Month: February 2017

Word of the week: Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude (noun) [ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood] This suggestion for Word of the Week comes from Brooke. According to the Macquarie Dictionary, it means: "something having merely the appearance of truth." So you might say ..."Although the musical The Book of Mormon does have some verisimilitude, it does... read more

The State Library of Victoria Fellowships 2017-18 are open

The State Library of Victoria has just opened up its fellowship applications for 2017-18! And we’re seriously excited for the opportunities for writers of all genres – fiction and non-fiction. Like previous years, there’s a whole bunch of fellowships, some specifically for writers, some are open to... read more

Q&A: Is “sponsee” a word?

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 seeking... read more

Catherine Pelosi: From boring office job to book deal

Success: Quark's Academy – debut children's novel signed with Hachette. Plus setting up her own copywriting and freelance travel writing business in Sydney. AWC courses completed: Become a Children's Author (Writing Books for Children and Young Adults) Copywriting Essentials Travel Writing Background Catherine Pelosi was living in London... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win tickets to see “Jasper Jones”!

Barely eight years young and already an Aussie classic, the book Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey has won a slew of awards since its release back in 2009. And NOW it’s been adapted into a film – starring Hugo Weaving and Toni Collette and rising stars Levi Miller and Angourie... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win a 3-month Bookabuy subscription!

We’re giving away something different this week – thanks to our buddies at bookabuy.com.au. So, what is Bookabuy? It’s like a mystery book club – where you tell them your genre preferences and each month you’ll receive a new, handpicked, messaged and gift-wrapped book delivered to... read more

Word of the week: Meretricious

Meretricious (adjective) [meruh'trishuhs] “I know this sounds like it has something to do with merit. But it doesn't. Meretricious actually means 'showy or flashy, but cheap underneath it all'. So you might refer to 'meretricious clothing'. Or even a 'meretricious argument' if you want to describe one that... read more

Q&A: Fowl, foul or fell swoop?

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 tackling... read more

Road is good for Bridget’s memoir

Success: Road No Good – Finch Publishing, January 2017 (Runner up, Finch Memoir prize 2016) AWC courses taken: Start Your Novel: Introduction to Novel Writing Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Background After living for two years in remote Vanuatu where she had helped develop the preschools in an isolated town called Luganville... read more

Word of the week: Petrichor

Petrichor (noun) [PET-ri-kuhr] Thanks for @splitinwriter for this suggestion (and good timing this week!). According to the Macquarie Dictionary: "The term petrichor was coined in Australia in 1964 by two CSIRO scientists to describe the smell that occurs when it rains or is just about to rain. It... read more

Sarah Bailey: Daydreamer to dream book deal

We all like to daydream about finding success with our writing, but simply wishing for something tends to be an unreliable strategy. Advertising executive Sarah Bailey was one such daydreamer, but she found a way to devote more time to her writing and ultimately land a book deal. Sarah’s... read more