Wanted: Amazing Office All-rounder in our Sydney office.

This position has now been filled – thanks for your interest! The Australian Writers’ Centre team is growing and we have room for a full-time Office All-rounder. Please note: This role is not a writing-based role. This role won’t be a stepping stone for you to publish your novel – but you

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Ep 88 Meet Ellie Marney, author of ‘Every Word’

In Episode 88 of So you want to be a writer: Why publishers are giving million dollar advances to debut novelists. Should you write for love or money? Book hotels are now a THING. Also: why a female author wanted a male voice actor to narrate her books. WIN a copy of

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COMP CLOSED: Win Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters!

We’ve been given a Licence to Win this week, with two copies of The Man With the Golden Typewriter (published by Bloomsbury, RRP $29.99) to give away. The book explores the origins of James Bond and follows author Ian Fleming’s progress as he typed (on his golden typewriter) the initial

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Q&A: Apostrophe drama: Is it each other’s OR each others’ ?

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’ll get there, one way

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How to write great dialogue in a screenplay

Writing dialogue can be tricky at the best of times. But when you are writing a screenplay, it’s vital you get the right mix of realism, exposition and character development. So what can you do to ensure the dialogue you write hits the mark? 1. Be realistic with being real

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What’s YOUR 2016 writing goal? Tell us!

Whether you believe in its power or not, the presence of a new year being just around the corner is difficult to ignore. It’s often a time to take stock, look back at the past year and set goals for the next one and beyond. We often talk about our

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38 films about writers and writing

I have a confession to make. If there is one thing I enjoy just as much as reading a great book, it’s a great film that has a writer as one of its protagonists. I guess it’s that element of curiosity from a fellow writer to see exactly how this

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Ep 87 Meet Drew Chapman, author of ‘The King of Fear’

In Episode 87 of So you want to be a writer: Congrats to our presenter Judith Rossell for making the shortlist for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Allison Tait’s The Mapmaker Chronicles 2: Prisoner of the Black Hawk is one of the best middle grade books for 2015! Also: would you want

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2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists

Here are the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists. Below, you’ll find a super-duper list of amazing writers including our own fabulous Judith Rossell, whose book Withering-by-Sea has been shortlisted for the Children’s fiction section! Congratulations Judith! The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been going since 2008. The books below on

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Q&A: Brekky or breaky or brekkie? A delicious dilemma.

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 time for breakfast… Q:

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Editing and collaborating in Google Docs

This is a guest post from Tamyka Bell, a Brisbane-based writer and tech enthusiast who will test-drive any new writing tool at least once. You can find her at cwordcreative.com.au. Tamyka wrote this post when she heard Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait talk about using “track changes” in Word in

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“I got published!”: Penny Webb

We love hearing from our students no matter what they have to say, but when we hear of a student being published, we just want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re a little scared of heights, so we’ll go with a blog post instead. Penny says: Couple of wins

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COMP CLOSED: Win a 2016 Pilot Writer’s Diary!

This week’s giveaway is a book of a different kind – the 2016 Pilot Writer’s Diary! Here’s what the makers of this purpose-built item have to say about it: “The 2016 diary is a beauty! Pilot is loaded with inspiration, writing prompts and advice from industry professionals PLUS more than

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The Vault: Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is an author, speaker and writing teacher based in Melbourne. She has an MA in Creative Writing and runs writing workshops at different locations in and around Melbourne. Nicole’s first novel, The Whole of My World, was shortlisted in the 2014 Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA) and

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Q&A: Blue ribbon or blue riband?

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 handing out ribbons… Q:

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A.L. Tait’s The Mapmaker Chronicles optioned for film!

Great news from Australian Writers’ Centre presenter and podcast co-host Allison Tait. Her successful series The Mapmaker Chronicles has been optioned for film – snapped up by Australian production company Whoa Flamingo! Whoa indeed. And while that doesn’t mean you’ll be buying popcorn and watching it any time in the

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Newcastle Short Story Award 2016

Newcastle is host to gorgeous beaches, boutique shopping, and great cafes. But it’s also host to the Newcastle Short Story Award, with $3000 worth of prizes up for grabs. The judges this year are Newcastle’s own Michael Sela and award-winning short fiction writer Glenys Osborne. The competition is open to Australian residents

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How to format a screenplay

The world of screenwriting has its own unique set of rules. In particular, screenplays follow very specific guidelines and are a language unto themselves. Take a look at a portion of this sample screenplay provided by Screen Australia. If you want to download the PDF, you can get it directly from

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