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I n a change of pace for the Book Club, in May we read and discussed a popular fiction novel – Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster. English-born Sara Foster now lives in WA and, in a former life, was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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We've got a special offer for all our newsletter and blog readers – discount tickets for Celebrity Theatresports®. The reason we're excited about it is because Sydney Writers' Centre presenter Geoff Bartlett is involved. Some of you will know that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
Last night we attended the announcement of the 2011 Australian Vogel's Awards at a reception at the Allen & Unwin offices in Sydney. Author Tim Winton presented this year’s award to Rohan Wilson for his book, The Roving Party. And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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This month our book club discovered Steve Martin is much more than just an actor and comedian (and accomplished banjo player). He’s also an author and playwright, with a long list of short stories and plays to his name. His... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
A momentous thing happened this week – a new word was created. Well, in the world of Associated Press that is. The leading news wire service decided that ‘e-mail’ is a relic and no longer needs a hyphen. According to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2011 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
For Australian authors this week has been a big one. Two major literary award short and long lists have been announced and it’s exciting to see so many familiar names, as well as some new authors. The short lists for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
Thanks for your comments, Jane. Hopefully we'll meet you at the next meeting! It's interesting that you felt you needed to read other books to know about all the characters. Temple does tend to use characters in all his books - some will have a walk-in part in one book and then be a main character in another. I kind of like that, but I can see it would be confusing if you haven't read any of his other books. I'm glad you stuck with it. And if you think you can handle it, I'd recommend reading it again.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2011 on Book Club at Australian Writers' Centre blog
The Sydney Writers’ Centre Book Club kicked off last week and 12 very keen readers joined us for some spirited discussion on this month’s book – Truth by Peter Temple. We were keen to start our Book Club with an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
The Australian book industry is buzzing with the news of the collapse of two of our biggest book retailers – Borders and Angus & Robertson. Everyone wants to know how this is going to impact book sales here and overseas,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
A rule’s a rule, right? Well, that depends on who you ask. Ask Australia’s sign-writers, the ones responsible for all those ‘Mens Toilets’ and ‘Womens Rooms’, and they may disagree. I bring this up because we have been discussing the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
Some very exciting news has just come through to the Sydney Writers' Centre. Former student Jessica Shirvington has secured a three-book deal with Hachette Australia for her first YA series! So far, the most articulate response any of us has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
Last week we gave away two tickets to see the great Joss Whedon at the Melbourne Town Hall. Obviously many of our readers are big Buffy fans, as we had a huge response to this competition! Joss Whedon's television series,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
Spring is almost upon us! Hopefully the warmer weather is helping you feel inspired to write as there are some great opportunities for writers coming up in September. First up is the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize. This is an annual... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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There’s been a lot of fuss about this book. For first time author Jeremy Chambers, the accolades must be gratifying - the cover has two gushing quotes from literary heavyweights Alex Miller and M J Hyland. I also heard a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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I don’t often argue with my family, but sometimes you just have to take a stand. And if that means upsetting both my mother and my sister, then so be it. But what could I possibly feel so strongly about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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I love writers’ festivals. I love the excitement and the passion of authors and audiences alike. I love returning home from a frantic day squeezing in as many panel sessions as possible, exhausted but somehow wiser. And I love that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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Rory Stewart is a stubborn man, which he would have to be to take on such an incredible and difficult journey. The Places in Between is his account of a walk he did in 2002 across Afghanistan. The country was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
We mentioned this competition last week in our newsletter, but it’s such a good opportunity I thought it would be worth letting blog readers about it as well. The East Gippsland TAFE Travel Writing Awards are on again. This is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
We’re heading into festival season for the second half of the year and, if you’re a committed festival-goer and don’t mind travelling up and down the east coast to get to three of the best, here are the dates you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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I know it’s been a long time since I ranted, but there’s been so much happening lately – writers’ festivals, a new training room, planning new courses – that I just haven’t had a chance to read as much as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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Last week was a big one for the Sydney Writers’ Centre. Not only did we begin operating from our new office, we were also awarded a NSW Telstra Business Awards in the Micro-Business category! That’s right, we are now the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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Live Poets are meeting on Wednesday 28 July at the Don Bank Museum in North Sydney, and this month they're welcoming two interstate guests. Melbourne poets Steve Smart and Randall Stephens will be performing and Les Wicks, poet and teacher,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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Happy new financial year! Last week’s frantic rush to 30 June saw us moving office, welcoming more new presenters and putting the final touches on some brand new courses. So, now that we’re all settled in our new office (and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
We love hearing from our students about their writing experiences and successes. In fact, we receive lots of emails every week from happy students. But this latest one is so unique we felt we just had to share it! This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog
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It was a big night for one Australian author last night. The Miles Franklin Award winner was announced at the State Library of NSW, and judges this year have selected a crime novel for this important prize – Truth by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Australian Writers' Centre blog