Australian Writers' Centre blog

Q&A: Patently vs Blatantly

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it's all... read more

Word of the week: Enervate

Enervate (verb, adjective) [en-uh-vayt] "Although it actually sounds a bit like it might mean to energise, the opposite is true. It means to deprive of energy or vigour. So you might say: 'The enervating atmosphere in the room made everyone lose enthusiasm.'" To hear Valerie and Allison chat... read more

Lee Zachariah on his new book “Double Dissolution”

Lee Zachariah is a writer who has worked across film, television and journalism. He has written on politics and the arts for a range of publications and co-hosted the ABC2 film comedy series The Bazura Project. He has also written for The Chaser on The Hamster Wheel, The Checkout... read more

Q&A: Adaptation or adaption?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we're exploring... read more

Word of the week: Metier

Metier (noun) [meteeay] "Even though many people know this word, it's not really in common usage. I was inspired to include it when I was watching The Crown on Netflix recently. Winston Churchill was speaking to the artist painting his portrait. The artist admits that he came to painting... read more

COMPETITION: WIN a $20 Dendy Direct gift card!

Love & Friendship, the hilarious and heart-warming new adaption of Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan, is now available to rent and own on Dendy Direct. Starring Kate Beckinsale as the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan Vernon, this is one of the finest Austen adaptations in years. Thanks to... read more

MURDER EP 19 Crime writer and psychologist Leah Giarratano

Leah Giarratano is a clinical psychologist and author who specialises in psychological trauma and sex offences, which feature in her novels Vodka Doesn’t Freeze and her recent Disharmony series including The Telling, The Laeduin and Immortal Combat. Leah talks the plotting process and the dichotomy between understanding your characters... read more

Word of the week: Neologism

Neologism (Noun) [nee'oluhgizuhm] "The Macquarie Dictionary says this is 'a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.' So recent examples of this might include 'crowdsourcing' or 'metrosexual' or 'chillax'." To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of writing, blogging and publishing, check out... read more