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So You Want To Be A Writer with Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait: Australian Writers' Centre podcast

By Australian Writers' Centre

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.

  1. 1.
    WRITER 250: Meet Robert Wainwright, author of ‘Rocky Road: The Incredible True Story of the Fractured Family Behind the Darrell Lea Chocolate Empire’.21 September 2018
    1:03:40
  2. 2.
    WRITER 249: Iceland Writers Retreat; and meet Dianne Blacklock, author of ‘Jack and Kate’.12 September 2018
    1:15:42
  3. 3.
    WRITER 248: Meet Penelope Janu, author of ‘On The Right Track’. And discover the one simple tip to get more writing done.3 September 2018
    1:02:05
  4. 4.
    WRITER 247: Meet Kayte Nunn, author of ‘The Botanist’s Daughter’. And submit an idea to Radio National for an audio series.27 August 2018
    1:02:50
  5. 5.
    WRITER 246: AWC graduates score book deals and win awards! And meet Tim Harris, author of 'Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables',20 August 2018
    49:25
  6. 6.
    WRITER 245: When to hire an editor. And meet Paul French, author of ‘City of Devils'.14 August 2018
    1:22:33
  7. 7.
    WRITER 244: How to get the right agent. And meet Anna Snoekstra, author of the YA thriller ‘Mercy Point’.6 August 2018
    1:04:54
  8. 8.
    WRITER 243: How to sell more books on Kindle. And meet Gabriella Coslovich, author of ‘Whiteley on Trial’.30 July 2018
    1:17:31
  1. 9.
    WRITER 242: How to write when you’re on the go. And we chat to Pamela Hart on her latest book ‘The Desert Nurse’.26 July 2018
    1:10:19
  2. 10.
    WRITER 241: Who writes fortune cookie messages? And meet Ali Berg, co-author of ‘The Book Ninja’.18 July 2018
    1:04:18
  3. 11.
    WRITER 240: The copywriter who cold called 500 places in one week. And meet Kirsty Manning, author of 'The Jade Lily'.11 July 2018
    1:10:49
  4. 12.
    WRITER 239: Why routine is the key to success as a writer. And meet James Bradley, author of 'The Buried Ark'.3 July 2018
    58:32
  5. 13.
    WRITER 238: What you need to know about pacing and beat sheets. And meet Belinda Castles, author of 'Bluebottle'.29 June 2018
    56:24
  6. 14.
    WRITER 237: Jane Harper’s tips on how to write a bestseller. And meet Megan Goldin, author of 'The Escape Room'.12 June 2018
    57:49
  7. 15.
    WRITER 236: Understanding ‘show, don’t tell’. And meet Kali Napier, author of 'The Secrets at the Ocean’s Edge'.6 June 2018
    1:07:25
  8. 16.
    WRITER 235: Animal farts on the NYT bestseller list. And meet children’s author Deborah Abela.28 May 2018
    1:15:29
  9. 17.
    WRITER 234: Meet Dr Anita Heiss, editor of the anthology 'Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia'.23 May 2018
    1:03:49
  10. 18.
    WRITER 233: Female artists get paid less than males. And meet Robyn Cadwallader, author of 'Book of Colours'.15 May 2018
    1:16:10
  11. 19.
    WRITER 232: Cockygate goes nuts. And meet Sami Lukis, author of 'Romantically Challenged'.9 May 2018
    1:16:54
  12. 20.
    WRITER 231: How to avoid the query stage with agents and publishers. And meet author Josephine Moon.2 May 2018
    1:03:14
  13. 21.
    WRITER 230: How to get into real estate writing with copywriter Donna Webeck.11 April 2018
    1:01:43
  14. 22.
    WRITER 229: Get into a writing habit. And meet Danielle Clode, author of ‘The Wasp and The Orchid’.6 April 2018
    1:10:42
  15. 23.
    WRITER 228: Meet the hilarious and charming Kerri Sackville, author of ‘Out There: A Survival Guide for Dating in Midlife’.29 March 2018
    1:01:30
  16. 24.
    WRITER 227: To celebrate National Indexing Day on 29 March 2018, meet indexer and crossword creator Denise Sutherland.19 March 2018
    1:03:47
  17. 25.
    WRITER 226: Kicking out a first draft fast. And meet true crime author Campbell McConachie.12 March 2018
    1:09:10
  18. 26.
    WRITER 225: Meet publishing consultant and self-publishing expert Joel Naoum5 March 2018
    1:03:59
  19. 27.
    WRITER 224: Common plot holes and how to fix them. And meet Eliza Henry-Jones, author of ‘P is for Pearl’.26 February 2018
    1:01:16
  20. 28.
