From police force to published author

Kerryn Mayne was on maternity leave from her job on the police force when she returned to her high school love of writing. She soon realised that her professional experiences of crime and policing could be useful when penning her own stories, so she fired up her computer and got down to work. With an outline for a new book idea, Kerryn enrolled in Creative Writing Stage 1 online at the Australian Writers’ Centre, so she could learn about the writing process and connect with other aspiring writers.

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Astrid Scholte: Now an award-winning author of young adult fiction

Astrid Scholte had always hoped to be published. In fact, she had the lofty goal of being published before she was 18. “I was a little ambitious! While it took me a lot longer I’m so happy to have achieved this dream of mine. I cannot wait to hold my book Four Dead Queens in my hands early next year, I’m sure there will be plenty of tears!” says Astrid.

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Emma Pei Yin’s journey to publishing success

“I rolled up my sleeves, signed up for as many courses as I could with AWC and just went from there,” Emma told us. 

After fine-tuning her skills, Emma perfected her manuscript and her pitch, and received offers from five literary agents before signing with Laurie Robertson at Peters Fraser Dunlop.

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Q&A: ‘Scold’ or ‘scald’

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, scold comfort… Q: Hi AWC,

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From police force to published author

Kerryn Mayne was on maternity leave from her job on the police force when she returned to her high school love of writing. She soon realised that her professional experiences of crime and policing could be useful when penning her own stories, so she fired up her computer and got down to work. With an outline for a new book idea, Kerryn enrolled in Creative Writing Stage 1 online at the Australian Writers’ Centre, so she could learn about the writing process and connect with other aspiring writers.

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Astrid Scholte: Now an award-winning author of young adult fiction

Astrid Scholte had always hoped to be published. In fact, she had the lofty goal of being published before she was 18. “I was a little ambitious! While it took me a lot longer I’m so happy to have achieved this dream of mine. I cannot wait to hold my book Four Dead Queens in my hands early next year, I’m sure there will be plenty of tears!” says Astrid.

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COMP CLOSED: ‘Shadows of Truth’ by Astrid Scholte

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Shadows of Truth by Astrid Scholte, author of League of Liars and Four Dead Queens. We’re so proud of Astrid’s success as she’s an alumna of Australian Writers’ Centre. You can also meet her on episodes 476 and 280 of our podcast.

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Q&A: ‘Leaped’ or ‘leapt’

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, leaps and bounds… Q: Hi

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WRITER 591: Jane Tara on her novel ‘Tilda is Visible’.

Meet Jane Tara, who discusses her latest novel Tilda is Visible, where the female protagonist is diagnosed with invisibility as she progresses into her 50s. Jane discusses experiences of feeling invisible, implications on self-perception, the way society views aging, and the healing journey of self-discovery. You can listen to the

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WIN ‘Body of Lies’ by Sarah Bailey

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Body of Lies by Sarah Bailey, bestselling author of The Dark Lake, Into the Night and The Housemate. We’re so proud of Sarah’s success as she’s an alumna of Australian Writers’ Centre. You can also meet her on episodes 437, 252 and

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7 Tips for Success as an Indie Author

by Jodi Gibson There’s more to success as an Indie author than simply writing your book and hitting publish. As an indie author, you’re not only the author but the publisher, marketing specialist and bookkeeper. And with all of those roles comes many responsibilities. With three indie published books under

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Q&A: The origin of ‘debunk’

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 a load of bunk…

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Furious Fiction: February 2024 Story Showcase

Welcome to February’s Furious Fiction story showcase – our monthly champagne-popping, popcorn-munching celebration of creativity! Here were the criteria/prompts that we asked for this month: Each story’s first sentence had to include something being POPPED.  Each story had to include a character referencing a FILM title. Each story had to

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Emma Pei Yin’s journey to publishing success

“I rolled up my sleeves, signed up for as many courses as I could with AWC and just went from there,” Emma told us. 

After fine-tuning her skills, Emma perfected her manuscript and her pitch, and received offers from five literary agents before signing with Laurie Robertson at Peters Fraser Dunlop.

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COMP CLOSED: ‘The Tipping Point’ by Dinuka McKenzie

This week, we’re giving away three copies of The Tipping Point by Dinuka McKenzie, award-winning author of The Torrent and Taken. We’re so proud of Dinuka’s success as she is a graduate of Australian Writers’ Centre. You can also meet her on episodes 526 and 427 of our podcast. This

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Q&A: The origin of ‘tomfoolery’

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, fool’s errands… Q: Hi AWC,

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COMP CLOSED: ‘Class’ by Stephanie Land

This week, we’re giving away three copies of Class by Stephanie Land, author of the New York Times bestseller Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. Class is a gripping narrative which explores the challenges of college, motherhood, poverty, and life beyond the experiences depicted in

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COPYWRITER 067: The Writing Life of Jewel Topsfield

As a leading journalist with The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, there’s not a lot that Jewel Topsfield hasn’t written about. Social affairs, politics, immigration, education, and global affairs are just a few of her specialty areas. Beyond journalism, Jewel is a sought-after speaker, lecturer at universities and schools,

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