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Fiona Murphy becomes a published author with her debut memoir ‘The Shape of Sound’

Courses taken at AWC: 
Reinvent Yourself
Freelance Writing Stage 1
Build Your Author Platform
2 Hours to Scrivener Power

As a budding writer, Fiona Murphy had a slew of writing ideas, but felt she lacked the confidence and skills to make them come to life. After taking a few freelance writing courses with the Australian Writers’ Centre, something clicked and she started successfully pitching stories.

That momentum led to the start of her career as an essayist and has culminated in the release of her memoir The Shape of Sound, published by Text Publishing in March 2021.

“Signing the contract was an out-of-body experience—it was both thrilling and terrifying! It took weeks for it to sink in.”

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Australian Writers' Centre Team

WIN Bryan Brown’s ‘Sweet Jimmy’

It was a gentle knock. Agnes had been waiting for it. Hoping he would be on time. Such a lovely fella, she thought… “Come on through. Got a surprise for you,” she said. He had one for her too. Bryan Brown has been telling stories with his distinctive Australian voice

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

A calendar of Australian Writers’ Festivals for 2021

Let’s face it – 2020 was a gut punch for in-person events across Australia (and the world!). But as we slowly start to go back to whatever “normal” now means, the great news is that literary events are once more becoming places to gather in person and celebrate writers and

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Short story competitions to enter in 2021

A deadline and a prize – what better writing motivation is there? If your 2021 goal is to get your writing momentum fired up, flex those writing muscles or to test your writing techniques – and possibly earn some cash on the side – then short story competitions are the

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Cat Who Saved Books’

If ever there were a guaranteed winner from the description alone, it might just be this week’s book giveaway – The Cat Who Saved Books by bestselling Japanese author Sosuke Natsukawa. Lovingly translated by Louise Heal Kawai, this is a heartwarming celebration of books, cats, and the people who love

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

6 reasons self-publishing should be your Plan A

By author, Nat Newman Following the traditional route to publication can be hard work. Not only do you need to write a fantastic book, but you also need to resonate with an agent or publisher at just the right moment. For some people, self-publishing is a Plan B – the

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Bec Nanayakkara scores publishing deal for her first picture book

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books

Congratulations to AWC graduate Bec Nanayakkara who has landed a publishing deal for her debut picture book – which is based on an idea she workshopped in our Writing Picture Books course with tutor Zanni Louise just a year ago!

“I wrote a story for one of the assignments, and soon after the course, I polished it up and submitted it to Affirm Press. It was my first picture book submission to a publisher,” Bec told us. “Six months later they got in touch, and I have just signed a contract with them. They will be turning my manuscript into a real live story book in 2023!”

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN Liane Moriarty’s new book ‘Apples Never Fall’

It’s a giveaway treat this week, with the hot-off-the-press latest book from the bestselling blockbusting Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers author Liane Moriarty. This latest one’s called Apples Never Fall and we have three juicy copies to help you keep the doctor away. Here’s a quick synopsis: From

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