    WRITER 223: How to turn your story ideas into amazing stories; and meet Sally Hepworth, author of ‘The Family Next Door’.19 February 2018
    1:06:19
  21. 29.
    WRITER 222: How to write for yourself when you write for a living. And meet children’s author Catherine Pelosi.12 February 2018
    1:04:15
  22. 30.
    WRITER 221: How to find your fiction writer’s voice and meet Jack Heath, bestselling author of 'The Hangman'.7 February 2018
    1:09:30
  23. 31.
    WRITER 220: Behind the scenes of ‘The Woman Who Fooled the World: Belle Gibson’s Cancer Con’ by Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano.29 January 2018
    1:12:29
  24. 32.
    WRITER 219: Discover ‘The Written World’ by Martin Puchner.22 January 2018
    1:01:05
  25. 33.
    WRITER 218: Top 10 writing tips from our favourite authors.15 January 2018
    49:59
  26. 34.
    WRITER 217: Travel writer Sue White reveals how you can write travel articles without leaving your home town.20 December 2017
    1:08:46
  27. 35.
    WRITER 216: Meet Brett Battles, who is earning more than six figures through his indie novels.13 December 2017
    1:24:06
  28. 36.
    WRITER 215: How to write a great police procedural. And meet AWC graduate and crime thriller novelist Sarah Bailey.6 December 2017
    1:10:16
  29. 37.
    WRITER 214: 3 questions Allison Tait has never been asked and meet Jackie French, author of over 200 books.30 November 2017
    1:14:46
  30. 38.
    WRITER 213: How to write your second book. And meet children’s author Lesley Gibbes.21 November 2017
    1:23:15
  31. 39.
    WRITER 212: How to pick the perfect book title, promote your book and build a mailing list.16 November 2017
    28:01
  32. 40.
    WRITER 211: Should unpublished authors have a website? And meet Lexi Landsman, author of ‘The Perfect Couple’.15 November 2017
    1:16:47
  33. 41.
    WRITER 210: Meet bestseller Deborah Rodriguez, author of ‘The Zanzibar Wife’ and 'The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul'.6 November 2017
    1:18:52
  34. 42.
    WRITER 209: Meet Jaclyn Moriarty, author of ‘The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone’.30 October 2017
    1:16:32
  35. 43.
    WRITER 208: What makes a good children’s book. And meet content writing expert Kath Walters.23 October 2017
    1:19:26
  36. 44.
    WRITER 207: We chat to actor and author Steve Bisley about his memoir 'All the Burning Bridges'.17 October 2017
    1:23:33
  37. 45.
    WRITER 206: Get clients as a ghostwriter and how to write as a young male protagonist when you are a female author.14 October 2017
    26:04
  38. 46.
    WRITER 205: Meet executive director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner, author of ‘Pep Talks for Writers’.13 October 2017
    1:16:58
  39. 47.
    WRITER 204: Meet internationally best selling author Kate Forsyth.4 October 2017
    1:11:24
  40. 48.
    WRITER 203: Approaching agents, our “go to” writing apps, how to target YA readers, and does editing get easier?28 September 2017
    28:19
  41. 49.
    WRITER 202: Big freelance pitching mistakes. And meet Torre DeRoche, author of ‘The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World’.26 September 2017
    1:05:00
  42. 50.
    WRITER 201: How to teach your kids to write a good story. And meet Tristan Bancks, author of ‘The Fall’.18 September 2017
    1:11:07
  43. 51.
    WRITER 200: What is it like to be Obama’s speechwriter? And meet Shankari Chandran, author of 'The Barrier'.11 September 2017
    1:25:56
  44. 52.
    WRITER 199: What’s the difference between a structural edit, copy edit and proofread? And more.7 September 2017
    26:39
  45. 53.
    WRITER 198: What writing for children can teach you about writing fiction. And Jacqueline Harvey, author of the Alice-Miranda series.4 September 2017
    1:21:27
  46. 54.
    WRITER 197: Is my memoir interesting enough? How to give feedback on horror when you don’t read it.31 August 2017
    27:48
  47. 55.
    WRITER 196: Cool character development exercises. And meet Garry Disher, author of ‘Her’.28 August 2017
    1:16:41
  48. 56.
    WRITER 195: Do I need a travel blog? Converting typewritten pages into Word docs – and more.24 August 2017
    18:08
  49. 57.
    WRITER 194: Crime writer arrested for alleged murder admits his guilt. Meet Sophie Green, author of “The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club”.21 August 2017
    1:23:10
  50. 58.
