Australian Writers' Centre blog

WIN ‘The One’ by Kaneana May

This week we have three copies to give away of The One – a novel by AWC alumna Kaneana May. (Curious about Kaneana’s journey? You can check it out right here.) This is a sparkling debut novel where the quest for love will surprise you. In it, we meet Bonnie... read more

8 books on writing recommended by successful writers

There are loads of books out there about writing and it can be hard to find one that really connects with you. They can offer advice or exercises, rules or suggestions, or just provide inspiration. We’ve brought together recommendations from some top authors, writers and publishers on what they... read more

Q&A: Roofs or rooves? Hoofs or hooves?

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 raising... read more

COMP CLOSED:’10 Seconds of Courage’ by Nadine Champion

This week we have an inspirational giveaway for you in the form of three copies of 10 Seconds of Courage by Nadine Champion. The book’s mission is to help you “recognise and embrace those life-changing moments”... This is, quite simply, a book for anyone who has ever been... read more

Q&A: Where does ‘dime a dozen’ 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, the idioms are... read more

Q&A: Final vs finale

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... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘The Library Book’ by Susan Orlean

Shhh… We have three copies of The Library Book up for grabs this week, from the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean. After moving to Los Angeles, Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of... read more

Q&A: OK, O.K. or OKAY?

Each week, we take a look at a common confusions and ambiguities in the English language (that gives us about a century’s worth of material!) – making things easier through the power of friendly conversation… This week, when is it OK and when is it not OK? Q: Hi AWC... read more

Furious Fiction May 2019 winner and shortlist

“Mayhem” was one of the words we required of storytellers in May, and combined with the mix of other criteria it was probably an appropriate description for our list of must-haves this month! That said, we had our second biggest ever response as nearly 1000 stories vied to be... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘Getting There’ by Instagram star – Mari Andrew

This week’s giveaway is perfect for creatives who love combining words and illustrations – a chance to win one of three copies of Getting There: A Workbook for Growing Up by the widely popular Instagram star Mari Andrew (@mariandrew). From the bestselling author of Am I There Yet, and filled... read more

Q&A: Stepmother, stepfather, stepchild… Why ‘step’?

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 taking... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ by Christy Lefteri

This week, we have three copies of powerful new novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri to give away. Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens... read more

Q&A: Why is it a ‘ballpark figure’?

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 in... read more