AWC Success Stories

Our courses really do change lives – and we love celebrating these writing milestones!

Shelly Unwin: “I LOVE that I can call this my job."

Shelly Unwin was a stay-at-home mum with a young family when she decided to take the leap of faith and try her hand at writing picture books. “I was reading to my daughter one night and suddenly I knew 100% that was what I wanted to do,” recalls Shelly.

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Our courses make writing dreams come true. But don’t just take our word for it…

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

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

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

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

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

Creative success stories: Adult fiction/memoir:

Read about how these authors broke through thanks to AWC...

Petronella McGovern
Kaneana May
Astrid Scholte
Sandy Barker
Sarah Bailey
Joanna Nell
Margaret Morgan
Ingrid Alexandra
Penelope Janu
Shankari Chandran
Lisa Chaplin
Carmel Sealey
Chris Muir
Jessica Shirvington
Sara Donovan
Robyn Windshuttle
Ali Berg
Tania Blanchard
Frances Chapman

Creative success stories – Children's fiction:

Discover how our alumni are doing big things for small readers…

Vikki Conley
Jenna Guillaume
Sally Fawcett
Mandy Foot
Catherine Pelosi
Shelly Unwin
Tamsin Janu
Fleur Ferris
Elizabeth Farrelly
Maggie Hutchings
Astrid Scholte

Freelance writing success stories:

Learn how these freelance writers found success thanks to courses at AWC…

Avi Vince
Jocelyn Pride
Brad Kelly
Joy Adan
Lisa Schofield
Rob Grant
Susannah Hardy
Mandy McKeesick
Catherine Rodie
Libby Hakim
Megan Blandford
Michaela Fox
Josefa Pete
Lindy Alexander
Jo Hartley