    WRITER 193: How to use subplots to bring your story together. Meet Catherine Jinks, author of ‘Charlatan'.14 August 2017
    1:19:07
  51. 59.
    WRITER 192: Can you submit to multiple publishers as the same time? What to do when your novel is stuck.10 August 2017
    19:13
  52. 60.
    WRITER 191: Writing movie ‘tie-in’ books. And Patti Miller on her new book ‘Writing True Stories’.9 August 2017
    1:13:10
  53. 61.
    WRITER 190: Meet award-winning author Tamsin Janu on her third novel ‘Blossom’.3 August 2017
    38:00
  54. 62.
    WRITER 189: Meet author Louise Park, who writes under three pseudonyms.1 August 2017
    1:20:53
  55. 63.
    WRITER 188: Is Wattpad useful? Should you send interviewees your article to approve?27 July 2017
    27:45
  56. 64.
    WRITER 187: $20,000 prize for writing 100 words. And meet Matthew Benns, author of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.24 July 2017
    1:09:56
  57. 65.
    WRITER 186: Do you need to experience what your character goes through? We chat to Natasha Lester about her new book “Her Mother’s Secret”.17 July 2017
    1:14:07
  58. 66.
    WRITER 185: Have you started your book in the right place? And meet picture book author and AWC alumni Shelly Unwin.6 July 2017
    39:11
  59. 67.
    WRITER 184: How to launch your blog with your book in mind. Meet Nicole Alexander, author of ‘An Uncommon Woman’.3 July 2017
    1:16:51
  60. 68.
    WRITER 183: Meet Andrew Marmont, author of 'Their Finest Hour'.29 June 2017
    32:33
  61. 69.
    WRITER 182: How to use a plotting chart in your redrafting process. And meet Hardie Grant Egmont publisher Marisa Pintado.26 June 2017
    1:31:08
  62. 70.
    WRITER 181: How to prepare for author talks; and meet 2017 Finch Memoir Prize winner Anne Tonner, author of Cold Vein.22 June 2017
    39:12
  63. 71.
    WRITER 180: How to choose and set up a pen name; And meet Ben Hobson, author of 'To Become a Whale'.20 June 2017
    1:24:46
  64. 72.
    WRITER 179: Do publishers like rhyming picture books? And techniques to edit and revise without going through hell.15 June 2017
    24:05
  65. 73.
    WRITER 178: The changing expectations of emerging writers. And we chat to Emily Gale, author of 'The Other Side of Summer'.13 June 2017
    1:15:23
  66. 74.
    WRITER 177: How to self-publish, author branding when you write for multiple genres, are you writing “new adult” fiction?5 June 2017
    35:44
  67. 75.
    WRITER 176: Meet Lauren Child, author of the ‘Charlie and Lola’ and ‘Ruby Redfort’ series.29 May 2017
    1:17:36
  68. 76.
    WRITER 175: What kind of blogging routine do you need as a writer? And meet 2017 Vogel winner Marija Pericic.25 May 2017
    39:26
  69. 77.
    WRITER 174: The 3 different types of editing you need. And meet Jenevieve Chang, author of “The Good Girl of Chinatown”.23 May 2017
    1:19:04
  70. 78.
    WRITER 173: How to improve your writing. And meet Anne Trubek, author of “The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting”.18 May 2017
    35:39
  71. 79.
    WRITER 172: We review Amazon’s Whispersync for Voice. And meet Anna Daniels, author of "Girl in Between".16 May 2017
    1:09:34
  72. 80.
    WRITER 171: Do young adult books needs to be set in the present day? What's the most efficient way to receive international payments?11 May 2017
    15:11
  73. 81.
    WRITER 170: Who gets to write a Star Wars book? And meet archaeologist turned author Brenna Hassett.9 May 2017
    1:17:11
  74. 82.
    WRITER 169: 50th anniversary of “The Outsiders”. And meet children’s picture book author Zanni Louise.1 May 2017
    1:19:10
  75. 83.
    WRITER 168: Meet the incredibly prolific and talented Pamela Hart, author of "A Letter to Italy".27 April 2017
    50:02
  76. 84.
    WRITER 167: How to work with beta readers. And Australian Idol judge turned barrister Mark Holden on his memoir.25 April 2017
    1:22:46
  77. 85.
    WRITER 166: How to get over your wall of self-doubt. And meet Rachael Lucas, author of ‘The State of Grace’.17 April 2017
    1:08:55
  78. 86.
    WRITER 165: How do you layer more detail into your novel? And how to avoid bright shiny object syndrome when you’re writing.13 April 2017
    21:00
  79. 87.
