Tag: Video success stories

Kaneana May: From TV scriptwriter to published author

Courses taken at AWC: Creative Writing Course Build Your Author Platform 2 Hours to Scrivener Power Self-publish Your Novel on Kindle When Kaneana May, a stay-at-home mother living in regional NSW, took a trip to Sydney to do a creative writing course with the Australian Writers' Centre... read more

Joanna Nell: From GP to published author with her feel-good debut novel

Courses taken at AWC: Creative Writing Stage 1 Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Novel Writing Essentials Build Your Author Platform Pitch Your Novel: How to Attract Agents and Publishers An unexpected incident led Joanna Nell to the Australian Writers' Centre and the subsequent publishing of her feel-good debut novel The... read more

Ingrid Alexandra fulfils a lifelong dream to be a published author

AWC courses completed: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Ingrid’s tenacity and stubbornness to keep at it no matter how many rejections were thrown at her have paid off with the launch of her psychological thriller The New Girl published by HarperCollins imprint Avon Books UK. Ingrid Alexandra Graduate of Australian... read more

Astrid Scholte: Now a successful author of young adult fiction

AWC Courses completed: Creative Writing Stage 1 Novel Writing Essentials History, Mystery and Magic Blogging for Beginners What Publishers Want Lofty ambitions pay off Astrid Scholte had always hoped to be published. In fact, she had the lofty goal of being published before she was 18. “I was a little... read more

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

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

Joy Adan: Living her dream as a freelance writer

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

How Jennifer Johnston gained the confidence to become a freelance writer

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

Tania Blanchard: From physiotherapist to full-time fiction author

Success: Debut historical novel The Girl from Munich, published by Simon and Schuster. AWC courses completed: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Background: A debut historical novel kicking off a two-book deal with a major publisher seems a million miles from life as a... read more

Shankari Chandran: From lawyer to published author

When Shankari Chandran took time out of her career as a lawyer to have her fourth child, she turned her hand to writing in between baby feeds and family demands. This pastime has turned into a new career and Shankari has now released her first novel The Barrier, a futuristic... read more

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

Success: Shelly has written a series of counting-themed picture books for one to five-year-olds – published June 2017 through Allen & Unwin. In 2018 she has written two books, Blast Off  published by Penguin Random House and There's a Baddie Running Through this Book published by Allen... read more

Catherine Pelosi: From boring office job to book deal

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

Sarah Bailey: Daydreamer to dream book deal

Courses taken at AWC: Creative Writing Stage 1 Winner of two coveted literary awards in 2018, the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel and the Davitt Award for Best Debut Crime Book for her first novel, The Dark Lake, Sarah is proof that following your passion and dreams... read more

AWC graduate Penny Morrison: Published picture book author

It wasn’t so long ago that Sydney mum Penny Morrison would have laughed off suggestions that she could be a published picture book author. She never thought of herself ever writing books. However, now with half a dozen books to her name, including an industry recognition, she has no... read more

Author C.S. Sealey shares her story

C.S. (Carmel) Sealey’s lifelong dream of completing and publishing her first novel, Equilibrium, finally came true. Making writing a priority Not long ago, Carmel was stuck in a non-creative role at work. “I had no time to work on my book and not much motivation to make... read more

Michaela Fox: Blogger turned successful freelance writer

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