Category: Writing news

Holly Bidwell’s new creative companion

We recently ran a competition for our community and challenged you to bring your creativity to the Surface. This was your chance to win Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 (RRP AU $2799). The winner was Holly Bidwell from Canberra. Congratulations Holly! Holly has turned it into her constant companion. “The... read more

Shortlist for the inaugural XO Romance Prize announced

The shortlist for the inaugural XO Romance Prize has been announced! The XO Romance Prize is held by the fastly growing independent publisher Xoum Publishing. The competition was open to all Australian writers aged 18 and over with a completed, unpublished contemporary romance manuscript. According to guest judge Alexandra Nahlous... read more

Winner of the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers announced

A huge congratulations to Susie Greenhill for winning the 2016 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers! Susie won with her Australian novel, The Clinking. According to one of the judges, Susie’s writing was “electric, and profoundly affecting”. Thanks to Hachette Australia, winners receive prize money, publishing mentoring, and their finished... read more

Rock & Roll Writers Festival returns for 2017

If the recent awarding of Bob Dylan with the Nobel Prize for Literature is anything to go by, songwriting is a bona fide segment of the larger storytelling canon. To build on this, a writing festival with a difference is returning in 2017 following its successful inaugural event. It’s... read more

Fiction edition of “The Big Issue” released

The Big Issue has just released its 12th annual fiction edition. The issue contains 12 stories from authors such as John Marsden, Miles Allinson, Gregory Day, Tegan Bennett Daylight, and Jennifer Down, just to name a few. This edition of The Big Issue isn’t just good for your fiction... read more

Melbourne’s “Books on the Rail” is quite a find

A copy of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak sits on an empty Melbourne train seat. Seems appropriate. However, it isn’t waiting to be stolen – the sticker on the front cover revealing that this book is not here by accident. As the PR states, “welcome to a new movement... read more

2016 Davitt Awards shortlist for best crime books announced

We are so proud of AWC presenter and acclaimed author, Candice Fox, with her novel Fall shortlisted for the 2016 Davitt Awards. As presenter of our Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder course, it comes as no surprise that Candice's thrillers have captivated critics and readers... read more

2016 Ned Kelly Awards shortlist announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association recently announced their shortlist for the 2016 Ned Kelly Awards for best in Australian crime writing. We were thrilled to spot a couple of familiar faces among the acclaimed authors. Candice Fox, our amazing presenter of our How to Write About Murder course, is up... read more

A Month of Murder and Mayhem. The free ebook and podcast series.

Crime. Murder. Espionage. Mystery. It’s a world filled with more evil and crime than you can shake a sharpened stick at – where people save the world from certain destruction, where spies, terrorists and thugs abound, and where the killer could be someone in your very own home. It's... read more

Convicted on a Comma: The Trial of Roger Casement

We couldn't help but notice that there is a play opening in Melbourne called Convicted on a Comma: The Trial of Roger Casement. It's the world premiere of a play written, directed and narrated by Brian Gillespie, marking the centenary of Casement's execution on 3 August 1916... read more

What we’re reading this month – June 2016

Each month, we share what we’re reading – fiction or nonfiction. (And you can do the same – details at the end of this post.) Here’s what some of us at AWC have been reading in June:   Bec: Memories of Silk and Straw: A Self-Portrait of Small-Town... read more

He’s written the “Perfect” picture book…

Children’s book author Danny Parker (also one of our fabulous AWC presenters) recently made the shortlist of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards 2016 as well as last month’s Australian Book Industry Awards shortlist – for his picture book, titled Perfect. With... read more

What we’re reading this month – May 2016

Ask an author for their top tip for aspiring writers and it would be to READ. Read widely and read often. So once a month, we’ll be sharing what we’re reading – fiction or non-fiction. We’d love you to do the same – so share a paragraph on... read more

Are you an Australian writer looking for a writing residency for 2017?

Writing residency applications for 2017 at the National Library of Australia are now open. The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing includes a stipend, a four-week residency at the National Library of Australia including office facilities and access to special collections, and staff expertise. A... read more