Year: 2020

WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Then vs than

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. Then there were two this week… Q:

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Podcasts
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Ep 337 Meet Chris Flynn, author of ‘Mammoth’.

In Episode 337 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Chris Flynn, author of Mammoth, a novel narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct American mastodon. Plus you’ll discover 21 ways to promote your book, and how to deal with your inner critic. We also have 3 copies of The

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

WIN ‘The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide’

Easy, do-able, down to earth ideas and suggestions for everyone to help save the planet… Feeling guilty about your role in destroying our precious world? Never fear, because this week we’re giving away three copies of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Small Changes That

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Watch the ‘So you want to be a writer’ Block Party replay

Australian Writers’ Centre CEO Valerie Khoo and bestselling author Allison Tait hosted the biggest party for the So you want to be a writer podcast community. The Block Party Facebook Live event  attendees were invited to ask any burning questions they had about all things writing and publishing. With their

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Click or clique

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 clique-bait… Q: Hi

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction June 2020 winner and shortlist

This month on the Furious Fiction show, we asked contestants to conjure a short story out of thin air using the following criteria: Each story’s first and last words had to begin with J. Each story had to include a game being played. Each story had to include the phrase

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 336 Meet E Lockhart, author of ‘Again Again’.

In Episode 336 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet E Lockhart, author of Again Again. Discover how to build good writing habits in your teen. Watch ‘Creative Conversations’ with literary agent Annabel Barker. Learn tips for writing non-fiction for kids. And we have 3 copies of To

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED ‘To the Lions’ by Holly Watt

A journalist must follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her… A treat for suspense-lovers this week, with this week’s giveaway having won the 2019 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award – given out to best thriller of the year by the British Crime Writers Association. The book

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Build your profile and promote your book
Australian Writers' Centre Team

21 simple ways to promote your book

It can be hard to get cut-through with your new book with so many others competing for attention. If you’re stuck for ideas, here are 21 ways to spread the word about your book which are simple yet effective. Be active on social media. Make sure you have public accounts

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Enrol vs enroll

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 going straight to L…

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Watch ‘Creative Conversations’ with literary agent Annabel Barker

Literary agent specialising in children’s and young adult authors Annabel Barker shares her inside knowledge with Australian Writers’ Centre CEO Valerie Khoo in our ‘Creative Conversations’ Facebook Live event. We’ve shared the replay here so you don’t miss out on Annabel’s invaluable insights. In a 20-year-long career in the literary

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 335 Meet Imbi Neeme, author of ‘The Spill’.

In Episode 335 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Imbi Neeme, author of The Spill. Discover what to ask publishers before you sign a contract. Learn about the new world of UX/UI writing. And we have 3 copies of the award-winning book The Botanical Kitchen by Elly

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED The award-winning ‘The Botanical Kitchen’

This week, we have Elly McCausland’s beautiful book The Botanical Kitchen to be won – itself the winner of the 2019 Jane Grigson Trust Award – given out for excellence in non-fiction culinary books. The Botanical Kitchen places botanical ingredients at the fore, emphasising the power of a few small

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

3 ways to build good writing habits in your teen

For parents of high school students, it can seem like they’re so busy with schoolwork, a social life and other hobbies that writing takes a back seat – even if they’re talented or have shown they enjoy it. If your teenager is interested in writing, but you’re not sure how

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Content and copywriting
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Expert Carli Ratcliff’s 5 must-dos for would-be UX/UI writers

User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) writing is a rapidly growing market, as businesses pivot to online and chase the attention of customers with a million options at their fingertips. To do this, communications experts must make every word count. Carli Ratcliff runs the Australian Writers’ Centre’s UX/UI Copywriting

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Normality vs normalcy

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 returning to normal… Q:

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Content and copywriting
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Become a UX/UI writer: Andrew Bliss reveals how he did it

For freelance writer Andrew Bliss, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) writing has become a major – and fascinating – segment of his work.   As a UX/UI writer, he’s done everything from rewriting navigational content for SBS’s On-Demand platforms to working on the Qantas Wellbeing sleep app.  Opportunity knocks

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