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Everything you’ve always wanted to know about succeeding 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. Your host is Valerie Khoo – author, journalist, creative and CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre. 

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    • 4.7 • 376 Ratings

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about succeeding 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. Your host is Valerie Khoo – author, journalist, creative and CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre. 

    WRITER 482: Anna Qu on her powerful memoir, 'Made in China'

    WRITER 482: Anna Qu on her powerful memoir, 'Made in China'

    Anna Qu on her powerful memoir 'Made in China: a Memoir of Love and Labour' and trying plotting and pantsing in your other creative pursuits. And we have 3 copies of 'Idol' by Louise O'Neill to give away.

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    • 46 min
    WRITER 481: Booktok sensation E. Lockhart on her latest novel, 'Family of Liars'

    WRITER 481: Booktok sensation E. Lockhart on her latest novel, 'Family of Liars'

    E. Lockhart on her latest novel, Family of Liars, and how her books went viral on TikTok. Should you fix typos as you write? And we have 3 copies of Book Lovers by Emily Henry to give away.

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    • 52 min
    WRITER 480: Bestselling author Kathy Lette on her latest book, 'Till Death or a Little Light Maiming Do Us Part'

    WRITER 480: Bestselling author Kathy Lette on her latest book, 'Till Death or a Little Light Maiming Do Us Part'

    Bestselling author Kathy Lette on her latest book, 'Till Death or a Little Light Maiming Do Us Part', why you should start small if you've feeling overwhelmed with your writing, and win the latest novel from bestselling middle grade author Nat Amoore, We Run Tomorrow.

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    • 50 min
    WRITER 479: Kids' author Matt Stanton on how he's sold over one million copies of his books.

    WRITER 479: Kids' author Matt Stanton on how he's sold over one million copies of his books.

    Children's author and illustrator Matt Stanton on how he's sold over one million copies of his books. How to get over your fear of self-marketing. And we have 3 copies of Seeking Wisdom by Julia Cameron to give away.

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    • 54 min
    WRITER 478: Author and columnist Kerri Sackville on her latest book 'The Life-changing Magic of a Little Bit of Mess'.

    WRITER 478: Author and columnist Kerri Sackville on her latest book 'The Life-changing Magic of a Little Bit of Mess'.

    Author and columnist Kerri Sackville on her latest book The Life-changing Magic of a Little Bit of Mess. Why audio books are so great! And we have 3 copies of True Friends by Patti Miller to give away!

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    • 50 min
    WRITER 477: Alison Stuart on creating a successful career as a romance author.

    WRITER 477: Alison Stuart on creating a successful career as a romance author.

    Meet historical fiction author Alison Stuart. Discover why you need to know the genre you're writing in. And we have 3 copies of 'True Friends' by Patti Miller to give away!

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
376 Ratings

376 Ratings

nlship ,

Writing Wisdom

I’m today’s podcast with Kerri Sackville, I learned that not all writers are novelists. Who knew? I thought all writers were aspiring novelists. You never know what gems of writing wisdom you pick up on this podcast.

nickywaywrites ,

Australian Writers Centre another great product

Hi Valerie and Allison, thanks for the great podcasts. I had listened to a few on my saturday morning walks to the dog beach with Goliath or Golly as we like to call him and was eager to go back and listen to all the early ones. Well be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. I had to drive from Thirroul/Wollongong to Brisbane a little while ago and while the kids watched DVD’s in the back I got to catch up to episode 30! I was so excited. I’ve just gone in last night to read the show notes. For the time poor of us it would be great if there were some website links in there, maybe that could be in a premium subscriber service. I also found it fun listening to them back to back and hearing what you too had been up to week on week. For Val travelling all over the country side for Allison it was and right up to ep 30 still is writing and writing and writing. And good to hear that you were both feeling great every week. This was motivating too, making me start to write and write more including this review. Looking forward to meeting you both at the meet up in December. Maybe procrati pup and Val’s cat’s could come along and meet to! Thank you again for a great resource for writers. One that they must listen too!!

Suebren ,

Listener in Japan

I’ve been listening to the podcast for a couple of years now. I really like the author interviews and always find something of interest, even if it’s not my genre. It’s also great to hear Australian accents, and two people who obviously like each other having a good time. What prompted me to finally write a review was that I used the word of the week ‘navvy’ in a short story this week!
“The girls wore jeans and tank tops and were tattooed like a pair of navvies”

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