
Being in retirement and having been a teacher for many years, I wanted something that would challenge me and writing was a natural extension of my work as a teacher.
I felt somewhat nervous about others in the course reading my attempts, but in the end, I felt it was helpful and something I had better get used to if I wanted others to read my published work. It was good to see how others tackled the assignments and the feedback given by Alex on others' (and my) work was extremely helpful to me and reinforced and clarified salient points raised in the audio lessons. It was also helpful to have a chat section where questions could be raised and responses provided both by Alex and other participants.
I thought Alex was very good and supportive of everyone doing the course. It was very encouraging to receive honest and helpful feedback from someone like Alex with real-world editorial experience.
It was interesting writing the profile and conducting an interview--very good practice! It was good to meet another participant on a more in-depth level.
It has given me the tools and courage to take the next step of pitching to an editor.
If I had known how much content was covered, how interesting it would all be, and that I would start every day with a smile, I would have done it sooner.
Since starting this course, I have written most 4000 words! It was exactly the kick I needed, and although I'm still yet to go back and review a lot of the material, I've now started a habit of writing every day.
When I first started this course, I felt unfilled and like I wasn't reaching my full potential but had no idea where to start. This course gave me the exact boost I needed. Not only is it full of inspiring content, but you can also read other's comments for inspiration. Now I'm writing daily, thinking about how to improve my descriptions, and have a new daily routine that works for me, all thanks to MOJO and AWC. The content in this course is beneficial for everybody, not just writers!
As I went through the course, I could easily see how Scrivener can be used for both fiction and non-fiction. So very happy with that.
The instructions were easy to follow, and Nastasha's voice was easy to listen to. Enough information to get started without getting confused.
I can now get all my notes out of Word and Evernote and into Scrivener. No excuses for procrastination!
Just get writing!
Bernadette is excellent. I previously did the Copywriting Essentials course and loved her manner.
It has inspired me to explore the possibility of offering SEO services as part of my VA business.
Natasha was clear, methodical in her teaching and didn't go too fast. I was able to follow her instructions and able to take notes at the same time.
I can see it is going to short cut my 'faffing about' time. It provides me more structure and I think makes the whole process easier and more efficient. I am chomping at the bit to get started (or actually restarted LOL).
If you're trying to learn Scrivener on your own, you'll never get out of the product as much or as quickly than via this tutorial. Before I did this tutorial it was like using a Thermomix to only heat up water. With this tutorial you'll be baking three course meals in a fraction of the time.
This course was so much fun! Thank you. I loved all the little inspirational bits, the online talks and links to interesting information, the writing tasks and the kindness of the course.
It has given me a lot of ideas about how to generate story ideas, but also generally it has reminded me to use my time wisely and really do what I enjoy doing.
I think the 'Identity makeover' exercise was my major 'aha!' moment. It was great to realise that I need to decide to be what I want to be rather than just striving towards it.
The AWC courses are inspiring, full of excellent material and fun. They have helped me to find out what is important to me and given me the self-confidence to write.
I needed to learn how to self-edit. I love the writing, and had completed your course on this in different genres, but was totally clueless as to the editing process.
This was so thorough. I have to admit, it was very overwhelming at the start as there were so many steps and hours of editing changes that needed completing. It has taken some time to get my head around just how much work is involved in editing.
I enjoyed the examples, the handouts, the specificity of the content. It was so helpful.
I had no idea of the detail and steps involved in editing. This is an entirely different process to the actual crafting and writing of the manuscript.
I learnt so many things that I did not know. The course was extremely worthwhile, very thorough editing process, takes hours (not just to do the course, but to do the editing on the manuscript) and you will have a much better manuscript once completed, along with a greater likelihood of publication.
I feel ready to try freelance writing as a side hustle, with a view to going full time one day. I have found something I feel passionate about again and this course has given me the confidence to pursue writing and that I have the skills to do this.
Definitely sign up - the information you will learn is invaluable for such a reasonable price
Thank you - after a hellish year in lockdown in Melbourne (and back in it as I write!) I had become used to living in survival mode. This course has revitalised me, given me a purpose and I now have something other than my day job or kids to focus on - something just for me that I know I can be successful at.
I really like Bernadette's teaching & feedback style - it is super helpful, insightful and relatable. Thanks Bernadette, I really appreciated everything!
It was easy to follow and I looked forward to listening to the new lessons each week. They were engaging and relevant - thankyou!
It will help me on my freelance journey - it's given me confidence to go ahead and offer SEO services to my future clients!
AWC courses are relevant, easy to follow and a great insight to how someone can improve their existing skills, or learn new ones!
To a certain extent, I've felt like I've had a virtual mentor over the past 5 weeks. Someone to kindly advise and gently push me on.
Bernadette delivered the lessons with humour, clarity and words of encouragement. Her feedback was far more detailed and personalised than I anticipated, which meant that I really valued (and looked forward to) hearing it.
I enjoyed being forced out of my comfort zone in having to deliver homework on time each week and to also more closely examine how I write each day.
It's strangely encouraged me to do more creative writing and to be a bit kinder to myself about my decision to go down the path of copywriting. Suddenly I'm receiving more cold enquiries from agencies and recruitment consultants about potential roles or work. Even if they don't eventuate, they're a welcome boost to my confidence!
It was exciting to wake up every morning and have a challenge for the day. I liked the self-development, the opportunity to change bad habits, to read other people’s stories and to hear of their journeys.
It’s given me tools to reset and view my life and my view of the world. I now send my grandchildren a little inspirational saying each Wednesday to help them navigate the world. I have made a journal for the eight of them with sayings in. The list on day 31 will be on the last two pages. It will my legacy to them when I go to greener pastures.
Just do it. It will open your eyes to the world around you.
I want to write my own picture book but was not sure where to start. My only concern was that I wouldn't learn what I thought I needed to but I am really glad I enrolled. I have learned so much about writing picture books, but also the publishing process which I hadn't even considered so I am happy that I have this in my mind now too.
My online tutor provided relevant feedback and really helped me fine-tune the story I have been working on. She was honest and critical.
I enjoyed being able to finally begin writing the story I have had in my head for years now.
It was very insightful, simple to follow along and allowed good time to complete each module.
I completed the writing picture books course. I enjoyed the process and wanted to know as much as possible before I submitted my manuscript. I was nervous and wondered if I would be able to produce a story of good enough quality to feel comfortable submitting it.
The tutor was fantastic! I feel really comfortable submitting my work to Cathy. I know my manuscript is in good hands and that any advice she can offer is invaluable.
Overall I enjoyed the quality of information and how easy it is to follow.
The creative juices are flowing!
A very professional online course. So great to be able to stop and start when your busy life allows you to. Seriously just give it a go you might surprise yourself.
I was pleased by the topics covered and the clear way the information was delivered. I feel I now have a clear understanding of copywriting fundamentals.
I thought the tutor was clearly very knowledgeable and experienced. She broke down key concepts in a way that was easy to follow and gave great practical advice. I appreciated her positivity and enthusiasm for the topic and her constructive criticism and obvious support.
I enjoyed the assignments and having the opportunity to put learning into practice. I especially enjoyed the final assignment where we got to pull everything we had learnt together. Each of the modules were obviously very useful, but I also think the final one and the examples that were used was my favourite.
