Year: 2019

Competitions and Opportunities
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Cash prize writing competition with a potential trip to France

The First Pages Prize is for emerging writers and winners will receive a cash prize, as well as some developmental editing to complete their projects. The top two winners could even win a trip to France! According to the media release:  Open worldwide, the competition is for writers who are

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AWC weekly giveaways
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COMP CLOSED ‘Maybe the Horse Will Talk’ by Elliot Perlman

What if the only way to keep your job was to antagonise your boss? Happy 2020 everyone, and this week we have a new book from award-winning author, Elliot Perlman. It’s called Maybe the Horse Will Talk and here’s a synopsis: Stephen Maserov has problems. A one-time teacher, married to

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Fiction writing
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Which creative writing course is right for me?

If you’re a lover of words, at some point you might decide to explore writing fiction. Perhaps you’ve been scribbling out short stories for years, or you may have suddenly developed an itch to tell tales. In any case, taking a course is a great way to start you off

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PHRASES
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Top 13 Q&A conversations of 2019

If you missed some of our quirky conversations on the rules, oddities and origins of the English language through the year, here’s a baker’s dozen of our favourites from 2019. (And yes, the origin of a ‘baker’s dozen’ is indeed one of them…) Enjoy!  

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COMP CLOSED ‘The Strayan Dictionary’ by Dom Knight

In this holiday week, we’re kicking back and embracing our Aussie-ness, with three copies of Dominic Knight’s new book, The Strayan Dictionary, to give away. This is a true-blue, rinky-dink, the most un-un-Australian dictionary ever created – a hilarious journey through our unique words and phrases. The Strayan Dictionary is

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Alumni news
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An amazing year of published books by AWC alumni and presenters

Nothing makes us prouder here at the Australian Writers’ Centre than seeing writers reach their publishing dreams. Over the years, our students have published hundreds of books, and 2019 has been another amazing year of success. From short stories to novels, picture books to picturesque romances, non-fiction, historical fiction, contemporary

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Competitions and Opportunities
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Furious Fiction December 2019 winner and shortlist

It was the day before Christmas and throughout the world, writers sat waiting and curiosity swirled.  Whose holiday was about to get merrier? Let’s find out – here were the criteria… Each story had to include SOMETHING EITHER BEING SENT OR RECEIVED IN THE MAIL. Each story had to include

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Off the bat vs off the back

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 giving the bat signal…

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AWC alumni
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Writing Picture Books in Perth

It was a hot weekend in November when we held our Writing Picture Books course in Perth, the last for 2019. Five students from across the city got together to spend two days learning about the craft of picture books with award-winning author Judith Rossell. In fact, one particularly eager

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘Last Christmas’ by Greg Wise and Emma Thompson

It’s that time of year and this week’s giveaway is Last Christmas – curated by Greg Wise and Emma Thompson. It’s a fascinating collection of personal essays about the meaning of Christmas, written by a unique plethora of voices from the boulevards of Hollywood to the soup kitchens of Covent

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Lets vs Let’s

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. Let’s go! Q: Hi AWC, lately I’ve

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

7 smart things you can do for your writing in 2020

If you can’t quite believe that 2019 is almost over, don’t worry, you’re not alone! We hope you’ve had a great year with many wonderful achievements. And guess what? 2020 is right around the corner! Which means you can already start planning all the incredible things you’re going to do

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Mad as a hatter

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 breaking mad… Q: Hi

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: Double passes to ‘The Truth’

This week, we’re offering up FIVE double passes to new film The Truth (in cinemas Boxing Day 2019) thanks to our friends at Palace Films. After the global success of the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters, master auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda’s wry and charming new dramedy The Truth pairs French screen icons

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