Graduate Reviews

Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp

“If you are interested in writing about murder this is the perfect course because you have access to a wide variety of information that helps build your plot. You get inside the head and heart of the murderer. Anatomy of a Crime exceeded my expectations – having access to videos, transcripts and podcasts enhanced the content and I have been enjoying every aspect.”

Sue Downey

Only you can make you write. The bootcamp is an awesome, annoying friend who will remind you to write and give you great advice, and little sneaky jabs as needed, to keep you moving along.

Frith Fairley

“The Bootcamp made me feel happy and inspired to write. Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp is the best creative course online.”

Romayne Pavan

“Was curious and wondered if I could write 10000 words in a month and I did. Writing smaller words like 500 daily can prevent burnout and disciplining yourself to stick to the number of words. I added an extra 12,800 words to my existing manuscript. I also created a new subplot. Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp encourages you to write daily. I’m happy and inspired to write more.”

Romayne Pavan

“The Bootcamp made me feel happy and inspired to write. Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp is the best creative course online.”

Jess Mulford

“Was curious and wondered if I could write 10000 words in a month and I did. Writing smaller words like 500 daily can prevent burnouts and disciplining yourself to stick to the number of words. I added an extra 12800 words in my existing manuscript. I also created a new subplot. Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp encourages you to write daily. I’m happy and inspired to write more.”

Romayne Pavan

“I wanted to do the Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp because I’ve always known I respond well to structure and instruction! I like to follow the rules and I needed a kick up the bum to get moving. The knowledge that just by coming back day after day the words build up – It sounds like such a simple thing but somehow I used to feel like a failure if I only wrote 200 words.

Now I realise that it can come in fits and starts and a little every day does add up – and at least keeps you in touch with your story and gives the opportunity for new ideas to form. When I began it I really didn’t know what I was going to work on, I just started writing and continued. I wrote about 3000 words on one piece and then moved to something I actually started many years ago – and I’ve done about 12,000 words now. I feel incredibly satisfied. Instead of feeling guilty all day every day about the writing I wasn’t getting done, I felt content knowing that by following the word requirement each week I was going to get at least 10,000 words done, and that my writing was moving forward.

As a result, I’ve been a much happier partner and mum – and despite my rather careless disregard (on some days) of domestic duties and home-cooked meals (luckily we all like baked beans on toast), I think all members of my family have noted my improved mood! If you’re thinking about doing the bootcamp, you should do it. It’s like exercise (the only bootcamp that allows you to sit on your backside) – getting started is the hardest bit. You’ll always feel better when you’re finished.

The Australian Writers’ Centre is a fabulous online resource for people who can’t make it to formal classes. At the same time as doing this course I’ve also discovered the podcast and when domestic duties call I listen to Val and Al, and your wonderful guests. It has been immensely inspiring.”

Jodie Haid

“With the Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp I wanted to learn to manage my time. I was so disorganised, and there aren’t enough hours in the day. The bootcamp was straight forward, easy to understand and encouraging.The most valuable part of the course was slotting in time for all the things I do daily, and not turning up for appointments at the wrong time! Every day I wrote over the allocated number of words, and I feel very pleased with myself.”

Elizabeth Warneke

“This was just the kick start I needed. I was surprised by how quickly the word count mounted up and that I wanted to complete the tasks, even on the days when I felt I had no energy left and nothing to give to the blank page. More than anything, however, was giving myself permission to write and, more importantly, giving myself permission to experiment with time slots and write a sh*t first draft. Up until I tried out Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp, I kept thinking I needed to write perfectly which allowed for procrastination and doubt to creep in. After 30 days I now have more than 12,000 words to play with and make better. You can’t improve nothing. Thank you AWC and thank you Boot Camp. Worth every dollar.”

Ktima Heathcote