Australian Writers’ Centre
Every week at least one email arrives in my inbox from the Australian Writers’ Centre. It might be the newsletter that I subscribe to, or the furious fiction prompt which sends my brain scrambling as to whether I want to give that topic a go and do I have time this weekend? The most tempting one though is the one that screams FUN. LEARNING. LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE. BUY ME! Yes, it's the course email.
With courses delivered in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, the Australian Writers’ Centre offers over fifty courses to suit anyone with the writing bug. From Creative Writing, Business Writing, Freelance Writing, Editing and plenty of kid’s courses, there really is something for everyone. Even now, scrolling down the list, I've clicked 'Learn more' three times. This is my kind of all you can eat buffet.
Fortunately, for those who can't travel to the classroom courses, there are online learning and mentorship options too. Created and presented by experts who are active in the industry the AWC courses are practical, relevant and inspiring - all three of which I can attest to, having completed both online and in-class courses this year.
If you like being part of the chat, then find journalists and authors CEO Valerie Khoo and community manager Allison Tait and tune into their podcast 'So you want to be a Writer'. Check out their blog for tips and info. On completion of a course there's even a 'graduates club' where you can hang out virtually and stay in touch with writing buddies.
With so much on offer and Christmas around the corner, this might be a good time to casually leave the gift voucher page open on your browser. Perhaps you could book in for that manuscript assessment you've been meaning to have, or work with a mentor.
Whatever you choose you will be sure to come away with nuggets of gold to really help your work shine.
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Introduction by Fiona C Lloyd