Month: March 2019

Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Submissions for The Fogarty Literary Award are now open

If you are an author (aged between 18 and 35) from Western Australia with an unpublished manuscript then this is for you! One of Australia’s richest literary awards for young writers, The Fogarty Literary Award is now open and seeking submissions for a work of fiction, narrative non-fiction or young adult

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Writing news
Guest Writer

9 essential tips to supercharge your fiction writing

We often talk about people being on a ‘writing journey’. Even the most established, prolific and famous writers are still honing their craft, learning new skills, trying new things, and progressing along their writing path. Basically, it’s never over! So wherever you are on your writing journey, here are nine

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Entries open for 2019 The Banjo Prize

If you are Australia’s next great storyteller then this is for you. HarperCollins Publishers Australia has announced that entries are now open for the 2019 Banjo Prize. From the HarperCollins website: “We’re looking for exciting new Australian voices telling the sorts of stories that we love to read – from sweeping

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PUNCTUATION
Dean Koorey

Q&A: April Fools, Fool’s or Fools’ Day?

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 feeling a little

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

“How I fell in love with writing” part 5

All throughout this month, we’ve been sharing the wonderful stories from our community about their relationship with writing. In particular, “How did you first meet?” Today, we present our fifth and final selection – thanks again for all those who shared stories with us. We love how diverse and inspired

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

New York book launch for AWC alumna Astrid Scholte

Astrid Scholte’s dream of being published has come to fruition with the recent launch in New York of her debut novel, Four Dead Queens published by Putnam/Penguin Random House. “The launch was held at the Gold Bar in New York City. There were crowns, golden skulls, sparkling chandeliers, four gorgeous

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN Jaclyn Moriarty’s new book!

This week we have THREE copies of bestselling author Jaclyn Moriarty’s latest novel Gravity is the thing published by Pan Macmillan Australia, to give away. Abigail Sorensen has spent her life trying to unwrap the events of 1990. It was the year she started receiving random chapters from a self-help

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Kaneana May: From TV scriptwriter to published author

Courses taken at AWC:
Popular Women’s Fiction>
Build Your Author Platform
2 Hours to Scrivener Power
Self-publish Your Novel on Kindle

When Kaneana May, a stay-at-home mother living in regional NSW, took a trip to Sydney to do Popular Women’s Fiction with the Australian Writers’ Centre she came away inspired, motivated with new ideas and a new direction. Today she is a published author and her debut novel The One, published by Harlequin hit the bookshelves in July 2019.
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Interviews with writers
Australian Writers' Centre Team

‘So you want to be a writer’ live event in June

Dreaming about ditching your day job so you can become a fully-fledged writer? Then come along and learn how at Vivid Ideas Exchange on Saturday 8 June 2019 from 11am-1pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and be a part of the live event of  So You Want To

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

“How I fell in love with writing” part 4

If you’ve been playing along at home, you’ll know that recently we asked our community about their relationship with writing. In particular, “How did you first meet?” We received hundreds of replies, and in the spirit of creative curiosity, we’ve been publishing our favourites every Thursday this month. Well done

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction March 2019 winner and shortlist

Writing can be a lot like doing the laundry. You put a jumble of ideas and words into the machine and then— actually, this simile isn’t doing it for us. Let’s just get to the winning Furious Fiction stories! For March’s criteria, we sent many into a spin cycle by

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Spill the beans

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 you can count on us

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Your invitation to a romantic rendezvous!

The Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) is hosting a series of national events in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to enable readers and writers of romance fiction to get together. The guest speakers at the Romantic Rendezvous will be international bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Keri Arthur, who will attend

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

ABIA 2019 Longlist announcement

Earlier this month The Australian Publishers Association announced the 2019 ABIA longlist. This announcement marks the lead up to the premier event on the Australian book industry calendar. The ABIA Awards night will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019, right in the middle of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. The red

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Competitions and Opportunities
Guest Writer

12 Australian literary festivals for your 2019 diary

It’s the time of the year where you look at that ambitious list of resolutions from January and wonder – where on earth have the days gone? Why haven’t I achieved anything? The good news is, there are still plenty of opportunities to get started on your writing and improve

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN this fabulous mixed genre 3-book pack!

This week we have a page-turning 3-BOOK PACK TO WIN. Books guaranteed to keep you reading until late into the night. Close to Home by Alice Pung [non-fiction] Close to Home brings together Alice Pung’s most loved writing, on topics such as migration, family, art, belonging and identity. Warm, funny,

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Naked vs nude

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 learning nude things by

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