What is the program schedule?

The online program runs for 12 months, from Wednesday 20 March 2024 to Wednesday 12 March 2025 (inclusive). There's a break to focus on structural edits of your classmates’ manuscripts from Monday 23 December 2024 to Sunday 2 March 2025 (inclusive).


One payment of $265 upon successful application, AND 11 payments of $265 every 30 days, starting on the first day of the program. (Total: $3180.) A receipt is emailed to you after each transaction.

How do I apply?

If you're ready to apply, scroll to the application buttons at the bottom of this page.

Please have the following ready to submit your application:

1. Credit card and contact information. No payments will be processed until your application is approved by your tutor (regardless of which payment option you select).

2. Your writing sample. Your file must:

  • start with a short paragraph about yourself and your writing experience. This helps the online tutor understand more about you and your writing, to give context for your application. You could include details about your novel, other pieces you've written, courses you may have attended etc. (It's perfectly fine if you haven't completed any courses in writing!)
  • include a 3000-word sample of your writing. Ideally, this should be from the novel you intend to be working on during the program. If you would rather send another piece of writing instead that's fine, but please do mention it is not from the novel you will be working on in the program.
  • Saved as a Word document with your name included in the filename.
What else do I need to know?

Just a couple more things:

  • It takes no more than 3-5 business days for your application to be reviewed – and we'll keep you updated if it will be any longer than that.
  • You need a minimum of 20,000 words of your novel written to gain entry into the program. It's not a hard-and-fast rule, however, you'll be very busy if you don't get at least this much written before the start of the program.
  • An important part of the program is that you join a community of other writers who are writing their novel.
    Discussions take place on ‘Discord’. Think of it like Facebook Messenger – but much better. Students love how easy it is to use.
    Rest assured that Discord is totally free and we’ll show you how to sign up and use it. Don’t worry, it’s very simple and easy to use!
I'm ready to apply

Great! Read the enrolment conditions carefully, then choose your preferred payment option to get started.

Enrolment conditions

When entering into a 6-month or 12-month program the entire fee must be paid. If you choose the “monthly payments” option, you agree that your credit card will automatically be charged the agreed amount at the intervals indicated. When enrolling you acknowledge that you're making a commitment to pay the full amount to Australian Writers’ Centre in exchange for the privilege of participating in the program.

Cancellation/withdrawal is only permitted before the program starts If you cannot attend the program, you must advise the Australian Writers’ Centre in writing at least four weeks before the program starts. If this happens, you will receive a credit note to the value already paid. You can use this credit note towards any Australian Writers' Centre courses.

In exceptional circumstances, special consideration may be given for withdrawals or transfers within the four-week period. If this occurs, you will be charged a $125 administration fee and a credit note will be issued for the outstanding amount.

Please choose this program carefully and understand that once the program has commenced, there are no transfers or refunds in the event you are unable to attend for any reason, including changes to my work commitments.

These conditions apply even if you enrol within the four-week grace period.

Australian Writers’ Centre reserves the right to cancel or terminate a program. If this happens, you will be refunded the program fee paid. The Centre is also committed to providing participants with a productive and nurturing environment. The Centre reserves the right to, at its sole discretion, limit, suspend, or terminate your right to participate in the program without refund of payment if you become disruptive or difficult to work with, or if your behaviour impairs the ability of instructors or fellow participants to participate in the program, either in class or online.

The program materials are copyright and you must never to sell, rent or otherwise distribute course materials in any way.

One payment of $265 upon successful application, AND
11 payments of $265 every 30 days, starting on the first day of the course. (Total: $3180.) A receipt is emailed to you for each transaction.