Month: June 2016

Q&A: What does MOOT actually mean?

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, our moot is... read more

Word of the week: Nicotine

Before this week's word, a special mention to the Build Your Author Platform graduate Facebook group, who each week have been trying their best to incorporate Valerie's word of the week (mentioned on podcast and here) into something they write that week. Some very creative uses so far... read more

Q&A: Pronunciation vs Enunciation vs Elocution

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 charged... read more

What we’re reading this month – June 2016

Each month, we share what we’re reading – fiction or nonfiction. (And you can do the same – details at the end of this post.) Here’s what some of us at AWC have been reading in June:   Bec: Memories of Silk and Straw: A Self-Portrait of Small-Town... read more

Q&A: Understanding bullet lists

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

Using crowdfunding with Unbound to get your novel published

Guest post by Claire Scobie This a story about how I’m using crowdfunding to get my novel The Pagoda Tree published in the UK. I’m using Unbound, a UK publishing model with a distinguished past. Once known as “subscription publishing”, in 1688 the first edition of Milton's... read more

Word of the week: Milquetoast

Milquetoast (noun) "I first heard this word when my friend referred to someone by saying: "She's milquetoast". At first, I thought she was saying milk (as in the white stuff you drink) and "toast" and was thinking it was some kind of breakfast thing! But it's milquetoast and... read more

He’s written the “Perfect” picture book…

Children’s book author Danny Parker (also one of our fabulous AWC presenters) recently made the shortlist of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards 2016 as well as last month’s Australian Book Industry Awards shortlist – for his picture book, titled Perfect. With... read more

Victorian Community History Awards are open for 2016

The Victorian Community History Awards for 2016 are now open! According to the Royal Historical Society of Victoria: “The Awards recognise excellence in historical storytelling. The range of award categories reflects the variety of formats that can be used to reach and enrich the lives of Victorians through history.” Last... read more

Q&A: It’s all gone pear-shaped

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 pare back... read more

4 competitions for short story writers

Writing competitions can be a great motivational tool. Do you have a story idea that you would love to explore further? A neglected draft patiently waiting for you on your computer? Why not enter these short story competitions and use the submission deadline to your advantage. You may even find... read more

Word of the week: Bucolic

Bucolic (adjective) "As AWC team member Dean pointed out, this words sounds unpleasant - and almost sounds like bubonic (as in the plague) - but is actually an adjective describing a lovely scene, usually in a rustic or rural settings. So you might say 'The country house had a bucolic outlook with... read more

Novelist Natasha Lester on how she uses Scrivener

Bestselling author and AWC presenter Natasha Lester discovered Scrivener after becoming fed up with Word, and hasn't looked back! Check out this interview excerpt from our Facebook Live stream with Natasha at our recent Sydney meet-up, where she discusses how Scrivener was a game-changer for her novel... read more

Melanie Dower: Freelancing from Finland

When Melanie Dower (pictured) relocated from Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki, Finland to join her husband in his dream job, it turned her whole world upside down. Here, on the other side of the globe, she struggled to find a job on par with her previous field as she wasn... read more

How to be a better business writer

Do you spend eight hours a day in front of your computer at work? Maybe you’re sending emails. Perhaps you’re writing proposals or recommendations. The reality is that many of us spend much of our day doing some form of written communication. So it’s vital to understand... read more