Category: Interviews with writers

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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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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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Three writing tips from Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell is a bestselling author whose novels for children include Rooftoppers, The Wolf Wilder, The Explorer and The Good Thieves. She has won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, amongst many others. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide.

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Sandie Docker: Successful women’s fiction author

Although Sandie Docker always imagined she would be published one day, she knew it required a lot of self-belief and determination. But after studying at the Australian Writers’ Centre, Sandie finally found the confidence and passion to keep going until she reached her dream of becoming a women’s fiction author. She has now published three books with Penguin, including The Kookaburra Creek Cafe, The Cottage At Rosella Cove, and The Banksia Bay Beach Shack.

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Fleur Ferris on her novel ‘Seven Days’

Fleur Ferris is the author of Seven Days, Found, Risk, Wreck, and Black. She spent the first 17 years of her life growing up on a farm in Patchewollock, north-west Victoria. She then moved twenty times in twenty years.During this time, Fleur sometimes saw the darker side to life while

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Katie McMahon on her novel ‘The Accident’

Katie McMahon is a medical doctor and author of The Accident. Her first novel, The Mistake, was published internationally in 2021. Katie has also written articles for The Age and The Quarry. She grew up in Frankston, and now lives in Hobart with her family. Katie chats to Valerie Khoo,

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Interviews with writers
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Lee Kofman on her memoir ‘The Writer Laid Bare’

Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born Israeli-Australian author, editor, writing teacher and mentor based in Melbourne. Her works include The Writer Laid Bare, Scars, I Will Love Christina, and the memoirs Imperfect and The Dangerous Bride. In the past she had sampled many different occupations, including party organising and university

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Belinda Murrell on her novel ‘The Silver Sea’

Belinda Murrell is an award winning, internationally published author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years. Belinda has written more than 35 books including ‘The Silver Sea’ and ‘The Golden Tower’, a time slip fantasy series set in a Renaissance Italian inspired world, The

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Jo Riccioni on her young adult novel ‘The Branded’

Jo Riccioni is the author of the young adult novel, The Branded. She is also a short story writer and creative writing teacher. Her first novel The Italians at Cleat’s Corner Store won the fiction category of the International Rubery Award and was long-listed for the New Angle Prize in

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Minnie Darke on her novel ‘With Love From Wish And Co’

Minnie Darke is the author of With Love From Wish And Co, The Lost Love Song, and the bestselling novel Star-crossed, which won the Margaret Scott People’s Choice Award and is now published in over 30 countries. Minnie also writes under the names Danielle Wood and Angelica Banks. She lives

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Alumni/Student success stories
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Julie Fison on her novel, ‘One Punch’

Julie Fison is a Brisbane writer and travel lover. Her debut novel for adults, One Punch, is a contemporary family drama following two mothers at the centre of a tragedy. Julie has also written many books for children and young adults. Her work includes the Hazard River adventure series for

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: James O’Loghlin on his novel ‘Criminals’

James O’Loghlin is the author of Criminals, a novel exploring why and how ordinary people turn to crime. He’s also a comedian, television and radio host, and has previously written ten books, including six novels for children (which have been nominated for, and won, four awards), and four non-fiction books

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

VIDEO: Dani Vee on her picture book ‘My EXTRAordinary Mum’

Dani Vee is the host of the popular literary podcast, Words and Nerds, and the author of the picture book My EXTRAordinary Mum. Dani also works in publicity and acquisitions at Larrikin House. You can find her facilitating panels or presenting at literary festivals such as Somerset Storyfest, BAD Sydney

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