Must-have resources, great tips, competitions and more... join our community today!
Sign up

Podcasts

writer-Ep94-artwork-1000

Ep 94 How to avoid distractions from writing, discover this re-usable notebook, enter the world of “blooks”, and meet slayer of weasel words Don Watson. Also how to equip yourself to be interviewed as an author and win a signed copy of “Withering-by-Sea” by Judith Rossell.

Feb 2, 2016 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 94 of So you want to be a writer: Go inside the world of things that look like books but aren’t, writing in a foreign language, a re-usable notebook, how to avoid distractions from writing, and meet slayer of weasel words Don Watson. Also: an app that distills non-fiction works into short reads, giving you the main concepts of an entire book in 15 minutes, how to equip yourself to be interviewed as an author, win a signed copy of “Withering-by-Sea” by Judith Rossell, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes
‘Blook’ madness: inside the world of ‘bogus books’

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘I am, in Italian, a tougher, freer writer’

Wipebook reusable journal review

Stay Focused: 4 Ways to Delete Writing Distractions From Your Life

Writer in Residence

Don Watson

Don Watson was previously Paul Keating’s speechwriter and he wrote the bestselling book Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, which won the Age Book of the Year. He also wrote Death Sentence, which won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year, and Watson’s Dictionary of Weasel Words, and American Journeys – all award winning.

Continue Reading
episode 93 artwork feature

Ep 93 What writers need to know about defamation when writing memoirs, win a writer’s residency in a bridge, a tax return hailed as a masterpiece in contemporary fiction, and how to juggle multiple writing projects. Meet thriller author Jaye Ford, who moonlights as a romance author.

Jan 27, 2016 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 93 of So you want to be a writer:  What writers need to know about defamation when writing memoirs, win a writer’s residency in a bridge, a writer is arrested after winning illegal narcotics in a writing competition and a tax return is hailed as a masterpiece of contemporary fiction. Plus: advice on how to juggle multiple writing projects, meet thriller author Jaye Ford, who moonlights as a romance author, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes
A Writer’s Guide to Defamation and Invasion of Privacy

No trolls allowed: Seattle advertises a writing residency … in a bridge

Spicy story: Russian wins drugs in online writing comp, gets arrested

Tax return hailed as creative writing masterpiece

Writer in Residence
Jaye Ford decided at 40 that her dream to become an author would never be realised unless she sat down and finished writing something.

Almost ten years later, her first book, Beyond Fear, was the highest selling debut crime novel in Australia in 2011, won two 2012 Davitt Awards for Australian women crime writers (Best Debut and Readers’ Choice) and was shortlisted for the 2012 Davitt for Best Adult Crime Novel.

Continue Reading
writer-Ep92-artwork-1000

Ep 92 Meet Holly Seddon, journo-turned-author of psychological thriller “Try Not to Breathe”. The fate of CLEO and Penthouse, copyediting mistakes to avoid, Notability app, when to pitch to magazines.

Jan 19, 2016 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 92 of So you want to be a writer: CLEO magazine is closing, Penthouse drops print magazines, copyediting and grammar mistakes to avoid, the book The Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe, and Allison’s top blog posts about blogging. Meet journalist-turned-author Holly Seddon, whose new book is the psychological thriller Try Not to Breathe. Also: the clever note taking app Notability, when to pitch to magazines, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes
Bauer Media set to close Cleo magazine

Penthouse drops print magazines to deal with internet porn

6 Copyediting Mistakes to Avoid in Your Content

5 Verb Mistakes You Should Stop Making Today

Thing Explainer

Writer in Residence

Holly Seddon’s debut novel is Try Not To Breathe, a psychological thriller about a woman’s search for the truth about a brutal attack on a teenage girl.

Holly never quite made it to university, and became a freelance writer instead. In 2003, she launched her own music website, Muso’s Guide, from the kitchen of her house, partly in protest at not being given a job at NME.

Continue Reading
writer-Ep91-artwork-1000

Ep 91 Our step-by-step guide on how to achieve your writing goals in 2016. How to know you’re dating a writer, beware this fake Penguin publicist, do you know where to put plot points? And much more!

Jan 13, 2016 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 91 of So you want to be a writer: How to know you’re dating a writer, look out for this fake Penguin publicist fishing for book reviews, how to craft a page-turning plot, and things to know about writing life. Plus our step-by-step guide on how to achieve your 2016 writing goals, a top 100 book vote, and much more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes
17 Things Everyone Who Dates A Writer Should Know

BEWARE: Catfished By A Fake Penguin Employee

How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About the Writing Life

Competition

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz

Entries close 18th January 2016.

