Month: June 2018

Q&A: Bequest vs behest

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, at our behest... read more

The short long list of YOUR 21-word stories

To celebrate the recent Shortest Day of the Year (21 June 2018), we asked you to write us a story in 21 words or fewer. It simply had to contain the words “short” and “day” in it. On the day, we received nearly one thousand stories! What follows is a... read more

From illustrator to author: Giuseppe Poli

Giuseppe Poli began his career in the picture book industry as an illustrator. However, with a keen interest in writing the words as well as creating the images, he’s now released his first book Young MacDonald as an author. Tell us what Young MacDonald is about If Old MacDonald... read more

Inaugural Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival coming in August

NSW South Coast’s Shoalhaven region, about two hours south of Sydney, is popular all year round with holidaymakers and anyone wanting to escape to the beach, bush and beautiful scenery. But now it’s also home to Australia’s newest literary festival – the Shoalhaven Readers’ & Writers’ Festival, set... read more

Q&A: Bags, dibs and calling shotgun

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 bags calling... read more

The Shortest Day Short Short Short Story Challenge

To celebrate the shortest day of the year today, 21 June, we’ve decided to celebrate short short short stories – and challenge you to write something short for us! Your story must be no more than 21 words long. Your story must include the words “short” and “day”. Your story... read more

Furious Fiction June 2018 winner

It’s time to announce the winning story and shortlist for June’s Furious Fiction! This month, we did something quite different from previous months. A picture prompt. (The image of the dinner table above.) There was just ONE criteria this month: Your story had to begin with the scene... read more

Q&A: Lead vs led

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 taking... read more

Content writing opportunities for freelance writers: Part 2

In the first part of this series, I gave you an idea of the landscape for content writing for big businesses. In this post, we’re looking at opportunities for content writing for smaller businesses. This sector is booming as more small business owners understand the power of content. This... read more

Content writing opportunities for freelance writers: Part 1

So you’ve heard about the wonderful world of content. And, as a freelance writer, you want in. You understand that the world of content marketing has exploded and you’d like to ride this wave. Before you launch into this space it’s important to understand where this explosion... read more

COMP CLOSED: Caption this – WIN new picture book!

This week, we have the delightful new picture book by Katie Poli and Giuseppe Poli to give away. It’s called Marvellous Mummy and it’s not afraid to address the elephant in the room that is just how marvellous mums really are. (Well, that, and the characters happen to... read more

Q&A: Capitalising aunts and uncles

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, it's all... read more

Playwright residency opportunity with the Melbourne Theatre Company

Playwrights, enter stage right! The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) has three writer-in-residence opportunities in their Next Stage writer’s program up for grabs. Includes a stipend of up to $25,000 per year for successful applicants. The residencies are available for those writers who have a background in... read more