Year: 2017

World of words
Dean Koorey

Top 11 Q&A columns from 2017

Q: Hey, what’s all this then? A: We’re doing a holiday best-of – compiling our favourite Q&As from the past 12 months. Q: I can’t do that. They’re like my children; I love them all equally… A: No you don’t. Q: You’re right, some are waaaaay better than others. A:

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Six courses to start this summer

As we come to the pointy end of December, you may be feeling particularly inspired to kick some goals in the new year. The holiday period is a fantastic time to ride that burst of motivation. We’ve lined up six writing courses that you can start RIGHT NOW. All are

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TERMS EXPLAINED
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Spoiler alert

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. Warning! This week’s Q&A includes spoilers… Q:

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: The 12 Books of Christmas

It’s that time of year again. “What time?” you ask? The time that Santa takes a look around his workshop and collects up 12 books to give away to ONE lucky holiday reader! And what a mix we have this year – with something for everyone, from picture books to

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Crime and thriller
Australian Writers' Centre Team

AWC alumnus Sarah Bailey makes the 2018 Indie Books Awards Longlist

We were so excited to see Australian Writers’ Centre alumnus Sarah Bailey on the 2018 Indie Book Awards Longlist for best debut novel, The Dark Lake. According to the media release: “Established in 2008, what makes the Indie Book Awards unique is that it’s the Australian independent booksellers themselves who

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Daylight Saving Time

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 saving time in broad

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: “Dogs with Jobs”

This week, we have two copies of the feel-good book Dogs with Jobs by Laura Greaves to give away. It contains extraordinary true stories of some of the hardest-working dogs in the world. You’ll meet Molly Polly, the diabetes alert dog whose round-the-clock job is to keep her two young

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: What were YOU doing in 1983?

This week as a bonus competition, thanks to Sony Films we have five double passes to give away to the new film, Call Me By Your Name – based on the novel by Andre Aciman. Directed by the acclaimed Luca Guadagnino, this provocative, emotional and powerful romantic drama set in

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

What is middle-grade fiction and should you write it?

Middle-grade fiction has seen a surge in popularity over the past several years, with writers such as Jeff Kinney and Mary Pope Osborne frequently topping both bestseller and top earning author lists. Australia has also produced its fair share of bestselling stories. Think Andy Griffiths’ colourful Treehouse books, or Jacqueline

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Newcastle Short Story Award 2018 now open

Time to crack those knuckles and start working on your short story over the holidays! The Newcastle Short Story Award 2018 is now open for entries, with a word limit of 2000 words. Main prize is a handsome $2000, but with several highly commended cash prizes, a wine voucher and

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: “Try to” vs “Try and”

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’ll try to figure out

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: Double passes to “The Secret Scripture”

As a bonus giveaway this week, thanks to Transmission Films we have 10 double passes to The Secret Scripture – in cinemas from 7 December 2017. The film is based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Sebastian Barry, and features a stellar international cast including Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave and

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

We’re hiring! Amazing Administrative Assistant

The Australian Writers’ Centre team is growing and we have room for a full-time Administrative Assistant, based at our Sydney Head Office in Milsons Point. Please note: This role is not a writing-based role. This role won’t be a stepping stone for you to publish your novel – but you

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: “Touch wood” and “Knock on wood”

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 getting into woodwork… Q:

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World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The curious business of naming colours

Being regular word nerds, we here at the AWC are fascinated by the huge range of imaginative names that companies come up with, particularly around colours. Take these interesting examples – Fiddlesticks, Alpha Centauri, Monastic and Cowardly Custard. They sound like the cast of a children’s fantasy novel, not wall

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