Month: February 2015

Feature writing
Guest Writer

Writing feature articles: A question of good questions

I was talking to an editor friend of mine today who was gnashing her teeth over a story that had been submitted to her. It was a Q&A piece and it just wasn’t working. “The answers are just not quite right,” she said to me. “No,” I said to her.

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

"I got published!": Gabe McGrath

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. Gabe says: My latest piece is

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Acclimate vs Acclimatise/Acclimatize

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, we acclimatise to a regional difference… Q: Good morning! A: Yes, it’s definitely morning somewhere on the Internet right now. Q: I always love to start the day with my fill of grammar. Actually, my

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 50 The most important skills you need to start a writing career; literary profiles on Instagram; crowdsourcing your cover; when bloggers are affiliates; and Writer in Residence Peg Fitzpatrick.

In Episode 50 of So you want to be a writer: the gorgeous typeface that drove men mad, the most important skills you need to start a writing career, literary profiles on Instagram, Neil Strauss crowdsources his next book cover, the book “How not to write bad” by Ben Yagoda,

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

"I got published!": Andrew Christie

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. Andrew says: I finally finished

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

"I got published!": Libby Hakim

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. We spotted features by Libby

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

"I got published!": Erin Bowe

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. Erin Says:  I took Magazine

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Inquire vs Enquire

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, an inquiry into enquiring and inquiring… Q: Hi AWC, it’s Valentine’s Day this weekend. Is that apostrophe correct? A: Sure is – the day belongs to St Valentine. The long form is of course “St

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

3 tips for writers from Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood has been described as one of the most intelligent and compassionate novelists in Australia. She writes fiction and non-fiction and has been short-listed and long-listed for several prestigious prizes, winning the People’s Choice Medal in the 2013 New South Wales Premiers Literary Awards for her last novel, Animal People.

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 48 Harper Lee’s new book; top journalists turn to branded content; Women of Letters goes from Melbourne to New York (via Molly Ringwald); What surrounds YOUR desk? And Writer in Residence crime thriller author Candice Fox.

In Episode 48 of So you want to be a writer: Join Kate Forsyth in Oxford, Harper Lee to publish a sequel, Women of Letters travels to New York via Molly Ringwald, how top journalists are pivoting their careers, Australia’s new creative grants model, nine famous writing spaces, share your desk,

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PUNCTUATION
Dean Koorey

Q&A: “There’s" vs “there are” – which one?

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, there’s more to this one than meets the eye… Q: Hi AWC, this is going to be a long Q&A today, so please get comfortable. A: How do you know it’s going to be so long?

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Lurid world of Australian pulp fiction revealed

From press release: Scantily clad cover girls, titillating titles and cheap thrills are just part of the riveting tale of Australia’s fast-paced pulp fiction industry of the 1940s and 50s, set to be revealed in a new exhibition at the State Library of NSW from 7 February 2015. ‘Pulp Confidential:

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

"I got published!": Rebecca Curtin

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. Rebecca says: I completed Magazine

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AWC alumni
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Blogging to books – Toby Jenkins is a fan.

Toby Jenkins and Adam Franklin wrote a business book about web marketing together. They did a business writing course at Australian Writers’ Centre together. And before that they went to primary school together. So it made perfect sense for Valerie Khoo to interview just one of them. She spoke to

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

"I got published!": Jo Hartley

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. We spotted graduate Jo Hartley

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Fiction writing
Guest Writer

How to avoid a saggy middle

Saggy Middle Syndrome. We all know what it is. A novel that starts brilliantly well – vivid, intriguing and compelling – yet somehow, around the middle of the book, you find yourself beginning to yawn. You check the pages to see how many are left before the end of the

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

What publishers look for: Bernadette Foley tells us.

Bernadette Foley has worked as an editor and publisher in the Australian publishing industry for over 25 years. Her career had also taken her to New York to work with the Penguin Putnam publishing company. She has spoken at writers’ festivals and conducted editing and writing workshops around the country.

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