Month: November 2016

Word of the week: Metier

Metier (noun) [meteeay] "Even though many people know this word, it's not really in common usage. I was inspired to include it when I was watching The Crown on Netflix recently. Winston Churchill was speaking to the artist painting his portrait. The artist admits that he came to painting... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win a $20 Dendy Direct gift card!

Love & Friendship, the hilarious and heart-warming new adaption of Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan, is now available to rent and own on Dendy Direct. Starring Kate Beckinsale as the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan Vernon, this is one of the finest Austen adaptations in years. Thanks to... read more

MURDER EP 19 Crime writer and psychologist Leah Giarratano

Leah Giarratano is a clinical psychologist and author who specialises in psychological trauma and sex offences, which feature in her novels Vodka Doesn’t Freeze and her recent Disharmony series including The Telling, The Laeduin and Immortal Combat. Leah talks the plotting process and the dichotomy between understanding your characters... read more

Word of the week: Neologism

Neologism (Noun) [nee'oluhgizuhm] "The Macquarie Dictionary says this is 'a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.' So recent examples of this might include 'crowdsourcing' or 'metrosexual' or 'chillax'." To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of writing, blogging and publishing, check out... read more

Q&A: Internet terms explained

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 asking... read more

Word of the week: Syzygy

Syzygy  (noun) [sizz-err-jee] "Yes, this is a real word - and it doesn't contain a single vowel. Admittedly, you might not use it very often because it refers to a very specific thing. Wikipedia says that it is: 'a straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies in a... read more

Q&A: Coronated vs Crowned

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 sending... read more