How AWC graduate Julie Fison learnt to build suspense in her novel ‘One Punch’

Courses completed at AWC:
Crime and Thriller Writing
Copywriting Essentials

Julie Fison had been writing professionally her whole adult life, having worked as a journalist and published books for kids and young adults. But when she decided to write a novel for adults, she knew there was more she could learn. She turned to the Australian Writers’ Centre to hone her skills around plotting and characterisation.

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Crime fiction author and Australian Writers' Centre alumna Dinuka McKenzie smiling in floral shirt

AWC alumna Dinuka McKenzie becomes an award-winning published author with her book ‘The Torrent’

Courses completed at AWC:
Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder
2 Hours to Scrivener Power
Build Your Author Platform

Dinuka McKenzie was a busy working mum when she decided to start writing as a creative outlet. The more she wrote, the more she loved it, so she decided to complete a few courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre to hone her craft. After finishing her first crime manuscript, she entered it in the Banjo Prize for unpublished fiction – and then came the extraordinary news that she had won!

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Q&A: Origin of “saved by the bell”

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, bell-lieve it or not… Q:

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COMP CLOSED: ‘One Punch’ by Julie Fison

This week’s giveaway book comes from author and AWC alumna Julie Fison. She completed our Crime and Thriller course while writing her manuscript (check out her publication story here) and the result is her debut novel, One Punch. We have three copies to be won. A contemporary family drama following

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How AWC graduate Julie Fison learnt to build suspense in her novel ‘One Punch’

Courses completed at AWC:
Crime and Thriller Writing
Copywriting Essentials

Julie Fison had been writing professionally her whole adult life, having worked as a journalist and published books for kids and young adults. But when she decided to write a novel for adults, she knew there was more she could learn. She turned to the Australian Writers’ Centre to hone her skills around plotting and characterisation.

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Coloured gems Q&A valuable vs invaluable

Q&A: “Valuable” vs “invaluable”

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, something has a lot of

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Build your author profile in 5 simple steps

By Allison Tait. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s noisy out there in the publishing world. Hundreds, if not thousands, of books are being released every month, in print, ebook, and audio form, and making a book stand out in the hubbub isn’t easy. Which is why you have to

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Calendar of Australian writers’ festivals for 2022

With face-to-face events now back on the calendar, we’ve recently seen successful Writers’ Festivals staged in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, as well as many of the other lockdown-displaced festivals that were moved to earlier this year. But there are still plenty more to come. So, if you’re motivated to seek

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COMP CLOSED ‘Family of Liars’ by E Lockhart

‘Thrilling, beautiful and blisteringly smart – utterly unforgettable.’ JOHN GREEN This week’s giveaway book is the prequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller and TikTok sensation We Were Liars. The book is Family of Liars by E. Lockhart and we have three copies to be won – it even

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A woman wearing a yellow top and black headphones with a microphone in front of her, engaged in an interview.

The secrets of a great interview

By Allison Tait. Interviews are an essential part of life for freelance writers and content writers, but they’re often overlooked as part of the skill set you need to create a successful career in these fields. After all, isn’t an interview just about writing out a list of questions and

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Q&A: Let’s talk about “gossip”

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, did you hear? Q: Hey

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Crime fiction author and Australian Writers' Centre alumna Dinuka McKenzie smiling in floral shirt

AWC alumna Dinuka McKenzie becomes an award-winning published author with her book ‘The Torrent’

Courses completed at AWC:
Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder
2 Hours to Scrivener Power
Build Your Author Platform

Dinuka McKenzie was a busy working mum when she decided to start writing as a creative outlet. The more she wrote, the more she loved it, so she decided to complete a few courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre to hone her craft. After finishing her first crime manuscript, she entered it in the Banjo Prize for unpublished fiction – and then came the extraordinary news that she had won!

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Woman standing among confetti in front of pink background.

Winners announced for 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

The winners for the State Library of NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for 2022 have been announced, with a total of $295,000 awarded across 12 prizes. Congratulations to all of the category winners! According to the press release: NSW Premier The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP said: “The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Idol’ by Louise O’Neill

‘Follow your heart and speak your truth…’ This week’s giveaway book is from a standout voice in fiction, Louise O’Neill – author of Asking For It and After the Silence. Her latest is Idol, a riveting, compulsive and bold novel that asks how well we can ever really know those

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Ep 037: How to articulate your value as a copywriter

Would you like to turn your passion for copywriting into a six figure income? Then listen up, because Nikhil Rughani – Copy Connoisseur – did just that and he joins us on this podcast episode to share how. Did he have a background in copywriting Did he have a marketing

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Winner of the 2022 The Australian / Vogel Award Nell Pierce

The winner of ‘The Australian’/ Vogel Award for 2022 announced

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Australia for an unpublished manuscript. Congratulations to Melbourne-based author Nell Pierce who won The Australian/Vogel Award for 2022 for her novel, A Place Near Eden. From the press release: “Award-winner Nell Pierce was raised in Canberra where she

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origin of soapbox and soap operas

Q&A: The origin of “soapbox” and “soap operas”

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 in a lather… Q:

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COMP CLOSED: WIN ‘Book Lovers’ by Emily Henry

This week’s giveaway Book Lovers – a new chemistry-filled ‘rivals to lovers’ rom-com set over one sizzling August from New York Times #1 bestselling author Emily Henry. We have three copies to be won. Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is

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Woman looking worried about dealing with rejection.

Dealing with rejection: 5 tips for writers

By Allison Tait. Rejection is part of every writer’s life. Published or unpublished, beginner or established, every writer experiences the crushing emotion that accompanies a “sorry, not for us” or a “thanks, but no thanks”. The difference between writers who go on to have successful careers and those who don’t

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Short story competitions to enter in 2022

Is 2022 the year you share your short stories with the world? There are plenty of competitions and writing opportunities for you to challenge your creativity and get your work out there – with the chance to win some great prizes. Don’t know where to find these great opportunities? Well,

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