Category: Writing tools, apps and gifts

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

3 books for writers this Christmas, by Australian authors

2017 is the year to achieve your writing goals. Is there a person in your life with dreams of one day becoming an author? If you know someone struggling to get their story onto paper then why not help them out this Christmas with these three awesome books for writers... read more

Write your way to a better life

Through our writing courses, we have helped thousands of Australians achieve their dreams of becoming better writers and even published authors. As anyone who has picked up a pen will know, writing is not an easy thing to do, so many people avoid it, even though they may dream of... read more

12 writing courses you can start right now

As the new year approaches so too comes the rush of excitement and motivation to achieve all of your writing goals. Don’t waste it! Here are a host of on-demand courses that you can do all in your own time, at your own pace. The best part is... read more

How to use the Snip tool to save hours at work

We’re all celebrating right now at the Australian Writers’ Centre because we’ve finally launched our new-look website. If you haven’t had a peek, check it out. We hope it makes your journey with us easier to navigate so that you can achieve your goals faster. Believe... read more

Novelist Natasha Lester on how she uses Scrivener

Bestselling author and AWC presenter Natasha Lester discovered Scrivener after becoming fed up with Word, and hasn't looked back! Check out this interview excerpt from our Facebook Live stream with Natasha at our recent Sydney meet-up, where she discusses how Scrivener was a game-changer for her novel... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win a Literary Tea pack valued at over $100!

It’s a special giveaway this week – with one lucky winner scoring a delicious tea pack from the Literary Tea Co! With a slogan that reads “Drink more tea, read more books” we knew this was a match made in competition heaven. Each certified organic tea is blended here in... read more

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 Tamyka wrote this post when she heard Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait talk about using “track... read more

Hack of the week: Make love to your apostrophe

When I’m using my smartphone, I almost develop a facial tick whenever I’m typing a word that needs an apostrophe. Usually, I’m on the go and want to minimise keystrokes and tap out a super quick message. But then comes a word that needs an apostrophe like... read more

How to use Scrivener to plan a book

I’ve written before about my love of Scrivener. And just when I thought I couldn’t love it any more, I find out something else about the program that makes me swoon! I’ve been playing around with Scrivener’s Outliner and I’ve discovered that, especially for a... read more

9 smart apps to make you a smarter writer

Want to be a smarter writer? Of course you do. Well, it’s going to mean more than knowing the difference between “its” and “it’s” (although, kudos for that too, by the way). These days, apps are where it’s at. Once you get beyond crushing candy, blitzing jewels... read more

3 more reasons why Scrivener makes writing a book easy

I recently blogged about how Scrivener was helping me to imagine all kinds of structural possibilities for my novel, because of the way it made setting up and manipulating the ordering of the scenes in my book so easy. In this post, I’m going to cover off three other... read more

Gifts for writers: Fifty Shades of "Yay"

Writers usually need a little organisation to balance their days. And the one place they spend the most amount of time is their keyboards. So it was only a matter of time before someone combined the two. There is nothing remotely complex about this gift idea from Poketo. It’s... read more

Gifts for writers: Penguin’s got it covered

The famous saying suggests that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. But that’s ridiculous. For starters, a book’s cover has its title on it, and the author who wrote it. Of course we’re going to judge it. Okay, yes, we are taking that rather... read more