The Writers' Studio Alumni

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Over two decades, thousands of people from all walks of life and all levels of experience have completed our creative writing courses and benefitted from the boutique services of the Writers' Studio.

Here are some people who have either done the courses or worked with Roland, following the Writers' Studio unique creative processes.


Happy_Feet_1Dr George Miller: film maker, Happy Feet, Mad Max, Babe, Lorenzo's Oil, Witches of Eastwick

 

 


Carl_Barron1Carl Barron: professional comedian, writer, director. Carl's DVD, Carl Barron Live, is the highest selling stand-up comedy DVD in Australian history.





Mary_DonaldsonMary Donaldson:
Crown Princess of Denmark

 

 


Genesis_Flaw1LA Larkin:
 Author, The Genesis Flaw, Thirst.


 

 

Good_Man_HuntingJacinta Tynan: Sky News Australia presenter and author of Good Man Hunting

 

 


Hello_Darkness_1Sam de Brito:
author, Sun-Herald columnist, script editor, TV: White Collar Blue, Water Rats, Books: No Tattoos Before You're Thirty… What I'll Tell My Children?, The Lost Boys, Hello Darkness

 

 

party-and-knit-258671_mediumSharon Aris: author, It's My Party and I'll Knit if I Want To, Being Married

 

 


Carole_KingYasmin Boland
: journalist, author: Carole King is an Alien and All the Rage

 

 


The_Bet_FinalCaroline Gerard:
writer and producer of the 2007 feature film The Bet, starring Matthew Newton, Aden Young and Sibylla Budd

 

 


spirited_posterClaudia Karvan
: actress, writer, producer, Spirited, Love My Way, Daybreakers, Paperback Hero

 

 


beautiful_kate1Rachel Ward
: actor and director/writer of the 2009 feature film Beautiful Kate starring Sophie Lowe, Ben Mendelsohn, Maeve Dermody and Rachel Griffiths.

 

 

Rockwiz_JuliaJulia Zemiro, radio host, actor, singer and Rockwiz presenter, The WedgeTotally Full Frontal

 

 


tangle_posterFiona Seres: 
scriptwriter, film and television SatisfactionTangleLove My Way, The Surgeon

 



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Elizabeth Farrelly: author, architecture critic, essayist and columnist for The Sydney Morninng Herald. 

 

 


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Krew Boylan: actor, writer, Wild Boys, All Saints, Rescue Special Ops 


 


Rachael_Oakes-AshRachael Oakes-Ash
: journalist/author, Good Girls Do Swallow, Anything She Can Do I Can Do Better

 

 


RakeJessica Hobbs
: director, The Slap, Rake, Spirited, Tangle, All Saints, Love My Way


 

 

killerMatt Sherring: co-writer of the 2011 feature film Killer Elite starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro

 

 


abclogoCaroline Baum
: The Book Show/ABC 

 


BlubberlandDr Elizabeth Farrelly
: columnist, author and feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald. Her most recent book is 
Blubberland.

 

 


speaker-sullySandra Sully:
 journalist, Channel 10 television presenter

 

 


hard_word1Scott Roberts
: screenwriter and director of the 2002 feature film The Hard Word, starring Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths and Joel Edgerton

 

 

Ashley_Hay1Ashley Hay: journalist/author, The Body in the Clouds, The Secret: The Strange Marriage of Annabelle Milbanke & Lord Byron, Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions, Herbarium, Museum: The Macleays, Their Collections, and the Search for Order


 

BiancaBianca Dye:
 radio announcer, NOVA, 20 to 1The 7pm Project, Thank God You're Here

 

 

 

Dan_Wylie

Dan Wylie: actor, Muriel's Wedding, Romper Stomper, Love My Way, Underbelly

 

 


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Phillip Hearnshaw: assistant director, BabeBabe: Pig in the City, The Punisher, La Spagnola

 

 


Gyton_GrantleyGyton Grantley: actor, Underbelly, House Husbands

 

 



mcleods-daughtersSimmone Jade Mackinnon: actor, City Homicide, Cops: LAC, Rescue Special Ops, McLeod's Daughters, Baywatch

 

 


hugh_sHugh Riminton
: CNN correspondent, Ten News presenter, Meet the Press6:30 with George Negus

 

 


paris_tango1Carla Coulson
: author and photographer, Paris TangoItalian Joy, Chasing a Dream

 

 


Lilias1Erina Reddan
: journalist, ABC foreign correspondent, author, non-fiction, Baby Daze, fiction, Water from the Moon, Lilia's Secret

 

 
 

