• Student Success Stories: Publishing deals with Harper Impulse and Walker Books

    The amazing publishing news just keeps on rolling in! In the last couple of weeks we’ve heard from two graduates who’ve scored book deals and just as many who continue to have success in the world of feature writing.

    First we heard from Susan Donovan (NSW) who completed the Write a Chick Lit Novel and Introduction to Novel Writing courses in 2012.

  • Australian novelist Stephen Orr on ego, observation and knowing when you’re ready to write

    Stephen Orr is an Australian teacher and author. In 2000 his manuscript for Attempts to Draw Jesus was a joint runner-up in the Australian/Vogel Award for an unpublished author. Since then he has published several novels as well as collections of short stories. His third novel, Time’s Long Ruin, based loosely on the 1966 disappearance of the Beaumont children in South Australia, was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the South East Asia and Pacific Best Book Award in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

  • At My Desk: Best-selling Australian author Karly Lane

    Karly Lane is the bestselling author of four novels, all of which are works of Australian rural fiction. Her love of rural towns and communities comes from a life spent happily living in the same town where her parents, grandparents and great grandparents all lived. Her most recent book, Poppy’s Dielmma, was inspired by a story Karly read about her own Mid-North Coast town of NSW, and the World War I hero who returned there in 1920 with tragic results.

We’ve moved!

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We’ve moved! That’s right, the blog of the Australian Writers’ Centre has found a new home. This is because we have a brand, spanking new website. We hope you like it.

Your blog – Writing Bar – will still give you a regular dose of all things writing and publishing, in a fresh new format. We’re keeping this blog here so you can still refer to our helpful posts and handy articles, but for all our new posts, see you at our new digs!

Perth Writers Festival: The event highlights and a chance to meet us

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This week heralds the return of the most exciting event on the West Australian writers’ calendar – the Perth Writers Festival.

This year’s festival has a new director in Emily Mann who has secured an impressive lineup. The opening address will be delivered by none other than Lionel Shriver, author We Need to Talk About Kevin. On the international dance card are also British writer Martin Amis, who will be visiting Australia for the very first time, and Eleanor Catton, who last year became the youngest Man Booker Prize winner in history.

Wacky Word Wednesday: Mumpsimus

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It’s said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but perhaps it would be more appropriate to say you can’t teach an old dog to give up his old tricks! That’s where this week’s wacky word comes in. If you were asked to describe the actions of that ‘old dog’ (or the old dog themselves) and you wanted to express your frustration at their obsitnance – even in the face of irrefutable facts – you would use mumpsimus.

Join our gastronomic adventure to Vietnam

Food and travel go hand in hand. Many travellers’ favourite experiences can be put down to a standout meal, discovering a new cuisine, or indulging in the food of a new culture. Even for armchair travellers there are a plethora of food and travel shows to whet the appetite of any budding foodie. For writers, travel and food represent the ultimate inspiration – a chance to mingle with the locals, sample amazing food, then write and sell features to newspapers, magazines and blogs.

Major publisher accepting picture book submissions

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Koala Books, an imprint of Scholastic Australia, has announced a rare and exciting opportunity for picture book authors and illustrators – the Picture Book Festival of Potential. From 10–28 February 2014 Koala Books will be accepting new picture book manuscripts and will also consider illustrators’ portfolios for work on future books. If you’ve been working on a manuscript for kids or you have a completed manuscript, read all the details below.

Wacky Word Wednesday: Petrichor

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It’s not often a word’s etymology can be so accurately pinpointed to a particular time. It’s also rare that the etymology would lead us directly to two Australians, but in the case of petrichor, that’s exactly what happens.

Petrichor is really a very beautiful word – even for one coined by researchers wanting to define a very particular chemical process.

7 Questions: Award-winning creative director and author Boyd Anderson

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Boyd Anderson is an Australian author of historical fiction. He is a former creative director in advertising and won numerous awards for his work at agencies in Sydney, New York and throughout Asia, including Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions at Cannes.

In 1997 he co-wrote his first novel, Children of the Dust, with colleague Rory McCourt. Since then he has published four novels himself – Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls, Ludo, Amber Road and his latest, The Heart Radical.

7 Questions: Author of the bestselling ‘Cliff Hardy’ series Peter Corris

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Peter Corris is an Australian author best know for his detective fiction series featuring private investigator Cliff Hardy. The series began with The Dying Trade, which was published in 1980. Since then, Peter has published over 40 Cliff Hardy novels, the latest being Silent Kill. He has won numerous awards for the series, including a Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing for Lifetime Achievement in 1999, and has been credited with reviving genuine Australian crime novels.

Student Success Stories: Publishing deals with Harper Impulse and Walker Books

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The amazing publishing news just keeps on rolling in! In the last couple of weeks we’ve heard from two graduates who’ve scored book deals and just as many who continue to have success in the world of feature writing.

First we heard from Susan Donovan (NSW) who completed the Write a Chick Lit Novel and Introduction to Novel Writing courses in 2012.

Australian novelist Stephen Orr on ego, observation and knowing when you’re ready to write

Picture: Naomi Jellicoe Source: The Advertiser

Stephen Orr is an Australian teacher and author. In 2000 his manuscript for Attempts to Draw Jesus was a joint runner-up in the Australian/Vogel Award for an unpublished author. Since then he has published several novels as well as collections of short stories. His third novel, Time’s Long Ruin, based loosely on the 1966 disappearance of the Beaumont children in South Australia, was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the South East Asia and Pacific Best Book Award in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

At My Desk: Best-selling Australian author Karly Lane

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Karly Lane is the bestselling author of four novels, all of which are works of Australian rural fiction. Her love of rural towns and communities comes from a life spent happily living in the same town where her parents, grandparents and great grandparents all lived. Her most recent book, Poppy’s Dielmma, was inspired by a story Karly read about her own Mid-North Coast town of NSW, and the World War I hero who returned there in 1920 with tragic results.

Student Success Stories: Articles published in Mindfood, Vacations and Travel and Women’s Health

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Welcome to our first edition of Student Success Stories for 2014. We’re really starting the year with a bang! Despite the recent holidays we’ve heard from many students who’ve achieved great things since 2013.

First we heard from Justine McClymont (NSW). Justine completed the Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing in 2012 and has just had her first two print articles published.

Early bird winners in our “That Summer Feeling” Competition – there’s still time to enter for the grand prize!

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If there’s one thing we love at the Australian Writers’ Centre, it is helping people start on their writing journeys. This week we congratulated the five early bird winners of our ‘That Summer Feeling’ competition with a brand new copy of Reinvent Yourself (valued at $97 each), our summer survival kit.

You can check out the winning entries here. The competition runs until Monday 6 January 2014 and is the perfect way for new writers to become part of our community.

Wacky Word Wednesday: Xmas

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‘Tis the season! For a couple of months now we’ve been bombarded with ads from retailers reminding us that it’s Christmas – or Xmas. We don’t really think much about this widely used abbreviation – Xmas – but it seems it’s quite a touchy topic for some people. There have been suggestions that retailers have deliberately ‘taken Christ out of Christmas’ to make the festive season a more secular event.

7 perfect gifts for writers

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There’s just one week to go until Christmas, but don’t despair – we know where you can find the perfect gift for the writer in your life. And if you happen to be one of those organised people who’ve already done all their Christmas shopping (and made the mince pies, and put up the tree, and sent your Christmas cards…) then consider this forward planning for 2014.