Month: July 2018

AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: Happily Never After

This week we have three copies of the just-released memoir Happily Never After to give away – by award-winning Australian journalist Jill Stark. Following the release of her first book, High Sobriety, in 2013, Jill was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist and columnist

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction July 2018 winner and shortlist

It’s time to announce the winning story and shortlist for July’s Furious Fiction! We received more than 700 entries, all working off the following criteria: The first sentence had to contain a question. Each story had to contain the words JAM, JACKPOT and JUNGLE (or an applicable “s”, “ing” or

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Who’s vs whose

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 who is confused when using

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: Caption this desert scene and WIN

This week, we’re giving away THREE copies of Pamela Hart’s brand new historical novel, The Desert Nurse. Pamela Hart’s previous book was The War Bride, and she is none other than AWC’s very own presenter, Pamela Freeman – a prolific award-winning Australian author with almost 40 books to her name!

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 241 Meet Ali Berg, co-author of ‘The Book Ninja’

In Episode 241 of So you want to be a writer: Meet the guy who writes the messages you find in fortune cookies and learn about real estate copywriting. And we chat to Ali Berg, co-author of The Book Ninja. Click play below to listen to the podcast. You can also listen on

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Close but no cigar

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 learn the idiom to

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 240 Meet Kirsty Manning, author of ‘The Jade Lily’

In Episode 240 of So you want to be a writer: Avoid the perils of striving for perfection and learn about the copywriter who cold called 500 places in one week. Impress your friends by using ‘defenestrate’ in your casual conversations and discover your chance to win an awesome 3 book pack.

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Fiancé vs fiancée

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 in a wedding mood

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: Describe this image in ONE word

This week we’re showcasing THREE BOOKS – all featuring writing from three of our world-class AWC presenters, Natasha Lester, Kate Forsyth and Patti Miller. You can win all three.             The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester crosses two timelines to tell the story of Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette, who

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Rail against vs rally against

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 reeling from discovering

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Attend the 2018 Romance Writers of Australia Conference

The hottest date in a romance writer’s calendar is fast approaching – the Romance Writers of Australia Conference from 17-19 August 2018. This year the conference is in Sydney’s Sofitel Wentworth Hotel and registrations are open to the public. With workshops from bestselling author Rachel Bailey on The Anatomy of

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 239 Meet James Bradley, author of ‘The Buried Ark’

In Episode 239 of So you want to be a writer: You’ll discover why scheduling and routine are keys to success as a writer. Hear tips from a debut author and learn about fellowships for writers. And you’ll meet James Bradley, author of The Buried Ark. Click play below to listen to

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The 2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize is OPEN

Do you love writing poetry with environmental themes? Then The 2018 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize is a must for you! This prize is in honour of environmentalist and poet Venie Holmgren. Venie began writing poetry in her late 50’s and published her first anthology, The Sun Collection for the Planet in

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