Category: Writing tools, apps and gifts

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

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

How to write a guest post for the Australian Writers’ Centre

Maybe you’ve written a book and would like to promote it via a guest post on our blog. Awesome! However, we have some guidelines if you’d like us to consider publishing your post. Let’s get stuck into them. 1. We are big on practical advice Our readers want to learn

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

5 positive goals to kickstart your writing in 2021

Huzzah! It’s the beginning of a new year. You know what that means? Writing the date wrong for the next six weeks. BUT it also means you can set a shiny new set of goals for your creative writing. We’re all about goals at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Setting small

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World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Holiday Cryptic Clues Quiz

Ahhhh summer – a time for sun, for sand and well, also for word puzzles! Yes, that’s right – here to get you through the holiday break, we’ve compiled a collection of 25 cryptic clues for you to solve. (New to solving cryptic clues? They’re not scary! Check out this

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Business writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

9 online courses to do this summer

Ah the allure of summer. Where you can sit outside getting sunburnt, frantically waving flies from your face, while sweat falls from your skin in salty cascades… On second thought, why not stay inside in the aircon and learn a new skill instead? For those of you who would much

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Writing tools, apps and gifts
Australian Writers' Centre Team

12 gifts for writers

When buying a gift for the writer in your life (and it is 100% okay if this is actually yourself), you can’t go wrong with a notebook or pen. But if you’re looking to go beyond the basics, we’ve rounded up 12 great gift ideas for writers. A whiteboard A

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Want to improve your writing? Do this one thing

If we told you there was one simple thing you could do which would take your writing to the next level – and you already knew how to do it, it was enjoyable, and could often be done for free – would you believe us? It’s one of the top

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Writing for kids and teens
Australian Writers' Centre Team

5 ways writing can help reduce your teen’s anxiety

Anxiety is better recognised and understood than ever before, but for parents of teenagers struggling with anxiety it can still be hard to know how to help. One great way is to encourage them to express themselves via writing.  Bestselling parenting book author Michael Grose shares with us some practical

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Non-fiction and business books
Australian Writers' Centre Team

10 top tips for writing creative non-fiction

Creative non-fiction is an increasingly popular genre for readers and writers alike. The real world can be stranger than fiction, and audiences are eager to learn and be entertained at the same time. If you’re searching for tips to make your creative non-fiction writing stand out, look no further: we’ve

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Writing news
Australian Writers' Centre Team

The smart Story Dogs who are helping kids to read!

Spending time reading aloud to a dog sounds like heaven to us here at AWC headquarters. But for kids in the Story Dogs program, it’s more than just puppy cuddles and books – it’s the key to improving literacy. Founded by Janine Sigley and Leah Sheldon in 2009, Story Dogs

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Make writing fun again

By award-winning author, Allison Rushby. We’ve all been there. It’s Sunday. Your chores are done. Everyone else in the house has gone out. The dog/cat/ferret has been walked/played with/whatever you do with a ferret. You’ve got a few hours up your sleeve. Uninterrupted time! You were all set to write

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

5 key mistakes to avoid when self-editing your manuscript

For writers, self-editing is a crucial skill, especially if you’re planning to send your finished manuscript off to a publisher or enter it in a competition. Whether or not you have friends who can help you as beta readers, you need to be able to edit yourself well.   The Australian

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Fiction writing
Guest Writer

How to write during a pandemic

By Adrian Beck, author of the Derek Dool: Supercool series.
Making time to write is tough.
Making time to write when you have kids is an even bigger challenge.
But making time to write when you have kids (doing remote learning) whilst in the middle of a pandemic is MISSION IMPOSSIBLE! Well, nearly. But like Tom Cruise, I’ve found a way. And I also do all my own stunts.

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Fiction writing
Australian Writers' Centre Team

3 ways to encourage a love of writing in your teen

Teenage writers are bursting with creativity and fresh perspective, but between the structure of the English curriculum and all their other work, sometimes writing falls by the wayside. If you have a talented teen you’d like to support as a writer – or you’re wondering how to get your teen

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