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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘Whenever You’re Ready’ by Trish Bolton

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Whenever You’re Ready by Trish Bolton. Whenever You’re Ready unfolds as a sweetly wise and gently wistful novel, revealing the secrets and seasons of three interconnected lives. Serving as a heartfelt tribute to the experiences of older women, the story is a

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Furious Fiction
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction: January 2024 Story Showcase

Welcome to the first Furious Fiction story showcase of 2024 – our monthly spotlight on collective creativity! Here were this month’s criteria: Each story had to take place on a character’s FIRST DAY OF A NEW JOB. Each story had to include something being stolen. Each story had to include

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Amy Hutton scores two book deals

When television producer Amy Hutton decided she wanted to switch careers and become a writer, she went all in.
After making such a decisive move, Amy knew she had to learn the craft of writing if she were to succeed. She liked the variety of courses on offer at the Australian Writers’ Centre and she jumped in, learning the essentials of Fiction and Grammar, Plotting and Planning and how to Pitch Your Novel.

Fast forward a few years and Amy is now a published author, with her debut novel Sit, Stay, Love released in 2023 and the follow up Love From Scratch out in 2024, both published by Simon & Schuster.

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘The Dinner Party’ by Rebecca Heath

Rebecca Heath, author of The Summer Party, brings you an exhilarating new thriller, The Dinner Party. Explore the depths of a seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood in this dark and twisted domestic thriller, where family secrets find their best hiding places. Here’s the blurb: FOUR COUPLES. Summer 1979. In the idyllic

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

COPYWRITER 066: How to build an online course with Amber Renae

If you have a passion for a topic and would like to turn that passion into profit, you may want to build an online course so you can teach it. Amber Renae is many things. She started out as an engineer and then pivoted, seamlessly into becoming a celebrity stylist.

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Liz Foster on the steps she took to get published

Liz Foster always imagined being a published author one day. She says: “Imagine being the key word there.” But it was while doing courses through the Australian Writers’ Centre that she learned the difference between writing well and writing well for an audience. “I literally would be nowhere without AWC’s

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

WRITER 585: Michelle Upton on writing her novel ‘Emergency Exit Only’.

Host and CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, Valerie Khoo, shares her recent experiences, including mentoring members of the freelance writing masterclass program and editing a manuscript. She also talks about the importance of creative curiosity and not limiting yourself to one passion. The guest for this episode is Michelle

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘Rabbit Hole’ by Kate Brody

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Rabbit Hole by Kate Brody, a debut novel filled with unexpected turns, delving into the shadowy realm of true crime fandom and the boundaries of female friendship. Here’s the blurb: Conspiracy theories from Reddit seduce a disaster-prone woman into an obsession with

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Getting back to writing after a break

Are you ready to get back into writing? Gearing up to return to your writing practice after a break is never easy, no matter whether you’ve been away from your computer/typewriter/notebook for a few days, a few weeks or a few months. Sometimes you’re mid-manuscript and you need to pick

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘First Lie Wins’ by Ashley Elston

This week, we’re giving away three copies of First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston. This edge-of-your-seat read is not only gripping but also emotionally moving, keeping you hooked until the very end. Here’s the blurb: Evie Porter has everything a nice, Southern girl could want: a perfect, doting boyfriend, a

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘Australia’s Most Infamous Criminals’ by Graham Seal

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Australia’s Most Infamous Criminals by Graham Seal, the bestselling author of Great Australian Stories, Great Bush Stories, Great Convict Stories, Australia’s Funniest Yarns, Great Australian Mysteries and Great Australian Places. Immerse yourself in riveting tales of clever scams, daring escapes, captures, and

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

WRITER 583: Vikki Conley on her success with 11 picture books

Meet author Vikki Conley. As an award-winning author with 11 internationally published picture books, Vikki shares her journey starting from her childhood experiences, writing career in marketing and journalism to her success as a writer. She discusses the themes and inspirations behind her books and also provides valuable advice for

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Other
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Build a writing habit

Whether or not you believe in New Year’s resolutions, there’s something about the idea of a fresh year to, well, do things differently and start something new. Which makes it the perfect time to avoid grandiose statements like “this year I will write my novel” and, instead, concentrate on creating

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

COPYWRITER 065: ChatGPT, copywriting and neurodiversity

AI and copywriting. Everyone’s talking about it but someone who’s really getting deep into the weeds of how it all works is Leanne Shelton. Leanne is a copywriter who has taken a right turn and has reinvented her brand to become a specialist in copy and AI.  In this podcast

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Allie Reynolds on her novel’The Bay’

Allie Reynolds is the author of The Bay and Shiver. She’s also a former professional freestyle snowboarder who spent five winters in the mountains of France, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. Her short fiction has been published in magazines in the UK, Australia, Sweden and South Africa. Allie swapped her snowboard

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

WRITER 582: Chris Hammer on ‘The Seven’ and adapting his novels to TV

How to navigate the challenges that often emerge towards the end of the year. Valerie also discusses her own personal career reinvention from accountant to writer. An interview with leading Australian crime author Chris Hammer, where Chris discusses his latest best-selling novel, The Seven, and his approach to telling stories

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