Month: May 2016

Word of the week: Stultify

Stultify (verb) "One meaning is to make a person appear stupid or foolish. But mainly it means to lose all enthusiasm due to a boring routine. So you might say that being in prison was stultifying if you had nothing to do. Or that the stultifying job meant you were... read more

Word of the week: Peripatetic

Peripatetic (adjective) “This is a fancy word to mean ‘wandering’. It comes from the Greek word for ‘pacing to and fro’, but relates to someone who does that in a more organised way, rather than someone who bumbles about. So a peripatetic startup CEO might split his time between Sydney... read more


This month, we’ve gone memoir-mad, with not one, not two, not three, not four, not 10, but FIVE hand-picked memoirs to give away to one lucky winner! We love a good memoir. Perhaps it’s the mixed bag of experiences – some across decades, others just days. Maybe... read more

Emily McAuliffe’s successful venture into full-time travel writing

Emily McAuliffe can’t remember what first prompted her to do a writing course – possibly just for “something to do”. However, many words later, she now lives in Portugal and works as a full-time writer – with work published here and overseas! Getting started “I had no real expectations and... read more

What we’re reading this month – May 2016

Ask an author for their top tip for aspiring writers and it would be to READ. Read widely and read often. So once a month, we’ll be sharing what we’re reading – fiction or non-fiction. We’d love you to do the same – so share a paragraph on... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win a Literary Tea pack valued at over $100!

It’s a special giveaway this week – with one lucky winner scoring a delicious tea pack from the Literary Tea Co! With a slogan that reads “Drink more tea, read more books” we knew this was a match made in competition heaven. Each certified organic tea is blended here in... read more

Are you an Australian writer looking for a writing residency for 2017?

Writing residency applications for 2017 at the National Library of Australia are now open. The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing includes a stipend, a four-week residency at the National Library of Australia including office facilities and access to special collections, and staff expertise. A... read more

Author C.S. Sealey shares her story

C.S. (Carmel) Sealey’s lifelong dream of completing and publishing her first novel, Equilibrium, finally came true. Making writing a priority Not long ago, Carmel was stuck in a non-creative role at work. “I had no time to work on my book and not much motivation to make... read more

3 top tips to make you a better freelance writer

Being a freelance writer is a little bit like juggling five frogs at the same time, while each of those frogs juggles tiny chainsaws. There’s a lot going on – different publications, different styles, different stories and more. And that’s where experienced freelancers Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait are... read more

ABIA shortlist 2016 – congratulations Danny Parker!

There has been much excitement in the literary world this week with the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) announcing their 2016 Book Awards shortlist. We were thrilled to see a familiar name amongst the authors. Our very own AWC presenter, Danny Parker, is shortlisted in the Book of the Year... read more