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Shortlist announced for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards.  This year, the ABIAs category winners and overall ‘Book of the Year’ winner of the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards will be announced via a special Virtual Awards Event that will stream LIVE on YouTube

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Vale author Julian Leatherdale

We were sad to hear about the passing (on 22 April 2020) of author Julian Leatherdale, a true gentleman. It was only a few weeks ago that we spoke to Julian about his latest book Death in the Ladies’ Goddess Club, set in 1930s Kings Cross in episode 321 of So

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Writing through homeschooling

This is a guest post by Cassie Hamer Until two weeks ago, I’d never ever contemplated the idea of homeschooling my three daughters. Not once. Not ever. Never ever ever. Can I make that any clearer?  Never.  As an author and mum of three, school has been a life-saver. For

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Write here, write now – YOUR writing spaces

With so much of the world being forced to work from home, Valerie recently reminded us that as writers, we’re already lucky to be able to do this from anywhere. And to illustrate this point, she asked for you to share pictures of YOUR writing set ups at home. Thanks

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AWC team share their useful tips for working from home

The team at the Australian Writers’ Centre are old hands at from working home. As we offer courses across Australia, we have staff all over the country. There are a lot of articles out there about how you can stay productive, organised and distraction-free – all while doing your job

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5 tips for learning online

So you’ve taken the plunge and signed up for an online course. Congratulations! This is the first step in an amazing online learning journey. If you haven’t studied online before, you might be feeling a bit wary. What’s the technology like? Who can you turn to for support? Can you

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Need inspiration? Allison Tait has some getaway ideas for you

Above: Currarong Beach Cottage – South Coast Escapes This blog post was written by author and AWC presenter, Allison Tait Summer might be over, and the bushfires and floods behind us, but for some communities, the rebuilding is just beginning – and is going to take some time. How can we,

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So You Want to Be a Writer fundraiser with A.L. Tait

Do you want to be a writer? Don’t know where to start? Or whether you should quit your day job? Join internationally published bestselling children’s author Allison Tait, co-host of our top-rating So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, for this exciting fundraising seminar for the Shoalhaven Readers’ &

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AWC Newsletter: Thursday 30 January 2020

Want our newsletter emailed to you every Thursday? Sign up here! 30 January 2020   Last week, I promised you the big reveal of the 5-metre public art installation I’ve designed that’s going to be exhibited at Circular Quay in Sydney. Well, like many things that have to go through a creative

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VOTE: Do you prefer coffee or tea when you write?

This week, we need your help to settle a debate that’s been raging in the AWC office – and no doubt throughout history. (No pressure!) Tea and coffee have both been trusty companions of writers for many centuries. More than 300 years ago, author Jonathan Swift stated that “coffee makes us severe, and

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We’re hiring: Assistant Project Manager

The Australian Writers’ Centre team is growing and we need an Assistant Project Manager. Please note: This role is not a writing-based role. This role won’t be a stepping stone for you to publish your novel – but you will help others pursue their passion for writing. And hey, you

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Dogs and books – who could ask for more?

We love books. And we love dogs. So we were pretty chuffed to discover The Dog Book Company. It’s a business that’s only recently started but we love the idea behind it: It creates stylish hardcover coffee table books about the world’s favourite dog breeds. Importantly, $1 from every sale

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9 sweet courses to binge over Easter

As we approach the Easter long weekend and the chance to take stock one-third of the way into 2019, it’s a great opportunity to add to your writing skills with our suite of self-paced online courses. The following NINE have been created by experts and designed to provide you with

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9 essential tips to supercharge your fiction writing

We often talk about people being on a ‘writing journey’. Even the most established, prolific and famous writers are still honing their craft, learning new skills, trying new things, and progressing along their writing path. Basically, it’s never over! So wherever you are on your writing journey, here are nine

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How do I even listen to a podcast, anyway?

You’ve probably heard all about podcasts, and maybe everyone you know is listening to them. A friend has told you that you should totally listen to This American Life with Ira Glass. Or a colleague says you absolutely have to listen the true crime podcast phenomenon Serial.  Or your writer

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Magic and Mayhem: The free ebook and podcast series

Welcome to Magic and Mayhem – the ebook and podcast series that explores the wonderful and wacky world of writing for kids and teens. Join us as we take a peek behind the picture book pages, discover pirate ships and publishing tips, delve into addictively readable YA novels and find

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10 unique gifts for hard-to-please grown-ups

There’s no disputing we all love gifts. We love to buy them, we love to give them and we love to get them! But the conundrum always is finding something different. Unusual. Unique. Especially for those who are hard to please. They either have everything or are ridiculously picky. With

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5 great holiday gifts for kids

Let’s face it, all kids have a ‘gift’ of some description. They may not all grasp the fundamentals of decimal places in maths, but they can complete a Rubik’s Cube in under five minutes. That’s gifted! They may struggle with grammar and spelling, but they have an innate affinity with

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