I have a full-time job in another profession, but I now feel more confident doing copywriting myself in me role or giving feedback to copywriters. I am also considering taking up some freelance copywriting now, as long as I can make the time for it.
I've really enjoyed the last 5 weeks, I've picked up some very useful new skills and have already started using them. Thanks, Bernadette!
The delivery was perfect; not too much information being thrown at you and plenty of opportunity to develop my own stories. Also loved all of the reference texts; I've discovered some new faves.
Writing for kids is harder than you think!
It has helped me with finding my writing interest and voice.
If you are interested in writing, head here first as the offering of courses is amazing :)
I wanted to achieve some creative development and I wanted some help with understanding what the industry was looking for.
It's a must if you are serious about writing a quality picture book. You will be inspired and the creative juices will flow.
A huge thanks!
I needed the push to get on with my writing and after completing Novel Writing Essentials just previously I was feeling super inspired.
I learned things I didn't know I needed to learn which was amazing. I am still processing everything, to be honest. I was interested in the craft of writing and this course definitely helped.
Pamela is lovely. Her feedback was accurate and very helpful.
I enjoyed everything I have learned about myself as a writer and about the craft of writing. Also the feedback from other students was fantastic.
I've learned that I need to write myself into the story more. I have a lot to ponder and am excited about it. I am proud of myself that I have completed a draft!! Imperfect, yes but I have done it!!
I would definitely recommend AWC. You will learn SO much, just do it!!
Thank you!! I think you are doing a GREAT job!
So much of the content in this course brought together what I'd learnt in the Copywriting Essentials course. I pulled out and used many of the handouts from the Essentials course to write for the SEO course (although most were provided again anyway). This was a great way to nail-in the techniques, get more practise and learn how they apply to SEO.
Bernadette is simply fabulous. Her feedback on each assignment is detailed and customised to each student in the course. I also got a lot out of hearing her comments on the assignments of my peers - what works and what can be enhanced.
I enjoyed the assignments. They really kicked my brain into gear. Each time I handed them in, I felt a sense of achievement and like I'd really learnt something.
I now know that I can do this, that my work is as good as my peers. I just need to start.
Australian Writers' Centre courses teach skills that you can really use. They are low on academia and high on practical tips and templates you can use straight away.
I love crime fiction and just wanted to gain an insight into how successful writers structure and pace their stories.
I liked the variety of resources and the wormholes they sent me down. There really is a wealth of information out there!
Just realising that you don't have to reinvent the wheel every time you put pen to paper. Inspiration can be found in any of a million places. Even the most mundane little snippet can become the foundation for something really unique and new.
Give it a go!
Pamela was spot on, all the time. Not afraid to put in the punches early, saving a lot of time. How she could have such a good grasp of sixteen novels, given only snippets and a synopsis, was remarkable.
Enjoyable? The anticipation of the daily postings on the website, particularly at the Water Cooler. Satisfying? Seeing everyone's writing improve quickly with practice and direction.
First time writing "full time" and having the product reviewed. Reversed some preconceptions on what good writing is, confirmed some areas of concern in my own writing.
Loved it. Will miss it.
It is thorough, informative and positive in approach, with easy, clear voices to listen to.
I wanted to get a jumpstart in understanding writing fiction in the hopes of trying my hand at writing a novel.
I enjoyed thinking up fictional scenes and characters and actually sitting down to write about them. I didn't know if I could do it!
By explaining the tools that make up great stories--setting, scenes, characters, dialog--the course gave me the confidence to write fiction. Now I don't want to stop.
It's a practical, honest way to encourage you to write and it's broken down into chunks that make it feel completely doable.
I loved it!
Bernadette was fantastic! She has so much knowledge, she was great to listen too. I also thought she touched on each module perfectly - it was like any questions you might have had, she already knew and they were answered.
I enjoyed all of it but I love the assignments!!
I knew nothing about copywriting 5 weeks ago and now I feel I could really use the skills I learnt and put myself out there to get some paid work.
Do it, the courses are all fantastic, worth every penny.
I really enjoyed Bernadette's warmth, humour and incredible facility for giving cogent feedback while remaining supportive. Something else I liked: she is very even-handed, giving each student equal attention and enthusiasm.
I enjoyed being given a new approach to writing; I really enjoyed the strategic thinking that's involved in copywriting.
This course lets you into trade secrets, helps you write more efficiently and helps you think more strategically – all while playing with words. Bernadette’s feedback is incisive and encouraging. If you want to give your content writing an edge, or you’re thinking of striking out as a freelance copywriter, I highly recommend this thorough and engaging overview.
I had seen some reviews online by past students, and I was attracted by their experiences through this course, having then published a book afterwards, which would be an absolute dream for me.
I had hesitations about whether I would have enough time to do the assignments and also complete the lessons, but I found it really easy to listen to the audio lessons when it suited me, and I found the assignments pleasantly challenging. Stephen's feedback was excellent and he really understood very well what needed to be improved and gave great ideas about the direction of each story.
Thank you so much for this fantastic course. I am so glad I found you!
I am a new author and have been looking for a course to help me be a more confident author of children's books. Now I feel like I have some extra insight into what stories appeal to children, the voice and perspective to use, and extra insights into how a story structure works in general.
Stephen Hart was an excellent tutor, with thoughtful feedback and a great insight into what we needed to improve, but also encouraging in his direction of where the story needs to go next.
The most enjoyable part of the course was the assignments, because that's where I was most challenged and also got to do what I love which is creating stories. Getting feedback was also a great bonus.
I feel more confident as a writer, and will definitely consider studying further a course in writing picture books in the future.
I think it's a really important step in gaining confidence as a writer to be well informed about what children's and YA books need to include in terms of story structure and arc, as well as the voice and perspective it is written in. Also, to connect with other writers and get feedback on your writing.
Thanks again, I really enjoyed this course! I look forward to the Zoom meeting tonight regarding publishing, and hope to join the Facebook group as well.
When I purchased it in May 2020, I'd already finished the first structural edit of my first novel (after I had graduated from the Story Doctor with Kate Forsyth which was outstanding) and I was looking for some further direction.
This is a great overview of where writing can take you and a confidence booster to believe in yourself and take action.
I enjoyed the can-do message - that belief in yourself and taking action will translate into the realisation of your writing dream. The PDFs are an excellent resource in addition to the audios, especially the bonus content.
AWC courses are excellent, comprehensive, presented by experts, and the community and wealth of resources are wonderful. AWC is invaluable for anyone who writes!
This is a magical course. Please keep it on the curriculum. :) It's a gem.
This format is great online. Pamela was a great teacher who encouraged us to develop good workshopping and writing skills. It was wonderful to be part of a group that would cheer for you and your characters and also give constructive feedback to make your better.
Pamela is an excellent teacher! She provided an excellent framework so we could all achieve, no matter what stage we were at.
The workshopping was brilliant: take a small excerpt of writing and say what you like and what confuses you. This has changed the way I look at my own writing and the way I can give feedback to others.
I am now able to take an idea and look at it from 'what do I like, what is confusing' and be less critical and perfectionist at the first draft stage. This makes achieving a first draft so much more achievable.