Vote for Allison’s book in Dymocks Top 101

Vote here

Your hosts

Allison Tait

Valerie Khoo / Australian Writers’ Centre

Connect with us on twitter

@altait

@valeriekhoo

Email us

podcast at writerscentre.com.au

Share the love!

Continue Reading
writer-Ep90-artwork-1000

Ep 90 Margaret Atwood is writing a graphic novel, writing rituals, how to get to know your characters and name them, Don Watson’s Worst Words, enter our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway of 12 books, and the best of 2015. Chat to you next year!

Dec 22, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 90 of So you want to be a writer: Margaret Atwood is writing a graphic novel, writing rituals and why they work, tips on how to get to know your characters and the intricacies of naming them well, and the book Worst Words by Don Watson. PLUS: our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, we look back at the best of 2015, and the Summer Reading Club Lost Worlds competitions. See you in 2016!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Procrasti-pup with his Kris Kringle gift

Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Graphic Novel Trilogy

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland

Writers’ Rituals and Why They Work

5 Point Checklist To Help Writers Get to Know Their Characters Thoroughly

The definitive guide to naming your characters

Watson’s Worst Words: A Compendium of Management Gibberish

Summer Reading Club Lost Worlds Competitions

Allison and Valerie’s Favourite Interviews of 2015

Allison:

  • Andy Griffiths (listen to the episode)
  • Anne Gracie (listen)
  • Suzanne O’Sullivan (listen)
  • Rachel Power (listen)

Valerie:

  • Pamela Hart (listen)
  • Kevin Kwan (listen)
  • Matt Nable (listen)

Competition

12 Days of Christmas giveaway

Entries close 4th January 2016.

Continue Reading
writer-Ep89-artwork-1000

Ep 89 Do you mourn the loss of a character? How to write a killer elevator pitch for your book, 10 over-writing traps to avoid, what’s your 2016 writing goal? Win in our “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway; how to pitch to bloggers; and Amazon’s new screenwriting app. And meet epic fantasy novelist Mitch Hogan, author of Blood of Innocents.

Dec 15, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 89 of So you want to be a writer: Do you mourn the loss of a character? How to write a killer elevator pitch for your book, 10 over-writing traps to avoid, tell us your 2016 writing goal, and how to enter our “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway. Also: tips on pitching to a blogger, and meet Writer in Residence epic fantasy novelist Mitchell Hogan, author of Blood of Innocents. Plus: a free screenwriting app from Amazon, what to do when agents aren’t taking on new authors, and more.

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

The loss of a character can be as real as the loss of a live person

5 Steps to Writing a Killer Elevator Pitch for Your Book

Writing Fiction? 10 Sneaky Overwriting Traps to Avoid

What’s YOUR 2016 writing goal? Tell us!

8 Tips for Pitching a Blogger

Writer in Residence 

Mitchell Hogan
Mitchell Hogan’s first attempt at writing fantasy was an abysmal failure and abandoned after only one page. But ideas for characters and scenes continued to come to him and he kept detailed notes of his thoughts, on the off chance that one day he might have time to write a novel.

Continue Reading
writer-Ep898artwork-1000

Ep 88 Why publishers give million dollar advances; should you write for love or money; book hotels, and why one female author wanted a male voice to narrate her books. Win a copy of The Man With the Golden Typewriter by Fergus Fleming. Check out these great books about writing and meet author of young adult books Ellie Marney. Also should you “split” your personal brand into two names?

Dec 8, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 88 of So you want to be a writer: Why publishers are giving million dollar advances to debut novelists. Should you write for love or money? Book hotels are now a THING. Also: why a female author wanted a male voice actor to narrate her books. WIN a copy of The Man With the Golden Typewriter by Fergus Fleming. Plus: great books about writing, Writer in Residence Ellie Marney, vehicle log app, advice on splitting your personal brand, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Betting Big on Literary Newcomers

Writing for Love or Money

Book And Bed

I’m a Female Author, So Why Did I Want a Man to Narrate My Audiobook?

Ad Nauseum: A Miscellany of Latin Words and Phrases by Lorna Robinson

25 Books Guaranteed to Make You a Better Writer

2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge

Writer in Residence 

Ellie Marney

Ellie’s short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. Ellie Marney’s YA novel, Every Breath was one of only two Australian novels on the 2015 list of most borrowed YA library books.