    WRITER 164: Write an award-winning screenplay on your commute. And meet author of 'Secrets of a Beauty Queen' Stephanie Darling.9 April 2017
    1:12:48
  80. 88.
    WRITER 163: New opportunities in content and custom publishing; And meet Samone Bos, who evolved her blog into the book ‘Momo Freaks Out’.3 April 2017
    54:59
  81. 89.
    WRITER 162: What genre am I writing in? And meet Bridget Isichei, author of 'Road No Good'.29 March 2017
    36:00
  82. 90.
    WRITER 161: A playlist for writer’s block. Plus meet Allen & Unwin publisher Louise Thurtell.28 March 2017
    1:08:24
  83. 91.
    WRITER 160: How to get effective feedback on your writing. And meet Harrison Young, author of ‘The Daughters of Henry Wong’.21 March 2017
    1:14:47
  84. 92.
    WRITER 159: Do I need an overseas literary agent? And meet Penelope Janu, author of ‘In at the Deep End’.16 March 2017
    25:41
  85. 93.
    WRITER 158: The differences between crime, mystery and thriller novels. And meet Carole Wilkinson, author of the Dragonkeeper series.13 March 2017
    1:12:55
  86. 94.
    WRITER 157: Do I need to visit a place I write about? Has someone stolen my work?9 March 2017
    22:31
  87. 95.
    WRITER 156: Lessons from a debut novelist’s journey in book marketing. And meet Caroline Baum, author of ‘Only: A Singular Memoir’.6 March 2017
    1:11:00
  88. 96.
    WRITER 155: How do I write my back cover blurb? Am I a prolific writer?5 March 2017
    23:20
  89. 97.
    WRITER 154: How to be more creative in 10 minutes a day. And Hilary Spiers, author of “Love, Lies and Linguine”.1 March 2017
    1:16:55
  90. 98.
    WRITER 153: Do you need an agent? Am I a real writer if I write children's books?25 February 2017
    25:21
  91. 99.
    WRITER 152: How to write historical fiction. And meet David Crystal, author of ‘Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar’.21 February 2017
    1:10:21
  92. 100.
    WRITER 151: When you can call yourself a writer, and how to pitch your series fiction.16 February 2017
    17:56
  93. 101.
    WRITER 150: How to write dialogue. And meet author and illustrator Tania McCartney.14 February 2017
    1:07:27
  94. 102.
    WRITER 149: Story timeline dilemmas and pen names.10 February 2017
    26:47
  95. 103.
    WRITER 148: How to research your genre. And meet Vanessa Carnevale, author of ‘The Florentine Bridge’.6 February 2017
    1:10:53
  96. 104.
    WRITER 147: World building, rugby league and stealing someone's story.2 February 2017
    34:15
  97. 105.
    WRITER 146: How to do a structural edit. And meet Nicole Hayes, author of ‘A Shadow’s Breath’.1 February 2017
    1:14:56
  98. 106.
    WRITER 145: Writing under a pen name; and publishing options for a parenting book.26 January 2017
    22:26
  99. 107.
    WRITER 144: 5 things you can learn by writing every day. And meet children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.25 January 2017
    1:04:23
  100. 108.
    WRITER 143: Smutty fiction and bank accounts19 January 2017
    20:38
  101. 109.
    WRITER 142: The latest plagiarism scandal. And meet Jarett Kobek, author of the runaway hit “I Hate the Internet”.18 January 2017
    1:12:24
  102. 110.
    WRITER 141: Awesome hacks that will give you more time to write. And meet Kristel Thornell, author of “On the Blue Train”.9 January 2017
    1:14:18
  103. 111.
    WRITER 140: Bring your personality into your author platform. And meet Beatrice Colin, author of “To Capture What We Cannot Keep”.8 January 2017
    1:16:07
  104. 112.
    WRITER 139: How to use your holidays to prepare for 2017. And meet Mark Tedeschi QC, author of “Murder at Myall Creek”.19 December 2016
    1:11:51
  105. 113.
    WRITER 138: The daily writing habit you need; And meet young adult author Rachael Craw.14 December 2016
    1:20:40
  106. 114.
    WRITER 137: Get this random writing prompt generator. And meet award-winning author Hannah Kent.5 December 2016
    1:24:41
  107. 115.
    WRITER 136: Stop having a “romantic fantasy” about your life as a writer. And meet rural romance sensation, Karly Lane.28 November 2016
    1:07:27
  108. 116.
    WRITER 135: A new book on pronunciation; and meet Laura Greaves, author of “Incredible Dog Journeys”.23 November 2016
    1:06:02
  109. 117.
