Australian Writers' Centre blog

Q&A: Hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone?

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 have our... read more

Our amazing Pamela’s ‘Amazing Australian Women’

Pamela Freeman, Director of Creative Writing Faculty at AWC has been busy and published another book this year, a children’s book, Amazing Australian Women (Hachette Australia). This bright and colourful book looks at 12 incredible Australian women who have helped shape our country, from politics and the arts, to... read more

Win new memoir “A Letter from Paris”

This week we’re giving away three copies of a new book A Letter from Paris by Louisa Deasey. Louisa is a Melbourne-based writer who has been published widely in publications such as Overland, Vogue, The Australian, and The Saturday Age. Her first memoir, Love and Other U-Turns... read more

Q&A: Why do we eat humble pie?

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 are spilling... read more

Jaci Byrne’s dreams of being a published author come true

Courses taken at AWC: Freelance Writing Stage 1 Inside Publishing (previously called How to Get your Book Published) After self-publishing four novels and a series of eight illustrated children’s educational books on Amazon, Jaci Byrne decided that she wanted to get her books ‘traditionally published’. She took Freelance... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win this family movie pass

This week we have 5 family passes to new movie The House with a Clock in its Walls – in cinemas 20 September 2018 and starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. Based on the book with the same quirky title, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a film... read more

Q&A: Phase vs faze

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 are unfazed... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win our ‘Crazy Rich’ giveaway!

With the new movie Crazy Rich Asians making such a huge splash around the world, we thought we’d give away copies of the book that started it all – Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel of the same name! Originally published in 2013, Crazy Rich Asians was Kwan’s outrageously funny... read more

Win $5000 in the 2018 ELLE magazine short story competition

The ELLE writing competition is back!   This is your chance to write a short story, get published AND win $5000. From the ELLE Website: “For this year's ELLE Writing Competition, in association with Hachette Australia, we're looking for modern, contemporary voices telling stories that are engaging and subversive... read more

Want to be mentored by some of the biggest names in US television?

Then you must apply for the MENTOR LA program which has just opened its doors to applicants. From the MENTOR LA program Media Release: “MENTOR LA is a bespoke career development program which matches four mid-level professionals working in the Australian screen industry with US mentors to meet online... read more

Q&A: Sick vs sic

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 are loving... read more

COMP CLOSED: What makes you unique?

This week, to celebrate Father’s Day here in Australia, we’re giving away three copies of Best Foot Forward – the new memoir from Adam Hills. It’s a lesson in following your heart, being positive and discovering that what makes you different also makes you unique. Adam Hills was... read more

Sarah Bailey wins Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel

A HUGE congratulations to AWC Creative Writing Stage 1 graduate, Sarah Bailey  who has won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel, The Dark Lake (2017 Allen & Unwin). The Dark Lake was a bestseller around the world and her suspenseful storytelling about a police procedural set in country... read more

Q&A: Wet vs whet

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 aim to... read more

How to pass GO as a real estate copywriter

Being a freelance copywriter is a lot like playing Monopoly. No, not the part where you keep landing in jail, missing out on free parking or paying too much rent. I’m talking about your next source of income being determined by the roll of a dice – by chance. To... read more