Month: May 2018

Word of the week
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Regardless vs Irregardless

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 sending purists our kind irregards,

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED – invent a new Nobel Prize category!

This week we’re giving away three copies of How to Win a Nobel Prize by actual 2005 Nobel Prize winner, physician Barry Marshall. It’s a funny, fascinating adventure story for ages 9 to 12, and includes experiments that young scientists can do themselves at school or at home. Ten-year-old Mary

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AWC alumni
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Shelly Unwin blasts off with another winning children’s book!

AWC courses completed: Writing Picture Books How to Write for Children and Young Adults Prolific children’s author Shelly Unwin is blasting onto bookshelves with her new picture book Blast Off!, which rockets through the solar system in a funny, fact-filled space trip around the planets. Inspired by her son Harrison who

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Eon vs era vs epoch

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 you’ll be surprised to learn

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction May 2018 winner

This month, Furious Fiction (our monthly $500 short-short story competition) found itself launching on May the fourth. So, we threw in some Star Wars fun – being very clear that entrants did not have to write in the sci-fi genre. (Find out more about how our free monthly Furious Fiction

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED – WIN Kitty’s new book

Heeeere Kitty, Kitty, Kitty. That’s right – Kitty Flanagan has released a new book, and we have THREE copies of Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies to give away this week. One of Australia’s favourite and most multi-talented entertainers, Kitty Flanagan provides hilarious and honest life advice in this candid collection

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Lighted vs lit

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 light up over lighted

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

We’re hiring: Sales and marketing administration assistant

The Australian Writers’ Centre team is growing and we need a Sales and marketing administration assistant. 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 will help others pursue their passion for writing. And

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: What would YOU call your own bookshop?

This week, thanks to our besties over at Transmission Films, we have 10 double passes to The Bookshop to give away. It opens in cinemas nationwide on 24 May 2018. Starring Bill Nighy, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson, The Bookshop is based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name,

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TERMS EXPLAINED
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Through vs thru

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 through with thru! Q:

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COMP CLOSED – WIN ‘Sounds Appealing’

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it… This week, we’re giving away three copies of Sounds Appealing: The passionate story of English pronunciation by David Crystal. There have long been debates about ‘correct’ pronunciation in the English language, and Britain’s most distinguished linguistic expert, David

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Hunker vs bunker

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 hunker down and debunk

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