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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 blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.

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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 blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.

    Meet Sandie Docker, author of 'The Banksia Bay Beach Shack'.

    Meet Sandie Docker, author of 'The Banksia Bay Beach Shack'.

    Meet Sandie Docker, author of 'The Banksia Bay Beach Shack'. Learn how to balance freelance and creative writing. Your Kid's Next Read is hosting a massive book giveaway. Discover tips on where to find ideas when writing for kids. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Banksia Bay Beach Shack' to give away. 

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    WRITER 322: Meet Susan Francis, author of the memoir 'The Love that Remains'.

    WRITER 322: Meet Susan Francis, author of the memoir 'The Love that Remains'.

    Meet Susan Francis, author of the memoir 'The Love that Remains'. Learn how to avoid social media burnout as a writer. Allison shares the cover reveal for her next book. Plus, there are 3 copies of 'Death in the Ladies' Goddess Club' by Julian Leatherdale to win.

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    • 51 min
    WRITER 321: Meet Julian Leatherdale, author of 'Death in the Ladies' Goddess Club'.

    WRITER 321: Meet Julian Leatherdale, author of 'Death in the Ladies' Goddess Club'.

    Meet Julian Leatherdale, author of 'Death in the Ladies' Goddess Club'. What do you do if you're on an author panel? Should you have a website if you're not published yet? Plus, there are 3 copies of 'The Mothers' by Genevieve Gannon to give away.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    WRITER 320: Meet Andrew Stafford, author of 'Something To Believe In'.

    WRITER 320: Meet Andrew Stafford, author of 'Something To Believe In'.

    Meet Andrew Stafford, author of 'Something To Believe In', a memoir of music, madness and love. What you should NOT expect from an agent. The Children's Book Council of Australia announces Book of the Year Notables 2020. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Cops, Drugs, Lawyer X and Me' by Paul Dale and Vikki Petraitis to give away.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    WRITER 319: Meet Lian Hearn, multi-million copy bestselling author of the 'Children of the Otori' series.

    WRITER 319: Meet Lian Hearn, multi-million copy bestselling author of the 'Children of the Otori' series.

    Meet Lian Hearn, multi-million-copy bestselling author of the 'Children of the Otori' series. Also, check out Berbay Books' callout for chapter books and junior fiction. Discover your chance to meet Allison! Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Mrs Groff's Mischievous Book of Motherhood Management' by Maggie Groff to give away.

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    • 48 min
    WRITER 318: Meet AWC alumna Charlotte Barkla, author of 'All Bodies Are Good Bodies' and 'Edie's Experiments'.

    WRITER 318: Meet AWC alumna Charlotte Barkla, author of 'All Bodies Are Good Bodies' and 'Edie's Experiments'.

    You'll meet Charlotte Barkla, author of 'All Bodies Are Good Bodies' and 'Edie's Experiments'. We share 12 things we've learnt from judging Furious Fiction. You'll learn how to market your book through guest posting. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Death of a Typographer' by Nick Gadd to give away.

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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Always entertaining

I love listening to your entertaining musings about all things associated with the craft or is it the ‘art’ of writing. Val’s passionate and, at times, dogmatic views are well tempered by Alison’s pragmatic, measured tones. Keep up the great work ladies! I have 5 years of banter and interviews to listen to before I get to 2020. How easy it is to turn back the clock 😊 Cheers, Dolores

@shannonanima ,

Writerly Walks with Motivation-Mutt

Val and Al accompany my writerly walks, inspiring my growth as an author from newbie with a notebook, to querying for an agent. I dream of being your novelist interview one day (I’m working on my top 3 writing tips). Many thanks from Shannon Anima, Blue Mountains and British Columbia

Nindm ,

Longing for Wednesdays

Every week, when I see the new SYWTBAW pod pop up in my library, my heart skips a little beat. I look forward to Val’s exuberant giggles and Al’s dry wit, and hang on every writing tidbit they feed me. This podcast has been the catalyst for my newfound passion for all things writing, and led me to the brilliant courses on offer at the AWC. I’ve done several and looking forward to a creative writing course with Al very soon. Keep up the brilliant banter, ladies - your expert advice is creating new and passionate writers like me every week!

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