Bernadette has a huge depth of knowledge and you can tell by the way she gets her message across that it is ingrained. Responses and information flow from her in an automatic and natural way.
The learning is fast-paced and the improvement seen in my writing is great. It provided me with more confidence that I can do this.
If you have a bit of technological understanding and want to be more helpful to your copywriting clients, then do the AWC SEO Copywriting course. It will open up a whole new world of wonder to you. Much of it includes using tools that will provide you with the information you need for your clients to surpass their competitors and return to you when they need further assistance.
I thought Bernadette's delivery was great throughout the course. The content of each module was clearly explained, and the feedback was very good, constructive, and useful.
I enjoyed the sense of achievement having completed assignments - which was increased once I'd received Bernadette's feedback!
I feel confident enough to set up a business as a Freelance Copywriter. Until two years ago I was a Technical Writer. This course showed me that I was capable of being more creative.
The enrolment process was easy, and the communication from AWC was excellent. The online components for the training were easy to follow and use, and the training was clear and well structured. Finally, the feedback was invaluable!
Thanks for this course, and for the great feedback Bernadette! I'm looking forward to my next course.
Initially I was attracted by the fact that I could make money from copywriting. But as the course went on, I realised it was so much more. I learned that there's a lot more to copywriting than I imagined. I love it.
Bernadette is an amazing tutor. Her knowledge seems to be unlimited. And she cares about what her students will gain from the course. I learned a lot from her feedback as well.
I realise that copywriting is what I want to do. I've done creative writing courses but this course has shown me that I don't want to write fiction. I've found my writing passion.
During a Zoom meeting, Bernadette asked us what we were passionate about. And I realised I could use copywriting to help people as well as to make money. I would call that a life turning point.
The AWC is an excellent place to learn all kinds of writing. All the tutors have amazing amounts of knowledge and talent in their fields of writing.
Bernadette was a great presenter and the material really useful and kind of common sense. All my dots were joined! She was a great tutor and seems like an interesting and fun person!
I actually really enjoyed crafting the homework and thinking about how I might apply it all to my own business as well as help my friends and hopefully future clients with their businesses.
Thanks all! I'm looking forward to doing the next course.
Bernadette is awesome. She knows her stuff and is willing to share her secrets. Not only that, she's put it together in a way that makes it easy to understand. What a star.
I picked up my first job whilst doing the course so it has given me the confidence to reach out to businesses and state what I can do for them. I love the brief; what a gold resource.
Jump onboard these easy to access online writing courses; you really can earn money to pay for subsequent courses before completing the first!
Thank you. I look forward to digging up more gold in CopyClub.
The tutor's comments on my assignments were spot on each time. He was diplomatic but direct.
I enjoyed reading other students' works and having a deadline to work to.
The course has given me insight into story structure and into the specific nuances of writing for children and YA.
The course content is relevant and to the point. Do it!
I was interested in learning more about how to write for children, to learn more about how it is done, and to get feedback on some of my writing attempts. I was also keen to have a chance to flex my creative muscles again after letting them atrophy for many years while at home taking care of my young son.
It has been a long time since I have done any creative writing so I was worried that I might not be very good at it. And I was a little worried about submitting assignments each week when my skills might not be excellent. But since the course was online, that did make it a bit easier to submit writing without embarrassment.
The course was excellent and I learned a lot. It inspired me to start writing more regularly and to commit to carving out time to write.
The feedback Stephen gave me regarding my assignment on identifying the climax of my story was hugely helpful and gave me such a great insight into how to better structure this part of my story and other stories I might write. That was a real 'aha' moment for me.
I enjoyed it all. I loved learning about how to write for children, and I enjoyed sitting down to write the assignments and also getting feedback on how to improve my writing.
It has inspired me to sit down and actually write regularly, rather than just dreaming about maybe writing someday when I might eventually have the time and when I've come up with the perfect idea.
The course was fabulous. The content was great. It gave me lots of useful information about how to write for children, including structure and voice. And it was wonderful to be able to listen to the modules at any time that suited me, and to complete the small, manageable assignments in my own time. It was incredibly useful to get feedback on my writing. But for me, the best thing was, it forced me to actually sit down and start writing. For a long time, I've wanted to write but have been waiting to find the perfect idea, or have enough free time to do it. But life is so busy, there was never time. This course forced me to actually make time for writing and to just sit down and get started.
Suzanne was excellent. Her feedback was very pertinent and constructive.
I enjoyed the recorded sessions, the feedback from the tutor and the variety of the course content. It has given me a better understanding of the writing process from all aspects.
As someone totally new to this, I found all five modules invaluable.
The AWC is a very credible organisation with high quality courses for all levels and interests.
I wanted to get back into writing and I liked that it was online and at a reasonable price.
The tutor was excellent. Provided excellent, spot on feedback which really stretched my thinking and increased my knowledge. Thank you!
I enjoyed writing again! Reading others work also. It improved my confidence and taught me many things I didn't know.
It will give you amazing insight and knowledge about writing for children and young adults. Definitely recommend it!
It took more than 2 hours (I'm a slow learner!), but I can now use Scrivener with confidence.
The presenter is a writer, so she understands our needs. Her presentation is also very clear and easy to follow.
I am now using Scrivener and it's helping me keep on track with my writing. It has become a 'treat' to open the program!
It was great and well worth doing. I enjoyed the daily exercises.
It challenged me to write different daily lengths and at different times which helped me understand my writing process a lot better. It's possible to keep the momentum up and it doesn't have to take that long. You can still edit other novels and do other bits and pieces while still writing.
It's worth the effort. The courses are structured well and very informative covering many different subjects within a writer's journey.
The tutor was very thorough, clear and supportive. Feedback was delivered in a kind and constructive manner.
I enjoyed discovering that copywriting is more formulaic than I'd realised. Also, being able to see the submissions and feedback of other participants.
I plan to use it to kick-start a career in a niche where I already have a presence
The course is excellent value. The pacing is easy to keep up with and the support and feedback is incredibly useful.
Thank you to Bernadette for the great leadership. I'll be signing up to the other courses too.
I found Pamela's feedback to be enormously helpful. There is no doubting her expertise. I liked the online feedback as well as the written feedback.
I liked the discipline of having to submit segments of writing at regular intervals - and I especially valued the feedback of others.
I have a deeper appreciation of POV (head, heart and body) and of structure. I think, also, that I have a greater appreciation of the need to take the reader on an emotional journey.
The course represents great value for money. It offers some profound insights and is rich in feedback. It also provides opportunities to network with other writers.
I enjoyed the course and am delighted to have a first draft at the end of it.
The tutor was amazing - very detailed feedback each week.
It was easy to fit into my week, and great to have a practical element with detailed feedback.
My writing has improved and I'm much more confident!
Great value for money!! Easy to fit into your busy lifestyle.
I want to write historical fiction and your other courses have been so useful.
It was very comprehensive, especially covering potential pitfalls and putting them into context.
This is where you go to learn to write a book properly! I'm writing that book!!!
I enjoyed listening to the experts in this field. The resources supplied were wonderful.
A thorough and interesting look into the world of publishing.
It was both short enough and long enough at the same time to keep me interested, whilst gaining a better understanding of copywriting. The feedback was very clear and easily understood.
