This is a very well put together course, highly efficient and effective because of its focus on core skills. And it lived up to the promise of the promo.
Alex's feedback was thorough, constructive and on point. I found it very helpful.
I enjoyed the way it broke down the steps and elements of freelance article writing. I left with a clear sense of what I need to do, and a framework for ongoing development, from start to finish.
I'm an experienced writer, but in institutional settings (government, law, academia), so this has given me the tools to quickly adapt and transition to feature writing and the confidence to make a start on a new career.
Do it if you want to quickly learn the skills to embark on feature writing as a part- or full-time pursuit.
I have been listening to the Australian Writers' Centre podcasts for years and have often dreamed about doing one of their courses. I completed Reinvent Yourself in 2020 and finally felt ready to commit to this course. I'm so glad I did.
My main concern was not having the time to do the course justice but I found I got better at prioritising the course over everything else. It was a great feeling. I was also fearful that I would find it too hard as I have not studied since school - and that was a very long time ago!
Alex is very knowledgeable and was able to critique our assignments and offer suggestions on the fly.
I enjoyed the way the modules and handouts were released each week so that the course didn't become overwhelming, especially for someone like me who hasn't really studied before. I also thought that the assignments were varied, interesting and relevant.
I have mentioned the AWC to a lot of people and I always mention your podcast, especially the author talks. I love them as Valerie's questions unearth so much detail about each author, their journey and their process.
To have a professional edit your work is priceless and I appreciate the way in which Alex delivered the feedback on the tasks each week. She delivered thorough feedback, gave examples of what could be tweaked and suggested areas for improvement. Thank you Alex for your time and attention to detail.
I enjoyed the course overall. I'm motivated by weekly tasks and I liked that we had feedback in real time. The handouts were helpful and the encouragement from the classmates was great.
It's given me the courage and the tools to venture out and 'put my name out there' to have an article(s) published.
Take a course, upskill, learning will always get you closer to your goal and through AWC you can connect with so many people who want you to succeed.
Feedback was great, and the tutor was always willing to respond to any questions. I enjoyed the fact that it was structured but still some freedom around the lectures etc.
I tend to have some difficulty around reading my own work and seeing the required edits but this has helped me in gaining ideas for editing. And it has shown me that I can proceed with a career in freelance writing.
The courses offered by AWC are practical and understandable; there is no 'in-the-clouds thinking or learnings' but lessons that you can implement at any time.
I thoroughly enjoyed Vivienne's manner and her ideas and suggestions when providing feedback. She would suggest how something could be improved and off everything she picked up, I would think, 'Oh, of course!' I really appreciated her knowledge and ability to tune into each person's assignment, whatever their ideas.
I enjoyed the pace and the timing of the assignments, the amount of content and the time required to complete the modules, definitely the feedback, and the knowledge and confidence I've gained.
I thought the recorded lessons were useful and liked the breakdown of the webinars. Great work from the tutor online, with concise and valuable information.
I feel I can break into a world of writing that I believed was for trained journalists.
These courses are achievable and can help you gain confidence.
This course really provided a step by step on how to get started. I thought it was excellent.
Everything I was learning was relevant and the assignments were taking us through the steps we needed to learn to go out and be freelance writers. I enjoyed seeing what other people were writing and seeing how they were approaching their assignments. I also enjoyed the interview!
Alex's comments were always positive and insightful.
I know if I want to get started I have enough tools to 'have a go'. It's no longer a mystery.
Professional advice from professionals, presented in easily consumable pieces that are current and relevant. You won't get better writing courses in Australia.
Thankyou Valerie and Alex!
Coming from a professional writing background, I have learned that I need to adopt a totally different writing style for feature articles. I feel more skilled and enthusiastic to pick up my blog that I've abandoned and also empowered to write for areas of interest to publications.
As a busy working mum, it was an easy to complete course with really helpful insights on not only how to write, but how to pitch articles and get published.
I really enjoyed the course and the mix of tasks, the learning with others and resources.
Clearly the tutor is experienced and gave constructive feedback. I benefited greatly from seeing/listening to the feedback about other people's work as well; really useful!
Really well-honed course and delivers what is says it will. It got me writing! It helped me see that I can do it and that there are real avenues for income generation.
This was a fantastic, practical and insightful course that was perfectly pitched to people considering making a start in freelance writing for publications. Such great insights, real examples and practical tools so that the leap to putting forward a pitch to a publication feels possible! A great skill and confidence builder.
Feedback was both comprehensive and constructive. Thank you!
I gained a lot of technical knowledge that will be so useful! I really enjoyed the human aspect in the assignment where we interviewed a classmate.
This is a very worthwhile course to take if you're starting out in the industry, and it's packed with valuable resources!
