Year: 2018

5 great holiday gifts for gifted kids

Let’s face it, all kids are gifted in one way or another! They may not all grasp the fundamentals of decimal places in maths, but they can complete a Rubik’s Cube in under five minutes. That’s gifted! They may struggle with grammar and spelling, but they have... read more

Win ‘Believe Me’ by JP Delaney

This week, thanks to our friends at Hachette, we’re giving away three copies of Believe Me – the sensational new psychological thriller from JP Delaney, internationally bestselling author of The Girl Before. Claire Wright likes to play other people. A British drama student, in New York without a green card... read more

Q&A: Why is it called a ‘dunny’?

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 are in... read more

Joanna Nell: From GP to published author with her feel-good debut novel

Courses taken at AWC: Creative Writing Stage 1 Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques Novel Writing Essentials Build Your Author Platform Pitch Your Novel: How to Attract Agents and Publishers An unexpected incident led Joanna Nell to the Australian Writers' Centre and the subsequent publishing of her feel-good debut novel The... read more

COMP CLOSED: WIN double passes to ‘The Old Man & the Gun’

This week, we have 10 double passes to the new movie The Old Man & the Gun – starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, opening in cinemas nationwide on 15 November 2018. Inspired by a true story, The Old Man & the Gun follows Forrest Tucker (Redford), a career robber from... read more

Q&A: Content vs contented

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 content... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win ‘Rocky Road’ – the Darrell Lea story

This week we have three copies of Rocky Road: The Incredible True Story of the Fractured Family Behind the Darrell Lea Chocolate Empire, by Robert Wainwright to give away. It’s a marvellously strange but true story of the family behind Australia’s most well-known confectionery company. In the... read more

Q&A: Hold your horses

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 are just... read more

Furious Fiction October 2018 winner and shortlist

Drum roll please...it’s time to announce the winning story and shortlist for October’s Furious Fiction! This month’s criteria were: The story’s title had to be “The Lost Hour”. The story had to include a sentence with three colours in it. The story had to include... read more

COMP CLOSED: WIN double passes to ‘Beautiful Boy’

This week, thanks once again to our friends at Transmission Films, we have 10 double passes to new movie Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet. It opens in cinemas nationwide on 25 October 2018. Beautiful Boy is a deeply moving portrait of a family's unwavering love... read more

Valerie and Allison talk about National Novel Writing Month challenge

AWC’s Director, Valerie Khoo and AWC presenter and internationally acclaimed bestselling author, Allison Tait chatted to Myf Warhurst on ABC Radio earlier this week about the upcoming NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month challenge for the month of November. This annual global challenge started in San Francisco, USA in... read more

Our 30 favourite 30-word stories

Creative challenges are a great way to unblock your imagination and just switch gears to help focus on other tasks. So that’s why we recently decided to give you a simple enough one – to use the image above as your prompt to write a story containing no more than... read more

Q&A: Immoral vs amoral vs unmoral

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 have a... read more

30-word story challenge

Completing regular creative challenges is a brilliant way to unblock your brain and get your imagination firing. In fact, it’s one of the reasons we started our Furious Fiction earlier this year. So today we thought we’d have some more fun. See that comic book image above? We... read more