Graduate Reviews

History, Mystery and Magic

“Whenever a question was asked, regardless of whether it fitted into the course content, Kate willingly shared her knowledge. From plot specific questions, to publishing advise. She gave us a little taste of an awful lot in the most amazingly engaging way. Kate’s depth of knowledge was just amazing – she is powerfully engaging and inspirational!”

Sandie Naumann

“Kate was amazing! She was so informative and approachable. She took the time to be interested in each of us individually and attempted to cater her course to meet each of our writing needs. She is so knowledgeable about her topic and uses such a rich variety of relevant examples; a fantastic teacher! I have completed other AWC courses and they have all been wonderful.”

Christina Bulbrook

“Kate is an absolute treasure, engaging and funny but enormously intelligent and interesting. She was generous with her advice and spoke often of her own experiences which brought a personal touch to her teaching and has helped me put some new routines and ideas into action. The course itself was the best one I have done at the centre. It covered so many areas of writing and has helped me so very much. I would highly recommend the AWC. The location is beautiful and close to get to by train. The centre kept me informed and the handouts were great.”

Kim Pennings

“Writing has been a side of my life pushed to the back, but the floodwaters are now open. Something burst out of me at this course and I’ve felt emotional ever since, but I am writing something every day. It may not be “The Book” yet but the words are flowing. Writing is something I have wanted to do for so long and I can’t thank Kate enough for inspiring creativity. I loved the course and connecting with others of like mind. Learning how to prepare, plan, research and create believable characters was invaluable. History, Mystery and Magic was more than I hoped it would be. It was pure magic for a lost writer’s soul.”

Marcia Tomaras

“You are so lucky to have an extraordinary teacher like Kate Forsyth as one of your presenters. I walked away from her two day ‘History, Mystery and Magic’ course yesterday inspired, encouraged and motivated with all my batteries fully charged. Kate draws on her wealth of experience and happily shares her knowledge. We learned about the value of notebooks, the importance of research, how to plan time, how to structure a story, how to build suspense and create surprise. Kate showed us how to add rhythm, pace and atmosphere to our writing through the use of carefully chosen words. It’s no wonder Kate Forsyth’s books cast a spell on everyone who reads them. This course gave me a glimpse into how she makes this happen. I congratulate Kate and I have no hesitation in recommending any of her courses. Thank you Kate and the AWC.”

Wendy Fitzgerald

“Kate was so generous with her information, combined with her infectious personality, was uplifting and inspiring. AWC has professionally run courses, is informative and inspiring.”

Karen Goldrick

“Fantastic presenter who is happy to share her knowledge, able to make complex ideas understandable, extremely interesting, I never felt bored, a very skilled teacher who is passionate about writing and communicates her enthusiasm for writing. I thought the course was great – I especially appreciated that it provided a great deal of information.”

Sylvia King

“I enjoyed how much I learned and being with a group of people who were all working towards the same goal. It was a friendly, educational and informative working group. Kate is magnificent. Her knowledge is staggering and yet she presents it in a way that those of without a literary educational background can understand. She’s really inspired me. The AWC will give you the tools you need to be a better writer in a supportive environment.”

Amanda Willimott

“Having an author of the calibre of Kate Forsyth who has written so prolifically across several genres was amazing and inspiring. Despite Kate’s success she is not at all intimidating and is very open and willing to share her experiences and creative process – a great teacher. AWC is a great place to either get started on your writing journey, reinvigorate your ideas or improve your manuscript. Great input from published authors.”

Hera McCaffery

“Everyone at AWC is passionate and willing to share their knowledge. Valerie and the team of presenters are inspiring… writing tips are clear, practical and ‘doable’. Everyone is welcomed and wherever you are at in your writing, and for whatever you wish to achieve, the tools learnt to begin, polish or complete a draft/manuscript are invaluable.”

Kat Thomson

“Kate was wonderful – her insights were exactly what I needed, and have been looking for, for years! I’ve studied a Masters of Communication, and learnt more in two days with Kate than I did during the two years it took me to complete my Masters. She’s engaging, informative, and so friendly and approachable. I cannot speak highly enough of her. AWC really is the perfect way to reignite your passion for writing, to inspire creativity, and to really learn practical tips on the craft of writing.”

Sally Wood

“Kate Forsyth is a brilliant presenter. She is knowledgeable, warm, smart and doesn’t waste a moment. I loved her! The course is fantastic. I would certainly recommend anything Kate Forsyth presented. I’d also mention the location of the building which is very impressive.”

Krys Saclier

“Kate Forsyth is delightful. She is kind but firm, and takes the time to find out your issues. She then gives practical advice to assist you – Amazing! She is WONDERFUL.”

Morgan Transwell

“It was wonderful to meet others on the writing journey and of course there was the incredible presenter, Kate – I’m so grateful that the course was run! Kate has a depth of knowledge and wisdom about both the craft and the journey of writing, but what I appreciated the most was her humble, generous attitude. She was extremely patient and giving of her experience and creates a friendly, open attitude in the group as she does her best to meet the needs of the whole group (very adaptable and sensitive).
AWC makes a big effort to change and adapt to the needs of a writer, especially those on the daunting emerging writers’ path. The tutors are knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging, but will give honest feedback to improve your craft.”

Jenny Kingsford

“I loved listening to other participants and their diverse ideas and story lines and hearing Kate offer such positive and encouraging constructive criticism. Kate is a visionary teacher with brilliant ideas and had a unique talent for opening doors that I had not envisaged. All I have to do now is get it on paper! This course was a great way to meet others who are travelling the same path and learn how to overcome the obstacles that all writers have, no matter how experienced.”

Pip Condon

“The Australian Writers’ Centre helped improve my writing skills and played a part in me becoming an author. The courses kept me motivated, brought other opportunities and connected me with other writers (who are now close friends). Self-publishing my first novel was a huge achievement in my writing career and would not have been possible had I not worked on the craft of writing through the Australian Writers Centre.”

Lisa Fleetwood

“You are so lucky to have an extraordinary teacher like Kate Forsyth. I walked away inspired, encouraged and motivated with all my batteries fully charged. Kate draws on her wealth of experience and happily shares her knowledge. We learned about the value of notebooks, the importance of research, how to plan time, how to structure a story, how to build suspense and create surprise. Kate showed us how to add rhythm, pace and atmosphere to our writing through the use of carefully chosen words. It’s no wonder Kate Forsyth’s books cast a spell on everyone who reads them. This course gave me a glimpse into how she makes this happen. I congratulate Kate and I have no hesitation in recommending any of her courses.”

Wendy Fitzgerald

“I really enjoyed hearing Kate’s stories. She is very knowledgeable and well read. It’s SO worth it!”

Bambi Ward

“Kate was lovely and warm. Supporting. Inspiring. Australian Writers’ Centre has professionally run courses, that are informative and, inspiring.”

Karen Goldrick

“This course exceeded my expectations. Kate Forsyth writes in a way that I love and can connect to. She gave her knowledge in a heartfelt way and connected with us. Kate is a presenter who has a touch of magic to inspire. I loved her presentation, patience and connection. Just jump in, it’s well worth the leap!”

Marcia Tomaras