Month: December 2014

Update: The Hungry Australian visits Turkey!

Christina Soong from The Hungry Australian was the winner of our 2014 Best Australian Blogs competition and a trip to Turkey (thanks to Trafalgar!)  Today Christina is sharing her top five moments from her trip. Woman in door (Visiting Demircidere) One of the highlights of my Turkey trip was visiting... read more

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

American writer Kurt Vonnegut is well known for his books Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, and Breakfast of Champions. His musings on the writing process are well documented and shared. We love this excerpt from a lecture he gave on "The Shapes of Stories" (4:37). You'll never look... read more

Kylie Ladd on mothers, daughters, writing

Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer and part-time neuro-psychologist. So, the usual mix then. Her previous three books have all gone gangbusters – picking up many accolades along the way. She spoke with Allison Tait recently for our podcast "So you want to be a writer". They... read more

Q&A: Decking halls, bobtails and yuletide

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, we chat to Carol. Oh wait, no, we chat ABOUT carols... Q: (Carol... read more

Why you need to "show, don't tell"

Show, don't tell. This age-old adage is a well deployed technique of creative literature. Wikipedia explains it well: When applying “show, don’t tell”, the writer does more than just tell the reader something about a character; he unveils the character by what that character says and does... read more

Ian Simpson laughs at wheelchairs in his new book

Things like severe crippling injuries or diseases don’t typically make great fodder for a funny book. But for Ian Simpson, who has lived nearly half a century in a wheelchair, it’s as natural as writing about cups of tea or supermarkets. To find out the wheel story (cringe... read more

"I got published!": Libby Hakim

We spotted Libby in Sunday Life recently! Congratulations Libby! If you have a success story to share with us, you can do so right here. We’ll share it with the world! For more success stories, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram... read more

“I got published!”: Stephanie Hunt

We spotted Stephanie Hunt in Sunday Life recently! Congratulations Stephanie! If you have a success story to share with us, you can do so right here. We’ll share it with the world! For more success stories, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram... read more

"I got published!": Christine Christopoulos

We love hearing from our students no matter what they have to say, but when we hear of a student being published, we just want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re a little scared of heights, so we’ll go with a blog post instead. Christine says: I... read more

Chris Ducker’s Virtual Freedom and free advice

Chris Ducker is a busy man. Many things on the go, and always looking to squeeze more out of them all. And he also has a lot to say. (When we interviewed him recently for our top-rating podcast, So you want to be a writer, he sent the run... read more

What are freelancers paid?

Rachel's List is a media recruitment and connection website for job-seekers, editors/employers, and PRs. This month they released the results of their annual survey, giving us a peek into the minds (and wallets!) of freelance writers. We've included the results below, but for more information head... read more

Q&A: ’Tis the season…

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, we’re getting festive... Q: Season’s Greetings Australian Writers’ Centre! A: Well... read more

Ep 43 Words banned by UK Government; Online news sites thrive; Finland turns back on cursive writing; what YouTube knows about you; and Copywriter in Residence Bernadette Schwerdt.

In Episode 43 of So you want to be a writer: "only pizzas are delivered" - the new UK Government style guide, good news about journalism, handwriting versus typing, Seth Godin answers digital publishing questions, blogs versus podcasts versus videos, Copywriter in Residence Bernadette Schwerdt, how to manage your Christmas deadlines... read more

"I got published!": Kristie Bedford

We love hearing from our students no matter what they have to say, but when we hear of a student being published, we just want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re a little scared of heights, so we’ll go with a blog post instead. Kristie says:  I... read more

Applications invited for Editor of Meanjin

From Meanjin's website: Applications are invited for the position of Editor of Meanjin, one of Australia’s most significant literary publications. The Editor ofMeanjin will continue to benefit from over 50 years of financial and intellectual support from the University of Melbourne. The successful applicant will be required to... read more

Character-driven versus plot-driven stories

Think about whether you want to write a story that’s driven by your characters or your plot. ‘Character-driven’ stories are those where the action is not predetermined, but grows out of the character’s traits – their needs, their insecurities, their desires, their fears. Most literary novels are character... read more

Q&A: Further vs Farther

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, we go further than ever before…or, wait, is it...    Q: Hello Australian... read more

Robert Hollingworth on the art of writing

Robert Hollingsworth is the author of The Colour of the Night. Robert, pop your coffee down for a moment and sum up the book in 105 words or fewer. "This story is a gentle rumination on the relationship – and distance – between nature and culture. In a wired world, do we... read more