Rebecca Marshallsay on ‘Facing the Wave’ and becoming a published children’s author

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books
Reinvent Yourself

Having completed a picture book manuscript, Rebecca turned to the Australian Writers’ Centre.

“I knew it was worth taking the time to workshop it a bit and, serendipitously, an AWC Writing Picture Books course was starting the following week. I took the leap and signed up straight away,” Rebecca says.

That manuscript became Facing the Wave and it has now been published by Larrikin House.

“I was very excited to be published from my first pitch and I know that the things I learned through the AWC helped me be as prepared as possible.”

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Fair vs fare

Q&A: Fair vs fare

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its

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Jeanette Stampone, author of picture book Shadow and the Girl

Jeanette Stampone becomes a published author with debut picture book, ‘Shadow and the Girl’

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books
Presenting to Kids

When Janette Stampone came across AWC’s Writing Picture Books course, she was intrigued. She was on maternity leave and felt like the right time to take her writing seriously.

“Enrolling on the course meant I had actually invested in myself and my dream,” Jeanette says. “While I was taking the course, I felt a strong sense of ‘this is what I should be doing’.”

Jeanette’s decision to invest in herself paid off and she can now call herself a published author. Her debut picture book Shadow and the Girl has been released by Red Paper Kite with illustrations by Demelsa Haughton.

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What’s YOUR inspiration?

Here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we often teach the importance of harnessing moments of inspiration to spark your storytelling. These are a valuable and renewable resource

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Manuscript awards to enter in 2022

Congratulations, you’ve completed your manuscript and polished it till it sparkles. Are you ready to set it free out into the world?  There are a few avenues you can take – no, no, don’t put it away in that bottom drawer again! Why not enter your manuscript for an award?

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Why do we say it's raining cats and dogs?

Q&A: Why do we say “it’s raining cats and dogs”?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we have a pet project…

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Furious Fiction March 2022 winner and shortlist

The first Furious Fiction challenge for the year landed in March, and it was the talk of the town – to miss it would surely be a crime. Here were the criteria: Each story had to include a character that commits a crime. Each story had to include some kind

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘True Friends’ by Patti Miller

This week’s giveaway book is by Australia’s memoir expert (and presenter of AWC’s Life Writing course), Patti Miller. The book is True Friends – a revealing and relatable memoir about the making and unmaking of friendships. We have three copies to be won. “It’s hard to know exactly when the

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10 tips on how to write fantasy novels

By Angela Slatter. Fantasy novels seem to be everywhere at the moment! As a fantasy author, I’m not complaining. We’re also seeing a knock-on effect in the number of screen adaptations: Game of Thrones, Shadow and Bone, Good Omens, and of course The Lord of the Rings. I’m not here

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Congrats to our Aurealis Award 2021 finalists

Excuse us while we stand over here and toot our own horns – BUT we are so proud to announce that two of our creative writing presenters have been named as finalists for the 2021 Aurealis Awards!  J.S. Breukelaar’s novel The Bridge, published by Meerkat Press, is in the running

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REGIME vs REGIMEN

Q&A: Regime vs Regimen

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we have exceptions and rules…

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The Banjo Prize 2022 is now open for submissions

The Banjo Prize 2022 is currently open for submissions for novel-length manuscripts. Run by major publisher HarperCollins, and now in its fifth year, the prestigious prize is looking for Australia’s next great storyteller. “We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into,” the publisher says on its website about

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Rebecca Marshallsay on ‘Facing the Wave’ and becoming a published children’s author

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books
Reinvent Yourself

Having completed a picture book manuscript, Rebecca turned to the Australian Writers’ Centre.

“I knew it was worth taking the time to workshop it a bit and, serendipitously, an AWC Writing Picture Books course was starting the following week. I took the leap and signed up straight away,” Rebecca says.

That manuscript became Facing the Wave and it has now been published by Larrikin House.

“I was very excited to be published from my first pitch and I know that the things I learned through the AWC helped me be as prepared as possible.”

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Win Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Booth’ by Karen Joy Fowler

Charmers, liars, drinkers and dreamers, they will change history forever… This week’s giveaway book comes from Karen Joy Fowler – the Booker-shortlisted million-copy bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Her new novel is Booth – an epic story about the infamous, ill-fated Booth family. Junius is the

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Fair vs fare

Q&A: Fair vs fare

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it’s all fair game… Q:

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42 inspiring quotes, mantras or words to live by

Recently, we asked our AWC community to share their favourite ‘mantra’ or words that inspire them each day. Having your own mission statement with which you live your life can be a powerful thing – highly recommended! A huge thank you to ALL of you who sent us your phrases,

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The Plant Hunter by TL Mogford

COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Plant Hunter’ by T.L. Mogford

‘A great adventure. Dripping with atmosphere and exotic life’ – WILLIAM BOYD This week’s giveaway book is The Plant Hunter by T.L. Mogford – set across two continents in Victorian times. We have three copies to be won. Here is the synopsis: 1867: Harry Compton is as far from a plant

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Jeanette Stampone, author of picture book Shadow and the Girl

Jeanette Stampone becomes a published author with debut picture book, ‘Shadow and the Girl’

Courses taken at AWC: 
Writing Picture Books
Presenting to Kids

When Janette Stampone came across AWC’s Writing Picture Books course, she was intrigued. She was on maternity leave and felt like the right time to take her writing seriously.

“Enrolling on the course meant I had actually invested in myself and my dream,” Jeanette says. “While I was taking the course, I felt a strong sense of ‘this is what I should be doing’.”

Jeanette’s decision to invest in herself paid off and she can now call herself a published author. Her debut picture book Shadow and the Girl has been released by Red Paper Kite with illustrations by Demelsa Haughton.

Read More »
Why is it a neck of the woods?

Q&A: Why is it “a neck of the woods”?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. Neck minnit… Q: Hi AWC, I’ve been

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What’s YOUR inspiration?

Here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we often teach the importance of harnessing moments of inspiration to spark your storytelling. These are a valuable and renewable resource – not only powering your writing, but also your own life’s story. Because just like a novel, sometimes your life needs moments of inspiration to

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Win Impossible by Sarah Lotz

COM CLOSED: WIN ‘Impossible’ by Sarah Lotz

This week’s giveaway book is the newly-released and irresistibly titled Impossible, from Sarah Lotz. This is a book with “the IMPOSSIBLE twist” – and we have three copies to be won. We’ll let the synopsis take it from here: Meet Nick: Failed writer. Failed husband. Dog owner. Meet Bee: Serial

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