Q&A: Recur vs reoccur

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 recurring themes… Q:

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2020 shortlist announced

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist has been announced for 2020. According to the Office of the Arts website, the awards “recognise and celebrate the exceptional literary talents of esteemed and emerging Australian writers.” Out of a total of 562 entries, 30 books have made the shortlist which is split

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Ep 367 Meet Meg Keneally, author of ‘The Wreck’.

In Episode 367 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Meg Keneally, author of The Wreck. Learn how to edit your second draft. Discover the reasons why publishers might reject good writing. Do you have niblings? Plus, we have 3 copies of The 2020 Dictionary by Dominic Knight to give away.

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WIN ‘The 2020 Dictionary’ by Dom Knight

From Dom Knight, the bestselling author of 2019’s Strayapedia, comes the definitive dictionary of the year the world went to sh*t. Yes, it’s The 2020 Dictionary and this week, giving away three copies! You might know Dom Knight as one of the founders of The Chaser. As a writer on

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6 signs you should become a writer

If you’ve thought about becoming a writer before, but you’ve never made that leap, it can be hard to work up the courage. You might feel like you’re not cut out for it, but don’t worry – plenty of writers feel that way. If you need a kickstart, read our

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7 tips to writing authentic historical fiction

Historical fiction novels frequently top bestseller lists because readers love the chance to time-travel. A good historical fiction book allows the reader to escape and immerse themselves in a setting which is more glamorous, more dangerous or just more interesting than their own.  It’s safe to say author Kirsten Alexander

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Furious Fiction November 2020 winner and shortlist

It’s been a weird year for travel. And so in this month’s Furious Fiction, we thought we’d do our bit for the fiction accommodation industry (you’re welcome) by asking everyone to set their 500-words-or-fewer stories in a hotel. Naturally, that wasn’t the only slice of the criteria cake. Here were

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Ep 365 Meet Sue Brierley, author of ‘Lioness’.

In Episode 365 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Sue Brierley, author of Lioness. Discover how long it takes to write a first draft and 6 mistakes to avoid when writing a guest blog post. Plus, we have 3 copies of The Charleston Scandal by Pamela Hart – our amazing AWC presenter and director of creative writing – to give away.

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COMP ClOSED ‘The Charleston Scandal’ by Pamela Hart

If you loved Netflix’s The Crown (including the just-released new season), then you’ll love Pamela Hart’s latest historical novel – The Charleston Scandal – an exuberant story of a young Australian actress caught up in the excesses, royal intrigues and class divide of Jazz Age London; losing her way but

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Teacher Krys Saclier publishes a picture book about Australia’s electoral system!

Courses taken at AWC:
History, Mystery and Magic
How to Write for Children and Young Adults
Pitch Your Novel: How to Attract Agents and Publishers
Laugh Out Loud

Explaining Australia’s federal voting system seems like strange inspiration for a picture book – but that’s exactly what Krys Saclier did for her second book Vote 4 Me, illustrated by Cathy Wilcox, and published through Wild Dog Books.
Krys is a graduate of several AWC courses, including History, Mystery and Magic, How to Write for Children and Young Adults, and Pitch Your Novel: How to Attract Agents and Publishers. Her debut picture book, Super Nova, was published in 2019 through Ford Street Publishing with illustrations by Rebecca Timmis.
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Ep 364: Jack Heath’s ‘Hideout’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 364 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘Hideout’ by Jack Heath. ‘Hideout’ is a bloody, twisted roller-coaster of dark action and suspense and we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this thriller.

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Q&A: How long is a jiffy, tick or flash?

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 doing time… Q: Hi

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Share YOUR Furious Fiction experience!

As our monthly Furious Fiction competition approaches its 3rd birthday, we’d like to mark the milestone with a celebration of the amazing, varied and creatively courageous people who enter each month. Maybe you’ve entered just once, maybe every month, or something in between – whatever the case, if you have

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How long does it take to write a first draft?

There’s no one right way to write – and there’s no one answer for how long it will take you to get that first draft done. Some writers take years, while others can pump first drafts out in months. If you’re wondering how long it will take you to write

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Second draft syndrome: 10 tips for editing your own work

So you’ve followed all the advice you’ve heard from published authors and smashed out your first draft. You’ve struggled through various pits of despair and soared to lofty heights of ecstasy and finally reached the end of your manuscript. Now what? It’s time to sharpen your pencils and pull out

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COMP CLOSED ‘Word for Today’ by Roly Sussex

For over two decades, linguist Roly Sussex has documented the nature and evolution of the English Language on his popular weekly ABC Radio program ‘Word for Today’. And now he’s collected the best ones into book form for the very first time. We have three copies of Word for Today

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AWC graduate Theresa Miller publishes debut novel ‘The Spin Doctor’s Wife’

Courses taken at AWC: 
Write Your Novel
Build Your Author Platform

Enrolling in the Write Your Novel program was just the push that Theresa Miller needed to finish the draft of her first fiction manuscript. There’s nothing like a deadline to motivate you to finish a project! That book, The Spin Doctor’s Wife, is out now through Critical Mass. 

“The Write Your Novel program helped me finish and publish my novel – which is something I’ve wanted to do since I learned to read,” Theresa says. “[The program] had a huge impact!”

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Enter the ‘Kill Your Darlings’ New Critic Award 2021

One of Australia’s leading arts and culture magazines Kill Your Darlings has announced their 2021 KYD New Critic Award. Entries are open to critics working in all fields of arts and culture who can offer engaging, thoughtful and accessible cultural criticism.  From the Kill Your Darlings website: This award assists

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