Month: August 2018

Want to be mentored by some of the biggest names in US television?

Then you must apply for the MENTOR LA program which has just opened its doors to applicants. From the MENTOR LA program Media Release: “MENTOR LA is a bespoke career development program which matches four mid-level professionals working in the Australian screen industry with US mentors to meet online... read more

Q&A: Sick vs sic

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 loving... read more

COMP CLOSED: What makes you unique?

This week, to celebrate Father’s Day here in Australia, we’re giving away three copies of Best Foot Forward – the new memoir from Adam Hills. It’s a lesson in following your heart, being positive and discovering that what makes you different also makes you unique. Adam Hills was... read more

Sarah Bailey wins Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel

A HUGE congratulations to AWC Creative Writing Stage 1 graduate, Sarah Bailey  who has won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel, The Dark Lake (2017 Allen & Unwin). The Dark Lake was a bestseller around the world and her suspenseful storytelling about a police procedural set in country... read more

Q&A: Wet vs whet

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 aim to... read more

How to pass GO as a real estate copywriter

Being a freelance copywriter is a lot like playing Monopoly. No, not the part where you keep landing in jail, missing out on free parking or paying too much rent. I’m talking about your next source of income being determined by the roll of a dice – by chance. To... read more

Furious Fiction August 2018 winner and shortlist

It’s time to announce the winning story and shortlist for August’s Furious Fiction! We received a record number of entries this month, and each story simply had to include the following three sentences: The door was locked. She laughed. It felt familiar. A reminder that all stories are... read more

COMP CLOSED: WIN double passes to “Book Club”

This week we have 10 double passes to new movie Book Club – in cinemas 23 August 2018 and starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. As the film’s title suggests, it’s about a book club – this one comprising four women. Diane Keaton plays Diane – recently... read more

Q&A: Premiere vs premier

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 premiering... read more

COMP CLOSED: What would you call YOUR biography?

Why has no one heard of Edna Cranmer? When a young woman is hired to write the life of unknown artist Edna Cranmer from Geelong, she thinks it will be just another quick commission paid for by a rich, grieving family obsessed with their own history. She is wrong... This... read more

Mandy Foot lands children’s book deal as writer and illustrator

Courses taken at AWC: Writing Picture Books Congratulations to Australian Writers’ Centre Writing Picture Books graduate Mandy Foot on her publishing deal with Hachette Australia.   Her charming book Joey and Riley (about a young boy and his beloved dog in rural Australia) will be published next year and in the... read more

Q&A: Happy as Larry

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 as... read more

The 2018 Fair Australia Prize is now open

The Fair Australia Prize is now open and the prize pool is fabulous, but you must enter soon as the competition closes on Monday 13 August 2018. Presented by Overland magazine, the prize is supported by the National Union of Workers (NUW), the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the... read more

COMP CLOSED: Do YOU prefer SILVER or GOLD?

This week, we have three copies of new book Spinning Silver to give away. The book is a new take on the classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin, from Naomi Novik, the author of the award-winning Uprooted. We meet Miryem, the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders. However, her father is not a... read more

National Young Writers’ Festival announces its 2018 artist lineup

The National Young Writers’ Festival has given us a sneak peek at their 2018 artist lineup and it’s exciting! Guests for the festival, which runs from 27-30 September 2018 in Newcastle, NSW, include: Alison Evans, author of Ida, (who we interviewed) Hella Ibrahim, Egyptian-Australian Muslim editor and... read more