Continue Reading
ep 87 artwork

WRITER 087: How to write your next novel in a castle for a month (for free!); why your self-published book needs a professional cover; words you need to cut from your writing; why writers need to get used to playing the waiting game. Win a copy of the novella “Thirteen Ways of Looking”; Mia Freedman declares that mummy blogs are almost over. And meet Writer-in-Residence Drew Chapman, author of The King of Fear. We also roadtest the app “Tape a Call” so you can record phone conversations on your smartphone.

Dec 1, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 87 of So you want to be a writer: Congrats to our presenter Judith Rossell for making the shortlist for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Allison Tait’s The Mapmaker Chronicles 2: Prisoner of the Black Hawk is one of the best middle grade books for 2015! Also: would you want to write a novel in a European castle? Why you need a professional book cover for your self-published book, phrases to cut from your writing, patience for writers, and the death of the mummy blog. Plus: Writer-in-Residence Drew Chapman, the app “Tape a Call” to record your phone calls (perfect for journalists!), how to approach writing a trilogy, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

The best middle fiction books of 2015

2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Award shortlists

Need a writer’s retreat? Write your next book in a castle.

Your Self-Published Book Needs a Cover. Here’s How to Create It

Phrases to cut from your writing

Writers, Are You Willing to Play the Waiting Game

‘Mummy blogs are almost over’: Mamamia scraps network approach and launches Instagram-style app and consultancy business

Writer in Residence 

Drew Chapman
Drew works extensively in television, where he writes under the name Andrew Chapman.

Continue Reading
writer-Ep86-artwork-1000

Ep 86 “Yaaas” is added to dictionary, British writer tracks down teen who gave him a bad review and cracks a bottle of wine on her head; and can you promote a book without making yourself miserable? Dictionary of English Down The Ages. And meet film director and novelist, Shirley Barrett.

Nov 18, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 86 of So you want to be a writer: Allison’s The Mapmaker Chronicles optioned for a film, new words in the dictionary (YAAAS!), the author who assaulted a reviewer, book promotion minus the misery, China Rich Girlfriend giveaway, and the book Dictionary of English Down The Ages by Linda and Roger Flavell. You’ll also meet novelist and film director Shirley Barrett and find out if an unctuous cup of coffee is a good thing. Plus: the Pink Fibro Book Club, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

The Mapmaker Chronicles optioned for film

‘Yaaas’ is the latest addition to the dictionary

British Writer Tracks Down Teen Who Gave His Book a Bad Review, Smashes Her With Wine Bottle

Can You Promote a Book without Making Yourself Miserable?

Dictionary of English Down the Ages

Writer in Residence 

Shirley Barrett

Shirley Barrett is an Australian film maker. She has written and directed three feature films (Love Serenade, Walk the Talk, South Solitary), and worked extensively as a director in television (Love My Way, Offspring, Wild Boys).

Continue Reading
writer-Ep85-artwork-1000

Ep 85 How should freelance writers determine their “happy price”, why you don’t need tragedy in your story, how to save money on editing, inspirational six word writing tips, book giveaway: Prick with a Fork by Larissa Dubecki. Also: 10 novels that were written in a month, writing app Write or Die, and publishing sensation AG Riddle (two of his self-published books are being turned into Hollywood movies!).

Nov 9, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 85 of So you want to be a writer: Reprint of book one of Allison Tait’s The Mapmaker Chronicles, how freelance writers price their work, why you don’t need tragedy in your story, things you can do to save money on editing, #NaNoSix – inspirational six word writing tips, win a copy of Larissa Dubecki’s hilarious book Prick with a Fork. Also: 10 novels that were written in about a month, a self-published sensation, AG Riddle, whose books are being turned into Hollywood movies, the motivating writing app Write or Die, should you put footnotes in your articles, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Race to the End of the World by Allison Tait

The Simple Way to Price Your Freelance Writing Work

Conquering the Myths of the Writing Life

Getting Ready for an Edit: How to Help Your Editor and Save Money

Advice in Six Words: 17 Inspirational Six-Word Writing Tips

10 Novels Written in About a Month

Writer in Residence 

AG Riddle
A.G. Riddle spent 10 years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction.

Continue Reading
writer-ep84-artwork-1000

Ep 84 The rise of freelance writers, should you try a co-working space? How to trim your manuscript to a workable word count, “Story” by Robert McKee, writing advice from AWC presenters, how to write an author bio, a new writing app and meet children’s author Tristan Bancks.