I enjoyed discovering I can write and with practice have room for improvement. Prior to the course, I felt I had the creativity to write, but not the skills to make what I was writing effective or have an impact.
Whilst you hear the saying 'practice makes perfect', I always felt that writing was a skill either you have or you don't. But early on in the course Bernadette made a comment along the lines of: the more you write the easier and faster it becomes. Personally, I've always found it takes me hours to write material that is only mediocre and therefore I avoided writing. Bernadette's advice makes sense, I guess. I illustrate as part of what I do and the more I illustrate the faster the ideas arrive and the more creative I am. I feel I'm now applying this logic to all writing that I do.
I'd highly recommend the course for anyone wanting to gain an understanding of copywriting. Totally worth the money spent and a great confidence builder for a very unconfident beginner writer!
I have literally been in the process of wanting to reinvent myself career-wise. My background is in teaching.
I wasn't sure at first how I would find the time to complete the course during my week. I ended up finding out this was no cause for concern.
I loved the case studies of writers speaking genuinely of their experiences in starting out to becoming published writers.
I have grown up thinking a creative career was not a sensible choice and generally not possible. Now, I see the possibility through the step-by-step guidelines and hearing from other authors about their successes.
I recommend you think seriously about studying a course with AWC as the courses are so practically well-structured and delivered it makes your life as a learner so much easier. Your learning process is so well encouraged and supported.
Louisa planted so many seeds within me. From all her questions and the homework set, I was able to fill some of the missing pieces of ideas that were loosely floating in my mind. She helped gel things together for me. Her teaching approach was supportive, patient and engaging - just what I needed.
I received 'aha' moments each week from LA Larkin. The small exercises prompted me and identified missing links with my ideas. A simple exercise question by LA Larkin "What if..." triggered a range of ideas.
Loved it. Really good to reinforce things I thought I knew and great for new skills.
The tutor was excellent. Very engaging and the recorded feedback was excellent. Short, relevant chunks of information delivered using real-life, recent examples.
It's really helped me get to the point, focus on everyday language and follow a proven structure.
I couldn't recommend it more highly. Whether you do so for business or pleasure, if you enjoy writing and would like to sharpen up your skills, absolutely consider this course.
The course has clarified the way I should approach constructing my next novel.
I enjoyed the flexibility of access to material. Being able to switch back and forth between audio and information on the screen.
An excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn to write but isn't sure where to start.
I am so happy with L.A. Larkin! She is a fantastic writer and teacher and I learnt so much from her! She provided amazing feedback and encouraged us in every writing activity! I also really loved the homework!
The writing activities that we participated in really helped motivate us to strengthen our writing and then share aloud our ideas and offer each other feedback. It helped me to improve my writing and narrative structure and encouraged me to pursue writing as a future career.
Fantastic course with an amazing and inspiring teacher! Lovely classmates with brilliant ideas! I will certainly miss everyone!
Thank you so much, L.A. Larkin! You are an amazing teacher and I really enjoyed this course!
I found Bernadette very professional and knowledgeable. I loved her sense of humour and her feedback was useful. I love that we can hear everyone's feedback as we can all learn from each other. Having taught online myself I thought it was great how engaging she was. Thanks Bernadette :)
I enjoyed the assignments as they were bite sized but practical and gave good practice of what we were focussing on that week
The tips and formulas mean my writing is more to the point and systematic now.
It is practical and a useful skill to learn ... and competitively priced.
Already a freelance copywriter, I've been taking on increasing amounts of editing jobs. I already know the AWC through completion of Bernadette's copywriting courses, so knew it would be a good course. Wasn't disappointed!!
Michelle is a great course leader, and very knowledgeable!
There were a few small elements of grammar usage I had either forgotten or never learned previously. I am now fully armed and dangerous!
Well worth it - AWC offers such a great range of courses for pretty much any writing purpose. Easy to interact with them via website and always clear communication. Regardless of delivery method, the courses always deliver, with wonderful tutors, and are value for money.
I really loved all the short story examples given. I don't take the time to even read short stories anymore and this re-ignited my interest in and admiration for them. Through them, I came to know what works and what doesn't and that it really is a whole separate craft to the novel. The basics of the craft were laid out in really easy to follow steps. I loved the course.
It got me interested in writing again.
You've got nothing to lose, only to gain. It's supportive and inspiring.
I didn't think I'd manage to produce the bulk of a novel in the 6 months, but I've come much closer to achieving that goal than I expected to.
Pamela is very knowledgeable about all aspects of writing and publishing, and very committed to transmitting her knowledge to her students. She is very open to all kinds of writing and very encouraging of all participants. Her feedback was always very focussed on specific problems in my writing and gave me a clear path for how to proceed.
I enjoyed the regular feedback from the tutor and the camaraderie of the group - knowing that everyone was struggling with the same things I was.
I've produced more material than I ever have before, and the focussed teaching has improved the quality of my work immensely.
Many thanks to Pamela for the detailed attention she's given to all of us, and her unwavering encouragement.
The tutorials were great - lots of great information. I learnt so much. Accessing the tutorials was very easy and I had no hiccups with the technology.
I found Zanni knowledgeable and her feedback was thoughtful and appropriate. I appreciated that she gave verbal feedback and it was very timely.
Having this course developed and delivered by published authors gave the course great credibility and I felt like I was given an insider’s perspective of the picture book industry in Australia. I liked that I could access the course in my own time.
The second module called for us to submit a picture book and I created a new picture book one morning for this assignment. I love the book I wrote - which I would never have even conceived if not for the course. I learnt so much and I took a mountain of notes. I've started to really look critically at each written word and consider their value and impact on the text and of course concentrating on making my words sparkle! The course has also excited me about becoming an author and given me so many things to think about that I'd never previously considered - some nights I have so many ideas spinning around my head I can't sleep :)
If you are genuinely keen to pursue a writing career, seriously consider courses with the AWC. They have current, easy to understand and practical tutorials packed full of information about the nuances of writing, how to enter the industry, and everything you need to bring your writing career to life.
Thank you to the AWC and to Zanni. I really enjoyed the course and am looking forward to the next one!
This course was amazing. I finally started writing the novel I've had floating around in my head for 2 years but had no idea how to get on paper. It taught me all the tools I needed to get those words on paper, in an interesting way. My novel has begun!
I enjoyed the flexibility of it, the small assessments, the way it was broken up into bite size chunks - I could fit it in around work/life. The content was also extremely good - a really good level of detail given the short time frame and really well structured. Like layers of an onion, building on what was learnt the week before and then coming together so logically.
I've finally started writing my novel! I managed to not only start while doing this course, but got a full 6,500 words done while studying this program. Sure, there's lots I need to go back over and can improve, but it got me exercising the writing skills I learnt straight away, and motivated me to actually start writing.
If you want to write a book, this is where you need to go to learn.
I've learned more than expected in terms of what's out there, what to expect and even terminology. I found it a more organised format to follow than what I have been doing so far.
It's very informative and helpful to anyone who wants to become a writer.
I toyed with the idea of writing picture books after completing my Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing. I felt that my stories would suit an audience that was slightly older ... then I found this course and knew this was the age group I wanted to write for.
Lesley was a pleasure to listen to. She was thorough in her explanations and made each lesson easy to work through.
