Australian Writers' Centre blog

WIN: Double passes to “David Stratton: A Cinematic Life”!

To celebrate the Oscars which were held this week, we thought it apt to also celebrate the father of all things cinema in Australia – David Stratton. His new film, David Stratton: A Cinematic Life will be released on 9 March 2017 and thanks to Transmission Films we have 10 double... read more

The State Library of Victoria Fellowships 2017-18 are open

The State Library of Victoria has just opened up its fellowship applications for 2017-18! And we’re seriously excited for the opportunities for writers of all genres – fiction and non-fiction. Like previous years, there’s a whole bunch of fellowships, some specifically for writers, some are open to... read more

Q&A: Is “sponsee” a word?

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 seeking... read more

Catherine Pelosi: From boring office job to book deal

Success: Quark's Academy – debut children's novel signed with Hachette in October 2016. Plus setting up her own copywriting and freelance travel writing business in Sydney. AWC courses completed: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults Copywriting Essentials Travel Writing Background Catherine Pelosi was living in London working at... read more

WIN: Tickets to see “Jasper Jones”!

Barely eight years young and already an Aussie classic, the book Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey has won a slew of awards since its release back in 2009. And NOW it’s been adapted into a film – starring Hugo Weaving and Toni Collette and rising stars Levi Miller and Angourie... read more

WIN: A 3-month Bookabuy subscription!

We’re giving away something different this week – thanks to our buddies at bookabuy.com.au. So, what is Bookabuy? It’s like a mystery book club – where you tell them your genre preferences and each month you’ll receive a new, handpicked, messaged and gift-wrapped book delivered to... read more

Q&A: Fowl, foul or fell swoop?

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 tackling... read more

Road is good for Bridget’s memoir

Success: Road No Good – Finch Publishing, January 2017 (Runner up, Finch Memoir prize 2016) AWC courses taken: Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Background After living for two years in remote Vanuatu where she had helped develop the preschools in an isolated town called Luganville... read more

Sarah Bailey: Ad exec fulfils publishing dream

We all like to daydream about finding success with our writing, but simply wishing for something tends to be an unreliable strategy. Advertising executive Sarah Bailey was one such daydreamer, but she found a way to devote more time to her writing and ultimately land a book deal. Sarah’s... read more

Q&A: Tack vs tact

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 tactfully... read more

WIN a double pass to “Miss Sloane”!

This week, thanks to Roadshow Films, we have 10 double passes to give away to the soon-to-be-released Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Alison Pill and Jake Lacy. It tells the story of Elizabeth Sloane (played by Chastain), the most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in... read more