Nov 3, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 84 of So you want to be a writer: The rise of freelance writers, is a co-working space better than working from home? How to trim your manuscript to a workable size, the book Story by Robert McKee, writing advice from AWC presenters, Writer in Residence children’s author Tristan Bancks, a new writing app to inspire flow, further advice on writing your author bio, download Allison’s top ten tips, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Australia’s freelance economy grows to 4.1 million workers, study finds

Is a Coworking Space Better for Freelancers Than Working from Home?

Losing the Word Weight — How to Put Your Manuscript on a Diet

Story by Robert McKee

10 nuggets of writing advice from 10 AWC presenters

Writer in Residence 

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His books include the My Life series, Mac Slater Coolhunter and Two Wolves, a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders. Two Wolves was shortlisted for the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award and will be released in the US as On the Run in November 2015.

Continue Reading
writer-Ep83-artwork-1000

Ep 83 An Aussie self-publishing sensation, a vending machine that dispenses short stories, how to write your author bio, huge plagiarism scandal, how Candice Fox writes two books at the same time, writing app Novlr, and how to do your own book publicity with uber-publicist Emma Noble.

Oct 27, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 83 of So you want to be a writer: Australian self-publishing success Beau Taplin, a vending machine that dispenses short stories, how to write your author bio, super prolific author caught in a plagiarism scandal, and the book “Content Inc.” by Joe Pulizzi. Also: how Candice Fox writes two books at once and keeps them distinct, how to DIY book publicity with uber-publicist Emma Noble, the writing app Novlr (free until the end of November), how much should you charge as a copywriter, Allison Tait’s latest book “Breath of the Dragon”, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Aussie writer gains A-list recognition for self-published work

This vending machine prints short stories to read instead of looking at your phone

Writing Your Author Bio? Here Are 10 Great Examples

Don’t Do This Ever (an advice column for writers): Plagiarism Warning edition

Content Inc. by Joe Pulizzi

Double Trouble

Publicist in Residence 

Emma Noble
Emma Noble is the director of Noble Words Boutique Communications and Book Publicity. She has 15 years of experience in book promotions in Australia and the UK and has launched the careers of many successful debut writers, built the profiles of developing authors and managed celebrity talent across the spectrum of fiction and non-fiction genres.

Continue Reading
ep 82 artwork. Picture of coast line with description of the episode over the top.

Ep 82 Why your Kindle brain works differently from your paper brain, the bizarre phenomenon of bestselling colouring books, common mistakes screenwriters make, how to pick an idea for NaNoWriMo, the perils of the confessional personal essay. And Writer in Residence Kate Hennessy on how she combines being a music and dance critic with her successful career in corporate writing. Also: how to break into travel writing.

Oct 20, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 82 of So you want to be a writer: Why reading a Kindle is different from reading a physical book, the strange phenomenon of bestselling colouring books for adults, mistakes new screenwriters make, how to pick one idea for NaNoWriMo when you have too many, and the perils of writing the confessional personal essay. Writer in Residence is freelance writer Kate Hennessy. Also: an app to help you book people into your calendar, how to break into the world of travel writing, and more.

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Your paper brain and your Kindle brain aren’t the same thing

Adult colouring books are 2015’s hot publishing trend

The 10 Most Common Reasons Why Scripts Are Rejected

How to choose a NanNoWriMo idea

Writer in Residence 

Kate Hennessy is a freelance arts writer, editor and music critic. She contributes to The Sydney Morning Herald/ The Age, Guardian Australia, ABC Arts, UK online mag The Quietus, Australian-only title Mess+Noise, The Australian Book Review and others. She also appears from time to time on TV – ABC Weekend Breakfast and Foxtel Arts.

Continue Reading
writer-Ep81-artwork-1000

Ep 81 Win a $4000 scholarship, how to change careers to become a writer even if you’ve never written before, Girlfriend and Total Girl magazines to merge (will it work?), how to use feature writing skills when writing fiction. We chat to picture book author Danny Parker. Great resources to discover what agents really think and listener question: “Should I use a pen name?”

Oct 14, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 81 of So you want to be a writer: Australian women authors are making tech work for them, win a $4000 writing scholarship, changing careers to become a writer, Girlfriend and Total Girl magazines are merging, apply your feature writing skills to fiction. Writer in Residence picture book author Danny Parker. Resources to discover what agents really think, listener question: “Should I use a pen name?”, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Two thirds of Australian authors are women and they’re making technology work for them

Writer wants to ‘pay it forward’ with $4000 scholarship!

