VIDEO: Kate McCaffrey on her novel Double Lives
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by Australian Writers' Centre Team
2d ago
Kate McCaffrey is author of Double Lives, her first novel for adults. She is already experienced at writing young adult novels, which include Destroying Avalon, In Ecstasy, Beautiful Monster, and more. Kate is also working in several different genres from contemporary women's fiction to historical and middle grade books. She lives on the northern beaches of Perth with her husband, daughters, two Maltese Shih-Tzus and a cat called Not-Ruby. Here, Kate chats to Valerie Khoo, host of the podcast ‘So you want to be a writer’ and CEO of the Australian Writers' Centre ..read more
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Q&A: Where does “the whole shebang” come from
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by Dean Koorey
4d ago
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 have big shebang theories… Q: Hey AWC, I have a question for you. A: Good, because that’s literally your job here. Q: What’s the deal with “the whole shebang”? What exactly IS a shebang? A: Isn’t that a Ricky Martin song? Q: I prefer the William Hung version, haha. But no, I’m assuming it has nothing ..read more
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Ep 522: New York Times bestselling author of 20 books, Lisa Unger on Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six
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by Australian Writers' Centre Team
5d ago
New York Times bestselling author of 20 books, Lisa Unger on Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six. Having a multi-passionate career and how to use diacritical writing marks! And win Why We Sing by Julia Hollander. You can listen to the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or add the podcast RSS feed manually to your favourite podcast app.   Links mentioned in this episode WIN Why We Sing by Julia Hollander Buy So You Want to be a Writer – the book! Facebook group for So You Want to be a Writer Writer in residence: Lisa Unger Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally ..read more
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How AWC courses helped Luke Rutledge secure his book deal for ‘A Man And His Pride’
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by Australian Writers' Centre Team
6d ago
Luke Rutledge loves his job in communications, but was keen to scratch his creative itch. He had enjoyed writing as a child, but had stopped when life got in the way, before deciding to start again in his late 20s. After completing Novel Writing Essentials at the Australian Writers' Centre, he started writing the manuscript for what would become A Man and His Pride – his debut novel which is out now with Penguin Random House. “When I heard that one of the publishers at Penguin Random House loved my manuscript, my initial reaction was disbelief,” Luke told us. “I’m still pinching myself and str ..read more
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WIN ‘Why We Sing’ by Julia Hollander
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by Australian Writers' Centre Team
6d ago
“A memoir about the power of singing to make connections, to heal and expand our lives…” This week’s giveaway book is Julia Hollander’s Why We Sing – a memoir celebrating the power of song to lift our mood and restore our sense of connection to other people and the world. Here is a quick overview: Singing makes you feel good. Everyone who sings in a community choir or just in the shower knows this, and relishes the sense of liberation, connection and sheer joy that singing can bring. In this inspiring and thought-provoking memoir, singer and community music teacher Julia Hollander celebrates o ..read more
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3 ways to create compelling characters (who your reader will care about)
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by Australian Writers' Centre Team
1w ago
“Character drives story.” It’s one of those writerly maxims you hear over and over, and something I teach regularly to writers of all ages. But to make it work, you need to create a character your readers will care about enough to go along for the ride. For me, compelling characters are three-dimensional beings with strengths, weaknesses, quirks and voices all of their own. They’re always going to include a bit of you, a bit of people you know, and a larger bit that’s just all them. They want something that’s important to them (and clearly understood by the reader) and they have a clear and va ..read more
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Q&A: Where does “bingo” come from?
Australian Writers' Centre
by Dean Koorey
1w ago
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, bingo was its name-oh… Q: Hey AWC, my friend just got a rescue pup and named him ‘Bingo’. A: That’s cute. Q: Yeah. And then yesterday I visited my nan at her retirement village and we went and played. We won $15 and found out all the gossip about Cynthia and Albert. A: That sounds like fun. This seems t ..read more
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Furious Fiction December 2022 winner and shortlist
Australian Writers' Centre
by Australian Writers' Centre Team
1w ago
For the final month of 2022 (the 12th month, if you will), Furious Fiction entrants were set a curious collection of criteria. Here they are now: Each story had to begin with a 12-word sentence. Each story had to include the sale of a second-hand item Each story had to include at least five (5) different words that end in the letters –ICE. And so, in a trice, entries filled our office as writers rolled the dice and hoped their voice (and the odd literary device) would suffice and that those who police this story sacrifice would notice their attempts to entice, making a choice (without prejud ..read more
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Ep 522: Penelope Janu on her eighth novel ‘Shelter from the Storm’
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by Australian Writers' Centre Team
1w ago
Two writing apps to help develop your story. And meet AWC alumna Penelope Janu, who has just released her eighth novel! And win Bret Easton Ellis’s latest novel The Shards. You can listen to the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or add the podcast RSS feed manually to your favourite podcast app.   Links mentioned in this episode WIN The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis Buy So You Want to be a Writer – the book! Facebook group for So You Want to be a Writer Writer in residence: Penelope Janu Penelope Janu’s latest novel is Shelter from the Storm. She is a graduate of t ..read more
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VIDEO: Katie McMahon on her novel ‘The Accident’
Australian Writers' Centre
by Australian Writers' Centre Team
2w ago
Katie McMahon is a medical doctor and author of The Accident. Her first novel, The Mistake, was published internationally in 2021. Katie has also written articles for The Age and The Quarry. She grew up in Frankston, and now lives in Hobart with her family. Katie chats to Valerie Khoo, host of the podcast ‘So you want to be a writer’ and CEO of the Australian Writers' Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses ..read more
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