Month: March 2015

"I got published!": Catherine Rodie

We spotted Catherine in Sunday Life recently! Congratulations Catherine! 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!": Jo Hartley

We spotted Jo in the Sun Herald recently! Congratulations Jo! 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, Facebookand Instagram... read more

"I got published!": Libby Hakim

We spotted Libby in Sun Herald 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

Six reasons you should start writing your novel now

When you are a writer, you meet a lot of people who want to be writing. The guy in my local cafe has a fantasy novel that he’s been researching for about seven years. A friend of mine has been working on a novel for 20 years. The beautiful... read more

Liane Moriarty’s 3 tips for writers

Our top-rating podcast So you want to be a writer features a regular ‘Writer in Residence’ segment – where an author, editor or other industry professional has a chat with either one of our awesome presenters, Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo. In episode 25, Allison spoke to Liane Moriarty, whose... read more

Intriguing Indie win for Judith Rossell!

Fantastic news for Australian Writers’ Centre’s very own Writing Picture Books presenter Judith Rossell. At an event held in Sydney last night, her book Withering-By-Sea (an illustrated junior novel) was announced as the Indie Book of the Year Children's & YA winner! The Indie Book Awards... read more

Q&A: Colons and semi-colons

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, we’re taking that fibre-optic camera and exploring your colon and semi-colon usage... Q: Hey there AWC. I’m having trouble with my colon. A: You may have the wrong Q&A... read more

Harper Lee, Dr Seuss… who’s next?

A few weeks back, we were greeted with the news that there would be a belated (55 years) release of Harper Lee’s second and hitherto unknown book – a follow up/prequel to the much studied half-century-old To Kill a Mockingbird. Quite extraordinary really. The book has the... read more

Turn sadness to joy: ‘Grieve’ writing competition

The 2015 Hunter Writers Centre ‘Grieve’ short story competition is on once more, inviting writers to submit their original works to be judged – with two prizes of $1000 up for grabs, along with many smaller category prizes as well. Last year, Sharon Elisara, a graduate here at the Australian Writers... read more

5 reasons to save writing for a rainy day

Who loves writing on rainy days? A show of hands please. (No, not you mime artists ­– your entire act is a ‘show of hands’...) Okay, so quite a few of you. Personally, I find writing on a rainy day simply awesome – there's just something about it. But what IS... read more

Perth meet-up with Danny Parker

Monday 20 April 2015 Time: 6.30–8.30pm Although the official time is from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, you are welcome to stay as long as you like – and we imagine many of you will! Who: A teacher for more than 20 years, father-of-two Danny Parker... read more

"I got published!": Justine McClymont

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. Justine says:  My... read more

2015 Jolley Short Story Prize entries open now

Want to win some serious cash for your short story? Well, read on because entries are now open for the 2015 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. With a prize pool of $8000, and a maximum word count of 5000 words, it’s certainly a pretty good rate... read more

"I got published!": Sarah Barr

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. Sarah says:  My... read more

"I got published!": Katherine Tate

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. Katherine says: I... read more

10% off Historical Novel Conference 21-22 March

If historical fiction is your thing, and you’re near Sydney, Pamela Freeman’s half-day course on historical writing is an excellent source of information (next date13 June). But you may also want to mark another date in your diary: 21–22 March. It’s the inaugural conference of... read more