Month: November 2015

Q&A: Brekky or breaky or brekkie? A delicious dilemma.

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it’s time... read more

What do picture books and chapter books have in common?

This post is written by Cathie Tasker, expert picture book editor and presenter of the course Writing Picture Books at the Australian Writers’ Centre. If a picture book is 500 words or fewer, how is it similar to writing a chapter book of about 10,000, 15,000 or so... read more

Editing and collaborating in Google Docs

This is a guest post from Tamyka Bell, a Brisbane-based writer and tech enthusiast who will test-drive any new writing tool at least once. You can find her at cwordcreative.com.au. Tamyka wrote this post when she heard Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait talk about using “track... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win a 2016 Pilot Writer’s Diary!

This week’s giveaway is a book of a different kind – the 2016 Pilot Writer’s Diary! Here’s what the makers of this purpose-built item have to say about it: "The 2016 diary is a beauty! Pilot is loaded with inspiration, writing prompts and advice from industry professionals... read more

“I got published!”: Penny Webb

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. Penny says: Couple... read more

The Vault: Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is an author, speaker and writing teacher based in Melbourne. She has an MA in Creative Writing and runs writing workshops at different locations in and around Melbourne. Nicole’s first novel, The Whole of My World, was shortlisted in the 2014 Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA... read more

Q&A: Blue ribbon or blue riband?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we’re handing... read more

A.L. Tait’s The Mapmaker Chronicles optioned for film!

Great news from Australian Writers’ Centre presenter and podcast co-host Allison Tait. Her successful series The Mapmaker Chronicles has been optioned for film – snapped up by Australian production company Whoa Flamingo! Whoa indeed. And while that doesn’t mean you’ll be buying popcorn and watching it any time... read more

Ep 86 “Yaaas” is added to dictionary, British writer tracks down teen who gave him a bad review and cracks a bottle of wine on her head; and can you promote a book without making yourself miserable? Dictionary of English Down The Ages. And meet film director and novelist, Shirley Barrett.

In Episode 86 of So you want to be a writer: Allison’s The Mapmaker Chronicles optioned for a film, new words in the dictionary (YAAAS!), the author who assaulted a reviewer, book promotion minus the misery, China Rich Girlfriend giveaway, and the book Dictionary of English Down The Ages... read more

From social worker to successful freelance magazine writer

Lindy Alexander was working as a social worker two days a week when she decided to take the course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre. She says it’s the single most important thing she’s done in her life to turn her dream of becoming... read more

Newcastle Short Story Award 2016

Newcastle is host to gorgeous beaches, boutique shopping, and great cafes. But it's also host to the Newcastle Short Story Award, with $3000 worth of prizes up for grabs. The judges this year are Newcastle's own Michael Sela and award-winning short fiction writer Glenys Osborne. The competition... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win the hilarious “China Rich Girlfriend”!

This week’s book giveaway is China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan. You may know him as the guy who delivered his debut novel Crazy Rich Asians to the world – an international bestseller. And yes, this is the sequel. China Rich Girlfriend is another hilarious romp into the world of... read more

How to format a screenplay

The world of screenwriting has its own unique set of rules. In particular, screenplays follow very specific guidelines and are a language unto themselves. Take a look at a portion of this sample screenplay provided by Screen Australia. If you want to download the PDF, you can get it directly... read more

10 years in one post.

10 years is a long time, and we thought it'd be a good idea to put it in perspective. What can you achieve in 10 years? Just a few things... (Click on the image to view a bigger version... read more

Q&A: How to use either and neither

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, neither hell nor... read more

Q&A: Supposedly vs Supposably

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, is "supposably" a... read more

The Vault: Bernadette Schwerdt talks copywriting

Do you have an invention or piece of intellectual property that you'd like protected? Then it's a guarantee that you DON'T need a copywriter. (Instead, you'd want someone who specialises in copyright.) A copywriter is someone who writes words that sell – and one of the most... read more

Candice Fox and James Patterson collaboration for 2016!

a.k.a: "How to meet your hero and then write a book with them" It’s official – JAMDICE is a thing! (That’s our name for James+Candice – seriously we tried all the other combinations and they were rubbish. Pox? Fatterson? Errmm…) Ned Kelly Award-winning author and Australian... read more