    WRITER 134: How to improve your dialogue. And children’s author Wendy Orr on how her book was turned into a Hollywood movie starring Jodie Foster.17 November 2016
    1:18:27
  110. 118.
    WRITER 133: We talk to “Divergent” author Veronica Roth about her new book “Carve The Mark”.8 November 2016
    1:23:16
  111. 119.
    WRITER 132: Should you review other authors’ books? And meet Duncan McNab, author of the true crime story of Roger Rogerson.1 November 2016
    1:18:20
  112. 120.
    WRITER 131: Can you really buy book awards? And meet songwriter and novelist Holly Throsby.24 October 2016
    1:17:06
  113. 121.
    WRITER 130: How to say “YES” to your writing career. And meet actor, children’s book writer and illustrator Richard Roxburgh.18 October 2016
    1:12:30
  114. 122.
    WRITER 129: How did Candice Fox co-write with James Patterson? Meet Giuseppe Poli, IT guy by day, children’s book illustrator by night.11 October 2016
    1:26:08
  115. 123.
    WRITER 128: Can your short story turn into a novel? And meet Katherine Johnson, author of “The Better Son”6 October 2016
    1:10:22
  116. 124.
    WRITER 127: How to write better dialogue, what writers really earn, and meet author Jay Kristoff.27 September 2016
    1:23:23
  117. 125.
    WRITER 126: What makes you stop reading a book? How to be interviewed as a writer. And meet memoirist Toni Tapp Coutts.20 September 2016
    1:10:49
  118. 126.
    WRITER 125: Can you be a successful freelance writer with a pen name? And meet science writer Sarah Keenihan.13 September 2016
    1:02:35
  119. 127.
    WRITER 124: The biggest mistake writers make when applying for jobs. And Nathan Besser, author of “Man in the Corner”.5 September 2016
    1:15:06
  120. 128.
    WRITER 123: How to write a memoir about a painful experience. Meet Louise Doughty, author of "Black Water".29 August 2016
    1:11:19
  121. 129.
    WRITER 122: You’ve written your first draft: now what? And meet AWC graduate Fleur Ferris, author of "Black".22 August 2016
    1:14:24
  122. 130.
    WRITER 121: What other writers can teach you about writing, and meet James Phelps, author of “Australia’s Toughest Prisons: Inmates”.15 August 2016
    1:03:55
  123. 131.
    WRITER 120: How to write for magazines; and Alan Baxter, author of the dark, weird and fantastic.9 August 2016
    1:26:31
  124. 132.
    WRITER 119: Smart ways to publicise your book and meet L.A. Larkin, author of the new thriller “Devour”.1 August 2016
    1:27:58
  125. 133.
    WRITER 118: The huge self-publishing success of romance writers, and meet author John Birmingham.26 July 2016
    1:33:22
  126. 134.
    WRITER 117: Author Nova Weetman, new doco on romance writing and 6 tips for getting more traffic on your author blog.19 July 2016
    1:05:50
  127. 135.
    WRITER 116: Meet Kimberly McCreight, bestselling author of “The Outliers”.11 July 2016
    1:08:02
  128. 136.
    WRITER 115: Hip hop in schools to encourage appreciation of literature. Meet journalist Jennifer Hansen, author of “Making Headlines”.5 July 2016
    56:18
  129. 137.
    WRITER 114: Are you afraid to listen to your own audiobook? Is cursive writing now obsolete? Meet graphic novelist Shane W Smith.28 June 2016
    1:01:48
  130. 138.
    WRITER 113: Why women are killing it in crime writing and meet author Belinda Murrell.20 June 2016
    1:14:25
  131. 139.
    WRITER 112: How to make an editor happy and meet romance writer Kylie Scott.15 June 2016
    1:14:18
  132. 140.
    WRITER 111: What really goes on in an author's day. And meet Steve Lewis, co-author of "Secret City"9 June 2016
    1:16:19
  133. 141.
    WRITER 110: Turn your "off" writing days into "on" days and meet author of “The Paper House” Anna Spargo-Ryan.31 May 2016
    1:19:25
  134. 142.
    WRITER 109: Breaking up with your novel, what to look for in a writers’ group and meet author Sue Whiting.24 May 2016
    1:16:57
  135. 143.
    WRITER 108: Why you should consider writing longhand and meet publishing doyenne Marina Go, author of “Break Through: 20 Success Strategies For Female Leaders”.18 May 2016
    1:15:22
  136. 144.
