Australian Writers’ Centre - Interview (December 2019)
How did the Australian Writers’ Centre begin?
I founded the Australian Writers’ Centre because I wanted to create a supportive and positive writing community that really helped people find a pathway to publication. Of course, I love writing and storytelling and I also love helping people achieve their creative potential. This is something I’ve always been passionate about. I wanted to create an environment where people could get access to the best teachers in the country and also find a community of like-minded aspiring writers!
What are the goals of the Australian Writers’ Centre?
The goals of the Australian Writers’ Centre are to help you get published, write with confidence and give you access to the tools and resources to make your creative dreams comes true.
Please tell us about the programs offered by Australian Writers’ Centre
There are pathways to suit almost any aspiring writer. Whether you want to publish a novel or develop a career as a freelance writer – or to write better in your workplace – there are courses and programs to suit the stage you’re at. The key is that everyone has different goals – so it’s not a case of “one writing course fits all”. Our programs are designed with the knowledge that some people want to write purely for fun – while others have professional goals they want to achieve.The beauty is that you can dip your toe in the water with a short workshop to see whether it’s a good fit before committing to a longer course.
Where are your courses available?
In our classrooms in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth – and we have a huge online community of students who learn from all over the country and the world.
Do you offer scholarships?
We currently don’t offer scholarships.
I’m just beginning my creative journey, are your courses suitable for beginners?
Definitely. We have courses for every stage of your creative journey!
Can you share any student success stories with us?
There are so many successes from our alumni!
- Joanna Nell published her bestselling book “The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village” and now has released her second novel “The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker.”
- Margaret Morgan published her novel “The Second Cure” and that’s now being turned into a miniseries.
- Sarah Bailey has become one of Australia's bestselling crime and thriller authors with her books “The Dark Lake”, “Into the Night” and “Where the Dead Go”.
- Petronella McGovern has recently released her novel “Six Minutes”.
- Kaneana May released her debut novel “The One”.
- Shelly Unwin has released five picture books.
- Catherine Pelosi has released “Quark’s Academy” and “Something for Fleur”.
- Fleur Ferris has released several young adult novels.
To be honest, the list is endless!
How can we find out more about Australian Writers’ Centre?
Pop over to www.writerscentre.com.au to check out what’s on offer.
You can also join our “So you want to be a writer” podcast listener community on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/2346749828883788