Babe_CoverMargaret Sixel: film editor, Happy Feet, Babe: Pig in the City

 

 


AnnaCoren1Anna Coren:
 reporter/presenter CNN International, Today Tonight

 

 


Tarzan-MusicalPosterMeryl Tankard:
 Broadway choreographer, Tarzan the Musical 

 

 


paper-giants-the-birth-of-cleoTony Barry
: actor, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, Australia, All Saints

 

 


TheHoopla2Caroline Roessler: former managing editor of The Australian Women's Weekly and current editor of thehoopla.com.au

 




EmmaBalfour1Emma Balfour:
 model/poet/author, Poems

 

 


AAAnthony Ackroyd:
 professional comedian

 

 

 
how-to-say-i-do-make-your-civil-marriage-ceremony-your-ownMandy Newman: author: How to Say I Do: Make Your Civil Marriage Ceremony Your Own

 

 


RPA2Penny Robinson
: author, Executive Producer of RPA

 

 


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Ruth Ostrow: columnist, author, blogger and feature writer for The Australian

 

 
 

GangsKay Pavlou: director, Gangs of Oz, All Saints, Who Do You Think You Are?, McLeod's Daughters

 

 


Guilty_SecretsRob Pullan
: journalist and author of seven books, including Guilty Secrets, Bob Hawke: A Portrait and Bob Ansett: An Autobiography

 

 

RozozoliKevin Rozzoli: former State MP and Speaker, author Gavel to Gavel - An Insider's View of Parliament

 

 


RebeccaRebecca Rocheford Davies
: actor, writer, producer

 

 


Deadly_Women1John Mavety:
award-winning director and writer, Behind Mansion Walls, Deadly WomenEarthpulse, Tropfest finalist

 

 


PAUL_KELLY_FINALSue MacKinnon:
 former Film Finance Corporation Investment Manager, Documentaries and producer Shark Island Productions: Stories of Me, Paul Kelly

 

 


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Rob Johnson: editor, journalist and author The Golden Age of the Argonauts and Boom-Boom! A Century of Australian Comedy

 

 

Lisa_Forrest1Lisa Forrest:
 radio and TV broadcaster/author Making the Most of It, DJ Max, Meg Banana, Boycott

 

 


Glass_HeartKaterina Cosgrove
: author, The Glass Heart

 

 


Happy_Feet_1Peter McDonald
: animator, Animal Logic,
Happy Feet, Teen Wolf, Puss in Boots

 




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Martyn Ives: documentary film maker, Emmy Award winner, National Geographic Taboo, How Beer Saved the World, Prototype This!, Monster Bug Wars, If We Had No Moon, The Complete Cosmos

 

 

Tibet1Mark Gould: documentary film maker, producer, Tibet: Murder in the Snow, Rising Stars

 

 


HUNTANGELS1SHAlec Morgan
:Actor, DIrector, Writer, Hunt Angels, Beautiful Bondi, Our Century, Dusty Hearts, Lousy Little Sixpence


 
 

packedtotherafterscompleteseason3Helen O'Connor: Actor, Packed to the Rafters, Crownies, All Saints, Babe, Frauds, The Beast

 

 


MadMax1Nick Lathouris
: actor, dramaturg, writer, Kennedy Miller Productions
 

 

 


Theresa_MillerTheresa Miller, television reporter, presenter and producer and author of Making Babies

 

 



Roxane_WilsonRoxane Wilson: actor, Home and Away, City Homicide, Rescue Special Ops, Out of the Blue, The Alice, Stingers, Water Rats 

 

 


RuthDr Ruth Wajnryb:
linguist, author, Expletive Deleted: A Good Look at Bad Language and columnist, The Sydney Morning Herald

 

 
 

guru-gregMatt Duffy: director, writer, producer, Guru Greg

 

 

 

Kimberley Chin Poy: authorWednesday Sisters308168_10150885564235394_87317605393_21273472_1089389578_n

 

 

 

Secret_SamuraiOllie Lind: author, Secret Samurai

 

 

 

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Jess Black: author of 12 books in the Bindi Wildlife Adventure Series, three books in the RSPCA Animal Tales series and two books for the Bindi Behind the Scenes series.

 



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Jamie Hilton: producer, Sleeping Beauty and The Waiting City. He was voted the Australian producer most worth watching at the Melbourne International Film Festival 37º South Market event in 2012.

 

 

 Wendy Fitzgerald: author, Bollywood DreamsBollywood_Dreams

 

 

 

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Gerry O' Sullivan: author, Flag of All Nations

 

 

 

 

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