The course established the notion that freelance writing is doable. There was no abstract idea of what life will be like after completion, like there is at university. It was almost as if the assumption was there that students would go on to enter the world of freelance writing.
I feel empowered to enter a new phase of life - to pursue a dream, I suppose.
Alexandra was fantastic. Her feedback was frank and helpful.
I liked the style of introducing a small aspect of someone's life as a metaphor for the crux of the article. It was interesting to see the techniques and structure used in articles that I found pleasant. I'm excited to play with these ideas.
If you have ideas about what you want to write, it could be the gentle nudge you need to get going.
I wanted a course that covers the relevant issues related to freelance writing and goes beyond the writing part. I liked that this course includes real-world tips on publishing.
The tutor covered the relevant issues with details and the examples from her own experience helped solidify the information.
The course was informative and easygoing. I was always anxious about publishing and how it works, so this course helped break down the process of reaching out to publications.
It is a light and comprehensive way to introduce you to feature writing.
I loved writing growing up and wanted to explore if freelancing could be for me.
I've valued Alexandra's input each week and I am especially grateful for the additional information she provided.
I think the course covered everything that we need to know. Learning the techniques to pitch and tips on ways to structure the feature were really useful. I would have had no clues otherwise.
I have already recommended this course to an ex-colleague and I've mentioned to her that I've learnt a lot and that it is an excellent course. The investment is worth it.
The content was thorough. It was also good to be able to see what other students were doing and learn from their feedback.
It's given me the basic knowledge I need to get started and also to understand how the market works.
Good course content and structure at a fair price.
My career advisor had suggested I look for a career that was 'creative and literary' so I started researching courses and careers online. When I discovered the Australian Writers' Centre I was absolutely delighted. I wish I'd discovered this course years ago! The structure and content looked brilliant - extremely professional and well thought out. I also was inspired by watching the videos on your website by people who had never written professionally before but could do so after completing this course.
I was worried what I would do if I wasn't any good at it but decided to be brave and give it a go!
Vivienne's feedback was invaluable. She was constructive in her detailed feedback but was always encouraging and positive.
I loved the podcast aspect to the course. I downloaded the relevant documents on a Monday, read them and then was able to go out for a walk, listening to the modules. This helped me to really absorb the information. My favourite assignment was interviewing one of my classmates - it really helped to get to know another person on the course. I also enjoyed the feedback in video clip format. It was great to learn from other people's assignments too.
It has given me the confidence to believe that I can embark on a writing career. It has unlocked a door into the creative part of my brain - I find I'm always thinking of ideas and wondering how I could write about them. I discovered that I love writing descriptive hooks and I'm contemplating doing the creative writing course as well.
Absolutely go for it. The courses are so well thought out and carefully structured. You won't believe how much you can learn in 5 weeks - it's intense!
The course has taken me from knowing nothing about freelance writing and how to go about it to knowing so much more and feeling ready to pitch to editors. I am writing pitches this week to send off and start my journey - very excited!
Vivienne provided detailed feedback on each assignment in a very timely manner.
I wasn't sure exactly what freelance writing involved and if I'd like it. It wasn't what I thought it was, but it turned out to be something much better!
The tutor was very honest and thorough, and I knew I could trust that she would actually go through what I'd written line by line and let me know if it could be better.
I've found something new that I think I can do and might be more suited to than what I was previously trying to do.
I wanted to explore the world of freelance writing without committing to a uni course.
I thoroughly enjoyed having Vivienne as a tutor; she was fair, encouraging and knowledgeable. Her feedback was constructive and helpful. I enjoyed the self-paced learning and receiving feedback.
A major 'Aha' moment has been realising just how many freelance writers contribute to publications! I feel confident to pitch to editors and read articles through a different lens now!
Thank you! As a novice writer I was sure I would feel out of my depth (especially given the fact some people in the course are very established writers!) but Vivienne made me feel welcomed and her feedback was constructive and useful. The course itself was easy to understand and gave me great insight into the world of freelance writing.
I really like the structured nature of the learning experience, and how each module is broken down into achievable chunks which fit into my day.
I have a much better understanding of what freelance writing actually involves, and how accessible it actually is.
I would say AWC courses are practical, detailed and collegiate, and are absolutely worth taking.
Thank you for putting on these courses - they really are fantastic.
The tutor was clearly knowledgeable and was able to give positive feedback that supported future growth; she really enhanced the learning experience.
I enjoyed the assignment feedback. I also enjoyed listening to the course content; it made it far easier to manage the course.
I emerged from this course with the confidence to start writing and pitching straight away. I feel like being a writer is actually possible. What a gift that is indeed!
A huge thank you for bringing a little joy and helping to shed the self-doubt just a little.