The entire course was enjoyable but the most enjoyable was the enthusiasm it has instilled in me to go back to the chapter book I started in 2016.
The desire to get back to writing for children had gone into hibernation, but it's now back with a bang!
Don't think about it ... just get on with it and enrol
Thanks for making these courses available :)
It was exactly what I was looking for - practical and concise information to get me started on my freelance writing journey.
It's given me the confidence to begin my freelance writing career.
I was able to come up with more story ideas in the five-week period than I have in many years. I was inspired and couldn't wait to wake up each Monday and get stuck into the next module. I learnt so much and loved listening to the audio in my own time and now have the worksheets to refer back to for life!
Make time to write and writing something is better than nothing. You never know what amazing stories you have within you.
Do it! There is so much to learn and so much fun to be had.
Pamela has been fantastic, providing simple and necessary critique that I feel has helped my writing somewhat. A good tutor overall and very helpful.
I enjoyed that we could read others work and it DID give some insight to our own; as well as the group being able to hear all the critiques from Pamela about our work.
As a novice writer I was unaware how little I had developed many of my supporting characters; now I am able to go back and write about each character and help refresh everything I have done so far.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in writing creatively, whether for enjoyment or for work-related purposes.
As a former journalist trained in Malaysia, I felt that having that Australian perspective from the AWC will further hone my writing skills. Having Valerie Khoo lead this course has helped me further - journo to journo.
Cindy is succinct and to-the-point. I like her matter-of-fact analysis of my work and appreciate her frankness.
I learned the basics of writing as a cadet journalist 30 years ago. The elements of this course made me reminisce what I loved about writing and on being a journalist. I may not be a journalist now but I can still write for a variety of publications using different formats, angles, taking my own photos and developing contacts again.
The course is rich with content and makes it easy for all even budding writers to embrace their passion for writing. Each lesson has a positive, encouraging nudge just to edge the writer a bit closer to their writing goal.
Well done to you all for this great effort.
Pamela was great. Her feedback for myself and everyone else was really eye-opening and she gave great insight into things I could work on and you could tell she really enjoys her craft.
I felt challenged in this course. Before starting this one, I had taken a course through another place and that one felt very comfortable as their intro course really focused on just getting pen to paper and writing, even if it's junk. I feel this course made me raise the bar as far as quality of writing which challenged me but felt very rewarding as well.
This course made me feel like completing a project is much more achievable than I had previously thought.
Definitely go for it. AWC is a great place to dip your toe into the waters of writing or to find a course specific to whatever your need is. They have lots of options no matter what style of writing you’re interested in.
I just think this place is amazing and will definitely be signing up to classes in the future. Thank you so much for helping to build my skills as a writer.
I think the feedback was really helpful and constructive and I'm grateful to have received it!
I enjoyed learning more about developing characters and plot because that's something I wasn't sure how to do before the course.
I really liked getting feedback on assignments to know if I was on the right track. I also learnt a lot from the audio lessons that made me think more about my story.
I've learnt so much in 5 weeks! I have a much better idea of what used to be a completely unknown practice and industry.
I'd say the course I've completed has been money very well spent and that it was super practical and very easy to fit in a busy lifestyle.
Zanni was extremely helpful. She gave constructive feedback that was encouraging even when it was about something that wasn't working well. It is obvious that she is experienced as it often felt like she was reading my mind by knowing what the intentions of my characters were without it being directly stated.
It's made me feel like my dream could actually become a reality.
It's a great introduction to writing and gives you a framework to begin your stories from.
My daughter gave me Scrivener as a Christmas present, but I had no idea how to use it. However, the tutorial that comes with the software was huge, and the simplicity of this course was an attractive alternative.
I can now use Scrivener with confidence. It means I can now have photos of the scenes I'm writing, right where I can see them, as I write. This is something I found lacking in Word.
AWC has a course on every aspect of writing; there's something there for everyone.
This course made me feel better about my writing. There were many aspects of the course that were 'Yes!' moments for me. But there were also some points I can use to improve my character's interactions within the scenes and settings. Reminders such as write the scene/setting from the POV of your character, not your own.
As I went through the how-to's - I thought about the scenes I have already written and planned how I might change them in the second draft. Planning ahead to the next scenes to be written. The course itself was easy to follow, and the handouts excellent.
This course is the perfect tool to add depth to your characters, the plot, and your story as a whole. It helps you recognise when to summarise a scene and when to give a detailed description. Set up in earlier scenes for events that happen in later scenes and ensure your scenes are written in the voice of the POV character. This course can be used as you write your first draft or as an editing tool if you are at that stage. I highly recommend it.
Fabulous! Pam had such a great way of delivering feedback. Her feedback was friendly, positive, constructive and motivating.
I loved that it got me writing. It gave structure to my morning writing routine and the assignments were excellent practice in writing and then showing people my work.
I have always wanted to write, but never knew where to start, or if I would actually be any good at writing fiction. The assignments helped get me writing and I enjoyed working on them. Confession: sometimes writing the fiction assignments took over my work day because I loved it so much I could not put it down. Now I'm hooked! The feedback helped show me that I can do it and I'm excited for the next step.
It is amazing! The instructors are friendly and professional and the whole environment of the course was positive and motivating. I actually felt like a writer and it was great to have people comment on my work in such a constructive way.
This is the push to begin writing a novel I needed - with the technical knowledge I was lacking.
I will definitely consider the next appropriate course related to writing long-form creative fiction.
I really wanted to do something creative and had enjoyed writing at school. I also needed something which I could do while working full time.
I think the course is a great introduction to creative writing and - for someone like me who just wanted to do something creative and not necessarily write a book or get published - it was really helpful.
Angela provided really useful feedback and it was also provided in a very timely manner.
I enjoyed having to use my brain in a more creative way and, although it was challenging, I think my writing has improved already.
It's made me more confident about just giving writing a go. It's also made me want to develop my imagination more so I take more note of my surroundings now.
I even entered the Furious Fiction competition for the 2nd time and the 2nd effort is a definite improvement on the 1st!
Because I haven't actually written since school, I hadn't thought much about structure or setting in writing so to learn about the colours (for action, setting) etc and turning points etc really hit home that woah this is a craft and - even better - you can improve with practice!
I'd say that for anyone who feels like their creativity is non-existent and who has even a vague interest in writing then go for it! It's not a huge outlay in terms of finance or time and you don't need to be an aspiring author to get the benefit from it.
Just a big thank you to Angela for her time and feedback. At no point was I made to feel less than even though I knew other students were far more experienced at writing.
Great tutor and always patient and happy to answer any questions.
I learnt new things I'd always wondered at work and never learnt in my communications degree.
Do this course if you want to improve your writing skills at an entry level.
Angela is extremely knowledgeable, honest, and feedback was constructive. She explained things simply.
I enjoyed the weekly feedback and guidance.
It made me sit down and think and not come up for air until my weekly assignment was completed. This course took me beyond my comfort zone.
If you want to develop, or gain creative writing skills and techniques, this course is full of tools to help you do that.
I looked at doing a post graduate university degree and found that the five-week commitment for the AWC course at this stage for me was far more attractive.
