Category: Fiction writing

Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The importance of ghostwriter agreements

This article was written by Sharon Givoni. We’ve all been there. At a party, at a dinner table, out for coffee with the gang—you are telling a story. You’ve told this story so many times and it’s a winner. You embellish here, cut out a few boring bits there, and

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we’re in the privileged position to chat regularly with successful authors, talented freelancers, world-class presenters and our amazing students. And although everyone approaches writing differently, it’s clear that there are common truths that can be helpful for all. Most importantly, if you want to

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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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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Author Lesley Gibbes publishes her 10th picture book!

Turning ten is a big deal – once you hit double digits, there’s no going back. And this is exactly the milestone author and AWC presenter Lesley Gibbes is celebrating with the publication of her 10th picture book. Dinosaur Dads illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, is out now with Scholastic Australia.

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Pamela Freeman’s latest novel “Digging Up Dirt”

Pamela Freeman (also known as Pamela Hart) never ceases to amaze me. I’ve known her for the past 16 years, first as a brilliant author, then she became a presenter of our creative writing courses at the Australian Writers Centre. And then she took on the role of Director of

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

8 tips for running an online writers’ workshopping group

Running an online workshopping group is a great way to stay accountable while watching your writing improve in leaps and bounds. And finding your tribe will keep you motivated and encouraged. Students in our Write Your Novel program enjoy such benefits as they workshop each other’s writing across six or

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

Indie author success stories to inspire you

We love indie authors at the Australian Writers’ Centre (well, we love ALL writers)! These days, many authors prefer to go indie rather than signing up to a traditional publisher. Some indie authors like having control over their writing, while others want to publish without pressure. Some make a modest

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

What is ‘Regency romance’ and how can I write it?

If you’ve been swept up in the spectacle of Netflix’s Bridgerton, you’re not alone. More than 63 million households have tuned in to the pomp and romance, and many people who’d never heard of a ‘Regency romance’ before are now addicted. So what exactly is a Regency romance? And how

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Our top 5 audio resources to improve the dialogue in your stories

Most writers like to snoop and eavesdrop – that’s how you pick up juicy snippets and tidbits to use in your stories. And when writing dialogue, there’s nothing like listening to real conversations to tune your ear and discover interesting phrases. Whenever you’re on a bus or train journey, always

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

How to run an effective writing group

There’s no better way to improve your writing than to share and workshop it with other writers. This idea can terrify some people, but once you conquer your fear, you’ll find it invaluable. However, you need to find the right group for you, and your writing group should have clear

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Larrikin House publishes Aussie picture books with humour and heart

In the world of publishing, new houses occasionally pop up to fill a niche. One such new publisher is Larrikin House, created by James Layton after he identified a need for more Aussie picture books.  Like any traditional publishing house, Larrikin’s focus is on high-quality stories that resonate with readers.

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Alumni news
Guest Writer

5 tips for finding your ‘write’ people

It took me a while to find my people, but when I did things really started happening…fast! 
I went from my world of “one” where no one other than my non-writing family and friends knew about my creative writing projects – to sharing my work with a community of like-minded writers. Here’s how you can fast track your way to finding your people…

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

6 tips for writing tight, compelling scenes

Scenes are the building blocks of stories. No matter how much planning or plotting or character development you do, sooner or later you have to dramatise that story via scenes. We sat down with bestselling author (and creator of our Fiction Essentials: SCENES course) Pamela Freeman to find out more,

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The most surprising thing about getting published

Finishing your book will feel like a huge achievement, and it is. You’ll have learnt a lot along the way. But the learning doesn’t stop there! If you’re submitting your book to get published, or you already have a book deal, there’s still plenty for you to learn. Here, five

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Crime and thriller
Australian Writers' Centre Team

8 must-dos to write a gripping romantic thriller

A good romantic thriller is more than the sum of its parts. More gripping than a romance novel and with more emotion than a thriller, mastering the genre is no easy feat. You can’t just add a menacing character to your love story, or a love interest to your crime

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