WIN ‘Idol’ by Louise O’Neill

‘Follow your heart and speak your truth…’ This week’s giveaway book is from a standout voice in fiction, Louise O’Neill – author of Asking For It and After the Silence. Her latest is Idol, a riveting, compulsive and bold novel that asks how well we can ever really know those

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Ep 037: How to articulate your value as a copywriter

Would you like to turn your passion for copywriting into a six figure income? Then listen up, because Nikhil Rughani – Copy Connoisseur – did just that and he joins us on this podcast episode to share how. Did he have a background in copywriting Did he have a marketing

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Winner of the 2022 The Australian / Vogel Award Nell Pierce

The winner of ‘The Australian’/ Vogel Award for 2022 announced

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Australia for an unpublished manuscript. Congratulations to Melbourne-based author Nell Pierce who won The Australian/Vogel Award for 2022 for her novel, A Place Near Eden. From the press release: “Award-winner Nell Pierce was raised in Canberra where she

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origin of soapbox and soap operas

Q&A: The origin of “soapbox” and “soap operas”

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 in a lather… Q:

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Book Lovers’ by Emily Henry

This week’s giveaway Book Lovers – a new chemistry-filled ‘rivals to lovers’ rom-com set over one sizzling August from New York Times #1 bestselling author Emily Henry. We have three copies to be won. Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is

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Dealing with rejection: 5 tips for writers

By Allison Tait. Rejection is part of every writer’s life. Published or unpublished, beginner or established, every writer experiences the crushing emotion that accompanies a “sorry, not for us” or a “thanks, but no thanks”. The difference between writers who go on to have successful careers and those who don’t

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Short story competitions to enter in 2022

Is 2022 the year you share your short stories with the world? There are plenty of competitions and writing opportunities for you to challenge your creativity and get your work out there – with the chance to win some great prizes. Don’t know where to find these great opportunities? Well,

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Q&A: “Mother load” vs “mother lode”

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 loaded questions… Q:

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘We Run Tomorrow’ by Nat Amoore

You can run from your past, but the future is tomorrow . . . This week’s book giveaway is We Run Tomorrow by Nat Amoore – bestselling children’s author and co-creator of AWC course, Presenting to Kids. In this book, Nat joins forces with acclaimed graphic novelist Mike Barry for

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Gifts for your writing mum

With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s time to think about getting something special for your mum (or the significant woman in your life). If your mum loves to write or dreams of being a writer, think beyond the flowers/slippers combo and offer her a gift that tells her that you love

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Q&A: “Rule of thumb” origin

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 all thumbs… Q: Hey

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Seeking Wisdom’ by Julia Cameron

This week’s giveaway is “a deeply personal guide to creative recovery”, from the internationally bestselling ‘queen of change’ Julia Cameron – author of The Artist’s Way. Her new book is called Seeking Wisdom – a deeply personal account of pain, healing and growth – and we have three copies to

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5 surprising writing tips from top Aussie authors

We know what you’re thinking. Ask a writer for writing tips and chances are they’ll say “read more” and “write more”. There’s a good reason for that. Reading widely and getting the words written are two cornerstones of every successful author’s career. But every week on the So You Want To

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Q&A: The origin of “salty”

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 the life of brine…

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5 ​​tips on how to start your novel

By Angela Slatter So, you’ve got an idea that won’t leave you alone – not the one about how winning Lotto would make your life so much easier, no, the other one. That story with those characters and that immersive setting, with all the action and the witty dialogue. The

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Manuscript awards to enter in 2022

Congratulations, you’ve completed your manuscript and polished it till it sparkles. Are you ready to set it free out into the world?  There are a few avenues you can take – no, no, don’t put it away in that bottom drawer again! Why not enter your manuscript for an award?

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