Month: April 2016

The Queenscliffe Literary Festival returns in 2016

After its successful inaugural event in 2015, the Queenscliffe Literary Festival will return again this year. This niche festival will take place across a variety of venues in the historical town of Queenscliff and the neighbouring town of Point Lonsdale, Victoria, with stand-alone events held across all weekends in... read more

The Australian / Vogel’s Literary Award 2016 winner announced

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is one of Australia's most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of 35. Katherine Brabon's novel The Memory Artist has just been named the 2016 winner of this major accolade. Congratulations Katherine! From the press release... read more

“We got published!” : Graduate success

We're like proud parents when we hear that our graduates have been published. Our hearts swell, we get a little teary and we want to sticky tape their feature article to our fridge door. But alas, we can't find a fridge large enough for all of the success... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win our Mother’s Day book pack!

Some of the most prolific readers are mums. It’s a chance to take a break and escape into another reality before diving back into saving the world again. And with Mother’s Day coming up, we want to give one lucky winner a pack containing not one, not two... read more

3 great competitions for poets

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Whether you're already a pro at prose, or would simply like to dip your toe into the poetry writing waters – there's nothing quite like a deadline to spur you on. That's why writing competitions are such an effective motivational tool. We're giving you the gentle nudge... read more

Children’s Book Council announces Notables 2016

It’s awards season again in book world (but really, it’s a reward every time we read a book, right?). And kicking things off is the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) who on Monday announced their list of Notable Books for the 2016 CBCA Book of the... read more

A chat with author Karyn Sepulveda

Ideas for books can come at any moment, and for author Karyn Sepulveda, hers happened in one of the most common places. But more on that in a moment. We’re talking about the newly released Young Adult fantasy novel, Choosing Xaverique and we’re talking with Karyn. Hi Karyn... read more

Q&A: Uninterested or Disinterested?

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 interested... read more

Sydney meet-up with Natasha Lester

Be the first to find out about future Australian Writers' Centre meet-ups – sign up to our weekly newsletter! When and where is the meet-up? We're so excited to be hosting our meet-up on Tuesday 31 May 2016, 6.30-8pm At the  Australian Writers’ Centre head... read more

Q&A with Cath Ferla – author of Ghost Girls

Not to be confused with the upcoming all-female remake of Ghostbusters, this brand new novel – Ghost Girls (Echo Publishing) – takes place mainly in and around Sydney’s Chinatown district, with enough mystery and intrigue to shake many sticks at. We wanted to get to the bottom of this story... read more

Talking ‘Practical Perfection’ with Kelly Exeter

Editor, graphic designer, freelance writer, blogger, productivity ponderer and self-confessed perfectionist Kelly Exeter is also an author – and her latest book has just been released. It’s called Practical Perfection and it’s all about “smart strategies for an excellent life”. We quizzed everyone in the office and we... read more

Miranda Luby shortlisted in the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

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We are thrilled for Australian Writers' Centre graduate Miranda Luby for being shortlisted in the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This year the competition attracted nearly 4000 entries from 47 countries. Miranda's story, This Here Land, was one of 26 shortlisted and is now in the running for the... read more

We chat with Nicole Hayes about her new book about AFL

So Nicole Hayes is going gangbusters right now – with her YA fiction novels being so well received right across Australia and beyond. But her latest book, From the Outer: Footy like you've never heard it, is a collection of stories written by a range of different people about the... read more

Freelance writing success: “I got published!”

Australian Writers' Centre freelance writing success
When we hear that our students have been published, it absolutely makes our day. And it seems like we've had plenty of reasons to smile lately. So many of our graduates are achieving great things in the world of freelance writing. We like to celebrate by popping champagne, dancing... read more

Q&A: Jail or Gaol – which is it?

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 sentencing... read more