Ep 003: How much should a copywriter charge?

In Episode 003 of So You Want To Be A Copywriter: People love being a copywriter for lots of reasons – it’s portable, you can write from anywhere, you don’t need a degree in writing and it doesn’t matter how old you are. But the real reason why people like writing copy is because it’s so well paid, especially when compared to traditional writing work like journalism, creative writing and feature writing.

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Ep 001: How to become a highly paid copywriter

In Episode 001 of So You Want To Be A Copywriter: What is copywriting? Why are so many people interested in becoming one? What does it take to become a successful copywriter? Is it possible to make a living from copywriting? How can you get started as a freelance or ad agency copywriter?

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Ep 384 Tania Blanchard’s ‘Letters from Berlin’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 384 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring Letters from Berlin by Tania Blanchard. Set in 1943 Berlin, 18-year-old Susanna Göttmann accepts the help of an influential Nazi officer to protect her family and the man she loves. But at what cost? Tania once again draws on her own family history to tell an extraordinary tale of tragedy and courage, love and loss, endings and new beginnings. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book.

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Ep 383 Meet Remy Lai, author of ‘Fly on the Wall’.

In Episode 383 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Remy Lai, author of Fly on the Wall. Discover the writing competitions you need to enter for 2021. Authors share the most surprising thing about getting published. Plus, we have 3 copies of The Paris Affair by Pip Drysdale to give away.

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Ep 382 Pamela Cook’s ‘All We Dream’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 382 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘All We Dream’ by Pamela Cook. Sydney lawyer Miranda McIntyre discovers family secrets and her quest for the truth forces her to question the life she’s worked so hard to create. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book.

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Ep 380 Penelope Janu’s ‘Starting from Scratch’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 380 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘Starting From Scratch’ by Penelope Janu. Return to the town of Horseshoe Hill and Sapphie Brown as she grapples with her injured pride, and questions if it’s standing in the way of true love. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this charming rural romance.

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Q&A: “In the box seat”

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 bums on seats…

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Ep 003: How much should a copywriter charge?

In Episode 003 of So You Want To Be A Copywriter: People love being a copywriter for lots of reasons – it’s portable, you can write from anywhere, you don’t need a degree in writing and it doesn’t matter how old you are. But the real reason why people like writing copy is because it’s so well paid, especially when compared to traditional writing work like journalism, creative writing and feature writing.

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Furious Fiction – the stories behind the stories

In February 2021, our monthly short story competition Furious Fiction celebrated three years in existence. And while the hope of taking home the top prize or being featured in the short and longlists each month is a big part of the fun, we also regularly hear from people who are

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Speechwriter’ by Martin McKenzie-Murray

“The ‘Black Mirror’ Australian politics has been waiting for.” – Zan Rowe This week’s giveaway book is the fiction debut of erstwhile speechwriter and Saturday Paper journalist Martin McKenzie-Murray. In The Speechwriter, he takes us on a frantic, funny, and surreal journey through the corridors of power. Here’s a quick

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Ep 001: How to become a highly paid copywriter

In Episode 001 of So You Want To Be A Copywriter: What is copywriting? Why are so many people interested in becoming one? What does it take to become a successful copywriter? Is it possible to make a living from copywriting? How can you get started as a freelance or ad agency copywriter?

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Q&A: “A shot or stab in the dark?”

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’re taking a shot in

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘The Four Winds’ by Kristin Hannah

She will discover the best of herself in the worst of times… This week’s giveaway book is The Four Winds – a deeply moving, powerful story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter, by the multi-million copy number one bestselling author Kristin Hannah.

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Ep 384 Tania Blanchard’s ‘Letters from Berlin’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 384 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring Letters from Berlin by Tania Blanchard. Set in 1943 Berlin, 18-year-old Susanna Göttmann accepts the help of an influential Nazi officer to protect her family and the man she loves. But at what cost? Tania once again draws on her own family history to tell an extraordinary tale of tragedy and courage, love and loss, endings and new beginnings. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book.

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Q&A: Edgeways vs edgewise

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’re taking the leading edge…

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6 tips for writing tight, compelling scenes

Scenes are the building blocks of stories. No matter how much planning or plotting or character development you do, sooner or later you have to dramatise that story via scenes. We sat down with bestselling author (and creator of our Fiction Essentials: SCENES course) Pamela Freeman to find out more,

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Ep 383 Meet Remy Lai, author of ‘Fly on the Wall’.

In Episode 383 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Remy Lai, author of Fly on the Wall. Discover the writing competitions you need to enter for 2021. Authors share the most surprising thing about getting published. Plus, we have 3 copies of The Paris Affair by Pip Drysdale to give away.

Read More »

Ep 382 Pamela Cook’s ‘All We Dream’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 382 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘All We Dream’ by Pamela Cook. Sydney lawyer Miranda McIntyre discovers family secrets and her quest for the truth forces her to question the life she’s worked so hard to create. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book.

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Q&A: “Shameless” vs “shameful”

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, shame on you… Q: Hi

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The most surprising thing about getting published

Finishing your book will feel like a huge achievement, and it is. You’ll have learnt a lot along the way. But the learning doesn’t stop there! If you’re submitting your book to get published, or you already have a book deal, there’s still plenty for you to learn. Here, five

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Ep 380 Penelope Janu’s ‘Starting from Scratch’ [Story Sessions series]

In Episode 380 of So You Want To Be A Writer: This ‘inbetweenisode’ is part of our Story Sessions series featuring ‘Starting From Scratch’ by Penelope Janu. Return to the town of Horseshoe Hill and Sapphie Brown as she grapples with her injured pride, and questions if it’s standing in the way of true love. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this charming rural romance.

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