I felt it was designed to encourage success. Never once did I feel like, 'I have to do my writing course'. It was a pleasure and achievable.
Angela was constructive and encouraging and exceptionally timely.
It has opened up my thinking about the necessary processes for creating long fiction. I think it has prepared me for the work involved.
The five weeks went so quickly.
I had completed Fiction Essentials course on Characters and loved it. I wanted to continue the series of courses.
I've been experimenting with POV in several stories and novellas. It's really given me skills and confidence.
In September, I started reading a lot of Stephen King stories. I didn't know how much a book could intrigue people back then. So, when I started reading his books, I was both amazed and stunned. I began to have so many story ideas flooding in my head, that I decided to buy myself a laptop only for writing purposes. I tried to write my own stories, but they weren't fitting as much as I thought they were. Then, in early February, my Mum suggested that I should join the AWC Teenage Writers' Program.
All feedback and support from my online tutor (Pamela Freeman) was extremely helpful. They taught me how to improve and edit my work in ways that nobody else could.
The most enjoyable part of this writing course was learning how to write a story and being excited every week for a new module.
Anybody who is invested in trying to write a story needs to check out this program.
The positive and supportive nature of the whole course was very motivating. I have already signed up to two courses (Creative Writing Stage 1 and History, Mystery, and Magic)! I was surprised that I enjoyed the case studies so much - I had thought they might be a little boring, but they were intriguing. Thank you so much for offering the course.
The course has motivated me to take the next step - in this case, the Creative Writing Stage 1 course. As Valerie says in one of the modules, "Feel the fear, and do it anyway". That's how I feel right now!
I would say that the course gives you an insight into what you can do with a writing career. There is no pressure to rush to do it as it is available online and pre-recorded, which means that you can access it at a time of your choosing, when you are in the right frame of mind.
The tutor was so nice and made me think about things I wouldn't have thought about. She got me out of the cliché ‘mum dying’ and helped me improve my ideas and how they can be developed.
I enjoyed that I was able to really think about what I wanted to do and put more detail and thought into it.
The character building made you really get to know the character you create and put more detail into them. I actually think about what I am writing and imagine the scene more clearly in my head. It also has more balanced portions of dialogue, emotion, description and thought.
I needed to develop a writing habit and brush up on some technical skills. I also enrolled in Mojo so my writing habit has definitely been re-established. A combination of prompts from both courses has enabled me to write a draft story outline for the novel I've been working on in pieces for years. Very happy that I can now 'start in earnest' to write it.
Pamela's feedback was constructive and practical and she was very encouraging, tailoring her comments to the different skill levels of the participants. She was also quite inspiring with her talk of all of her projects. Made me understand that inspiration could come from almost anywhere.
Good group of people, well moderated course, feel like I honed some long-abandoned skills and I felt my confidence returning. Finally.
I'm now confident enough to 'write my novel' and am seriously considering in enrolling in that course. Whatever happens, I feel like I'm on an unstoppable path now after years of procrastination and being stuck in 'imposter syndrome'.
Being with like-minded people is inspiring - this is a way to develop a writing habit and find your way into whatever project you've had 'on the shelf'. The course is extremely motivating because you are accountable to the group. And the tuition is invaluable.
Carli presented well and happily shared a lot of knowledge. She was very professional with a touch of fun!
I loved that I could attend as it was virtual. It supported some of my ideas and got me excited about my next steps. Thank you for arranging this via zoom.
I listened to the 'So you want to be a copywriter' podcast and loved learning about the world of copywriting from Bernadette. I decided I wanted to know more so I enrolled in the course.
I was so impressed with how practical the course was and the structure was great. It was easy to fit in around my other commitments.
Bernadette is a dedicated tutor and she really wants you to succeed. The course content was really engaging and Bernadette's feedback was so encouraging and constructive.
I loved the assignments and had a blast completing them. They were very manageable, even during a busy week, but creatively they were very challenging.
It has opened up another potential career path for me and reinforced my belief in myself and my abilities.
Once you understand the formulas copywriters use, it's easy to see how you can sell anything.
I would encourage anyone thinking of doing a course with the AWC to go for it! The tutors are passionate and the courses are affordable and well-structured.
1. More people in Australia need to learn to write;
2. It's fun. An open forum to come up with ideas and not always be shut down;
3. It's encouraging. People say nice things to you. And when you encourage them, they act like your opinion is important. That's encouraging.
4. When life gets tough, write. It's cathartic. Netflix ruins your eyes and your sleep. Writing heals your heart. So, learn to write right.
The tutor was incredibly encouraging. Even when I made mistakes, she encouraged me to see that a mistake in one area is not a mistake all through. Further, she recognised my lack of experience and was very gentle.
I enjoyed reading other people’s stuff. I hope they hurry up and write their book, because I can't wait to read them.
I'm starting to write every day. I have been encouraged to think that what I write is interesting or readable. I have also been encouraged to think that maybe, one day, I could write a novel that gets published.
I'm doing the course again.
First, I enjoyed learning the techniques of picture book writing, and then seeing them come alive in the books I read with my kids each day. I also enjoyed learning about the publishing process - there was so much I didn't know. Lastly, I enjoyed that by halfway through the course, I had written a complete story! I didn't expect that. And while it wasn't polished or perfect, it gave me the confidence to know that I could do it.
Learning about the publishing process was a huge eye opener. For example, I assumed I would need to know an illustrator in order to have something published. Of course, I learned that wasn't the case, and further, that it could be detrimental to a submission if the illustrations weren't what the publisher was looking for. The course also brought writing back into my life and gave me the confidence to know I can do it and I still enjoy it.
I would say, go for it! This course was well worth the investment of time and money, and I'm sure other courses from the AWC would be as well. As someone who likes structure, I appreciated that there was a framework and flow to what we were learning. On the other hand, there was enough space to be creative for someone who is more creatively inclined.
Thank you for putting on such a great and helpful course. I am excited to continue my writing journey.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it was probably one of the best online courses I've done in a while. I found the feedback positive, informative and not too overwhelming. I was able to use the feedback and advice to rework my ideas, tweak and adjust accordingly. Couldn't have asked for more!
My ideas were initially a bit unorganised and mostly in picture form which wasn't ideal as I am not a good artist by any means. I now carry a little book with me and just jot and date ideas and expand as I go. I am thinking more in themes and overall structure also which helps me organise my thoughts.
The course helped me to develop my ideas, which up until now hadn't gone too far. Having a template in my head of how a story could translate into a final product I found useful and obviously the guidance on using the correct language, tenses etc helps it all click into place. I am now looking at other picture books and analysing them with a more focused view.
Great course! It was well structured and gave a fantastic overview on aspects of the picture book process and industry. It really gets you into the right headspace for writing and pushes you towards being able to create your own picture book manuscript.
I found Stephen's feedback to be clear and helpful - pointing out any lack of clarity, any weakness, and what I could do to strengthen it. Stephen's questions about my work revealed areas I was unclear on myself and helped me pinpoint some key problem areas I sensed were in my writing but struggled to identify.
I enjoyed the structure and presentation of this course and the way feedback was presented. It was also helpful to read others writing and the feedback on that.
For me, this course has confirmed my passion for writing. I have been stretched and challenged in a good way and have a better understanding of the skills I need to keep working on and how to keep developing then.