Changing careers and landing a coveted role in publishing

PacMags to run Girlfriend and Total Girl under one editor following merger of editorial teams

Writing Fiction: 6 Lessons I Learned From Freelance Writing

Live Write Thrive

Writer in Residence 

Danny Parker

Danny lives with his wife and two children in sunny Perth. They have a couple of dogs (Barney and Charlie) and a cat (Tiny). When he’s not writing, or thinking about writing, he has a proper job – as a writer in residence!

Continue Reading
Author Mary-Rose Macoll in the water and looking off to the right

Ep 80 One Direction releases a children’s book (crazy!), how to use author events to sell more books, why dads need to do story time, what to consider when co-authoring a book, and get ready for NaNoWriMo. We talk to author Mary-Rose MacColl, who has just released her fifth book Swimming Home. Also: how Trello.com can help your blogging and how to find out if a publication pays before you pitch.

Oct 7, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 80 of So you want to be a writer: One Direction releases a children’s book (say what?), how to use author events to grow your fan base and sell more books, why dads reading to kids is important, things to think about when co-authoring a book, it’s time to start prepping for NaNoWriMo (eek!), and starting a blog. Our Writer in Residence this week is Mary-Rose MacColl, who has just released her fifth book Swimming Home. Also: how Trello can make blogging easier, how to find out if a publication pays before you pitch, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

One Direction swap singing for story-telling as they join other celebrities to write a kids’ book for Children in Need

How to Sell More Books and Grow Your Fan Base at Author Events

Why story time is better when dad’s reading the book

NaNoWriMo: Ready to Write a Novel?

How to Start a Blog in 20 Easy Steps: A Guide for New Author-Bloggers

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Writer in Residence 


Mary-Rose MacColl
Mary-Rose MacColl is the author of five novels, a non-fiction book, short stories, feature journalism and essays.

Continue Reading
writer-79-artwork-1000

Ep 79 A beer-pouring typewriter, what writers should not do on social media, protect your freelance identity, how to capture the right voice as a ghostwriter, the power shift to fashion bloggers. And we chat to Writer in Residence Robert Hoge, author of the memoir Ugly.

Sep 29, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 79 of So you want to be a writer: What writers should’t do on social media, a typewriter that pours beer (instant writing reward!), protecting your freelance identity, how to capture someone else’s voice and be a kick-butt ghostwriter, fashion bloggers are now powerful, the new book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Writer in Residence Robert Hoge, author of the memoir Ugly, an app that translates between US and UK English, how to beat writers’ block, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes
What Writers Should Do on Social Networks

For Writers: Czech Beer Company Creates Typewriter That Pours Beer As You Type

Beware of Byline Snatchers: How to Protect Your Freelance Writing Identity

Become a Ghostwriter: Here’s How to Write in Someone Else’s Voice

Did bloggers kill Fashion Week?

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

THE “BRITICIZSER”: Free Online US English to UK English Spelling Conversion

Writer in Residence 

Robert Hoge
Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier.

Continue Reading
writer-78-artwork-1000

Ep 78 What skills a Vogue editor really needs, Zoo Weekly shuts down, do you agree with brand journalism? How to fit freelance writing around a full-time job, kidlit blogger Tara Lazar and bestselling novelist Kevin Kwan, author of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend”. Also: how do you know when you’ve done enough research for your article?

Sep 22, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 78 of So you want to be a writer: Valerie reads 270 short stories, book 3 of Allison Tait’s “The Mapmaker Chronicles”, Bauer Media shutting down Zoo Weekly magazine, what skills a Vogue editor needs, do you agree with brand journalism? Faulty freelance writer assumptions, how to fit freelance writing around a full-time job, kidlit blogger Tara Lazar, Writer in Residence Kevin Kwan, author of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend”, and team work and productivity app Asana. Also: how do you know when you’ve done enough research for your article?

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Breath of the Dragon: The Mapmaker Chronicles book 3

Bauer Media to shut Zoo Weekly

Vogue’s Edwina McCann: Unlike some of our competitors, we’re still investing in content

Corporate storytelling as a brand journalist

7 Faulty Assumptions That Derail New Freelance Writers

Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?

Working on the Side: How to Fit Freelance Writing Around a Full-Time Job

Five Reasons NOT to Self-Publish & Five Reasons You Should

Asana

Writer in Residence 


Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore, where he attended Anglo-Chinese School in the mornings and spent his afternoons either hiding from his Chinese tutor or chasing after neighbourhood dogs on his bike.

