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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

WIN ‘The Family Remains’ by Lisa Jewell

Their secrets can’t stay buried forever… This week’s giveaway book comes from British-based Lisa Jewell – the number one bestselling author of thrillers The Family Upstairs and Then She Was Gone. Her latest book is The Family Remains. Here’s a quick synopsis: LONDON. Early morning, June 2019 – on the

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

How to edit your own writing: 7 authors share their top tips

By Allison Tait. “Write as though no-one’s watching.” “Your first draft doesn’t need to be perfect.” “Your first draft is just you telling the story to yourself.” There’s a lot of information around about first drafts and how they can be messy embryos of a polished idea. What’s more difficult

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Alumni news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

How Rashida Tayabali became a freelance writer and author

Rashida Tayabali had always wanted to write, but had been discouraged from studying journalism at university. While working as a marketing coordinator, she decided her maternity leave would be the perfect opportunity to rediscover her old passion. Inspired by a colleague who had done courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre, Rashida enrolled in Freelance Writing Stage 1 – and immediately her life changed.

Courses completed at AWC:
Freelance Writing Stage 1
Creative Writing Stage 1

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

7 side-splitting tips for writing funny flash fiction

The best stories engage the reader – making you FEEL something. That emotion might involve being nervous for the fate of a character, angry at a detective missing a vital clue, sad at a loss, or rolling in fits of laughter. While most of these emotions must be earned through

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Novel Project’ by Graeme Simsion

The no-drama novel writing method behind Graeme Simsion’s global bestsellers… This week’s giveaway book is from global bestselling author Graeme Simsion. Back in 2014, he created an instant hit with The Rosie Project – which spent 65 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list and spawned two sequels. In

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Woman sitting on a floor covered with open books, holding a black coffee and reading a book, tracing words with her finger.
Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

What does it mean to “read widely”?

By Allison Tait. If you are searching for writing tips, it doesn’t take long to discover that one of the (if not THE) top tips offered over and over is this one: “Read!” It makes sense, if you consider writing to be a “words in = words out” equation. The

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Podcasts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Ep 039: How to find your first copywriting client

Starting something new is always hard. But have you found that once you get going, it gets easier? Finding your first copywriting client is no different. Once you get that first job under your belt you’ll find it gets a whole lot easier. This episode is a little bit different

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

What to do when you don’t have a book coming out

By Angela Slatter. To paraphrase Jane Austen (poorly), it is a truth universally acknowledged, that once you’ve got a publishing contract, you’ll have a book coming out every year! Right? Sorry, no. Wrong. You might be one of the fortunate few who do have this sort of regularity in their

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘About Time’ by David Rooney

A horological history of human civilisation, told through twelve world-changing clocks… It’s about time we gave away a non-fiction book, so this week’s giveaway book is About Time by David Rooney – a timely tale about our creation and relationship with time itself. We have three copies to be won.

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

How to write a book dedication

By Allison Tait. One of the most difficult pages to write in any book is the dedication. Sounds silly, right? By definition, a book dedication is a personal note from the author to someone of importance. At its simplest, a book dedication is no more than two words. For [insert

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ by Bonnie Garmus

‘Mad Men’ didn’t turn scientists into unlikely TV stars. But if they did … This week’s giveaway book is Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Set in 1960s California, it introduces us to the unique and unforgettable Elizabeth Zott. We have three copies to be won. Here’s a quick synopsis:

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A community of like-minded writers reading from an iPad in a cafe.
Build your profile and promote your book
Australian Writers' Centre Team

How I found my writing community (and how you can, too)

By Allison Tait. When I wrote about rejection recently, I talked about the importance of my writing community and recommended that every writer gather like-minded souls around them, for the bad times and the good. “But how?” was the response I got. Like a bowerbird, I found my writing people

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AWC weekly giveaways
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘Anna’ by Amy Odell

This week’s giveaway book is the newly published Anna by Amy Odell. This definitive biography of Anna Wintour follows the steep climb of an ambitious young woman who would—with singular and legendary focus—become one of the most powerful people in media. Here’s a quick synopsis: As a child, Anna Wintour

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