Category: Writing tools, apps and gifts

5 great holiday gifts for gifted kids

Let’s face it, all kids are gifted in one way or another! They may not all grasp the fundamentals of decimal places in maths, but they can complete a Rubik’s Cube in under five minutes. That’s gifted! They may struggle with grammar and spelling, but they have... read more

Top 10 most popular online courses

One of the great perks of writing is that you can do it while wearing your pjs at home, or sipping your latte at a cafe, or during your daily commute. It’s such a portable skill! So it’s no surprise that learning online is such a popular choice... read more

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

The curious business of naming colours

Being regular word nerds, we here at the AWC are fascinated by the huge range of imaginative names that companies come up with, particularly around colours. Take these interesting examples – Fiddlesticks, Alpha Centauri, Monastic and Cowardly Custard. They sound like the cast of a children's fantasy novel, not wall... 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

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