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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. 

So You Want to be a Writer Australian Writers' Centre

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    • 4.7 • 402 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 591: Jane Tara on her novel 'Tilda is Visible'.

    WRITER 591: Jane Tara on her novel 'Tilda is Visible'.

    Meet Jane Tara, who discusses her latest novel Tilda is Visible, where the female protagonist is diagnosed with invisibility as she progresses into her 50s. Jane discusses experiences of feeling invisible, implications on self-perception, the way society views aging, and the healing journey of self-discovery.

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    • 46 min
    WRITER 590: Jamelle Wells on going bush for 'The Outback Court Reporter'.

    WRITER 590: Jamelle Wells on going bush for 'The Outback Court Reporter'.

    Meet Jamelle Wells, author of The Outback Court Reporter. Both a newsreader and senior court reporter for ABC, Jamelle reveals the intricate and sometimes unexpected dynamics witnessed during her time covering diverse cases in city and rural courts. She chats about the cultural differences, compelling cases, struggles of court reporting, and the importance of accuracy and fairness. Jamelle also reflects on the writing process of her latest book, sharing personal experiences that intertwined her journey.

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    • 54 min
    WRITER 589: Natalie Murray on her contemporary romance novel, 'Love Just In'.

    WRITER 589: Natalie Murray on her contemporary romance novel, 'Love Just In'.

    Meet author Natalie Murray on her journey to becoming a writer and her contemporary romance novel, Love Just In. Natalie discusses how she's co-written novels, tips on how to work on characters and plot lines, and the benefits of doing courses at Australian Writers' Centre.

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    • 41 min
    WRITER 588: Liz Foster on her novel 'The Good Woman's Guide to Making Better Choices'

    WRITER 588: Liz Foster on her novel 'The Good Woman's Guide to Making Better Choices'

    Liz Foster shares her journey from discovering writing as a creative outlet during recovery from breast cancer, to becoming a published author with The Good Woman's Guide to Making Better Choices. The podcast episode explores Liz’s habits and strategies for success, including the importance of setting micro-goals, maintaining a daily 1,000-word count, and finding support in the writing community. She shares her experience using Scrivener and how she handled editing and reducing the length of her manuscript.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    WRITER 587: Stepping into Success with Author Jenna Lo Bianco

    WRITER 587: Stepping into Success with Author Jenna Lo Bianco

    Stepping into Success with Author Jenna Lo Bianco. Are you ready for the upcoming special writing event on Romance writing? Meet special guest Jenna Lo Bianco, author of The Italian Marriage, discusses her journey from aspiring writer enduring rejections to being a successful author. Jenna shares her strategic approach to market her book, the process of acquiring an agent and subsequently publishing her books, and her valuable writing tips on persistence, resilience, and knowing your niche. Author Nat Newman also joins to share a writing tip: 'Kill Your Darlings.' The show wraps up with a competition for Trish Bolton's Whenever You're Ready and the word of the week: 'Posology'.

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    • 52 min
    WRITER 586: Developing skills and techniques as an aspiring writer: Novelist Jo Riccioni reveals her secrets

    WRITER 586: Developing skills and techniques as an aspiring writer: Novelist Jo Riccioni reveals her secrets

    Developing Skills and Techniques as an Aspiring Writer: Interview with novelist Jo Riccioni. Host Valerie Khoo and Jo discuss Jo’s latest novel The Rising, the process of writing a duology, her love for fantasy writing, and the importance of cultivating a detailed and authentic world in fantasy literature. Jo also shares how she came up with names in her books and gives advice to aspiring writers on how to get started, from mimicking styles to joining a writer's group.

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
402 Ratings

402 Ratings

Annika JJ ,

Thank you

You ask the real questions that make this podcast always surprising and informative as a writer, there’s always a little nugget of insight, thanks Val

CiciaMisiu ,

Indispensable Resource for Writers

I’ve been listening to this amazing podcast for almost 2 years. Listening to other writers makes me feel like I’m part of the club: the invisible “writer’s club”.

Somehow, I’m allowed to vicariously live through the experiences of other writers. I share in their struggle and successes. And most importantly, I get to learn from their mistakes, which helps me to make less of my own.

Thank you “So You Want to be a Writer” podcast!

Sylvia Dziuba
Australian Author

📖📚✏️Etch ,

Amazing!

I love this podcast so much!!!

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