    WRITER 107: Do skinny pretty writers get more book deals? And meet Sonya Voumard, author of “The Media and the Massacre”.11 May 2016
    1:08:08
  137. 145.
    WRITER 106: Write bestselling books on your daily commute, and meet Natasha Lester, author of “A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald”.3 May 2016
    1:19:41
  138. 146.
    WRITER 105: Get into the mind of your character with Method Writing; and meet journalist turned novelist Kayte Nunn, author of “Rose’s Vintage”.19 April 2016
    49:36
  139. 147.
    WRITER 104: The woman who plagiarised another author’s novels; win $10,000; Meet Pamela Hart, author of “The War Bride”.12 April 2016
    1:10:07
  140. 148.
    WRITER 103: Children’s writing competition scam; what disgraced journalist Stephen Glass is up to now; and children’s author Meg McKinlay.5 April 2016
    59:27
  141. 149.
    WRITER 102: How walking can make you a better writer. And Alexandra Joel, author of "Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story".30 March 2016
    57:24
  142. 150.
    WRITER 101: Women in 20s and 30s loving “grip lit”; And meet Andrew Faulkner, author of “Stone Cold”, about Australia’s deadliest soldier.23 March 2016
    1:03:33
  143. 151.
    WRITER 100: To plot or not; what authors should write on their blog; and Graeme Simsion on his success since The Rosie Project.15 March 2016
    1:02:18
  144. 152.
    WRITER 099: How writing crime has changed recently; the increasing demand for content writers; and picture book author Emma Allen.9 March 2016
    1:08:46
  145. 153.
    WRITER 098: How to get your book to be an Amazon bestseller for $3; Confessions of a ghostwriter. And children’s author Jen Storer.2 March 2016
    1:20:18
  146. 154.
    WRITER 097: Would you write differently if you were anonymous? What NOT to do when you start a novel; and meet thriller author Adrian McKinty.23 February 2016
    1:19:19
  147. 155.
    WRITER 096: The life of a Hallmark card writer, how to write a press release, and meet author Hazel Edwards.16 February 2016
    1:11:09
  148. 156.
    WRITER 095: Chuck Palahniuk’s writing tips, the number one problem with backstory, 42 old English insults, 10 questions to ask before launching your author website, 100 best websites for writers, and how to motivate yourself to edit and rewrite. And mee9 February 2016
    1:05:47
  149. 157.
    WRITER 094: How to avoid distractions from writing, discover this re-usable notebook, enter the world of “blooks”, and meet slayer of weasel words Don Watson. Also how to equip yourself to be interviewed as an author and win a signed copy of “Wither2 February 2016
    1:15:24
  150. 158.
    WRITER 093: What writers need to know about defamation when writing memoirs, win a writer’s residency in a bridge, a tax return hailed as a masterpiece in contemporary fiction, and how to juggle multiple writing projects. Meet thriller author Jaye Ford,27 January 2016
    1:03:19
  151. 159.
    WRITER 092: Meet Holly Seddon, journo-turned-author of psychological thriller “Try Not to Breathe”. The fate of CLEO and Penthouse, copyediting mistakes to avoid, Notability app, when to pitch to magazines.20 January 2016
    1:12:26
  152. 160.
    WRITER 091: Our step-by-step guide on how to achieve your writing goals in 2016. How to know you’re dating a writer, beware this fake Penguin publicist, do you know where to put plot points? And much more!12 January 2016
    46:22
  153. 161.
    WRITER 090: Margaret Atwood is writing a graphic novel, writing rituals, how to get to know your characters and name them, Don Watson’s Worst Words, enter our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway of 12 books, and the best of 2015. Chat to you next year!16 December 2015
    39:34
  154. 162.
    WRITER 089: Do you mourn the loss of a character? How to write a killer elevator pitch for your book, 10 over-writing traps to avoid, what’s your 2016 writing goal? Win in our “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway; how to pitch to bloggers; and Amazon’s14 December 2015
    1:11:05
  155. 163.
    WRITER 088: Why publishers give million dollar advances; should you write for love or money; book hotels, and why one female author wanted a male voice to narrate her books. Win a copy of The Man With the Golden Typewriter by Fergus Fleming. Check out the9 December 2015
    1:05:47
  156. 164.
    WRITER 087: How to write your next novel in a castle for a month (for free!); why your self-published book needs a professional cover; words you need to cut from your writing; why writers need to get used to playing the waiting game. Win a copy of the nov1 December 2015
    1:10:47
  157. 165.
    WRITER 086: “Yaas” is added to dictionary, British writer tracks down teen who gave him a bad review and cracks a bottle of wine on her head; and can you promote a book without making yourself miserable? Dictionary of English Down The Ages. And meet f17 November 2015
    1:14:44
  158. 166.
