Australian Writers' Centre blog

GIVEAWAY: Siptastic Literary Tea Co pack!

This week, we’re giving away something dear to many writers’ hearts – tea. And thanks to our friends at the Literary Tea Co, we have a special pack valued at over $100 for one lucky winner! Literary Tea Co claims to be the next best thing to having a cup... read more

Q&A: Swan song

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 tapping... read more

How to write a media release

A media release – also known as a press release –  is the primary way for you to get your message into the hands of the media. It’s a format that journalists and editors are familiar with and, even if you pitch your idea to them over the phone or email... read more

COMP CLOSED: Share YOUR perfect couples!

For this week’s giveaway we have four copies of recently published suspense thriller The Perfect Couple by Lexi Landsman to be won by someone just like YOU. This is Lexi’s second novel – her first was The Ties that Bind in 2016. Let’s hear a little about this... read more

#whereiwrite: Rural fiction author Fiona Palmer

Today we’re chatting with Aussie author Fiona Palmer – about what’s on her desk and what’s on her mind regarding her latest book, Secrets Between Friends. She’s written eight previous bestsellers, all set on a rugged rural backdrop, but for this one, she headed to the WA... read more

Q&A: Spitting or splitting image?

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 spitting... read more

National short story competition The Hope Prize returns

The Hope Prize from the Brotherhood of St Laurence is a national short story competition that focuses on narratives of disadvantage in Australia. It’s open to Australian residents and has a total prize pool of $17,500. From the Brotherhood of St Laurence website: Australia is the proverbial ‘lucky... read more

Story-Fest 2017 brings poetry slam competition to Sydney

Story-Fest is happening in Sydney from 13-15 October 2017. It’s a three day-event culminating in the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final, which takes place at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 15 October 2017. Story-Fest is organised by Word Travels, a not-for-profit arts... read more

COMP CLOSED: What was the best decision you ever made?

For this week’s giveaway we have three copies of the comprehensively revised and updated edition of the international bestselling The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler. This stylish and compact “little black book” is like your pocket-sized go-to guide to getting things done. Whether... read more

Meet David Leser, Australia’s finest profile writer

Since he started teaching with us at the Australian Writers' Centre in 2015, David Leser has captivated groups with his excellent Profile Writing course. He is Australia’s finest profile writer and an award-winning feature writer, having worked for publications such as The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, HQ... read more

Steve Bisley book launch invitation

To celebrate the publication of All the Burning Bridges, the sequel to Stillways, Steve Bisley's acclaimed first memoir, Bonnier and Better Read Than Dead are launching the book at Leadbelly, 42 King St, Newtown NSW on Tuesday 12 October 2017, 6:00pm. Steve Bisley will be in conversation with... read more

Q&A: Incumbent

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 felt it... read more

Richell Prize 2017 Short List just announced

The short-list for the Richell Prize 2017 has just been announced. This is a prize for emerging writers, so it gathers quite a large number of entries. There were 579 entries this year and the judges managed to whittle that down to these five. We know you want to... read more

COMP CLOSED: Describe NYC in three words!

This week, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Films, we have 10 double passes up for grabs for new film The Only Living Boy in New York – opening nationwide in select cinemas from 12 October. The film features an all-star cast including Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia... read more