Continue Reading
writer-77-artwork-1000

Ep 77 Beware of vanity publishers, tech tools for writers, Stop Capitalising Everything, what literary agents want to see, and how long it takes to write an article. Meet food critic and Writer in Residence Larissa Dubecki, author of the memoir “Prick with a Fork”.

Sep 15, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 77 of So you want to be a writer: What literary agents want to see before signing you, cool tech tools for writers, Stop Capitalising Everything, beware of vanity publishers, and some of the best advice from writing veteran Stephen King. Meet food critic and Writer in Residence Larissa Dubecki, author of the hilarious memoir Prick with a Fork, find out how long it takes to write an article, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

What literary agents want to see before signing with a writer

10 tech tools for writers

Beware of vanity publishers

21 pieces of writing advice from Stephen King

Writer in Residence 

Larissa Dubecki

Larissa Dubecki has been a restaurant critic and food writer for the past ten years, including six years as chief critic for The Age newspaper and The Age Good Food Guide. Her work has also appeared in Gourmet Traveller and Guardian Australia, and she currently writes a weekly restaurant column for Time Out.

She has appeared on MasterChef a number of times, and has been a judge on Iron Chef Australia.

Continue Reading
Episode 76 artwork. Image of a beach shore line with water coming in and episode title over the top in black

Ep 76 Words you might be mispronouncing, does your freelance writing career need to grow up? The hilarious Puss Week magazine (its readers are cats), a one-word writing prompt app, and how to write when you’re sick. And Writer in Residence Stephanie Clifford, author of Everybody Rise.

Sep 9, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 76 of So you want to be a writer: Australia’s podcasting boom, 51 words you might be mispronouncing, freelancing mistakes newbies make, the book Woe is I by Patricia O’Conner, a magazine for cats by cats (yes, you read that correctly), Writer in Residence Stephanie Clifford, author of Everybody Rise, a one-word writing prompt app, how to write when you’re sick, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Australia’s podcasting boom has finally arrived

51 words you should know how to pronounce

Does Your Freelance Writing Career Need to Grow Up? 4 Ways to Tell

Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T O’Conner

Pussweek Magazine

Writer in Residence 

Stephanie Clifford

Stephanie Clifford is a Loeb-award winning reporter at the New York Times, where she has covered business, media and New York City. She is currently a Metro reporter covering federal and state courts in Brooklyn. She joined the Times in 2008 from Inc. magazine, where she was a senior writer.

Stephanie grew up in Seattle and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.

Continue Reading
blue green ocean jetty in the foreground with the title of the podcast and a podcast description

Ep 75 Tourists can pay to run this Scottish bookshop, Oxford’s new words – manspreading, fur baby and mic drop, can long-hand help your writing, revisiting The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, do writers need self-belief or self-discipline? And Writer in Residence crime thriller author Tony Cavanaugh. Also: how to dictate to your phone and how to find beta readers

Sep 1, 2015 Podcasts Australian Writers' Centre Team

In Episode 75 of So you want to be a writer: Tourists pay to run a Scottish bookshop for a week, who exactly is an “emerging” writer, manspreading, fur baby, and other terms that have made it into the Oxford Dictionary, the ballpoint pen’s role in the demise of cursive handwriting, revisiting The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, do writers need self-belief or self-discipline? Five Aussie author blogs to watch, Writer in Residence Tony Cavanaugh, how to dictate to your phone, tips for finding beta readers, and more!

Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio.

Show Notes

Shelf catering: tourists offered chance to run a bookshop on holiday

Letter: Emerging frustration

From mic drops to manspreading: an Oxford Dictionaries update

How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

What’s More Important for Writers: Self-Belief or Self-Discipline?

5 Aussie author blogs to watch

Writer in Residence 

Tony Cavanaugh

Tony Cavanaugh is an Australian crime novelist, screenwriter, and film and television producer.

Tony has over thirty years’ experience in the film industry, has lectured at several prestigious universities and has been a regular guest on radio commenting on the film and television industry.

Continue Reading
The Writers' Room
Podcasts
Q&As
“Writing
Student Successes
Competitions
The Blogosphere
Writing Jobs
Gifts for Writers




Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Instagram

  • We admit it Were night owls And we love it
  • What a beautiful desk to sit and write writingspace
  • Get into the right habits Especially when it comes tohellip
  • Tag someone who would love to spend big! Enter throughhellip
  • Stop with the unfinished manuscripts Get to the end ofhellip
  • Double tap if youre an artist!