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Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction: December 2023 Story Showcase

Welcome to the jumbo-sized December Furious Fiction story showcase – and a chance to celebrate our community’s creativity! It’s also the opportunity to have YOUR OWN story featured or acknowledged – out of hundreds received from around the globe. Here were this month’s criteria: Each story had to take place

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

5 lessons from publishing 3 books in 15 months

There’s nothing quite like having three traditionally published books in 15 months to give you a crash course in the world of book publishing! Things I had no idea about just over a year ago are now like second nature to me. Here are my five biggest takeaways so far:

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

WRITER 581: Alli Parker on her novel ‘At The Foot Of The Cherry Tree’.

Meet Alli Parker, author of the Australian historical fiction novel, At the Foot of the Cherry Tree. The novel is based on the real-life story of Alli’s grandparents, who were among the first Australian-Japanese couples after the Second World War. The discussion covers Alli’s journey as a writer, her transition

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘The Broken Wave’ by Matthew Ryan Davies

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The Broken Wave by Matthew Ryan Davies. Matthew is also the author of Things We Bury, which has been optioned for television, and of the young adult novel This Thing of Darkness. The Broken Wave is a gripping mystery that explores the

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘The Summer Party’ by Rebecca Heath

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The Summer Party by Rebecca Heath. Unfolding in a seemingly perfect suburban setting where family secrets are better off concealed in the shadows, The Summer Party is an irresistibly captivating psychological thriller that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Here’s

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Vikki Conley’s path to becoming an award-winning children’s author

Courses taken at AWC:
Writing Picture Books

Vikki Conley dreamed of writing for children and, over the years, that little voice telling her to write books got louder until she simply couldn’t ignore it. She threw in her marketing job, enrolled in an Australian Writers’ Centre course and started writing. Within two years, she has already established herself as a prolific author, with the publication of seven picture books and contracts with four publishers. Her most recent book is the CBCA shortlisted Amira’s Suitcase, while Milly and the Mulberry Tree and Where the Lyrebird Lives will be released in 2022. Vikki’s other publications include Tomorrow Girl, Little Puggle’s Song, The Lost Moustache and Ella & Mrs Gooseberry.

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

WRITER 579: Jillian Cantor on her gripping novel ‘The Fiction Writer’.

We chat to best-selling author Jillian Cantor. Jillian shares her experiences with the writing process, and her newest book The Fiction Writer. Discussing her transition from historical to contemporary fiction, how she develops characters, and her writing routine. She also shares her top three tips for aspiring writers. Additionally, Valerie

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED: ‘Leave The World Behind’ by Rumaan Alam

This week’s giveaway is bestselling novel Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. Soon to be adapted into a film starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, and Kevin Bacon, Leave The World Behind is a gripping story about two

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

COPYWRITER 064: The anxiety of the writing life

Anxiety. We all have it, or elements of it, but some of us have it more than others. Writers, it would seem, have more of it than most. In this revealing podcast, Kerri Sackville, one of Australia’s most prominent columnists and popular writers discusses her writing life, and in particular,

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Other
Australian Writers' Centre Team

20 picture books kids love

Picture books are fantastic gifts for kids of all ages. They wrap easily, introduce visual literacy alongside the joy of words, and give endless joy when they hit the spot – just ask any parent who’s been asked to read a favourite picture book over and over again. But how

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Michelle Upton goes from school teacher to successful author

A few years ago, Michelle Upton made the life-changing decision that she wanted to be a writer. So she focused her efforts on learning about the craft and getting as much practical experience as possible. This included entering literary competitions, enrolling in the Romance Writing course at the Australian Writers’ Centre and taking part in the Centre’s Furious Fiction competition.

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

WRITER 578: Christos Tsiolkas on his latest novel ‘The In-Between’.

In episode 578 of ‘So You Want To Be A Writer’, Valerie Khoo, the CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, talks about her passion for fostering a love of reading in young people, her Christmas shopping struggles, and ongoing writing projects. Special guest Nat Newman shares her experiences with theatre

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Competitions and Opportunities
Australian Writers' Centre Team

COMP CLOSED:’Kill Your Husbands’ by Jack Heath

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Kill Your Husbands by Jack Heath, bestselling author of The Hangman series. You can also meet him on episodes 221 and 439 of our podcast. Sharp, witty and compelling, Kill Your Husbands is a mystery full of intricate twists. Here’s the blurb:

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Author Madeline Te Whiu working at her desk, surrounded by editorial notes and bookcases.
Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

How Madeline Te Whiu became a fantasy author

Her perseverance paid off with the completion of her first draft for The Assassin Thief. But over 50 rejections later, she knew she needed to try a new approach. Madeline enrolled in Creative Writing Stage 1 at the Australian Writers’ Centre to nail the basics of her story, then went on to edit her manuscript with Cut, Shape, Polish. After taking Pitch Your Novel: How to Attract Agents and Publishers, she was ready to send out her novel again – and this time she was snapped up by New Dawn Publishing.

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Furious Fiction
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Furious Fiction: November 2023 Story Showcase

Welcome to the November Furious Fiction story showcase – a chance to bathe in the crystal clear (and sometimes murky) waters of our community’s creativity! It’s also the opportunity to have YOUR OWN story featured or acknowledged – out of hundreds received from around the globe. Here were this month’s

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Karina May is set to be the Next Big Thing in rom-com writing

Karina May was working in digital marketing when she started dabbling in creative writing just for the fun of it – but she soon found herself hooked on the craft of storytelling. She voraciously attended courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre, including two rounds of Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman, which gave her the structure to complete her first manuscript. After signing a two-book deal with Pan MacMillan, Karina has now released her novel Duck à l’Orange for Breakfast.

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Other
Australian Writers' Centre Team

15 can’t-go-wrong books for middle-grade readers

When it comes to a great gift for kids, you can’t go wrong with a book. Not only are they the gift that offers a ticket to a whole new world, but they’re easy to wrap and they last forever. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Zewlan Moor launches her career as an author with two picture books!

When Dr Zewlan Moor started her training to become a general practitioner, she had two goals: to complete her GP fellowship and to write a novel for National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo). It might seem like an unusual combination, but Zewlan was determined to follow her passion for writing alongside her medical career. She was drawn to Writing Picture Books at the Australian Writers’ Centre and is now delighted to announce that she will be publishing two picture books in 2023.

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