Emma Pei Yin’s journey to publishing success

“I rolled up my sleeves, signed up for as many courses as I could with AWC and just went from there,” Emma told us. 

After fine-tuning her skills, Emma perfected her manuscript and her pitch, and received offers from five literary agents before signing with Laurie Robertson at Peters Fraser Dunlop.

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AWC alumna Brooke Graham’s picture books helps kids with anxiety

AWC courses completed:
Writing Picture Books
Writing Picture Books Masterclass
How to Write for Children and Young Adults
Build Your Author Platform

As a mum and a primary school teacher, Brooke Graham knew the value of good children’s books. Reading to kids was one of the most enjoyable parts of her job. Then after completing the Writing Picture Books course at the Australian Writers’ Centre, Brooke became hooked on writing and was determined to write her own. Her debut picture book Go Away, Worry Monster! has now been published by EK Books.
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Crime fiction author and Australian Writers' Centre alumna Dinuka McKenzie smiling in floral shirt

AWC alumna Dinuka McKenzie is an award-winning published author with her crime thrillers

Courses completed at AWC:
Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder
2 Hours to Scrivener Power
Build Your Author Platform

Dinuka McKenzie was a busy working mum when she decided to start writing as a creative outlet. The more she wrote, the more she loved it, so she decided to complete a few courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre to hone her craft. After finishing her first crime manuscript, she entered it in the Banjo Prize for unpublished fiction – and then came the extraordinary news that she had won!

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Q&A: “Leaped” or “leapt”

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, leaps and bounds… Q: Hi

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WRITER 591: Jane Tara on her novel ‘Tilda is Visible’.

Meet Jane Tara, who discusses her latest novel Tilda is Visible, where the female protagonist is diagnosed with invisibility as she progresses into her 50s. Jane discusses experiences of feeling invisible, implications on self-perception, the way society views aging, and the healing journey of self-discovery. You can listen to the

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WIN ‘Body of Lies’ by Sarah Bailey

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Body of Lies by Sarah Bailey, bestselling author of The Dark Lake, Into the Night and The Housemate. We’re so proud of Sarah’s success as she’s an alumna of Australian Writers’ Centre. You can also meet her on episodes 437, 252 and

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7 Tips for Success as an Indie Author

by Jodi Gibson There’s more to success as an Indie author than simply writing your book and hitting publish. As an indie author, you’re not only the author but the publisher, marketing specialist and bookkeeper. And with all of those roles comes many responsibilities. With three indie published books under

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Q&A: The origin of “debunk”

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 a load of bunk…

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Furious Fiction: February 2024 Story Showcase

Welcome to February’s Furious Fiction story showcase – our monthly champagne-popping, popcorn-munching celebration of creativity! Here were the criteria/prompts that we asked for this month: Each story’s first sentence had to include something being POPPED.  Each story had to include a character referencing a FILM title. Each story had to

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Emma Pei Yin’s journey to publishing success

“I rolled up my sleeves, signed up for as many courses as I could with AWC and just went from there,” Emma told us. 

After fine-tuning her skills, Emma perfected her manuscript and her pitch, and received offers from five literary agents before signing with Laurie Robertson at Peters Fraser Dunlop.

Read More »

COMP CLOSED: ‘The Tipping Point’ by Dinuka McKenzie

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The Tipping Point by Dinuka McKenzie, award-winning author of The Torrent and Taken. We’re so proud of Dinuka’s success as she is a graduate of Australian Writers’ Centre. You can also meet her on episodes 526 and 427 of our podcast. This

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Q&A: The origin of “tomfoolery”

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, fool’s errands… Q: Hi AWC,

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COMP CLOSED: ‘Class’ by Stephanie Land

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Class by Stephanie Land, author of the New York Times bestseller Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. Class is a gripping narrative which explores the challenges of college, motherhood, poverty, and life beyond the experiences depicted in

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COPYWRITER 067: The Writing Life of Jewel Topsfield

As a leading journalist with The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, there’s not a lot that Jewel Topsfield hasn’t written about. Social affairs, politics, immigration, education, and global affairs are just a few of her specialty areas. Beyond journalism, Jewel is a sought-after speaker, lecturer at universities and schools,

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Q&A: Where did day names come from?

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, grab your calendars… Q: Hi

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COMP CLOSED: ‘Moscow X’ by David McCloskey

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Moscow X by David McCloskey, author of Damascus Station. In Moscow X, two CIA operatives embark on a perilous mission in Russia, posing as a couple to recruit Putin’s moneyman. Against the backdrop of opulent luxury and gangland violence, the novel unfolds as

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Q&A: The origin of ‘sitting on the fence’

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, fence-sitters… Q: Hi AWC, what

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AWC alumna Brooke Graham’s picture books helps kids with anxiety

AWC courses completed:
Writing Picture Books
Writing Picture Books Masterclass
How to Write for Children and Young Adults
Build Your Author Platform

As a mum and a primary school teacher, Brooke Graham knew the value of good children’s books. Reading to kids was one of the most enjoyable parts of her job. Then after completing the Writing Picture Books course at the Australian Writers’ Centre, Brooke became hooked on writing and was determined to write her own. Her debut picture book Go Away, Worry Monster! has now been published by EK Books.
Read More »
Crime fiction author and Australian Writers' Centre alumna Dinuka McKenzie smiling in floral shirt

AWC alumna Dinuka McKenzie is an award-winning published author with her crime thrillers

Courses completed at AWC:
Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder
2 Hours to Scrivener Power
Build Your Author Platform

Dinuka McKenzie was a busy working mum when she decided to start writing as a creative outlet. The more she wrote, the more she loved it, so she decided to complete a few courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre to hone her craft. After finishing her first crime manuscript, she entered it in the Banjo Prize for unpublished fiction – and then came the extraordinary news that she had won!

Read More »

WRITER 587: Stepping into Success with Author Jenna Lo Bianco

Stepping into Success with Author Jenna Lo Bianco. Are you ready for the upcoming special writing event on Romance writing? Meet special guest Jenna Lo Bianco, author of The Italian Marriage, discusses her journey from aspiring writer enduring rejections to being a successful author. Jenna shares her strategic approach to

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