Month: August 2015

How to write headlines that work

Do you write words that sell? Or are you in a business where you need to get the attention of your target audience? Perhaps you’re writing brochures or advertisements. Well, you probably also know that advertising is expensive. So how do you make small space advertising work for you... read more

3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy

I recently blogged about how Scrivener was helping me to imagine all kinds of structural possibilities for my novel, because of the way it made setting up and manipulating the ordering of the scenes in my book so easy. In this post, I’m going to cover off three other... read more

Suzanne O’Sullivan knows what the kids want…

Kid reading on the floor
In a recent episode of our weekly writing inspiration and information podcast, So you want to be a writer, Allison Tait spoke with Suzanne O’Sullivan – associate publisher of children’s books at Hachette Australia. With the book world exploding with children’s and young adult fiction over the past... read more

Ep 74 Mark Latham’s weird appearance at Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Chocolat author Joanne Harris on getting paid, beware of Amazon Prime, the perils of RSI for writers, and we talk to Random House publisher Meredith Curnow. Should you use Periscope and what to do about late paying clients.

In Episode 74 of So you want to be a writer: The 2015 winners of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards, 10 things we think we need to do before we start writing, Mark Latham being weird at the Melbourne Writers Festival, author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris, forthright... read more

2015 Ned Kelly Award Annoucement

We’re thrilled for Australian Writers’ Centre presenter Candice Fox for being announced as the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best Australian Crime Fiction with her novel Eden! Her debut novel Hades won last year’s Ned Kelly for Best First Fiction. Candice presents our popular course... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win this trilogy pack by David M Henley!

To celebrate the release this year of Convergence by David M Henley, we have two complete sets of his “Pierre Jnr trilogy” to give away. But first, we asked David a few quick questions. Convergence is the final book in this Pierre Jnr trilogy. Can you tell us what it... read more

“I got published!”: Jennifer Redmile

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. Jennifer says:  After... read more

Q&A: “More than” vs “Over”

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. There are, after all, more than 1000 of them. Or is that over 1000? Now we’re confused... Q: Hi AWC, I read somewhere that you’ve produced more than 24,000 graduates since you started. A... read more

“I got published!”: Libby Hakim

We spotted Libby in the 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

“I got published!”: Zohra Aly

We spotted Zohra in the Sun Herald recently! Congratulations Zohra! 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

Ep 73 Books sold with no cover, an Instagrammer’s quirky micro book reviews, media awards’ embarrassing mixup, what uber-blogger Dooce said at Problogger event. And Writer in Residence Jill Margo on her biography of Frank Lowy. Also, we talk about how to deal with a copywriting project that blows out and our app pick is The Brainstormer.

In Episode 73 of So you want to be a writer: Grab your blind date with a book, quirky micro book reviews, one traveller’s odd reading habit, an embarrassing mix up at the Kennedy Awards, the book “Write Better, Faster” by Monica Leonelle, what uber-blogger Heather from Dooce... read more

Author Nicole Hayes shares her cafe obsession…

In a recent episode of our weekly podcast So you want to be a writer, Valerie chatted with author Nicole Hayes. Among the various questions were three we thought we’d share with you. (To listen to the interview in full, go here.) Why she chooses to write about teenagers... read more

11 words you can stop misspelling

picture of magnetic alphebet
The modern age has given us amazing tools like spell check, but that’s a little like having an excellent team of paramedics always waiting at the base of the cliff (surely a dubious use of medical resources?). What happens if you can’t use 'spell check'? Wouldn’t you... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win Jane Cornwell’s travel memoir, “The Whirl”

It’s competition time again, and we couldn’t give this one away without first having a chat to the woman behind all the men, music and misadventures – journalist Jane Cornwell. In this breezy travel memoir, Jane shares her flings and whirlwind experiences around the globe. These include the young... read more

The Vault: Michael Robotham – a matter of Life or Death…

We interview some great thriller authors on our So you want to be a writer podcast – and they graciously let us into their world (and mind!). Luckily, Michael Robotham is far more pleasant than some of the scenarios he paints on his pages. Here's one from the vault – as... read more