Month: January 2017

Word of the week: Ataraxia

Ataraxia (noun) [at-uh-rak-see-uh] “While it sounds like a planet from a sci fi novel or even some kind of eating disorder, according to the Macquarie Dictionary it means: ‘a state of tranquillity, free from emotional disturbance and anxiety’. So you might say ‘people who meditate regularly... read more

7 effective time management tips for freelance copywriters

You can’t beat the freedom and flexibility that come with being a freelance writer – but that doesn’t mean that freelance writing is an easy job. Some people, particularly those who wouldn’t generally be considered self-starters, often feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to... read more

Holly Bidwell’s new creative companion

We recently ran a competition for our community and challenged you to bring your creativity to the Surface. This was your chance to win Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 (RRP AU $2799). The winner was Holly Bidwell from Canberra. Congratulations Holly! Holly has turned it into her constant companion. “The... read more

Q&A: Revert or reply?

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 ponder whether... read more

COMP CLOSED: Tell the truth and WIN with Dendy Direct!

Thanks to our chums over at the TV/movie streaming service Dendy Direct, we have a bonus giveaway for you this week. One of the cool things that Dendy Direct do each month is feature a guest curator – who picks their faves to share with you. This month, Melina Marchetta... read more

Ep 143 Smutty fiction and bank accounts

In Episode 143 of So you want to be a writer: Anna asks whether her smutty fiction past will help or harm her prospects. And we answer a question about whether different types of writing income (book writing and copywriting) can go into the same bank account. Got a question... read more

Q&A: Vicious cycle or circle?

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 find ourselves... read more

Word of the week: Fascinate

Fascinate (verb) [fas-uh-neyt] "Did you know that the word 'fascinate' comes from the Latin word 'fascinatio' which actually means 'casting a spell'? Fascinating!" To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of writing, blogging and publishing, check out the podcast... read more

Q&A: Canvas vs canvass

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 wish we... read more

AWC book covers quiz

Here’s something to test your recall and literary skills. We’ve assembled 20 books below – a mix of children’s and adult titles that have actually had their titles conveniently removed. So, can you guess the book from just the cover design? See how you go – the answers are... read more

AWC graduate Liz Anelli: Illustrator adds writing skills

When picture book illustrator Liz Anelli moved from England to Australia in 2012, she was keen to add something new to her two decades’ experience. And it was a chance encounter with Australian Writers’ Centre (AWC) presenter Cathie Tasker that would provide the spark to a new career as a... read more

Q&A: Broach or brooch?

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 wish to... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win “The Girl on the Train” book + DVD

To kick off the new year, we have a great prize for you – FIVE copies of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins along with the DVD of the film adaptation starring Emily Blunt. The perfect pair to add to your collection! The story centres on Rachel, struggling with... read more