Bernadette is a generous and engaging tutor. She is so easy to listen to and I never once got bored or distracted listening to the presentations. Her feedback each week was insightful, encouraging and always positive. I found her down-to-earth teaching method very appealing and inspiring.
It has given me the confidence to start working as a copywriter, something I did not expect after a five-week course. However, I feel Bernadette equipped us with a set of skills to find potential clients and launch our copywriting career and really make it our own.
The Australian Writers' Centre has fantastic short courses that deliver exactly what they state. I was able to commit to the course knowing that I could manage it each week in between my other commitments.
I have already recommended the copywriting course to a fellow writing friend who hopes to do it once she's finished her current course.
A big thank you to Bernadette and her wonderful style of communicating. It made learning a real joy. :-)
The course showed me what I needed to focus on in order to get published. I think had I not done this course, I would have been trying really hard and putting my effort into tasks that were not going to get me published.
I really enjoyed the tutorial content and the material in the handouts. That was really useful. I enjoyed analysing the articles in the handouts to identify the different elements of an article such as intro, transitions and so on. Seeing that every good article has a set structure is a bit of a relief.
Don't even think of starting out as a freelance writer if you haven't done this course. The content of this 5-week course has been more useful than the content of my entire 3-year university degree.
A big, wonderful thank you!
Alex was great. Very descriptive, helpful and she provided some excellent feedback and advice. I found that listening to the feedback for the other students was also extremely useful. I think having the deadlines makes it more real. Forced me to focus during the week and do the work.
I enjoyed seeing the process so easily laid out. While I've still got so much to learn, the course has made the steps to getting published look very achievable. I've made lots of notes and now have a nice collection of ideas to work on.
It's given me a framework to play with. And it's given me the confidence to just follow the steps provided. And be OK with rejections and turning 'No' into 'OK, next!"
Just do it. Sign up, do the lessons, do the homework. It's 5 weeks and you'll learn plenty.
I really enjoyed learning from an actual author. Her experience was of great benefit.
I enjoyed reading the recommended chapter books. As a retired teacher librarian it was interesting to see the types of books that are still so popular.
The course revitalised the approach to children’s literature I have. Thank you. I really enjoyed the program.
I was keen to relearn the basics of creative writing. I remember learning about it in school and how much I enjoyed and I felt the urge to write again. I have always wanted to write a fiction novel and tried years ago but I found it difficult to write. Recently I decided I wanted to try again but do it the right way this time by learning properly.
I was worried that I would realise that writing would be too hard to stick to, but doing the course made me realise that once you know the basics it makes things less scary and a lot easier to navigate.
Stephen gave fair and constructive feedback and I really valued his expertise. He gave feedback that was encouraging but also made me reflect more on my writing and what to improve.
I loved all of the course. The audio lessons were very informative and the assignments were interesting and were useful in applying the learnings from the audio lessons and resources. The assignments were great in not being too onerous but were effective in teaching us how to focus on different aspects of creative writing. I found that the teaching material was clear and explained well. I also enjoyed receiving feedback on assignments, as it helped me improve!
This course has had quite a profound impact as I was able to rediscover my love of creative writing and just being creative, as I am realising how wonderful it is to be creative! It has also given me the momentum to write a novel and I will be keeping up the momentum by starting Novel Writing Essentials straight after this course.
I would recommend it because of the high quality of teaching where concepts are explained in a way that is easy to understand and is interesting content! I think in this course, the use of providing handouts, audio lessons, assignments and feedback is a great combination and a great way to learn and apply your newly acquired skills.
I loved the colour coding idea of scenes and the realisation that my scenes often lacked ample setting.
Excellent courses for beginner writers like myself.
I loved the coursework and assignments. I loved that it was self paced during the week and I could participate through an online platform and not actually have to attend in person (difficult as I live miles away from the city).
I'm looking for a career change. I live in rural Australia and there were not many appealing jobs so I figured I might have to create a niche for myself with freelance writing work.
I just loved how practical it was and covered all the facets of freelancing. Brilliant course. Super practical and I learnt so much. Thanks!
Angela was great. Kept things real and gave honest feedback. Gave us all an extra one-on-one zoom chat which was really helpful. No complaints at all.
I enjoyed meeting like-minded people and developing relationships with them.
Thanks for everything AWC, you've awakened a beast in me.
Zanni provided amazing feedback with practical tips to improve our drafts and ideas. The video feedback was fantastic, very personable and it helped to see someone else reading out loud our words. This really highlighted clunky or awkward language and things that needed fixing.
Getting feedback on a whole picture book manuscript was very helpful, and also looking at the elevator pitch/blurb and how this may/may not appeal to a publisher/agent.
I’m much more enthused about my ideas, what to work on next, areas to improve.
Thank you for another fantastic course.
After a bit of research into writing courses that could be completed online, I was excited to find the AWC website and amazed by the variety of courses on offer. As a beginner, who has recently been bitten by the writing bug, it made practical sense to start with Creative Writing Stage 1.
Stephen provided insightful and valuable feedback which had a great impact on my writing. His easygoing, yet professional manner was spot on! I would be delighted to have him as a tutor in any future courses I take with the AWC.
The course as a whole was extremely enjoyable. Getting critical feedback on my writing and being able to learn through watching the feedback given to the other students in the course is probably what I found most enjoyable. The recorded lessons were great to listen to each week and the handouts are right beside me on my desk where I write. I'm finding them a useful tool!
It changed the way I approach writing scenes and characters entirely. I feel like when I sit down to write a scene from the story I am working on, I am able to begin more easily and be critical with myself. For example, what purpose does this scene serve?
I have also learnt about myself, and what my approach to writing is. I know now that I am somewhere between a plotter and a pantser (mostly pantser) and I like to write scenes, then fill in the gaps.
I would say that if you were struggling to find your feet creatively, or had a desire to improve your creative writing or unpack how a story is structured and what goes into creating a good story, then this is the course for you!
I appreciated the clarity of the lecturer and the way in which she demonstrated everything more than once, along with good explanations. She knows her stuff. Good PowerPoints and worksheets.
It will help me use Scrivener more effectively which should have a good ongoing effect on my writing.
I had created a character that was not interesting and wanted to better understand, through expert guidance, the complexities and technique of memorable character development.
The content was well-structured and accessible.
Do it! The content will help you with technique and improve your craft. It's self-paced and effectively delivered, with lessons supported by downloadable handouts. And it's not expensive and is great value for money.
I have always relied on instinct when it comes to grammar, and as I am about to start editing my novel, wanted the confidence of knowing the theory and grammar of punctuation.
This course was very thorough and highlighted the areas of grammar and punctuation I need to work on. It was broken down into easy-to-follow pieces and the information was easy to understand.
I now have greater confidence when it comes to grammar and punctuation. AWC has given me the tools that I can turn to whenever I am in doubt about any grammatical aspect of my writing.
The Grammar and Punctuation course with the Australian Writers' Centre will give you the tools you need to polish your work to a professional standard. The lessons are easy to follow and the exercises will help you to achieve a high standard of grammar and punctuation.
I enjoyed workshopping the manuscript of my fellow course members, and reading their feedback.
