Graduate Testimonials

Creative Writing Stage 1

“I really enjoyed participating in small workshops and hearing what other people had come up with. Claire was great, the course was definitely worth going to.”

Nat Young

“I really liked Claire, she is interesting and engaging. The courses at Australian Writers’ Centre are a great way to initiate a creative journey.”

Rachel Pulver

“Cathie, I would like to thank you for your feedback during this course. Creative Writing Stage 1 was the best thing I have done this year so far.”

Doris Hacker

“I enjoyed that the feedback from the tutor was constructive and well informed. Cathie was amazing, she knows what she’s talking about, she was warm, friendly and approachable, yet honest and constructive. The course provided a great foundation for writing, which was enforced by the environment of positivity. The tutor knew the course materials and much more, and she was fun. I really enjoyed the course, I liked the people I did the course with, and the trainer. At the end of the day I learned a lot and it was worth the cost.”

James Cashion-Lozell

“Cathie was knowledgeable and I liked that feedback on assignments was done quickly.”

Renae Randall

“Pamela is friendly and tactful. She is very encouraging, while also giving us excellent targeted advice on how to improve. I strongly recommend the Australian Writers’ Centre to anyone who aspires to write. Their courses and podcasts are fun, but also professional and inspiring. I have learnt so much from them, and by following them on social media too. They are very generous with their time and advice. The best thing about the courses is that you can bring your work-in-progress to the table and get feedback on it from the talented tutors and your peers as well. It is an encouraging and enlightening experience. A huge thank you to the whole team at the AWC – you are so supportive, not just in this course, but on Twitter, Facebook, in blogs, and in your podcast. I am one very grateful fan of yours!”

Jessica Egan

“I loved the different areas covered over the 5-week course. Pamela was very knowledgeable and helpful. Her feedback was sensational, and even reading through other peoples work and her feedback on their was useful to get more knowledge. The Australian Writers’ Centre is very useful in giving you a solid start to creative writing.”

Melissa Schultz

“I have completed an Advanced Diploma in Professional Writing and felt I learnt more about structure and characters in this five-week course. I enjoyed reading the assignments and everyone’s comments. Pamela was extremely professional and her comments always improved my writing. If you want to improve your writing, and the way you think about writing, this is the course for you.”

Ashley Tippins

“It’s only week three of Creative Writing Stage 1 and I wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying it! I’m bursting with excitement about my manuscript once again. I have learned so much, and I have also regained confidence and reassurance that I’m on the right path and just need to keep going – to keep writing. It’s the push I needed! Having. So. Much. Fun.”

Tia Psaras

“I enjoyed the small, supportive group. It was very interactive and everyone was encouraging. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to do some creative writing and get feedback on it. Nicole was great; knowledgeable, encouraging and generous with her insider information on how to become a published writer. It was great to be among like-minded book lovers and hopeful writers.”

Tamara Blackmore

“I enjoyed learning writing activities and listening to other people’s writing. I found Nicole to be engaging, witty and very informative.”

Lisa Stockheim

“I enjoyed the explanations about story structure and very interesting practical and anecdotal information. Nicole was incredibly interesting, knowledgeable and insightful. I was engaged the whole way. Do it! It completely opened my mind to how writing 15 minutes every day could improve my creativity, sensitivity, sense of learning and writing.”

Jason Evans

“I enjoyed all of it! Just learning the process of how to write a book and everything that you need to consider was very helpful, especially as I have never written anything before. Natasha was incredibly knowledgeable and a fantastic teacher. She made the course interesting, backed up everything she taught us with references to books and was an all-round inspiring lady. It was a great, well-run course with a talented presenter. It will teach you everything you need to know to get started on your first book.”

Charlotte Whyatt

“I enjoyed being immersed in writing chat for two solid hours a week – I’m going to miss it! Natasha was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, positive and encouraging. She definitely made my course experience the best it could be. It’s a well-run course and a great opportunity to meet other writers.”

Alicia Bakewell

“I loved the small details about every aspect (plot and dialogue is clearer for me now) and I’d do it all again. I found Natasha fabulous. The information is layered and helpful. I’d like to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to participate and to feel happy in a non-threatening environment.”

Margaret Graham

“I enjoyed learning how to progress in your writing and learning about structure. Natasha was very knowledgeable and a fluent presenter. It is a marvellous starting point and very encouraging.”

Carolyn Moody

“Nicole was was thorough, professional, successful, practical, smart and interesting. Doing the course is very empowering. There was a diverse range of participants at the course – I loved it.”


“I really liked the relaxed and flexible presentation style with plenty of time to explore questions. Nicole was very knowledgeable but also willing to talk about other ways to do things. This course is a great introduction to the basics of creative writing in contrast to my familiar territory of corporate reports.”

Norm Pidgeon

“James was friendly and had a great sense of humour. He created a safe space for sharing work and had a working knowledge of Australian fiction to provide examples of writing. I’m glad I came in and spent a weekend immersed in the process of getting my creativity flowing, and interacting directly with the tutor and other students. The creative writing course was a good intro into the world of creative writing for me. If you’re thinking of doing a course, jump in! The AWC courses are great value for money, and a wonderful place to get you started.”

Zohra Aly

“I really enjoyed being in the same room as like-minded people. James really got us out of our comfort zones. All the exercises that he made us do were useful. I wish I had enrolled years ago. Many of my friends are jealous that I did it, yet they could easily do it themselves. Just do it!”

Charmaine Forbes