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How Sandhya Parappukkaran followed her creative curiosity to become a published picture book author

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Writing Picture Books
When Sandhya Parappukkaran quit her food technology job to pursue her creative dreams, she originally turned to arts and crafts. But while reading with her son, Sandhya’s childhood love of books was rekindled. After completing the Writing Picture Books course, her debut picture book The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name has been published by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing.

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Competitions and Opportunities
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WIN ‘The Librarians of Rue de Picardie’ by Janet Skeslien Charles

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The Librarians of Rue de Picardie by Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library. The Librarians of Rue de Picardie is a stirring and motivational novel celebrating courage, inspired by the remarkable true story of Jessie Carson. As an American librarian,

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Kell Woods finds international success after courses at Australian Writers’ Centre

After studying a suite of courses, starting with Novel Writing Essentials, and including History, Mystery and Magic and Plotting and Planning, Kell’s publishing dream came true when she landed a two-book deal with publishing powerhouse Tor US. Kell’s debut novel, After the Forest, was published in 2023, with international publication by Titan Books in the UK and HarperCollins in Australia/New Zealand.

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Podcast: So You Want to be a Writer
Australian Writers' Centre Team

WRITER 602: Meet Jo Peck, author of the memoir ‘Suddenly Single at Sixty’.

Meet Jo Peck, whose memoir Suddenly Single at Sixty details her journey through divorce and rediscovery. Jo discusses her writing process, the therapeutic value of journalling, the challenges of constructing a memoir , and her inspirations. She also offers advice for writers on being honest in their writing and the importance

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘Ghost Cities’ by Siang Lu

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Ghost Cities by Siang Lu, author of The Whitewash, and the co-creator of The Beige Index. Ghost Cities is a mesmerizing and inventive novel that explores a profound reflection on the complexities of modern existence. Here’s the blurb: Ghost Cities – inspired

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Seth Haddon scores his dream book deal

Seth took all the skills and tips that he learned in that class and has gone on to forge a career as a writer in the gaming industry. He has also published three books with Blind Eye Books and his latest novel, Volatile Memory, is being published by Tor Books. “I absolutely believe I wouldn’t be where I am without having attended the Write Your Novel course,” Seth says.

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Shankari Chandran: From lawyer to award-winning author

When Shankari Chandran took time out of her career as a lawyer to have her fourth child, she turned her hand to writing in between baby feeds and family demands. This pastime has turned into a new career and Shankari has now released her first novel The Barrier, a futuristic fast-paced thriller that has been compared to the works of Michael Crichton and Matthew Reilly.

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

AWC courses helped Kyra Geddes become a published author

Kyra had built a successful ten-year career in marketing and was also raising her children. When the family moved to Melbourne for her husband’s work, Kyra took the opportunity to return to university and study English. She also began taking creative writing courses to continue learning her craft, including Reinvent Yourself and 2 Hours to Scrivener Power at the Australian Writers’ Centre.

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Inda Ahmad Zahri achieves her childhood dream to become a published author

Inda Ahmad Zahri likes to keep busy. As a working surgeon with a young family, she can now add ‘published author’ to her repertoire of achievements with the publication of her debut picture book Salih, out now with Ford Street Publishing.

“I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was a little girl with my nose stuck in a book for most of the day (and night!). Writing was always an outlet for me,” Inda says. 

Inda is a self-confessed course junkie and knew that she would need structure, deadlines, and the best training available to make her publishing dreams come true. That’s why she turned to the Australian Writers’ Centre for its creative writing courses and community.

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Podcast: So You Want to be a Writer
Australian Writers' Centre Team

WRITER 600: Meet Inda Ahmad Zahri, author of 5 picture books.

Meet Indah Ahmad Zahri, author of 5 picture books including her latest How To Measure The Ocean. Indah, a doctor turned picture book author, delves into her career transition, the inspiration behind her books, and her advocacy work. You can listen to the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify,

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The North Wind’ by Alexandra Warwick

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The North Wind by Alexandra Warwick, author of the Four Winds series. The North Wind is a captivating standalone fantasy romance, featuring an enemies-to-lovers narrative with a slow-burn element. Infused with elements of Greek mythology and reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast

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Furious Fiction
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction: April 2024 Story Showcase

Welcome to April’s Furious Fiction story showcase – where we bring you the answers to the questions we asked of our collective community this month. The creative prompts were: Each story’s first sentence had to be a question. Each story had to include something being pulled. Each story had to

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