Month: May 2015

"I got published!": Vivienne Pearson

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. Vivienne says: I... read more

Melbourne – meet Patti Miller!

To celebrate her recent book launch, author and Australian Writers' Centre presenter Patti Miller will be in Melbourne for a Q&A and more. From the Alliance Française website: Book presentation, Q&A and book signing with the author: Patti Miller Wednesday 24th June 2015, 6.30pm... read more

7 on-demand courses you can start right NOW

One of the wonderful things about the Australian Writers’ Centre (just one of them) is the flexibility with which you can do your learning. We run classroom courses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, as well as a range of tutored online courses for anyone with an internet connection. And new... read more

Q&A: Capitalisation in the capital

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. This week, we explore want to know which words have a capital letter and which do not... Q: Hi AWC, I just got back from Australia’s capital. A: The letter A? Q: Haha, no, Canberra. And... read more

Ep 62 We discuss the most borrowed books from libraries in Australia, the death of the paragraph, new freelancer website, crime fiction inspired by Bruce Springsteen. And we talk to children’s book publisher Suzanne O’Sullivan

In Episode 62 of So you want to be a writer: Sydney Writers’ Festival wrap up, the most borrowed books from Australian libraries, how much (or little) publications pay freelance writers, the rise and demise of the paragraph, crime short stories inspired by Bruce Springsteen songs, the book ‘How I... read more

Gifts for writers: Fifty Shades of "Yay"

Writers usually need a little organisation to balance their days. And the one place they spend the most amount of time is their keyboards. So it was only a matter of time before someone combined the two. There is nothing remotely complex about this gift idea from Poketo. It’s... read more

"I got published!": Libby Hakim

We spotted Libby in The 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

ABIA winners 2015 – congratulations Judith Rossell!

Last night in Sydney, the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) announced their winning selections for 2015 – an annual literary showcase which fittingly takes place during the Sydney Writers’ Festival. And it's big congratulations to Australian Writers’ Centre presenter Judith Rossell – she ended up ’top of the pile’ for the... read more

The only piece of advice you’ll need – from Lex Marinos

Lex Marinos is an actor and Australian icon, appearing through the decades on the iconic Kingswood Country, Embassy, and more recently The Slap. He has also directed shows, written episodes for TV (notably the Bodyline mini-series), and last year penned a memoir entitled Blood and Circuses: An Irresponsible Memoir... read more

Q&A: When to use ampersands

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. & this week, we explore why we should have used "and’” twice already in this intro... Q: Hi AWC. I have a question about this Q&A. A: That’s very "meta" of you. What would... read more

VIC writers: Win $6000 from the Lord Mayor!

Attention writers based in Victoria: The City of Melbourne this month launched its fourth biennial Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. (In the alternate years, it’s a photography competition.) According to Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, the awards celebrate Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature (you just... read more

The Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature 2015

Calling all fiction and non-fiction writers! The 2015 Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature is now open. From the Waverley Council website: This Award is organised by Waverley Council, with generous support from the Friends of Waverley Library, and other community partners including Gertrude & Alice Bookshop/Cafe, Wentworth... read more

Ep 61 In this week’s podcast, we discuss how to balance the loneliness of writing, the late William Zinsser’s writing advice, 5 websites to visit instead of writing, and where you can get free pictures. Also meet Writer in Residence Pip Lincolne, author of Craft for the Soul

In Episode 61 of So you want to be a writer: long lost sisters meet in a writing class, healthy habits to deal with the loneliness of being a writer, the late William Zinsser’s advice, five websites to visit instead of writing, where you can get fab free pictures... read more

2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist announced

From the Miles Franklin Literary Award website: The 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist is: Sonya Hartnett - Golden Boys Penguin Books Australia Sofie Laguna - The Eye of the Sheep Allen & Unwin Joan London - The Golden Age Random House Australia Christine Piper - After Darkness Allen & Unwin Craig Sherborne - Tree... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win a copy of Guilt by Matt Nable

This week’s AWC competition is guilt-free – i.e. you can score yourself a copy of new book Guilt, for free! The book's author, Matt Nable, has an impressive story of his own – playing national rugby league in the 1990s, before moving to screenwriting, book writing and acting... read more

Job Vacancy: Director of Emerging Writers’ Festival

JOB ADVERTISEMENT All details from the Emerging Writers' Festival website Emerging Writers Festival Festival Director The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) invites applications for the exciting position of Festival Director. The Festival Director will lead the artistic direction of EWF and deliver high quality, diverse and dynamic programs in support of... read more

"I got published!": Carole Lyden

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. Carole says:  Many... read more

Q&A: "Mum vs Mom" – the mother of all battles

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, in celebration of Mother’s Day, we wanted to know why mum’s not the word everywhere... Q: Hey there AWC. Did you know that it was Mother’s Day on Sunday? A: We did... read more

"I got published": Tania Connolly

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. Tania says:  I... read more