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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 • 380 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 494: Kathy Reichs Cold Cold Bones

    WRITER 494: Kathy Reichs Cold Cold Bones

    Queen of Crime Kathy Reichs, author of Cold Cold Bones. What you need on your author website and more.

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    • 45 min
    WRITER 493: Patti Miller on her latest memoir 'True Friends'.

    WRITER 493: Patti Miller on her latest memoir 'True Friends'.

    Patti Miller on her latest memoir 'True Friends'. AWC graduates in The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald. Great read-it-later apps – and more.

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    • 53 min
    WRITER 492: Kimberley Starr on her latest novel 'The Map of Night'.

    WRITER 492: Kimberley Starr on her latest novel 'The Map of Night'.

    Meet Kimberley Starr on her latest novel The Map of Night. Also: check out Readwise and discovering to write with what you've gort.

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    • 40 min
    WRITER 491: Pamela Hart on her latest cosy mystery, 'An A-List for Death'.

    WRITER 491: Pamela Hart on her latest cosy mystery, 'An A-List for Death'.

    Meet Pamela Hart, author of An A-list for Death and discover the burgeoning world of cosy mysteries. Also: should you re-write a book that’s already been published, our new seminar series and much more.

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    • 47 min
    WRITER 490: Karen Foxlee and Freda Chiu on their book ‘Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters’.

    WRITER 490: Karen Foxlee and Freda Chiu on their book ‘Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters’.

    Meet author Karen Foxlee and illustrator Freda Chiu, the creative duo behind Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters. How to edit your writing. And win Lying Beside You by Michael Robotham.

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    • 51 min
    WRITER 489: Sarah Vaughan on 'Anatomy of a Scandal' and her latest book 'Reputation'

    WRITER 489: Sarah Vaughan on 'Anatomy of a Scandal' and her latest book 'Reputation'

    Meet Sarah Vaughan, author of ‘Reputation’ and ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’, currently a hit on Netflix. How to prepare for your publicity campaign. And Anthony Trollope’s secret to writing. You can also win ‘The Family Upstairs’ by Lisa Jewell.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
380 Ratings

380 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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