Month: September 2015

Ep 79 A beer-pouring typewriter, what writers should not do on social media, protect your freelance identity, how to capture the right voice as a ghostwriter, the power shift to fashion bloggers. And we chat to Writer in Residence Robert Hoge, author of the memoir Ugly.

In Episode 79 of So you want to be a writer: What writers should’t do on social media, a typewriter that pours beer (instant writing reward!), protecting your freelance identity, how to capture someone else’s voice and be a kick-butt ghostwriter, fashion bloggers are now powerful, the... read more

“I got published!”: Jo Hartley

We spotted Jo in Sunday Life 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, Facebook and Instagram... read more

“I got published!”: Rebecca Poulson

We spotted Rebecca in Sunday Life recently!  Congratulations Rebecca! 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

Help! The publication I wrote for hasn’t paid me yet!

So you've jumped into the world of Magazine and Newspaper writing, aced your pitches, written great articles, submitted them before your deadlines and now... the wait. So... when do you get paid? Well, every publication will have its own internal accounts payable policy. Scenario 1: They are quick payers... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win 2 x The Shearers by Evan McHugh

This week’s giveaway is The Shearers: The story of Australia, told from the woolsheds by Evan McHugh – and it surely doesn't get more Australian than this! (Well, maybe if it included a stubby holder.) From the arrival of the First Fleet, this book offers an intriguing and definitive... read more

The Vault: Magazine editor Kirsten Galliott

When InStyle editor Kirsten Galliott caught up with Allison Tait in 2014, she had plenty of advice for freelance writers submitting to editors. As well as that, they also discussed the state of the industry, her typical day and her experiences interviewing celebrities! Kirsten has more than 20 years' publishing... read more

Q&A: Fully sick: nauseous vs nauseated vs nauseating?

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. And sometimes, it really is enough to make you sick... Q: Hi AWC. A: Ah, there you are. Where have you been? Q: I’ve been rather sick lately. A: We’re sorry to hear that. Q... read more

Gwen Wilson: the reluctant retiree publishes her first memoir

Back in 2005, around the same time as the Australian Writers’ Centre was first opening its doors, Gwen Wilson, then 50, was making the first scribblings for what would become her debut memoir, I Belong to No One. “I can trace its beginning to 2005, and it evolved through numerous... read more

“I got published!”: Kirsten Hyam

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. Kirsten says:  Just... read more

Pamela Freeman on whether anyone can be a writer…

In episode 58 of our popular So you want to be a writer podcast, Valerie Khoo interviewed Pamela Hart – the name behind the book The Soldier’s Wife, released this year. She also goes by the name Pamela Freeman – author of nearly 30 books and director of the creative writing... read more

Ep 78 What skills a Vogue editor really needs, Zoo Weekly shuts down, do you agree with brand journalism? How to fit freelance writing around a full-time job, kidlit blogger Tara Lazar and bestselling novelist Kevin Kwan, author of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend”. Also: how do you know when you’ve done enough research for your article?

In Episode 78 of So you want to be a writer: Valerie reads 270 short stories, book 3 of Allison Tait’s “The Mapmaker Chronicles”, Bauer Media shutting down Zoo Weekly magazine, what skills a Vogue editor needs, do you agree with brand journalism? Faulty freelance writer assumptions, how to... read more

#PITCHMENTUM is here: pitch your novel over twitter!

Your tweet could score you a book deal. That's right! Welcome to #pitchmentum. From the Momentum Books website: On Friday the 25th of September, we’ll be throwing open our Twitter and taking your 140 character pitches, for a chance to get published with Momentum! The contest will happen... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win 2 x Bleakboy and Hunter books!

This week you could win the perfect novel for the young reader in your life. We are giving away Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain by award-winning author Steven Herrick. As the book’s synopsis tells us, Jesse is an 11-year-old boy arriving at a... read more

“I got published!”: Shannon Meyerkort

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. This was posted... read more

“I got published!”: Louise Reynolds

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. Louise says:  The... read more

“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:  Extremely... read more