Month: April 2015

Q&A: Centenary vs Centennial

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week a question that was 100 years in the making... Q: Hi AWC, I have a question – it’s to do with commemorating or celebrating 100 years of something. Is it called a ‘centenary’ or a... read more

Perth meet-up with Georgia Richter

Monday 8 June 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: Georgia Richter is the Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and Poetry Publisher at... read more

The last thing writer Allison Tait does each day…

Author and journalist Allison Tait talks about her passions for feature writing and fiction writing. Her novel The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World is making waves in the world of middle grade fiction. Our top-rating podcast So you want to be a writer features a... read more

Gifts for writers: Penguin’s got it covered

The famous saying suggests that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. But that’s ridiculous. For starters, a book’s cover has its title on it, and the author who wrote it. Of course we’re going to judge it. Okay, yes, we are taking that rather... read more

AWC graduate Mahsa Fratantoni wins food writing tour to Sri Lanka

Congratulations to Australian Writers’ Centre graduate Mahsa Fratantoni who has just been announced as the 2015 recipient of the World Nomads Passport and Plate food and travel writing competition. We’re particularly chuffed for Mahsa because it’s an international competition and she beat out strong competitors from all over... read more

2015 Stella Prize winner announced

Last night, the 2015 Stella Prize was announced. The winner is Emily Bitto for her debut novel The Strays. Here's more information from The Stella Prize website. We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize is Emily Bitto for The Strays. This is the... read more

"I got published!": Kate Wilson

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. Kate says: Just... read more

"I got published!": Nim Gholkar

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. Nim Says: I... read more

“My First Time” #3: Fleur McDonald

They say it’s a great thing to find your own niche as a writer, and Fleur McDonald has done just that – over the past six years (and six books) becoming the ‘Voice of the Outback’. They also say to write what you know, and Fleur also ticks most of... read more

"My first time": Candice Fox

Crime and thriller author Candice Fox is the author of the bestselling book Eden, the complex story of a hardened female detective set in Sydney. It's the sequel to Hades. Candice is now working on the third book in the trilogy Fall. But how did she get her first... read more

Three ways to beat procrastination for writers

I could procrastinate for Australia. I could. If it were an Olympic sport, I’d be the Torah Bright of Procrastination – only without the fantastic teeth … and I’d probably find a reason to put off the dancing… Having said that, I am also a surprisingly productive person. I know... read more

Children’s Book Council announces Short List and Notables 2015

The Children’s Book Council of Australia today announced its picks for Short List and Notables 2015  – and we’re pleased to say that some familiar names popped out. Congratulations to two Australian Writers’ Centre presenters who have made the list – with our Writing Picture Books presenter Judith Rossell one... read more

Q&A: Double or single L?

Each week, our Australian Writers’ Centre Q&A chats about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, are we seeing double or is it the Americans? Q: I have some exciting news. Want to hear it? A: Sure do. Q: I’m traveling to America! I... read more

5 ABIA finalists and their proven advice for writers

It’s shortlist season out there in book land, and this week the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) announced their picks. Among the deserving candidates are five authors who were interviewed as the Writers in Residence over the past year on the Australian Writers’ Centre podcast, So you want to... read more

We chat with the author of Australia’s most underrated book

Jane Rawson’s debut novel A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists was last year was named ‘Australia’s most underrated book’ in a literary prize that rewarded books that had not received the recognition or readership judges thought they deserved. Intrigued, we made our list and made... read more

Bernadette Schwerdt on copywriting

So you want to be a copywriter? You've heard that this is one of the most lucrative options you can have as a writer. But what does it really entail – and do you have what it takes to be successful? Our weekly top-rating podcast So you want to... read more