Over two decades, thousands of people from all walks of life and all levels of experience have completed our creative writing courses and benefited 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.


  • Dr George Miller

    Happy Feet, Mad Max, Babe, Lorenzo's Oil, Witches of Eastwick
  • Carl Barron

    'Carl Barron Live' is the highest selling stand-up comedy DVD in Australian history
  • Mary Donaldson

    Crown Princess of Denmark
  • LA Larkin

    Author The Genesis Flaw, Thirst
  • Jacinta Tynan

    Sky News Australia presenter and author of Good Man Hunting
  • Sam de Brito

    Sun-Herald columnist, Script Editor of White Collar Blue, Water Rats, Author of No Tattoos Before You're Thirty, The Lost Boys,
  • Claudia Karvan

    Actress, writer, producer, Spirited, Love My Way, Paperback Hero
  • Julia Zemiro

    Radio host, actor, singer and Rockwiz presenter
  • Yasmin Boland

    Journalist, author: Carole King is an Alien and All the Rage
  • Sharon Aris

    Author, It's My Party and I'll Knit if I Want To, Being Married
  • Caroline Gerard

    Writer/producer of feature film The Bet, starring Matthew Newton, Aden Young and Sibylla Budd
  • Simon Tedeschi

    Award winning classical pianist and musician
  • Samantha Lang

    Screenwriter & Director. The Well, The Killing Field, Carlotta
  • Fiona Seres

    Scriptwriter, film and television Satisfaction, Tangle, Love My Way, The Surgeon
  • Krew Boylan

    Actor Wild Boys, All Saints, Rescue Special Ops, Shappelle
  • Rachel Ward

    Actor and director/writer of the feature film Beautiful Kate starring Sophie Lowe, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rachel Griffiths.
  • Karen M. Davis

    Author of crime novels 'Sinister Intent' & 'Deadly Obsession', both published by Simon & Schuster
  • Elizabeth Farrelly

    Author, architecture critic, essayist and columnist for The Sydney Morninng Herald.
  • Rachael Oakes-Ash

    Journalist/author, Good Girls Do Swallow, Anything She Can Do I Can Do Better
  • Julia Stone

    ARIA award wining Australian musician
  • Vanessa Stubbs

    Author of Star Attraction, published by Penguin 2013
  • Caroline Baum

    The Book Show/ABC
  • Anna Spargo-Ryan

    Author, The Paper House published by Pan McMillian
  • Matt Sherring

    Co-writer of the feature film Killer Elite starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro
  • Jessica Hobbs

    Director, The Slap, Rake, Spirited, Tangle, All Saints, Love My Way
  • Sandra Sully

    Journalist, Channel 10 presenter
  • Rachael Blake

    Award winning actress, Wildside, Rake, Lantana, Sleeping Beauty
  • Dr Elizabeth Farrelly

    Feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald. Author of Blubberland and Caro Was Here
  • Scott Roberts

    Writer and director of the feature film The Hard Word, starring Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths and Joel Edgerton
  • Josh Capelin

    Creative Director, TV Producer including Andy & Ben Do Mexico, Andy & Ben Eat the World, Network 10
  • Sasha Horler

    Award winning Australian actor
  • Dan Wylie

    Actor, Muriel's Wedding, Romper Stomper, Love My Way, Underbelly
  • Gyton Grantley

    Actor, Underbelly, House Husbands
  • Doug Mulray

    Australian comedian, radio and television presenter
  • Bianca Dye

    Radio announcer, NOVA, 20 to 1, The 7pm Project, Thank God You're Here
  • Ashley Hay

    Journalist/author, The Body in the Clouds, The Secret: The Strange Marriage of Annabelle Milbanke & Lord Byron
  • Phillip Hearnshaw

    Assistant director, Babe, Babe: Pig in the City, The Punisher, La Spagnola
  • Simmone Jade Mackinnon

    Actor, City Homicide, Cops: LAC, Rescue Special Ops, McLeod's Daughters
  • Carla Coulson

    Author and photographer, Paris Tango, Italian Joy, Chasing a Dream
  • Erina Reddan