    WRITER 085: How should freelance writers determine their “happy price”, why you don’t need tragedy in your story, how to save money on editing, inspirational six word writing tips, book giveaway: Prick with a Fork by Larissa Dubecki. Also: 10 novels6 November 2015
    1:06:48
  159. 167.
    WRITER 084: The rise of freelance writers, should you try a co-working space? How to trim your manuscript to a workable word count, “Story” by Robert McKee, writing advice from AWC presenters, how to write an author bio, a new writing app and meet chi3 November 2015
    1:18:57
  160. 168.
    WRITER 083: In this week’s episode: An Aussie self-publishing sensation, a vending machine that dispenses short stories, how to write your author bio, huge plagiarism scandal, how Candice Fox writes two books at the same time, writing app Novlr, and how27 October 2015
    1:14:20
  161. 169.
    WRITER 082: In this week’s episode: why your Kindle brain works differently from your paper brain, the bizarre phenomenon of bestselling colouring books, common mistakes screenwriters make, how to pick an idea for NaNoWriMo, and the perils of the confes19 October 2015
    1:18:30
  162. 170.
    WRITER 081: Win a $4000 scholarship, how to change careers to become a writer even if you’ve never written before, Girlfriend and Total Girl magazines to merge (will it work?), how to use feature writing skills when writing fiction. We chat to picture b14 October 2015
    1:03:12
  163. 171.
    WRITER 080: One Direction releases a children’s book (crazy!), how to use author events to sell more books, why dads need to do story time, what to consider when co-authoring a book, and get ready for NaNoWriMo. We talk to author Mary-Rose MacColl, who7 October 2015
    1:17:44
  164. 172.
    WRITER 079: A beer-pouring typewriter, what writers should not do on social media, protect your freelance identity, how to capture the right voice as a ghostwriter, the power shift to fashion bloggers. And we chat to Writer in Residence Robert Hoge, autho29 September 2015
    1:04:38
  165. 173.
    WRITER 078: What skills a Vogue editor really needs, Zoo Weekly shuts down, do you agree with brand journalism? How to fit freelance writing around a full-time job, kidlit blogger Tara Lazar and bestselling novelist Kevin Kwan, author of “Crazy Rich Asi22 September 2015
    1:13:43
  166. 174.
    WRITER 077: Beware of vanity publishers, tech tools for writers, Stop Capitalising Everything, what literary agents want to see, and how long it takes to write an article. Meet food critic and Writer in Residence Larissa Dubecki, author of the memoir “P15 September 2015
    1:02:50
  167. 175.
    WRITER 076: Words you might be mispronouncing, does your freelance writing career need to grow up? The hilarious Puss Week magazine (its readers are cats), a one-word writing prompt app, and how to write when you’re sick. And Writer in Residence Stephan9 September 2015
    53:22
  168. 176.
    WRITER 075: Tourists can pay to run this Scottish bookshop, Oxford’s new words - manspreading, fur baby and mic drop, can long-hand help your writing, revisiting The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, do writers need self-belief or self-discipline? And Wr1 September 2015
    1:02:42
  169. 177.
    WRITER 074: Mark Latham’s weird appearance at Melbourne Writers Festival, Chocolat author Joanne Harris on getting paid, beware of Amazon Prime, the perils of RSI for writers, and we talk to Random House publisher Meredith Curnow. Should you use Perisco25 August 2015
    1:18:51
  170. 178.
    WRITER 073: Books sold with no cover, an Instagrammer’s quirky micro book reviews, media awards’ embarrassing mixup, what uber-blogger Dooce said at Problogger event. And Writer in Residence Jill Margo on her biography of Frank Lowy. Also, we talk abo18 August 2015
    1:04:17
  171. 179.
    WRITER 072: Brutally honest advice from writers, bookshop offers refunds for “Go Set a Watchman”, writing award for children, and what happens when you send out a manuscript under a male name (when you’re a woman). “Tie you over” versus “tide12 August 2015
    55:05
  172. 180.
    WRITER 071: Aussie books being turned into movies, literary maps of America, a dress printed with first chapter of Harry Potter, and how you can win $50,000 with the Stella Prize. And we talk to literary agent Jacinta di Mase.5 August 2015
    1:09:23
  173. 181.
    WRITER 070: Will you read “Go Set a Watchman” (we’re divided)? The real writer behind Nancy Drew, a Lego storytelling app, comprises versus consists, and how to deal when you feel like an imposter. And we talk to brother-and-sister author duo Nichol20 July 2015
    58:53
  174. 182.
