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Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing and publishing. Learn practical writing techniques, go behind-the-scenes and discover how real life authors got their big break. Uncover the creative processes of writers who have made it.

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    • 4.7 • 366 Ratings

Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing and publishing. Learn practical writing techniques, go behind-the-scenes and discover how real life authors got their big break. Uncover the creative processes of writers who have made it.

    WRITER 403: Anna George discusses her latest novel 'Tipping' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 403: Anna George discusses her latest novel 'Tipping' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'Tipping' by Anna George. This is a funny, relevant and thought-provoking book. This is a bit of a departure from Anna’s previous two novels - the stunning thrillers 'What Came Before' and 'The Lone Child'. It has the same exciting pace, but this time Anna trains her focus on the domestic sphere, laying bare the challenges (and hypocrisies) faced by many modern women. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of the novel.

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    • 29 min
    WRITER 402: Nicola Moriarty discusses her latest novel 'You Need to Know' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 402: Nicola Moriarty discusses her latest novel 'You Need to Know' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'You Need to Know' by Nicola Moriarty. This is the latest novel from the bestselling author of 'The Ex' and 'Those Other Women' - and once again, Nicola has created an intriguing drama that will hook you right from the start and grip you right to the stunning end. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'Flash Jim' by Kel Richards to giveaway.

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    • 41 min
    WRITER 401: Kaneana May's 'All We Have is Now' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 401: Kaneana May's 'All We Have is Now' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'All We Have is Now' by Kaneana May. This is Kaneana’s second novel, following her incredible debut 'The One'. Kaneana has once again weaved together the story of three different women who run a wellness centre together. It’s a beautiful novel full of compassion, hope, love and friendship, all while tackling serious themes. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the prologue and first chapter of the novel.

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    • 32 min
    WRITER 400: Val and Al answer all your burning questions about the world of writing and publishing.

    WRITER 400: Val and Al answer all your burning questions about the world of writing and publishing.

    Episode 400 is all about YOU! Val and Al answer all your burning questions about the world of writing and publishing: how to edit, publishing a short story collection, getting an agent, career building and much more. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'Julia Makes it Easy' by Julia Morris to giveaway.

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    WRITER 399: Meet Craig Sisterson, author of 'Southern Cross Crime'.

    WRITER 399: Meet Craig Sisterson, author of 'Southern Cross Crime'.

    Meet Craig Sisterson, author of 'Southern Cross Crime'. Learn 8 practical writing tips from authors. Plus, our popular MOJO MONTH event is back in May, providing you with 31 days of writing motivation. We also have 3 copies of 'Where the Grass is Green' by Lauren Weisberger to give away.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    WRITER 398: Candice Fox's 'The Chase' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 398: Candice Fox's 'The Chase' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The Chase' by Candice Fox. 600 of the world’s most violent human beings escape Pronghorn Correctional Facility in Nevada, sparking the biggest manhunt in US history. For John Kradle, this is his one chance to prove his innocence, five years after the murder of his wife and child. He just needs to stay one step ahead of the teams of law enforcement officers he knows will be chasing down the escapees. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of the novel.

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    • 19 min

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4.7 out of 5
366 Ratings

366 Ratings

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Freakin’ Fantastic!

This is a recent podcast discovery of mine and it’s become utterly addictive. It’s now part of my every week and (almost) every day (I’m working on eliminating the ‘almost’). As a writer, this is brilliant, motivating and informative. But as a reader, it’s sublime as it reveals the inside stories into some of our much-loved novels. And the conversations between the two gals is like enjoying a cuppa with two besties. Even if you’re ‘not a reader’, I’d recommend it. Stories are the stuff of life and this podcast is brimming with them.

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I’ve only just discovered this poddy and by golly, you CAN teach an old blog new tricks.

I’m mid my life and have only just confessed to being a writer. Always have been, but apologised for my nature by calling it a hobby, nothing serious, dw I won’t put it out there.

Well guessy whato, here I come y’all and Val ‘n Al are helping me stay inspired and fired, and keeping the faith I do have a place in this world; which, if you read my memoir, I’ve NEVER felt my WHOLE life. X

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Weekly dose of inspiration

This fabulous podcast keeps me inspired offering a mixture of writing skills & the hilarious banter of Val & Al brings light to any dark day.

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