We were thrilled to read this post on Girl With a Satchel, a blog with a great insight into the Australian media industry. The post profiles editor Georgia Rickard, alumni of the Sydney Writers' Centre.
In 2008 Georgia Rickard attended our Feature Writing course and Travel Writing seminar. She then completed the mentoring program with Valerie Khoo. Since then she's landed herself a job as the editor of Australian Healthy Food Guide. At only 24, she's already made her mark in the Australian magazine publishing scene.
Congratulations Georgia! We're thrilled to see one of our previous participants having so much success - and were especially pleased when we received this feedback:
"Writing has always been a dream of mine – but I’ve never had any idea how to make that happen … Then I discovered the Sydney Writers’ Centre. I developed a brand new skill set and realised that it was possible to follow my dreams. Resigning from my job, I began writing; developing a network of contacts that quickly turned into regular, full-time work with magazines like Cosmopolitan, CLEO, The Telegraph, Women’s Health and more.
"Over time, I interviewed celebrities, went on (free) holidays, got sent truckloads of products, developed solid friendships with others in the industry and of course, made a healthy living. Then one day, my writing caught the eye of a national publication who invited me in to have a chat with them about my feature ideas.
"Fast forward again, and I eventually became editor of their magazine! Every day I wake up feeling happier than I could have imagined. I often think back to my last career and wonder what would have happened if I never took that first step with the Sydney Writers’ Centre – and shudder. If you’re considering their courses, my advice to you would be just do it – you just never know where it may lead you!"
If you want to learn more about Georgia's feature writing journey, check out the interview with her on the Girl With A Satchel blog.
Here's a short video of Georgia talking our Feature Writing course with Valerie Khoo: