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Jennifer Smart: “Write what you know” yields debut novel

“There’s a story here. There’s definitely a story here.” That was Jennifer Smart’s hunch, having worked behind the screens in film and television for many years, including five years on Home and Away. And she was in a position to know – having even penned two scripts of the hit

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Lisa Venables: Memoir unearths a love of writing

Telling stories is what it’s all about here at the Australian Writers’ Centre. And for Lisa Venables, recounting a very difficult time in her family’s life provided her with both an emotional and creative outlet. That outlet became her book, Saving Zali – telling the story of her infant daughter’s

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"I got published!": Fleur Ferris

We love hearing from our students no matter what they have to say, but when we hear of a student being published, we just want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re a little scared of heights, so we’ll go with a blog post instead. Fleur says: When I was

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"I got published!": Laksmhi Singh

We spotted Laksmhi in Sunday Life recently! Thrilled to see @writerscentreau grad Laksmhi Singh’s article in Sunday Life this week! A photo posted by Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) on Oct 13, 2014 at 6:30pm PDT Congratulations Laksmhi! If you have a success story to share with us, you can do so right here. We’ll

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"I got published!": Lisa Chaplin

We love hearing from our students no matter what they have to say, but when we hear of a student being published, we just want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re a little scared of heights, so we’ll go with a blog post instead. Lisa says: I sold my

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Caro Was Here. And so was Elizabeth Farrelly.

A few weeks back, we spoke with established author Elizabeth Farrelly on the release of her first young fiction book, Caro Was Here. Elizabeth completed a course at Australian Writers’ Centre that provided inspiration for this one, and she chats about that and the book right here… So, tell us

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Student Success: Vietnam, Ubud, Napoleonic France and MORE!

Spring is well and truly here, and many graduates have sprung into action!

First on the brag board is Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 graduate Linda Moon, whose travel article on Halong Bay in Vietnam made it to the pages of Sydney Morning Herald – great stuff! This was a story written when Linda was first starting and she is thrilled to have found a home for it.

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"I got published!" Trisha Bui

We spotted Trisha in Royal Auto Magazine recently! Thrilled to see @writerscentreau grad Trisha Bui’s travel story about her home town of Melbourne in this months’ Royal Auto mag! A photo posted by Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) on Oct 3, 2014 at 9:23pm PDT Congratulations Trisha! If you have a success story to

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"I got published!": Josefa Pete

We spotted Josefa in Sunday Life recently! Well done to @writerscentreau magazine writing grad Josefa Pete for a fab article in today’s Sunday Life magazine! A photo posted by Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) on Sep 27, 2014 at 5:13pm PDT Congratulations Josefa! If you have a success story to share with us, you

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Student Success Stories: Gluten, ceviche, kitty cats and MORE!

Wow, winter sure brings out the writers! Here’s the latest selection of successes from our graduates. Prepare to be inspired! It could be you next time…

First up, Gabriel McGrath has been a man on a mission of late – proving that parent posts can indeed come from dads too! Heeding the mantra of matching a story to something topical, Gabriel latched onto Coeliac Week, and his piece about his own son’s experience with gluten issues was snapped up by the Essential Kids editor and its readers too – generating plenty of great comments.

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Debut novelist Jennifer Smart on deadlines, drafts and a dash of Dom Perignon

Jennifer Smart’s debut novel, The Wardrobe Girl, was published earlier this year through Random House – exploring the behind the scenes world of a fictional soap opera.

Having worked behind the scenes herself in film and television (including five years with soap, Home and Away), Jennifer admits she had a truckload of material to draw on for her book. And while she’d dabbled with writing fiction in the past, even penning a couple of episodes of Australia’s favourite beachside soap, she was completely in the dark about getting a book published.

We interviewed Jennifer in Episode 9 of our top-rating podcast, So you want to be a writer. And she gave us 3 lessons she had learned from her own writing and publishing experience…

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"I got published!": Jo Hartley

We spotted Jo in Sunday Life recently! Then I flip the page and there is Australian Writers’ Centre grad Jo Hartley’s article in today’s Sunday Life mag! A photo posted by Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) on Sep 6, 2014 at 5:08pm PDT Congratulations Jo! If you have a success story to share with

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"I got published!": Cassy Small

We spotted Cassy in Sunday Life recently! So fab to see Australian Writers’ Centre grad Cassy Small @csmall80 ‘s article in today’s Sunday Life mag! A photo posted by Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) on Sep 6, 2014 at 5:06pm PDT Congratulations Cassy! If you have a success story to share with us, you

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"I got published!": Cassy Small

We spotted Cassy in Feast Magazine recently! Sitting at the hair salon and first article I flip to in Feast mag is by @writerscentreau grad @csmall80 Cassy Small! Go Cassy 🙂 A photo posted by Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) on Aug 24, 2014 at 11:34pm PDT Congratulations Cassy! If you have a success

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My 2nd ever finished story won me $1000.

Every year across Australia, there are thousands of dollars on offer in the form of writing prizes. Some of these are awarded to existing works or published pieces, but there are still plenty open to aspiring unpublished authors to enter.

Sharon Elisara completed our Creative Writing Stage 1 course earlier this year with Pamela Freeman and it was while she was on the course that she noticed the Hunter Valley Writers Group writing competition. The theme was ‘grief’ or ‘grieving’ and the top story would win $1000. Bolstered with the confidence from her course, she edited and submitted a story (in the first week of her next course with us!).

It was only the second story that Sharon had ever written. And it won. Originally from Perth, but currently living in New Zealand, Sharon was thrilled with the win – awarded in Newcastle at the end of August.

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"I got published!": Bexy McFly

We love hearing from our students no matter what they have to say, but when we hear of a student being published, we just want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re a little scared of heights, so we’ll go with a blog post instead. Bexy says: I have finally

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"I got published!": Jo Hartley

We spotted Jo in Sunday Life recently! Thrilled to see Australian Writers’ Centre grad Jo Hartley’s article in today’s Sunday Life 🙂 A photo posted by Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) on Aug 3, 2014 at 3:32am PDT Congratulations Jo! If you have a success story to share with us, you can do so

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"I got published!": Lindy Alexander

We spotted Lindy in Sunday Life recently! Fab to see Australian Writers’ Centre grad Lindy Alexander’s piece in today’s Sunday Life mag 🙂 A photo posted by Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo) on Jul 12, 2014 at 4:58pm PDT Congratulations Lindy! If you have a success story to share with us, you can do

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