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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.

So you want to be a Writer with Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait: Australian Writers' Centre podcas‪t‬ Australian Writers' Centre

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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.

    WRITER 388: Meet Kelli Hawkins, author of 'Other People's Houses'.

    WRITER 388: Meet Kelli Hawkins, author of 'Other People's Houses'.

    Meet Kelli Hawkins, author of 'Other People's Houses'. Discover manuscript awards you should enter in 2021. Our sister podcast So you want to be a copywriter with Bernadette Schwerdt is here. A.L. Tait's 'Fire Star' makes the CBA list of notables for 2021. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Space Hopper' by Helen Fisher to give away.

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    • 55 min
    WRITER 387: Meet Gary Lonesborough, author of 'The Boy from the Mish'.

    WRITER 387: Meet Gary Lonesborough, author of 'The Boy from the Mish'.

    Meet Gary Lonesborough, author of 'The Boy from the Mish'. Discover the fab writers behind 'Lighthouse', an anthology of short stories. There's a new writers' festival happening on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Rebel Without a Clause' by Susan Butler to give away.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    WRITER 386: Meet Pip Drysdale, author of 'The Paris Affair'.

    WRITER 386: Meet Pip Drysdale, author of 'The Paris Affair'.

    Meet Pip Drysdale, author of 'The Paris Affair' and discover hot tips for writing arguments. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Speechwriter' by Martin McKenzie-Murray to give away.

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    • 49 min
    WRITER 385: Meet Felicity Lewis, national explainer editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

    WRITER 385: Meet Felicity Lewis, national explainer editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

    Meet Felicity Lewis, national explainer editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and editor of 'What's it like to be chased by a cassowary?' Discover short story competitions to enter in 2021 and how to take a good author photo. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Four Winds' by Kristin Hannah to give away.

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    • 57 min
    WRITER 384: Tania Blanchard's 'Letters from Berlin' [Story Sessions series]

    WRITER 384: Tania Blanchard's 'Letters from Berlin' [Story Sessions series]

    This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring 'Letters from Berlin' by Tania Blanchard. Set in 1943 Berlin, 18-year-old Susanna Göttmann accepts the help of an influential Nazi officer to protect her family and the man she loves. But at what cost? Tania once again draws on her own family history to tell an extraordinary tale of tragedy and courage, love and loss, endings and new beginnings. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book.

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    • 35 min
    WRITER 383: Meet Remy Lai, author of 'Fly on the Wall'.

    WRITER 383: Meet Remy Lai, author of 'Fly on the Wall'.

    Meet Remy Lai, author of 'Fly on the Wall'. Discover the writing competitions you need to enter for 2021. Authors share the most surprising thing about getting published. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Paris Affair' by Pip Drysdale to give away. 

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    • 50 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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