Month: July 2015

Our top 10 podcast episodes for 2015 (…so far!)

We're on a break this week while Valerie moves house and argues with a certain telco provider about promised installation dates... but in the meantime, we thought we'd share your top 10 podcast episodes for 2015 (...so far!) 1. Ep 45 - Lisa Heidke Our first episode back for... read more

Man Booker Prize 2015 longlist announced!

We waited with bated breath all day long... only to remember that the announcement happens at 12pm British Standard Time. Finally, the clocks have ticked over in the UK, and the longlist is here! From the official announcement: The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker... read more

Matt Nable on why writing is better than acting

If you’ve ever heard the term “someone who wears many hats” to describe a multi-skilled person, then you may need to be an expert milliner to fathom Matt Nable. Notably he has played top level rugby league for Manly and earned his keep as an actor in a... read more

VU Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers

Are you a new or emerging writer? Check out Overland's short story competition: From Overland's website: The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers is now open. This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win Thea Astley’s biography!

We’re getting all biographical this week, with two copies of Inventing Her Own Weather – Karen Lamb’s balanced account of the life of one of Australia’s beloved authors, Thea Astley – to be won. Astley had a career that spanned half a century, and she was quite the pioneer... read more

22nd Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Ladies of crime (writing), here's a competition just for you! The 22nd Scarlett Stiletto Awards are now open and, thanks to Every Cloud Productions, the prize pool has increased to $9350! Woah! From the Sisters in Crime website: Every Cloud Productions, the producers of the internationally-acclaimed crime drama... read more

"I got published!": Lilani Goonesena

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. Lilani says:  Thrilled... read more

National Bookshop Day

We're sure you don't need an excuse to support your local bookshop, but we have a great excuse anyway. Saturday 8th of August is National Bookshop Day! Hundreds of bookshops will be holding events and having activities, and more. From the press release: On Saturday, August 8th, bookshops... read more

Q&A: Is it Winter or winter? Capitalising the seasons…

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language – meaning we’ll have enough material to last us another century. This week, it’s the winter of our discontent... Q: Hi AWC, is it cold or is it just me? A: It’s winter, so we... read more

Why you should write your memoir now, from Patti Miller

When many hear about someone writing their memoir, they often think of a famous person at the end of their life. But the truth is that anyone can write one at any stage. In fact, as memoir expert Patti Miller explains, they can write many. We spoke with her recently... read more

Ep 70 Will you read “Go Set a Watchman” (we’re divided)? The real writer behind Nancy Drew, a Lego storytelling app, comprises versus consists, and how to deal when you feel like an imposter. And we talk to brother-and-sister author duo Nicholas and Alison Lochel from the Zarkora series.

In Episode 70 of So you want to be a writer: The hotly debated “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee, the exciting life of the original Nancy Drew author, cool new Lego visual storytelling app, a 15 minute writing productivity hack, the difference between comprises and consists, Writers in... read more

Victorian Community History Awards 2015

Hey history buffs! Do you love your Victorian history? Australian Victorian history, that is! Entries for the Victorian Community History Awards are now open. From the Public Record Office of Victoria: The Victorian Community History Awards recognise excellence in historical storytelling. The range of award categories reflects the variety of... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win this picture book about dugongs!

This week, we’re shifting gears here at Competition Central, with four copies of children’s picture book, The Bravest Dugong to give away – written by Alec Trost and beautifully illustrated by Graham Compton. Alec completed our Writing Picture Books course back when it first began in 2011, and he... read more

Kim Wilkins reminds us to slow down and smell the…trees

We love this quote from a 2014 interview we did with author Kim Wilkins (who also writes as Kimberley Freeman). It’s such an important thing to remember in this ‘busy’ world we live in. Thanks Kim! “If you’ve ever found yourself waiting for five minutes somewhere, just five... read more

88 Australian authors to follow on Twitter

You’ve often heard us bang on about how social media can help your build your author platform and help you connect with other people in the industry. Well, if you’re an emerging or established writer, who should connect with? Apart from your friends, family and fans, here are... read more

Why freelancers need friends (and how to find some!)

This post is by Sue White, successful freelance writer and Australian Writers' Centre presenter. It’s a freelancing paradox. On one hand, if you’re self employed, existing friends pop out of the woodwork at all hours of the (traditional) work day. “I’m having a day off, want to... read more

Are you hopeless at working from home? Try these 5 solutions.

This post is by Sue White, successful freelance writer and Australian Writers' Centre presenter. This last fortnight at least half a dozen friends – mostly of the journo and/or blogger variety – have complained to me about their absolute lack of ability to work effectively from home.  One friend started with... read more

Ep 69 Luxurious libraries, cool maps of fictional worlds, how to write a bestseller while losing weight, advice from children’s book editors, and fewer versus less. And we talk to Writer in Residence Sarah Hepola, author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.

In Episode 69 of So you want to be a writer:  The printed word is alive and well in luxurious libraries, maps of fictional worlds, a cunning way to write a best seller and lose weight, science confirms walking fosters creativity, great writing advice from children’s book editors, the... read more

Q&A: Percentages: Is it fewer than or less than?

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. And this week, we are 100% sure that would like to know about percentages and fewer/less... Q: Hi AWC, I was wondering if we’d ever discussed the whole fewer vs less thing? A: We sure... read more