Month: October 2019

WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Dead origins

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 dead keen on our

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Crime and thriller
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Literary festival in Tasmania’s Huon Valley

What could be more sumptuous than spending a week in Tasmania’s Huon Valley as part of a literary festival? The Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival is a new biennial literary festival.  This year’s event will be from 31 October to 5 November 2019 and held in the picturesque Huon

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 304 Meet Nicola Moriarty, author of ‘The Ex’.

In Episode 304 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Discover how to get the words written. Meet Nicola Moriarty, author of The Ex. Val and Al discuss what you can learn from hanging out in a bookshop. Plus, we have three copies of In Darkness Visible by Tony Jones

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘In Darkness Visible’ by Tony Jones

This week’s giveaway is In Darkness Visible by Tony Jones – a second novel from the Q&A television host. Jones is already one of Australia’s most admired journalists, and here he blurs the lines between fiction and political reality, creating a page-turning, intriguing and gripping thriller. It’s 2005, and Marin

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Laura Waters’ trek into travel writing success

Courses taken at AWC: Online Travel Writing Freelance Writing Masterclass Laura Waters walked over 3000 kilometres across New Zealand to conquer her anxieties and find her true passion: writing. After finishing the Australian Writers’ Centre Travel Writing course, Laura turned her hobby into a profession and now writes travel articles

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Holistic vs wholistic

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 taking a holistic approach…

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction October 2019 winner and shortlist

Furious Fiction celebrated its 21st fabulous instalment this month – and we marked the occasion by tipping out 20 of the previous winning words and asking you to pick some for your story. Plus, because it was our birthday-but-you-get-the-presents, we wanted stories set in either a LIBRARY or BOOKSHOP (cue

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister’ by Jung Chang

“They were the most famous sisters in China…” This week’s giveaway is Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister by Jung Chang – a new biography from the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans, Mao and Empress Dowager Cixi. This is a gripping story of sisterhood, revolution, betrayal, and three women

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Aluminum or aluminium?

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 umming about aluminum… Q:

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VOTE: Do you prefer coffee or tea when you write?

This week, we need your help to settle a debate that’s been raging in the AWC office – and no doubt throughout history. (No pressure!) Tea and coffee have both been trusty companions of writers for many centuries. More than 300 years ago, author Jonathan Swift stated that “coffee makes us severe, and

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Why we love our listener community!

We asked for a parade and we got one! When our podcast So You Want To Be A Writer celebrated episode #300 recently, we offered a 30-book pack as a party favour and asked our wonderful listener community to help create the party.  Entrants had to answer this question in

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘Gotta Get Theroux This’ memoir by Louis Theroux

This week we’re giving away copies of the new memoir from much-loved documentary maker Louis Theroux. It’s called Gotta Get Theroux This (we see what you did there, Louis) and it’s a funny, heartfelt and entertaining account of his life and weird times in TV. In the book, Louis takes

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

13 Australian authors share their creative rituals

Some writers swear by their creative rituals. And, we get it. Once you get into a creative routine, it can be hard to break – especially if it provides you with inspiration and motivation. We asked Australia’s top authors, poets and illustrators – nominees for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Alumnus, platypus, octopus plurals?

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, it’s one for all the

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘The Weekend’ by Charlotte Wood

This week we have three copies to give away of The Weekend – a brilliant new novel from acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood. “People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn’t true. The graveyard, the stony dirt – that’s what it was

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Furious Fiction
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction turns 21 and fans sign the card

Furious Fiction this month celebrates 21 months of fantastic flash fiction fun! So to get into the party spirit, we bought one of those huge novelty cards and passed it around some of our biggest fans for them to each say nice things (sniff… you GUYS!… now we’re getting all

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