Month: March 2017

Word of the week: Grawlix

Grawlix (noun) [graw-licks] This refers to the typographical symbols used to represent a profane word. Like "@#[email protected]%$&*"./. When I was little, I remember reading Asterix books and they would contain these symbols. At the time I had no idea what they meant! To hear Valerie and Allison chat more... read more

Q&A: The “in–” crowd

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 on... read more

Inaugural Writers Week in Port Lincoln, SA

South Australian writers, we have fabulous news for you. The first ever Eyre Writers Week is kicking off in Port Lincoln in April! There will be talks, and workshops on different aspects of writing. The Eyre Writers Week is part of the SALT Arts and Innovation Festival (22 to 29... read more

International Novel Award Open for 2017

The Bath Novel Award is open to unpublished writers from across the world. First prize is £2,000. The winner and shortlisted writers will get introductions to literary agents. Opportunities like that don’t happen every day. It’s open to novels of every genre, for adult or young adult... read more

WIN Pamela Hart’s “A Letter from Italy”

“1917, Italy. Australian journalist Rebecca Quinn is an unconventional woman. At the height of World War I, she has given up the safety of her Sydney home for the bloody battlefields of Europe, following her journalist husband to the frontline as a war correspondent in Italy.” And so reads the... read more

Word of the week: Quidnunc

Quidnunc (noun) [kwid-ˌnəŋk] This refers to someone who loves to hear the latest scandal and gossip. So you would say that the women on The Real Housewives of Sydney are all quidnuncs! To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of writing... read more

Q&A: “Luck out”?

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 hunting... read more

Organising your research for content and feature writing

By Valerie Khoo Would you like to save time and streamline your writing workflow? Do you want to ensure that your research is organised perfectly and easy to access/find? As a freelance feature and content writer, I often have to do a lot of research, conduct interviews, analyse reports... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win our “Get Organised” pack!

Okay, it’s late March – time to look 2017 squarely in the eye and get organised once and for all. And to help you achieve this, we have two empowering books for you – each with a rather different approach (serious vs hilarious) on getting your bad habits under control. The... read more

Word of the week: Blatherskite

Blatherskite [blath-er-skahyt] This is a noun that refers to someone given to voluble, empty talk. I'm sure we all know a blatherskite or two in our lives. So you might say: "I've stopped paying attention to him because he is such a blatherskite." To hear Valerie... read more

Word of the week: Magazine

Magazine (noun) [mag-uh-zeen] From The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth: “Once upon a time there was an Arabic word khazana meaning to store up. From that they got makhzan meaning storehouse and its plural makhazin. That word sailed northwards across the Mediterranean (the middle of the earth) and become... read more

Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2017

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is back for 2017! This competition is open to women, female-identifying and non-binary writers and is hosted by Lip Magazine with the winner taking home a $1,500 cash prize and extra bonuses like a 12-month online subscription to Books + Publishing... read more

Q&A: Espresso or expresso?

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've requested... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win “Crimson Lake” by Candice Fox!

This week we’re excited to give you the opportunity to win the latest thriller by an Australian author who’s definitely on the rise – Candice Fox. Her book Never, Never (a collaboration with none other than James Patterson) hit the top of the New York Times Best Sellers lists... read more

At my desk: Gabrielle Tozer

This is the column where we break into authors’ homes and have a look through their desks while holding a mini torch in our mouth. Okay, no, that’s not true. We actually have a civil chat with them about their writing space, writing habits and their latest books. So... read more