Ep 380 Penelope Janu’s ‘Starting from Scratch’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 380 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘Starting From Scratch’ by Penelope Janu. Return to the town of Horseshoe Hill and Sapphie Brown as she grapples with her injured pride, and questions if it’s standing in the way of true love. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this charming rural romance.

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Ep 378 Jodi Picoult’s ‘The Book of Two Ways’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 378 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘The Book of Two Ways’ by Jodi Picoult. This is the latest novel from the bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Small Great Things, Nineteen Minutes, A Spark of Light, and many, many more. Jodi is well-known for tackling big issues and exploring complicated moral topics, and The Book of Two Ways is no exception. This time it’s death, motherhood, choices and regrets. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the prologue of this thought-provoking story.

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Ep 376 Sonya Bates’s ‘Inheritance of Secrets’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 376 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘Inheritance of Secrets’ by Sonya Bates. Juliet’s elderly grandparents are killed in their Adelaide home. Who would commit such a heinous crime – and why? The only clue is her grandfather Karl’s missing signet ring. This is the debut novel from Sonya, one of our amazing graduates at the Australian Writers’ Centre. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this gripping mystery.

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Q&A: “Shameless” vs “shameful”

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, shame on you… Q: Hi

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The most surprising thing about getting published

Finishing your book will feel like a huge achievement, and it is. You’ll have learnt a lot along the way. But the learning doesn’t stop there! If you’re submitting your book to get published, or you already have a book deal, there’s still plenty for you to learn. Here, five

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Ep 380 Penelope Janu’s ‘Starting from Scratch’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 380 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘Starting From Scratch’ by Penelope Janu. Return to the town of Horseshoe Hill and Sapphie Brown as she grapples with her injured pride, and questions if it’s standing in the way of true love. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this charming rural romance.

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Q&A: Is “refudiate” 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 refudiated… Q: Hi AWC,

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2021 Indie Book Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2021 Indie Book Awards has been released with 24 incredible books making it through in six categories. According to the press release, the Indie Book Awards celebrate the best Australian writing as chosen by Australia’s independent booksellers. The Indie Book Awards have been supporting and championing

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COMP CLOSED: WIN the ‘30 Day Kick Start Plan’

Lacking motivation? Know what you should do, but don’t know where to start? Want to cook better, healthier food? If any of that sounds familiar, you’ll want to get your hands on one of this week’s three giveaway copies of 30 Day Kick Start Plan by lusciously long-locked UK health

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Short story competitions to enter in 2021

A deadline and a prize – what better writing motivation is there? If your 2021 goal is to get your writing momentum fired up, flex those writing muscles or to test your writing techniques – and possibly earn some cash on the side – then short story competitions are the

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Ep 378 Jodi Picoult’s ‘The Book of Two Ways’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 378 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘The Book of Two Ways’ by Jodi Picoult. This is the latest novel from the bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Small Great Things, Nineteen Minutes, A Spark of Light, and many, many more. Jodi is well-known for tackling big issues and exploring complicated moral topics, and The Book of Two Ways is no exception. This time it’s death, motherhood, choices and regrets. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the prologue of this thought-provoking story.

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Q&A: “Insightful” vs “inciteful”

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 insight job… Q:

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8 must-dos to write a gripping romantic thriller

A good romantic thriller is more than the sum of its parts. More gripping than a romance novel and with more emotion than a thriller, mastering the genre is no easy feat. You can’t just add a menacing character to your love story, or a love interest to your crime

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Werewolves Who Weren’t’

This week’s giveaway is one for the young readers – three copies of The Werewolves Who Weren’t by T.C. Shelley. This magical book is the follow up to The Monster Who Wasn’t – the second book in a brilliantly rich and strange fantasy series that will make you believe in

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6 tips for sharing your writing for the first time

So you’ve joined a local writing group or enrolled in one of our creative writing courses. Bravo! You’ve made the first and most crucial step on your way to becoming a writer. There’s just one thing that’s giving you pause: actually sharing your writing with other people. Eek. Fear not!

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Ep 376 Sonya Bates’s ‘Inheritance of Secrets’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 376 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘Inheritance of Secrets’ by Sonya Bates. Juliet’s elderly grandparents are killed in their Adelaide home. Who would commit such a heinous crime – and why? The only clue is her grandfather Karl’s missing signet ring. This is the debut novel from Sonya, one of our amazing graduates at the Australian Writers’ Centre. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this gripping mystery.

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Q&A: “Resolution” vs “solution”

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 talking ’bout a resolution…

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Humour writing prize now open

If you’ve published a humorous book intended for readers aged 5-12 years, this is your chance to win a $5000 prize. The NSW State Library has announced that it has added a younger readers category to its Russell Prize for Humour Writing. Entries for the 2021 Russell Prize for Humour

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