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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 • 362 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 397: Meet Julietta Henderson, author of 'The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman'.

    WRITER 397: Meet Julietta Henderson, author of 'The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman'.

    Meet Julietta Henderson, author of 'The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman'. Discover how to write Regency romance. Plus, we have 3 copies of' World Travel' by Anthony Bourdain to give away.

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    • 57 min
    WRITER 396: Kirsty Manning's 'The French Gift' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 396: Kirsty Manning's 'The French Gift' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'The The French Gift' by Kirsty Manning. This is the latest breathtaking novel from the bestselling author, whose previous books include 'The Lost Jewels', 'The Jade Lily', and 'The Midsummer Garden'. This time, Kirsty takes readers from the French Riviera and a German labour factory in the past, to present-day Paris, weaving a tale of secrets, bravery and friendship. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of the novel.

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    • 35 min
    WRITER 395: Meet Debra Oswald, author of 'The Family Doctor'.

    WRITER 395: Meet Debra Oswald, author of 'The Family Doctor'.

    Meet Debra Oswald, author of 'The Family Doctor'. Discover how to write a verse novel and how to name your characters. We're excited about our brand new course launching this week: Historical Fiction. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'The Ripping Tree', a new novel from internationally bestselling author Nikki Gemmell, to give away.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    WRITER 394: Claire Thomas's 'The Performance' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 394: Claire Thomas's 'The Performance' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring 'The Performance' by Claire Thomas. As bushfires rage outside the city, three women watch a performance of Samuel Beckett's play 'Happy Days'. As the performance unfolds, so does each woman’s story. By the time the curtain falls, they will all have a new understanding of the world beyond the stage. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this intimate and engaging novel.

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    • 35 min
    WRITER 393: Meet Roland Perry, author of 'The Shaman'.

    WRITER 393: Meet Roland Perry, author of 'The Shaman'.

    Meet Roland Perry, author of 'The Shaman'. Congrats to those kicking big goals in the AWC community. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Chase' by Candice Fox to give away.

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    • 58 min
    WRITER 392: Meet Rebecca Lim, author of 'Tiger Daughter'.

    WRITER 392: Meet Rebecca Lim, author of 'Tiger Daughter'.

    Meet Rebecca Lim, author of 'Tiger Daughter'. Discover a great way to hear dialogue from around the world. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Dear Mum' edited by Samuel Johnson to give away.

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
362 Ratings

362 Ratings

WFFME ,

Love ‘em

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

Frompador ,

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.

JennaPretzel ,

Fantastic podcast

Such a fantastic podcast for writers. Every episode I learn something useful in regards to writing practices, things to consider when planning and writing a book, and also what to expect from the publishing industry. I get more out of these podcasts than I do my creative writing classes at uni.

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