Month: November 2019

Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Writing Picture Books in Brisbane

Our Brisbane classroom was buzzing earlier this month, with children’s author Zanni Louise leading the weekend Writing Picture Books course. “The course went really well,” Zanni told us. “There was a very warm, positive energy, and heaps of great story ideas.” A typical Writing Picture Books classroom course will have

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Grey or Gray

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 have two shades of

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘Magical Maths’ by Eddie Woo

There’s magic in maths – if you know where to look… This week’s giveaway is Magical Maths by Eddie Woo – a bumper book of fun with maths, stuffed with things to draw, puzzle, invent, order, unscramble, code, decode for kids aged 7+ years from Australia’s best known maths man. 

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Moustache vs Mustache

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 have a growth opportunity…

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Exercises for writers: Keeping healthy at your desk

Writing is a surprisingly physical experience. When you’re caught in the middle of a story, hours can pass while you tap at your keyboard or scratch away at your notebook. When inspiration catches you, time becomes irrelevant. And when you finally step away from your desk, you may find that

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction November 2019 winner and shortlist

This month’s Furious Fiction was quite the layer cake of evil – asking for a whole lot of things from our intrepid storytellers. These were the criteria: Each story had to include YOUR INTERPRETATION of ALL FIVE of the above emojis, in any order. Each story’s first word had to

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

12 opportunities for memoir writers

Whether you want to explore a difficult period in your life, remember a thrilling adventure, or share your personal journey, almost everybody has an interesting life story to tell. If you’re keen to try out memoir writing, or if you’ve been working on your life story for some time, there

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘Salvation Lost’ by Peter F. Hamilton

“Fight together – or die alone…” This week’s giveaway is Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton – the second book in his Salvation Sequence series. We have three copies to give away. In the twenty-third century, humanity is enjoying a comparative utopia. Yet life on Earth is about to change, forever.

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

New children’s literature prize from HarperCollins

Do you write middle grade or young adult fiction? We are excited to share with you this new competition. The Matilda Literature Prize is a brand new inaugural prize from the folks at HarperCollins. The winner of this prize will receive a publishing deal and a $10,000 advance against royalties.

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Font vs Fount

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 changing the font… Q:

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

OPEN NOW: The Penguin Literary Prize 2019

The Penguin Literary Prize 2019 is now open for submissions. Do you have an unpublished manuscript burning a hole in your proverbial drawer?  The Penguin Literary Prize value is a whopping $20,000 with the winner also receiving a book every month for a year. Plus, winners have the potential to

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Fiction writing
Nat Newman

9 ways to squash your shyness at literary events

Attending a literary event can be very valuable, but it can also be daunting. We’ve talked before about how you can prepare so you get the most out of attending a writers’ festival. But chances are, whether you’re going as a panellist or to listen to talks, you will feel

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘The Huntress’ by Kate Quinn

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted… This week’s book giveaway is The Huntress by Kate Quinn – author of The New York Times and USA Today bestselling 2017 novel, The Alice Network. Quinn’s latest book is a fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and

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Fiction writing
Guest Writer

4 kinds of journalling

This is a guest post by Alyss Thomas The Journal Writer’s Companion Journal writing has been proven to help develop greater purpose, clarity, focus and creative self-expression. In her book, The Journal Writer’s Companion, psychotherapist and lifelong journal writer, Alyss Thomas, explores the many types of journal writing and the

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AWC alumni
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Stef Gemmill’s debut picture book finds a home

AWC courses completed:
Writing Picture Books
Fiction Essentials: Characters

Stef Gemmill used the few minutes she had each morning before her family woke up to work on her creative writing. With a background in music journalism, Stef was no slouch at writing, but knew that she needed guidance to really hone her picture book manuscripts. After signing up for the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Writing Picture Books course, Stef got the valuable feedback she was looking for. Her first picture book, A Home for Luna, has now been published by New Frontier Publishing and it won the 2020 International Rubery Book Award (children’s category).
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