Graduate Reviews

How to Write for Children and Young Adults

“The feedback from a published author is invaluable and the online courses don’t really take up as much of your time as you might think.”

Alexandra Bell

“It’s an enjoyable, quick course that sets you on the right path to being a children’s author”

Michael Brinkle

“The How to Write for Children and Young Adults course answered lots of my questions and Sue’s guidance was invaluable. The Australian Writers’ Centre provides a wealth of knowledge and tons of support for your writing journey.”

Nola Smith

“Sue was a successful author who understands the genre. She was helpful, positive and prompt. I came away from the course with really good ideas about what to read to increase your knowledge of the field.”

Mary Langdon

“The How to Write for Children and Young Adults course seemed to be staffed by people with industry experience rather than just teaching composition. The Australian Writers’ Centre has real industry professionals and has the information you need to get yourself published.”

Kath Jones

“Pamela was great! The course is flexible to your own schedule, which I loved as I work and it can easily be done from home. The online classroom was so easy to navigate. Loved it and will be back for another course soon!”

Caitlin Caufield

“I really enjoyed receiving the feedback from Pamela and learning from that. She was very insightful, respectful and encouraging. The Australian Writers’ Centre is a great way for a full-time worker to improve their writing in their own time.”

Clarke Bull

“Sue was really good and helpful. The How to Write for Children and Young Adults course was an enjoyable, quick course that sets you on the right path to being a children’s author.”

Michael Brinkley

“Sue was fabulous, not only an author but she also has editorial experience and her comments were always positive.”

Paula Stevenson

“It’s a good environment to get the push you need to start writing. The weekly material keeps you focused and taking a course online allows you to work through it at your own pace during the week. Feedback for the weekly assignments highlights what you did well, which is a great confidence booster, and also helps you identify what you can do better and potential problem areas you could hit with your story.”

Josh Whittington

“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

“I did take a lot away from the course. There were various ideas and tips which were lightbulb moments which were quite powerful. The written material was excellent. Listening to the audio while reading the handouts is really useful and provides a ‘double dipping’ way of reinforcing the useful information.”

Amanda Snowden

“I liked being able to chat to people in the same boat as me – hearing everyone’s ideas and being forced to confront my writing fears. Jude was fantastic – she supportive of everyone and extremely knowledgeable. I feel much more confident and inspired, and was able to pinpoint areas that had been giving me difficulty.”

Katya Dibb

“I liked the group interaction. Jude was very enthusiastic about her subject. I now know that I can do it, I just need to apply myself and do some writing every day.”

Sue Stewart

“I enjoyed sharing ideas with others. Jude was fabulous. She really created a safe space for all and encouraged everyone wholeheartedly. The way Jude had us think about voice really opened up ideas for me.”

Emma Steeper

“I really enjoyed Judith, she was knowledgeable, passionate and fun. The time just whizzed past. The Australian Writers’ Centre tutors are fabulous. Save up and go. I’m very glad I went!”

Gabi Fisher

“I loved submitting the assignments for all participants to read and feedback on. It was terrifying and satisfying all at the same time! Judith’s feedback was invaluable, thought-provoking and pointed me in the direction I need to go. It was relevant content, delivered in a professional and passionate way. The course provided me with practical tools that I can start using immediately in my writing and the online classroom, peers, and tutor inspired me to keep going.”

Meran Robinson

“Judith was fantastic! So well-balanced in her comments about assignments and always leaving her students with a sense of hope! The course was great, you will come away with a much stronger knowledge base of what you need to do to find success in your chosen field of writing.”

Trisha Wilson

“The feedback from Judith Ridge was useful and interesting, especially being able to read her feedback on other participants’ work. The examples from published books that were used in the course notes to illustrate a point in the audio were excellent”.

Rebecca Newman

“I enjoyed being able to do the course in my own time. I got a lot out of sharing my work and reading the work of my classmates. Judith Ridge was excellent! Very informative.”

Elizabeth Pigott