Q&A: Why is it a “catch-22”?

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, here’s the catch… Q: Hi

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Write across the ages – from junior fiction to young adult

Deciding whether a story is YA, Junior Fiction or Middle Grade comes down to the fundamentals of all writing. That is: story, idea, setting, language, character, voice, structure, length… All these factors help shape what sort of story you’re writing. But in making this decision, possibly the most important thing to decide is… Who is your reader?

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Tell us your Lord or Lady name and win ‘Enid’

“Did I really kill them all?”… This week’s giveaway book comes from Australian journalist and bestselling author Robert Wainwright. His previous books include Rose: The unauthorised biography of Rose Hancock Porteous, The Lost Boy, The Killing of Caroline Byrne and Sheila. His latest is Enid: The Scandalous Life of a

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Breaking the rules: A picture book collaboration

Some rules are meant to be broken. When author Deborah Abela and illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall came up with an idea for a picture book, they were also acutely aware of the unspoken rule that publishers DO NOT like authors and illustrators to work or pitch together. But, flying in the

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Q&A: Why don’t meteorologists study meteors?

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 sky’s the limit… Q:

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COMP CLOSED ‘Across the Water’ by Ingrid Alexandra

Secrets can pull you under… Hot off the press is this week’s giveaway book – Across the Water – the second novel from Australian author Ingrid Alexandra. Ingrid is an AWC alumna, and you can learn more about her journey to publication on our blog.  Described as The Woman in

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Your 23-word stories

Recently, we thought we’d inject some creativity into our community’s week with a simple tiny fiction challenge. There were only two rules – the first that it had to contain no more than 23 words. And the second, that it must be inspired by the picture above.  We received almost

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Q&A: Why “Karen”?

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, don’t be such a “Karen”…

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COMP CLOSED ‘Utopia Avenue’ by David Mitchell

Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you’ve never heard of… Your giveaway treat this week comes from the prize-winning, bestselling, Irish-residing, twice Booker-shortlisted David Mitchell (whose seven novels include Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks). This is in fact his first novel in more than five years

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23-word story challenge

Are you feeling creatively drained after these past few weeks of “here we go again-ness”? We get it… so we thought it might be a good week to give you a bonus tiny fiction challenge! As it’s the 23rd today, so we’d like you to write a story that contains

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Q&A: Heart-rending or heart-wrenching

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 a rent overdue…

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Sarah Clutton carves out a career as a published author and freelance writer

Courses taken at AWC:
Write Your Novel program
Freelance Writing Stage 1
Writing for the Web and Mobile
2 Hours to Scrivener Power
Build Your Author Platform

Sarah Clutton never thought she had the staying power to write a novel – two published books later, she’s proven herself wrong, and says she’d couldn’t have done it without the Australian Writers’ Centre. Sarah’s debut novel, Good Little Liars, was published by Hachette UK imprint Bookouture in 2019; Bookouture also published her second novel, The Daughter’s Promise in 2020, and she’s now working on her third novel.
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Furious Fiction July 2020 winner and shortlist

To those who RSVPed to our invitation to this month’s Furious Fiction, we welcome you to the big day. If you thumb through the order of service, you’ll see that the following criteria are gathered here today: Each story had to take place at either WEDDING or a FUNERAL. Each

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