Month: September 2016

How to use the Snip tool to save hours at work

We’re all celebrating right now at the Australian Writers’ Centre because we’ve finally launched our new-look website. If you haven’t had a peek, check it out. We hope it makes your journey with us easier to navigate so that you can achieve your goals faster. Believe... read more

Q&A: Let the games begin

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 run rings... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win literary prints!

This week you can win three limited edition literary prints – from Perth-based Hanaé Meyer of Sponthanaeity. Hanaé is a writer and artist, and combines the two disciplines in new and unusual ways. Painstaking in detail, there is nothing spontaneous about her pieces! These three artworks depict the popular retro... read more

Q&A: Luxurious vs luxuriant

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 living... read more

Q&A: Peak vs peek vs pique

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 sneaking... read more

Q&A: “One of the only?”

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 explore the... read more

Word of the week: Paean

Paean (noun) [pee-an] “This comes from Ancient Greece and refers to a song that gives thanks to a god (specifically Greek god Apollo). Since it’s not likely we are singing such things these days, it’s now used to describe a form of rapturous or extravagant praise. So... read more

Top 10: Crime and thriller competition winners and notables

Last month, in celebration of our Crime and Thriller month, we asked you all to submit a story in 149 words or fewer. The rules were to introduce us to a character of your creation. The story had to feature your character having committed a crime (any crime, big or... read more

Q&A: What’s the GO?

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 all... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win a ‘Figgy’ book pack! (FIVE to be won)

The hot title on so many industry award shortlists in 2015 was Tamsin Janu’s debut young fiction novel, Figgy in the World. With the recent release of its sequel, Figgy and the President, we have FIVE packs of both books to give away! One of the reasons we love... read more

Word of the week: Antediluvian

Antediluvian (adjective) [anti-duh-LOO-vee-in] “This cute word means ‘in the period before the flood’ – as in the one Noah was in! But it can be also used in a humorous fashion to refer to something that is antiquated or old-fashioned or outdated. So you might say... read more

Q&A: The French connection

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, please excuse our... read more

Tamsin Janu’s award-winning start in children’s fiction

Tamsin Janu published her award-winning book Figgy in the World after completing a course at the Australian Writers’ Centre. After taking the book world by storm, she has now followed up with a sequel, Figgy and the President. And it all started when she enrolled in a writing course that would change her life. “On the second day of the course I remember that's when I came up with the idea for my first book!” said Tamsin.