    Journalist, ABC foreign correspondent, author, non-fiction, Baby Daze, fiction, Water from the Moon, Lilia's Secret
  • Margaret Sixel

    Academy Award Winner Film Editing - Mad Max Fury Road. Also Happy Feet, Babe: Pig in the City
  • Sandra Nori

    Ex-NSW Minister and Member of Macquarie University Council
  • Clive Hamilton

    Australian public intellectual & Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and the Vice-Chancellor's Chair
  • Anna Coren

    Reporter/presenter CNN International, Today Tonight
  • Meryl Tankard

    Broadway choreographer, Tarzan the Musical
  • Tony Barry

    Actor, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, Australia, All Saints
  • Caroline Roessler

    Former managing editor of The Australian Women's Weekly, the Hoopla and the Barrossa Living Magazine (Rest in Peace C)
  • Emma Balfour

    Model, poet, author, Poems
  • Anthony Ackroyd

    Professional comedian
  • Hugh Riminton

    CNN correspondent, Ten News presenter, Meet the Press, 6:30 with George Negus
  • Mandy Newman

    Author: How to Say I Do: Make Your Civil Marriage Ceremony Your Own
  • Penny Robinson

    Author, Executive Producer of RPA
  • Ruth Ostrow

    Columnist, author, blogger and feature writer for The Australian
  • Kay Pavlou

    Director, Gangs of Oz, All Saints, Who Do You Think You Are?, McLeod's Daughters
  • Rob Pullan

    Journalist and author of seven books, including Guilty Secrets, Bob Hawke: A Portrait and Bob Ansett: An Autobiography
  • Kevin Rozzoli

    Former State MP and Speaker, author Gavel to Gavel - An Insider's View of Parliament
  • Rebecca Rocheford Davies

    Actor, writer, producer
  • John Mavety

    Award-winning director and writer, Behind Mansion Walls, Deadly Women, Earthpulse, Tropfest finalist
  • Sue MacKinnon

    Former FFC 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 Forrest

    Radio and TV broadcaster/author Making the Most of It, DJ Max, Meg Banana, Boycott
  • Katerina Cosgrove

    Author, The Glass Heart
  • Peter 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
  • Mark Gould

    Documentary film maker, producer, Tibet: Murder in the Snow, Rising Stars
  • Helen O'Connor

    Actor, Packed to the Rafters, Crownies, All Saints, Babe, Frauds, The Beast
  • Alec Morgan

    Actor, Director, Writer, Hunt Angels, Beautiful Bondi, Our Century, Dusty Hearts,
  • Nick Lathouris

    Actor, dramaturg, writer, Kennedy Miller Productions
  • Theresa Miller

    Television reporter, presenter and producer and author of Making Babies
  • Roxane Wilson

    Actor, Home and Away, City Homicide, Rescue Special Ops, The Alice, Stingers, Water Rats
  • Dr Ruth Wajnryb

    Linguist, author, Expletive Deleted: A Good Look at Bad Language and columnist for SMH
  • Matt Duffy

    Director, Writer, Producer, Guru Greg
  • Kimberley Chin Poy

    Wednesday Sisters
  • Ollie Lind

    Secret Samurai
  • Jess Black

    Author of 12 books in the Bindi Wildlife Adventure Series, 3 in the RSPCA Animal Tales series and 2 books
  • Jamie Hilton

    Sleeping Beauty and The Waiting City. Voted the Australian producer most worth watching at the Melbourne International Film Festival 37º
  • Wendy Fitzgerald

    Bollywood Dreams
  • Gerry O' Sullivan

    Gangsters of Shanghai
  • Alex Gilly

    Author of Devil's Harbor published Tor/Forge NY, 2015
  • Nigel Bartlett

    Journalist and author. King of the Road published by Random House, 2015
  • Helen Thurloe

    Varuna Scholarship recipient. 'Promising Azra' published by Allen & Unwin, July 2016.
  • Shannon Garner

    Shannon Garner's first book Labour of Love published by Simon & Schuster, July 2016
  • Lia Weston

    Author of the Fortunes of Ruby White, published by Simon and Schuster and the upcoming - Those Pleasant Girls published by
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