Category: Writing news

Six courses to start this summer

As we come to the pointy end of December, you may be feeling particularly inspired to kick some goals in the new year. The holiday period is a fantastic time to ride that burst of motivation. We’ve lined up six writing courses that you can start RIGHT NOW. All... read more

AWC alumnus Sarah Bailey makes the 2018 Indie Books Awards Longlist

We were so excited to see Australian Writers’ Centre alumnus Sarah Bailey on the 2018 Indie Book Awards Longlist for best debut novel, The Dark Lake. According to the media release: “Established in 2008, what makes the Indie Book Awards unique is that it’s the Australian independent booksellers themselves... read more

We’re hiring! Amazing Administrative Assistant

The Australian Writers’ Centre team is growing and we have room for a full-time Administrative Assistant, based at our Sydney Head Office in Milsons Point. Please note: This role is not a writing-based role. This role won’t be a stepping stone for you to publish your novel... read more

Richell Prize 2017 Winner Announced!

From 579 entries, the judges of the 2017 Richell Prize for emerging writers managed to not only whittle it down to a short list, but they have announced the winner! Sam Coley has won for his work in progress titled State Highway One. According to the press release, this is... read more

Story-Fest 2017 brings poetry slam competition to Sydney

Story-Fest is happening in Sydney from 13-15 October 2017. It’s a three day-event culminating in the Australian Poetry Slam - National Final, which takes place at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 15 October 2017. Story-Fest is organised by Word Travels, a not-for-profit arts... read more

Steve Bisley book launch invitation

To celebrate the publication of All the Burning Bridges, the sequel to Stillways, Steve Bisley's acclaimed first memoir, Bonnier and Better Read Than Dead are launching the book at Leadbelly, 42 King St, Newtown NSW on Tuesday 12 October 2017, 6:00pm. Steve Bisley will be in conversation with... read more

The Richell Prize Long List 2017

It’s always exciting to see who made the Richell Prize long list, and this year is no exception. There are 20 fabulous writers on the list - and AWC alumnus Michelle Barraclough is on there with her work, As I Am. The Richell Prize has been running for 3 years... read more

Kendall Talbot on the 2017 Romance Writers of Australia Conference

Calling all romance writers! The 26th annual Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) conference kicks off in Brisbane on 11 August 2017. Attendees will be spoilt for choice with over 40 interactive seminars and workshops on offer as well as the conference’s highlight – the Romantic Book of the Year (RUBY... read more

Historical Novel Society Conference and Short Story Competition

The Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) 2017 conference will be held in Melbourne from 8-10 September 2017. Plus, they’re hosting a short story competition this year (more details below). We’re super excited about this conference. Three Australian Writers’ Centre presenters – Kate Forsyth, Pamela Hart and Natasha Lester... read more

Inaugural Writers Week in Port Lincoln, SA

South Australian writers, we have fabulous news for you. The first ever Eyre Writers Week is kicking off in Port Lincoln in April! There will be talks, and workshops on different aspects of writing. The Eyre Writers Week is part of the SALT Arts and Innovation Festival (22 to 29... read more

Holly Bidwell’s new creative companion

We recently ran a competition for our community and challenged you to bring your creativity to the Surface. This was your chance to win Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 (RRP AU $2799). The winner was Holly Bidwell from Canberra. Congratulations Holly! Holly has turned it into her constant companion. “The... read more

Shortlist for the inaugural XO Romance Prize announced

The shortlist for the inaugural XO Romance Prize has been announced! The XO Romance Prize is held by the fastly growing independent publisher Xoum Publishing. The competition was open to all Australian writers aged 18 and over with a completed, unpublished contemporary romance manuscript. According to guest judge Alexandra Nahlous... read more