Graduate Testimonials

Life Writing

“I enjoyed discovering new ways of writing my life story. Patti was helpful, but most of all she was positive in all of her feedback. You will discover there are many ways of writing your life story.”

Sandy Morse

“I really enjoyed Patti; she connected with everyone in the room. The course provided me insight into how to turn a description of events into something someone might want to read. The Australian Writers’ Centre is a great place to meet some very interesting people in a strongly creative environment.”

Philippa Barrett

“I enjoyed the tips, practice, and the feedback from Patti and the group. Patti was engaging and inspirational. The course will give you practical guidance but also provide encouragement towards continuing to write and believing you can document your own life story.”

Christine Danger

“I loved the luxury of sitting and talking about, and indulging in writing. It’s something I love, but rarely have the time to immerse myself in. Patti was very knowledgeable and supportive. It was great to know that I’ve been on the right track with lots of things and now have a whole heap of new tools to keep me going.”

Renee Bugg

“Having to write and hearing and discussing others’ writings was excellent. Patti was excellent; always positive, encouraging, open and interesting as well as very knowledgeable. I would recommend anyone to go to Patti Miller as she is a marvellous teacher and you will learn a great deal and enjoy it.”

Lynn Elizabeth Barnett

“Patti Miller is very approachable and clear – she’s obviously an experienced teacher. Life Writing is a good kick-start to memoir writing, with practical tools and practical lessons.”

Annette Freeman

“Patti Miller made everyone feel comfortable. I really enjoyed getting to know the others in the class and the ‘secret writing’ exercise. Australian Writers’ Centre is in a great location and easy to access from the railway station. The email communication from the centre is great and the course content is relevant.”

Bronwyn Eileen Gallo

“Patti Miller was super and gave constructive feedback! If you can get there… Go do it!”

Leonie Curgenven

“I found Patti Miller to be a very clear, and empathic teacher. I learned a great deal about myself as well as my writing.
I say do the course – you will find out what you are doing well and learn how to improve your weaker areas!”

Elizabeth Shadlow

“I found the course liberating in overcoming the barrier to start writing. Patti is an inspiring and encouraging teacher and excellent group facilitator. It was most enjoyable and met my objectives.”

Carolyn Leigh

“Patti’s approach to the topic was a good balance of presentation and writing exercises. I gained so much valuable information and have told many people that it is not an exaggeration for me to say it was ‘life changing’. Patti has a great ability to provide honest feedback while at the same time being very encouraging. She creates an atmosphere of support where even the least experienced life writer (I put myself in that group) feels inspired, not diminished by the more experienced participants.”

Linda Chaousis

“The benefits of doing this course were priceless. Not only did my writing passion and skill increase, but it allowed me to truly find myself. Patti’s techniques, exercises and experience allows you to look at yourself, evaluate yourself and find your true self through writing. It has increased my confidence, my skill and my desire to write. Thank you so much.”

Nat Watson

“Patti’s style is excellent and engaging. She is obviously passionate about the topic and imparts her knowledge in an easy and friendly style. She made me feel completely at ease and safe in sharing some of my creative thoughts. The tasks she set were just right to stimulate the creative process.”

Teresa Benetos

“The two days have fired almost every remaining neuron in my brain and I now have the means to catch and order the bits so I can share my story with others.”

Ian Reid

“I enjoyed everything about this course – the teacher, the content, the way it was facilitated, venue, the group of people. Patti is a wonderful teacher for many reasons. She is clearly experienced and knowledgeable and gave us a lot of practical tips to get started writing. She is a talented communicator and seems very grounded and solid so there was a real authenticity about her. She is an excellent group facilitator and does it so effortlessly. She was generous with her expertise and time.”

Christine McCabe

“The course was illuminating in many ways. Patti skilfully kept 10 very different people engaged and on track whilst cleverly sharing quality advice on ways to improve. It was empowering in terms of both learning and sharing and as a result I’m encouraged to continue this journey of discovery. Not only did it unleash the very dormant writer within but it also taught me to relax, share with, and encourage like-minded folk whom I now feel I have a connection to. I started somewhat hesitantly and finished with a desire to continue in earnest.”

Felicity Young

“Patti was wonderful in encouraging us and providing that safe environment to share our stories. Her feedback was invaluable, not just of my work but of everyone’s. It gave me the confidence to believe in myself. It has inspired me to continue with my project.”

Clare Nathan

“It was great to get together with some like-minded people and Patti’s facilitation was excellent. She really got us all to talk and express ourselves in a safe atmosphere. I took away some simple messages – to write everyday for at least ten minutes, to jog my memory using the senses and to write scenes.”

Anne Walter

“Patti is a very good teacher, she has a wonderful ability to draw out creativity from the students. I hope to write that book! The course has allowed me to take off my training wheels and maybe give it a go.”

Suzanne McGillivray

“I found Patti interacted with us all without judgement, with compassion, with insight and with truth. She knows her subject well and it comes over that she enjoys teaching. The benefits of the course will possibly be ongoing. Not only was it enjoyable, with no pressure to ‘perform’ or come up with anything too intellectual, but it gave structure and method to life writing.”

Robyn Elliott