Month: April 2020

Q&A: Suped-up or souped-up?

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 having... read more

Your COVID-19 words

It’s no secret that the global pandemic of 2020 is a time that history will remember. For many, it has been a confusing time, one of personal loss or substantial upheaval. For others, a different kind of experience, a detox of sorts; a return to simple habits or new... read more

Shortlist announced for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards.  This year, the ABIAs category winners and overall ‘Book of the Year’ winner of the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards will be announced via a special Virtual Awards Event that will stream LIVE on YouTube... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘Up on Horseshoe Hill’ by Penelope Janu

“A kiss can change your life...” This week we have three copies to give away of AWC alumna Penelope Janu’s latest novel, Up on Horseshoe Hill. This is Penelope’s fourth novel in just TWO years – hitting it out of the park since completing our Popular Women’s Fiction... read more

Vale author Julian Leatherdale

We were sad to hear about the passing (on 22 April 2020) of author Julian Leatherdale, a true gentleman. It was only a few weeks ago that we spoke to Julian about his latest book Death in the Ladies’ Goddess Club, set in 1930s Kings Cross in episode 321 of... read more

Q&A: Yogurt or yoghurt? Hummus or houmous?

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 double... read more

Furious Fiction April 2020 winner and shortlist

My my… it seems the combination of people being stuck at home and perhaps starved for creativity has led to this month’s Furious Fiction competition smashing previous records as 1700 entries came flooding in! These were the criteria: Each story had to begin on the side of a road... read more

AWC’s favourite TV shows

We've taken to having Friday afternoon trivia quizzes here at AWC HQ, through the amazing power of Zoom and Google Docs - and of course a virtual cheers or two. One of last week's topics was 'television' and it's amazing how diverse our range of knowledge is (Nat... read more

Why fiction is needed more than ever right now

 This is a guest post by Leah Swann You open a novel, you open a door. I learned this from my first chapter book – Blyton’s The Naughtiest Girl in the School. Although shocked by the ‘spoiled’ Elizabeth Allen, deliberately behaving badly enough to be expelled from the school she... read more

Watch Tara Moss and Valerie Khoo in ‘Creative Conversations’

Tara Moss – author, journalist, documentary-maker and human rights activist – joined Australian Writers' Centre CEO, Valerie Khoo, in the ‘Creative Conversations’ Facebook Live event. Tara explains her latest paranormal fiction novel The Cobra Queen, the fourth book in the Pandora English series following The Skeleton Key. Amidst paranormal fiction, crime... read more

Why writing fiction and journalling can be helpful

A guest post by Vanessa McCausland I have a theory that a big part of what makes someone a writer is what writing does for us. It’s an outlet. It’s a balm. For me, writing has always been a place where I can let all my emotions out... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘The Cobra Queen’ by Tara Moss

“You don't know the New York fashion world until you know its haunts.” This week we’re excited to be offering up three copies of the newly published The Cobra Queen by Tara Moss – the bestselling author of The Blood Countess, The Spider Goddess and The Skeleton Key. We... read more

Andrew Daddo on writing funny books for kids

A guest post by children's book author Andrew Daddo This was meant to be a blog post along the lines of '5 reasons funny books are great for kids'. I think we all know the main reason, and that’s to make kids laugh. There’s a healthy by... read more

19-word creative challenge

It's no secret that we’re all currently living through a time that history will remember. For many, it’s a confusing time, one of personal loss or substantial upheaval. For others, a different kind of experience, a detox of sorts; a return to simple habits or new beginnings... read more

Q&A: Why “curry favour”?

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 getting... read more

Writing through homeschooling

This is a guest post by Cassie Hamer Until two weeks ago, I’d never ever contemplated the idea of homeschooling my three daughters. Not once. Not ever. Never ever ever. Can I make that any clearer?  Never.  As an author and mum of three, school has been a life... read more