Year: 2019

Ep 289 Meet Alex Landragin, author of ‘Crossings’.

In Episode 289 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Historical short story competition is now open. Meet Alex Landragin, author of Crossings. We also have writing tips for kids, and Allison Tait will be at the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival. Little Bookroom has a charity drive. Plus... read more

WIN ‘The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers’ by Kerri Turner

This week we have three SIGNED copies to give away of The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers – a stunning debut from a talented new Australian voice in historical fiction, Kerri Turner. It’s 1910s Russia and we meet Valentina Yershova – whose position in the Romanovs’ Imperial Russian Ballet is... read more

Petronella McGovern’s book launch for ‘Six Seconds’

Congratulations to AWC alumna Petronella McGovern who launched her debut novel Six Seconds at Berkelouw Books in Mona Vale in Sydney last week. With over 160 people attending, it was so popular, the event had to relocate across the road to the Memorial Hall. Launched by bestselling author Liane Moriarty... read more

11 famous books that began as dreams

It can be hard to stop reading a good story. Chapter after chapter, there’s always something to keep you turning pages. With the very best books, you may find yourself wondering: how do they come up with these great ideas? Well for many it means careful planning and outlining... read more

Q&A: “Nothing to write home about”

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 discussing... read more

AWC EXCLUSIVE: Interview with ‘Anonymous’

Anyone who has ever worked in a corporate office will know the awe-inspiring power that a framed black-and-white wall picture of a kitten saying “hang in there” can have. In fact, motivational and inspirational quotes can be found everywhere from greeting cards to coffee mugs, notebooks to... read more

COMP CLOSED:“One small step…” WIN ‘Apollo 11’ tickets

Image credit: Copyright 2019 Moon Collectors LLC Next week will mark 50 years since the first moon landing – and thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have TEN double passes to give away for the new documentary Apollo 11 – featuring never before seen 65mm footage of this historic event. It will be... read more

2019 Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition now open

Do you have a young writer in your life? A budding storyteller? Or maybe just an avid young reader? If so, we’ve found the perfect competition for them! Dymocks and Pan Macmillan are inviting kids to get creative and enter a writing competition judged by the wonderful Andy Griffiths... read more

Q&A: Migrants vs immigrants

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 discussing... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘Six Minutes’ by Petronella McGovern

This week we have three copies to give away of Six Minutes – the debut novel by AWC alumna Petronella McGovern. Petronella completed a number of AWC courses while writing this book, including the Write Your Novel program and Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder. Described as an... read more

Q&A: Sell like hotcakes, sell your soul, sell yourself short

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 discussing... read more

Furious Fiction June 2019 winner and shortlist

Near-record entries came flooding in for June’s Furious Fiction this month (more than 1000 stories across the weekend!) – which means our fans well and truly came to the PARTY. We put that word in caps just then for a reason – because that played a big part(y) in... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘Four Dead Queens’ by Astrid Scholte

This week we’re giving away an enthralling fast-paced murder mystery Four Dead Queens from exciting new YA talent Astrid Scholte. (Astrid is actually an AWC alumna, and you can check out her journey here.) Four dead queens huh? Sounds intriguing… Here’s a little synopsis of the book... read more

Q&A: Solstice and equinox

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 discussing... read more