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



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




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 



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




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


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




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



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




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


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



: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





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.



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





Gerry O' Sullivan: author, Flag of All Nations