How Sandhya Parappukkaran followed her creative curiosity to become a published picture book author

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books
When Sandhya Parappukkaran quit her food technology job to pursue her creative dreams, she originally turned to arts and crafts. But while reading with her son, Sandhya’s childhood love of books was rekindled. After completing the Writing Picture Books course, her debut picture book The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name has been published by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing.

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Q&A: Pay ‘through the nose’ + ‘an arm and a leg’

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, money talks… Q: Hi AWC,

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WIN ‘The Bookshop Woman’ by Nanako Hanada

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The Bookshop Woman by Nanako Hanada. The Bookshop Woman is a delightful and heartwarming memoir that intertwines a bookseller’s journey of self-discovery and human connection through the lens of book recommendations, capturing the profound impact of literature on our lives. Here’s the

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Q&A: Raisins vs sultanas vs currants

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, grape expectations… Q: Hi AWC,

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Blackwater’ by Jacqueline Ross

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Blackwater by Jacqueline Ross, author of The Third Room and Messy Business. An engaging narrative that intertwines the present and the past, Blackwater is a gripping novel that will keep you up at night. Here’s the blurb: A baby will never be

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Q&A: Port, starboard, bow, stern… boating terms explained

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, ship shape… Q: Hi AWC,

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Silence Factory’ by Bridget Collins

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The Silence Factory by Bridget Collins, the international bestselling author of The Binding and The Betrayals. The Silence Factory is a captivating gothic tale exploring themes of family, longing and corruption. Here’s the blurb: 1820: Sophia Ashmore-Percy reluctantly accompanies her husband James

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What I learnt about murder

By Andrea Barton, author of The Godfather of Dance Andrea Barton’s novel, The Godfather of Dance, dives into murder, dance and family secrets. Journalist Jade is determined to write a career-defining article. Her dance instructor Anton wants to know who killed his fiancée. Anton’s life is set between the glamorous

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Q&A: ‘Sliver’ vs ‘slither’

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, a slice of the action… Q:

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Furious Fiction: May 2024 Story Showcase

Welcome to May’s Furious Fiction story showcase – a celebration of flash fiction creativity for this month. The creative prompts were: Each story had to take place on an IMPORTANT DATE from the past 50 years – i.e. from May 1974 onwards.  Each story had to include a character who

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Writing Podcast Episode 604: Valerie talks to copywriting guru Bernadette Schwerdt on how she co-wrote entrepreneur Radek Sali’s memoir, ‘How to Build a Billion Dollar Business’.

Explore the world of co-writing and collaboration with Radek Sali and Bernadette Schwerdt. They explore the collaborative effort behind writing Radek’s book, How to Build a Billion Dollar Business, discussing challenges, the process of co-writing, the importance of capturing emotional depth in storytelling, and the profound impact of building a

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Underhistory’ by Kaaron Warren

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The Underhistory by Kaaron Warren, author of the novels Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification, Tide of Stone and The Grief Hole. The Underhistory is a chilling and unique thriller delving into the depths of a woman who is intertwined with the secrets

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Q&A: How far is a ‘country mile’?

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 going the distance… Q:

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How Sandhya Parappukkaran followed her creative curiosity to become a published picture book author

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books
When Sandhya Parappukkaran quit her food technology job to pursue her creative dreams, she originally turned to arts and crafts. But while reading with her son, Sandhya’s childhood love of books was rekindled. After completing the Writing Picture Books course, her debut picture book The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name has been published by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing.

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