Australian Writers' Centre blog

Q&A: Anti vs ante

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 upping... read more

Ep 218 Top 10 writing tips from our favourite authors.

In Episode 218 of So you want to be a writer: Valerie and Allison discuss 10 writing tips from some of their favourite interviews with authors. We have 10 double passes to The Commuter starring Liam Neeson to give away, you'll learn the origin of “to make no bones... read more

Top 10 fiction writing posts of 2017

Writing fiction is one of the most fulfilling and demanding things you can commit to, and at every stage you will have questions – about the process and about yourself! We understand that it can be both exciting and exasperating, and sometimes you want to just have a cup of tea... read more

Top 10 most popular online courses

One of the great perks of writing is that you can do it while wearing your pjs at home, or sipping your latte at a cafe, or during your daily commute. It’s such a portable skill! So it’s no surprise that learning online is such a popular choice... read more

Q&A: Pour vs pore

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 pouring... read more

Short story challenge: January 2018

As we roll on through your writing summer (apologies to those reading this in freezing northern hemisphere conditions) we thought we’d give you a helping hand – to help flex your writing muscles and kick off 2018. It’s a short story challenge (because we know how much you love... read more

COMP CLOSED: Double passes to ‘The Post’

This week, thanks to Entertainment One, we have 10 double passes to The Post – in cinemas from 11 January 2018. This one already has some heavy awards buzz about it (it was nominated for six Golden Globes) – but that’s always likely to happen when you have Steven Spielberg directing... read more

Short story competitions to enter in 2018

Do you love writing short stories? Not only can these bite-sized gems help you to develop finer storytelling skills, you can potentially earn big bucks from your work. Check out the range of short story competitions to enter in 2018. And if you're looking to stand out from... read more

Our top 10 freelance writing posts of 2017

Take it from all of us - there is nothing more exciting than seeing your name in print for the first time. It leaves you wanting more, and more, and more! If you're working as a freelancer, or have dreams of becoming one, you'll find plenty of useful resources... read more

Q&A: It’s vs its

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 an... read more

Tania Blanchard: From physiotherapist to full-time fiction author

Success: Debut historical novel The Girl from Munich, published by Simon and Schuster in 2017 (two-book deal). AWC courses completed: Become a Children's Author [Writing Books for Children and Young Adults] Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Background: A debut historical novel kicking off a two-book deal with a... read more

Top 11 Q&A columns from 2017

Q: Hey, what’s all this then? A: We’re doing a holiday best-of – compiling our favourite Q&As from the past 12 months. Q: I can’t do that. They’re like my children; I love them all equally... A: No you don’t. Q: You’re... read more

Six courses to start this summer

As we come to the pointy end of December, you may be feeling particularly inspired to kick some goals in the new year. The holiday period is a fantastic time to ride that burst of motivation. We’ve lined up six writing courses that you can start RIGHT NOW. All... read more

Q&A: Spoiler alert

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. Warning! This week's Q... read more

COMP CLOSED: The 12 Books of Christmas

It’s that time of year again. "What time?" you ask? The time that Santa takes a look around his workshop and collects up 12 books to give away to ONE lucky holiday reader! And what a mix we have this year – with something for everyone, from picture books to... read more