Month: February 2016

Michaela Fox: Blogger turned successful freelance writer

As a blogger, Michaela Fox was already loving being able to write while at home, but it was almost too comfortable. The idea of working as a freelance writer and earning a living really appealed. “Being able to freelance from home is just the ideal situation for me,” she says... read more

Are you a playwright? Enter this competition

Are you an aspiring playwright looking for an opportunity to showcase your original work? Submit your script in this year's Ensemble Stages Play Reading and break a leg! From Ensemble Theatre’s website Would you like to test your new play out in front of an audience? Submit your... read more

Alison Goodman talks Regency mash-up fiction

We’re here today with Alison Goodman – New York Bestselling author of the fantasy duology EON and EONA. Her latest novel is The Dark Days Club – book one of a new trilogy, which has been described as "a delicious collision of Regency romance and dark fantasy". So Alison, how would... read more

“My First Time”: Jackie French

Every successful author had a first novel – the one that started it all and paved the way for what followed. Fortunes may shift up and down, but you are a first-time novelist just once. And like many other "first times", there’s often a story to be told. Jackie... read more

Our 2016 Reading Challenge

At the beginning of every year, prolific readers wanting to expand their horizons look to "reading challenges" to help them with such a task. Just like the one in the image above (you can find that full list here), the challenges are designed to get you to read a wide... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win Frederick Forsyth’s “The Outsider”!

If you haven’t heard of author Frederick Forsyth, we’re going to assume that you've been living under a rock. His modern thriller novels have sold millions of copies around the world – including classics such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File and The Fourth Protocol... read more

What was left out of Seven Little Australians

This post is written by Matthew Curlewis, a descendant of Ethel Turner, who wrote Seven Little Australians. Matthew originally wrote this shortly before Australia Day 2016 and has given us permission to republish it. An attempt on behalf of my ancestor Ethel Turner, to correct some Koori history censored out... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win “Monty and Me” by Louisa Bennet

Monty and Me cover
This week’s giveaway is a great one for younger readers – introducing us to the world’s newest animal sleuth – dog detective Monty. It’s called Monty and Me by Australian author Louisa Bennet, and here’s what the publicity says about it: "You might think that dogs can't... read more

5 tips on how to promote a book

This is a post by Allison Tait, who is a presenter at the Australian Writers’ Centre and author of the successful series The Mapmaker Chronicles. Today we are again delving into the now-deep archives of the So you want to be a writer podcast for some gems of wisdom... read more

Q&A: Discreet or Discrete? Discretion advised…

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 we... read more

Explore love with this competition

talk to me about love banner
Ah February. Some people count down the days to February 14th with amorous impatience, some hate it with a fiery passion, while others adjust their hipster glasses and scoff, "Hallmark day". Whatever your views on February 14th, if you've got a manuscript exploring love in any of its forms... read more

Ep 95 Chuck Palahniuk’s writing tips, the number one problem with backstory, 42 old English insults, 10 questions to ask before launching your author website, 100 best websites for writers, and how to motivate yourself to edit and rewrite. And meet novelist Tim Baker on his blog tour of his book Fever City.

In Episode 95 of So you want to be a writer: The number one problem with backstory and how to fix it, old English insults, and writing tips from the indomitable Chuck Palahniuk. Plus: 10 questions to ask yourself before launching your author website, the 100 best websites for writers... read more

57 inspirational quotes to kick off 2016!

Here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we love inspirational and motivational quotes – if you don’t believe us, check out our Instagram feed!  Once the domain of framed glass pictures on corporate office walls, such quotes are now more accessible than ever – thanks mainly to the rise of the internet... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky

"Compelling, moving and memorable.” That’s what Graeme Simsion (author of The Rosie Project) had to say about this new novel from Leah Kaminsky. The Waiting Room takes place in Haifa, Israel, in 2001 – following Dina, a family doctor living against the backdrop of high terror alerts, occupational hazards and... read more