It's given me the belief that I'm on my way to becoming a capable, and hopefully engaging, writer.
I felt the course had lots of content and really expanded my understanding of the different types of writing. It amazed me to find myself interested in writing that I had never considered before.
It changed my beliefs about struggling authors. It was so inspiring to hear great stories from authors who had found confidence and success doing what they loved in such a supportive environment. I loved Valerie’s narration too.
Although I have only completed my first small course through the AWC I could feel the genuine support for the students in their writing journey. So much content and inspiration. I can’t wait to start my next course. I have found my tribe.
I though Suzanne was the perfect mix of encouragement whilst also finding something that needed improvement with each piece we submitted. It felt like her responses were thoughtful, like she cared about us getting the most we could out of the course.
I enjoyed getting feedback from such an amazing professional. I felt really lucky to have that guidance. Although I was scared about putting my work out there, I really enjoyed getting that feedback and seeing other people’s work and feedback too. Great learning experience.
After receiving Suzanne’s feedback there’s a fire lit in my belly. I believe with hard work that I can do this now. That I can write a book. It’s an incredible feeling.
The tutor was lovely, caring and very direct with critiquing on what can be improved, which was brilliant. That is exactly what I was looking for.
The video comments on the submitted work were brilliant. Thank you - so valuable
I will be placing more importance into character development and how they are seen by readers and how to use them to move the story forward.
I really wanted to learn a new skill and this course seemed like a good opportunity to do so. I'm thankful I did it, though. It's been awesome. I was worried initially that it would just be some bland and superficial course where I would just be inundated with jargon. It was great. Every week we did something new and interesting.
Bernadette was a great teacher. It was a pleasant surprise that she was able to explain everything in layman's terms, rather than try and incorporate as many adjectives or nouns as she could. She seemed to have a real handle on everything she was talking about.
I really enjoyed learning the seven steps to selling and also about search engine optimisation. It was all a really great insight. I honestly don't think that there is anything more that Bernadette could do to improve this course. It's perfect.
I guess this course just showed in very simple terms how copywriting is done. It really helped me conceptualise everything I had learnt previously about marketing and apply it in a meaningful way.
It is a great insight and entry point into digital marketing. I'll be certain to refer this to my friends if they are interested.
Thanks a lot Bernadette. It was an awesome experience from start to finish.
Bernadette is very easy to listen to - a great communicator and gives very good feedback.
I loved the creative aspect of developing copy for the assignments each week… And it wasn't too arduous or stressful!
I feel so much more confident in sitting in front of a 'blank page' now.
The lesson on SEO copywriting was fantastic - I feel so much more knowledgeable about this previously murky area.
The tutor was top notch! I found Bernadette easy to listen to, and appreciated hearing about her experience as part of the lessons.
I enjoyed the tips and tools! They take the pain out of the process so writing can be enjoyed!
The course work is thorough without being overwhelming. And the assignments make it easy for you to put what you've learnt into practice and get feedback.
I was looking for a new career and had always wanted to do something with writing. This course seemed to offer a tangible pathway to employment.
I very much enjoyed the live feedback because it was engaging and you felt like your work mattered. Some self-paced courses with no feedback leave you feeling quite cold!
The SEO topic was very enlightening although quite dense at the same time. Bernadette has done a good job of making it accessible for us to learn more.
These courses are really engaging! Thank you. You run a great program with this course and all the others encouraging people to write.
I was so honoured to have Amanda Hampson as our tutor. I didn’t expect to have a successful writer as our tutor. And she was lovely. Gentle feedback - didn’t scare me away and made us seem like a group even though it was remote. She was excellent. Warm and friendly. Lots of useful suggestions. Anything she said had gravitas due to her experience.
I had a moment of clarity where after I had submitted a couple of the writing tasks - I realised how much I enjoyed writing. I always liked it at school and I even like business writing but creative writing felt fulfilling. I am now interested in doing more. I enrolled in the writing group where you meet every two weeks and share writing.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed the remote learning. I can’t think of a thing that would make it better for me.
I felt good about actually writing and not just thinking about it. Just getting a start after decades is a very big thing. The small tasks that were set were perfect to help put the toe in. Then getting some gentle feedback and listening to others’ stories. It was a very fulfilling feeling revisiting one of my first loves. And with a successful writer as a guide.
You have to do it. It’s a polished course and perfect to get you started actually writing again. It’s a feeling of a new start.
Just thank you. All my interactions with AWC have been very positive.
Life is a juggling act. I thought this might help with my issue of only doing one thing which is I either edit or write.
I enjoyed the interviews with different writers and how they do it. The information on different writing tools was fabulous too.
It has taught me I can juggle multiple writing tasks as well as being a mum and running a business.
I don’t have to write 1000- 2000 words a day. The important thing is I keep the momentum going and write something every day.
Bernadette knew her stuff. She's friendly, down-to-earth. She created a course for beginners that even my 80yr mother could have a go.
If you wanna know how to write copy for Google, at least complete the AWC Copywriting Essentials.
I've been doing AWC courses since 2016 and there is still much more fun learning to be had.
I have a creative non-fiction story idea but needed confidence to tackle a book-length project.
I enjoyed looking at my favourite books in a new way. I have a much deeper appreciation for the ways in which non-fiction is put together. Techniques usually associated with fiction are just as essential in non-fiction.
This is a great add-on course after doing Creative Writing Stage 1 and it can be done at your own pace so definitely suits busy people.
I enjoyed learning the questions I need to ask myself when building a character. Also the checklists in the handouts.
Bernadette was awesome! I enjoyed the course. Bernadette made learning fun and easy.
I enjoyed the easy-to-understand delivery and the reassurance and support that was delivered throughout the recordings.
My entire outlook on my writing career and its potential has changed. Like the course has lifted the illusion that it required great skill and technique to be successful. This course has shifted my mindset from "can't" to "why the hell not?"
You won't regret it! The work is simple to understand and fun to do.
I enjoyed the focus on the content and the steps to get it off the ground.
It made me realise that I can do this. I’m going to start blogging.
This course is the total package in terms of delivering professional insights & materials covering a vast range of topics while providing helpful, positive feedback on written exercises based on careful reading & publishing experience.
Zanni Louise was an astute & thoughtful critic of our works in progress. I enjoyed the feedback, especially the video version where Zanni read all the stories.
It taught me to hone my craft so I revealed the essence of the story and narrative drive.
Bernadette's feedback was valuable and much appreciated. I enjoyed her commentary throughout the modules and they were easy listening.
I like that the modules are not outdated and are relevant to the industry currently. I also enjoyed being able to see the rest of the class’s response to the homework.
Just like to thank Bernadette for such a great course outline.
Comprehensive and fascinating course for anyone interested in writing a modern-day murder. Not for the faint-hearted.
Bernadette was amazing. She was very thorough and constructive in her feedback. She also provided lots of information on how to continue to receive support once we completed the course.
I enjoyed the opportunity to actually think through and practice copywriting.
It has given me more confidence. It has opened up the whole area of writing for me. I discovered how much I already knew and that I did have some writing skills that can be valuable and useful to others.
The courses are elementary to follow, extremely comprehensive and fun to participate in; the tutors are supportive, and feedback is constructive and effective when taken on board.
I am very excited to get started.