    WRITER 069: Luxurious libraries, cool maps of fictional worlds, how to write a bestseller while losing weight, advice from children’s book editors, and fewer versus less. And we talk to Writer in Residence Sarah Hepola, author of Blackout: Remembering t15 July 2015
    1:08:11
  175. 183.
    WRITER 068: Why journalists should care more about media business models, gorgeous sticky page markers, crime writing short story comp and Random House’s writing comp for kids! And Screenwriter in Residence Tim Gooding.6 July 2015
    57:03
  176. 184.
    WRITER 067: A 50,000-word book written without the letter “e”, your chance to write for the Eat, Pray, Love anthology, Fairfax to bring sub-editing back in-house, the new Problogger podcast and we talk to Writer in Residence Andy Griffiths. And a YouT30 June 2015
    1:10:11
  177. 185.
    WRITER 066: How to tell if you’re a word nerd, bloggers’ morning routines, new books from EL James and JK Rowling, and we talk to Managing Editor of Penguin Random House Brandon VanOver.23 June 2015
    57:39
  178. 186.
    WRITER 065: AWC graduate Belinda Williams published by Momentum; HarperCollins’ new Book Bliss; the 29 Minute Book; the Magna Carta; and Writer in Residence Nicky Pellegrino, author of “One Summer in Venice”.16 June 2015
    56:30
  179. 187.
    WRITER 064: How to write an essay to win a house, whether you need to outline your novel, the trend of co-written books, how to approach celebrities for interviews, the book "Hot for Words" by Marina Orlova and we chat to Writer in Residence Anne Gracie,9 June 2015
    1:00:44
  180. 188.
    WRITER 063: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, the murky economics of content marketing, famous authors that were all rejected by publishers, a cool "book map", everything you wanted to know about blogging as a career, the book "Who said that first? The curi2 June 2015
    1:02:29
  181. 189.
    WRITER 062: We discuss the most borrowed books from libraries in Australia, the death of the paragraph, new freelancer website, crime fiction inspired by Bruce Springsteen. And we talk to children's book publisher Suzanne O’Sullivan.26 May 2015
    58:59
  182. 190.
    WRITER 061: In this week’s podcast, we discuss how to balance the loneliness of writing, the late William Zinsser’s writing advice, 5 websites to visit instead of writing, and where you can get free pictures. Also meet Writer in Residence Pip Lincolne19 May 2015
    54:48
  183. 191.
    WRITER 060: What you need to know about getting an agent, how Twitter can work for you, have you mourned the death of a character and how to organise a book tour yourself. Should you write a blog series, get more corporate writing work and we chat to Writ12 May 2015
    1:14:59
  184. 192.
    WRITER 059: The couple who is suing because their engagement photo ended up on an erotica novel without their permission, how to crowdfund a novel, famous book titles rewritten as click bait, the wonders of Textexpander and we chat to Writer in Residence5 May 2015
    1:11:34
  185. 193.
    WRITER 058: The vocative comma, the Bundanon Trust residency, how to pitch non-fiction books, writing routines and Writer in Residence Pamela Hart.28 April 2015
    57:57
  186. 194.
    WRITER 057: Words that should be in the dictionary, how to save time as a writer, are you a coffee-shop writer? How to make a motza as a self-published author. And we talk to Writer in Residence Rachel Power.21 April 2015
    1:09:40
  187. 195.
    WRITER 056: The app that replaces swear words in books, how to keep copywriting clients happy, the one crucial skill you need to write well and we talk to Writer in Residence Annabel Smith7 April 2015
    1:08:25
  188. 196.
    WRITER 055: Origins of punctuation marks, easy transcribing apps, author gets published at 95! And discover the hit novel written by five people.31 March 2015
    1:03:04
  189. 197.
    WRITER 054: Get the most out of writers' conferences, win a hotel by writing 200 words, mistakes writers make on Twitter, and Writer in Residence Patti Miller.25 March 2015
    1:11:29
  190. 198.
    WRITER 053: Book-inspired jewellery. Self-publish or not? How 5 great writers got started; should you start a blog, and Writer in Residence Sylvia Day who has sold more than 16 million books.17 March 2015
    1:09:24
  191. 199.
    WRITER 052: The real lorem ipsum, robots writing news, the birth of social media, how to write case studies, and Writer in Residence Joanne Fedler.10 March 2015
    1:00:23
  192. 200.
    WRITER 051: What publishers want; weird writer habits; notebook obsession; internships; the 5-minute journal; and Writer in Residence Judith Rossell2 March 2015
    1:05:04

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