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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.
 
The Sydney Writers' Centre podcast on writers and writing features interviews with best-selling and acclaimed writers in a wide range of genres including literary fiction, fantasy, children's books, non-fiction, business and much more. Founder of the Sydney Writers' Centre, Valerie Khoo, interviews successful writers on how they approach the writing process and what goes into creating a remarkable piece of work. www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au
 
A podcast about the first time you...publish a book. One part reality show, one part writers’ master class. Debut novelists Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall get practical advice from Australian writers on all the firsts: agents, editors, social media, reviews and if you need to get your nails done to match your book cover. And Kate makes Katherine spill the beans on all her feels in the lead up to the September launch of Katherine’s debut novel, The Helpline. The First Time podcast is ...
 
The Aussie Writers Literary Podcast serves up interviews with writers, readers, publishers, librarians, bookshop owners, and other professionals in the Australian writing landscape. Our listeners are writers and readers who are interested in high-quality books by Australian authors. We are extra keen to promote newly emerging Australian writing talent, along with well-known, established Australian authors. Aussie Writers is a not-for-profit service for writers to share their writing with the ...
 
Next Wave’s BREAKFAST CLUB is your early morning shot of artistic and intellectual insight and for the first time ever it’s available as a Podcast series! We’ll be tackling big issues from new perspectives. Feminism, family, the shifting media landscape and imaginary worlds – explored through a series of provocations from Australian artists, writers and creative thinkers.
 
Creative Conversations is brought to you by the China Australia Writing Centre, a partnership between Fudan University, Shanghai, and Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. CAWC is a research and creative partnership that focuses on Australian writing in China, and Chinese writing in Australia. Creative Conversations features writers, academics and artists discussing writing across cultures. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and the development of cross-cultural understa ...
 
Welcome to Murder and Mayhem – the podcast where we explore the dark and mysterious side of writing. It’s a world filled with more evil and crime than you can shake a sharpened stick at – where people save the world from certain destruction, where spies, terrorists and thugs abound, and where the killer could be someone in your very own home. It's also a world often filled with flawed heroes and likeable villains. But above all, it’s a place where we explore the authors who tell these very s ...
 
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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. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison …
 
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. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omny…
 
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. Read the show notes Connect with Valer…
 
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 …
 
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. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Vis…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring 'All We Dream' by Pamela Cook. Sydney lawyer Miranda McIntyre discovers family secrets and her quest for the truth forces her to question the life she's worked so hard to create. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book. Read the show n…
 
You'll meet Frances Chapman, author of 'Stars Liks Us'. We also discuss how to write scenes. Plus, there are 10x double passes to see 'High Ground' - in cinemas 28 January. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudi…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring 'Starting From Scratch' by Penelope Janu. Return to the town of Horseshoe Hill and Sapphie Brown as she grapples with her injured pride, and questions if it's standing in the way of true love. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with t…
 
Meet Will Kostakis, author of 'Rebel Gods'. Discover hot tips on how to write a romantic thriller. Plus, we have 3 copies of '30 Day Kick Start Plan' by Joe Wicks to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omnys…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult. This is the latest novel from the bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper, Small Great Things, Nineteen Minutes, A Spark of Light, and many, many more. Jodi is well-known for tackling big issues and exploring complicated moral topics, and The…
 
Meet Ceridwen Dovey, author of 'Life After Truth'. Discover tips on how to share your writing for the first time. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Werewolves Who Weren't' by T.C. Shelley to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | Val…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring Inheritance of Secrets by Sonya Bates. Juliet's elderly grandparents are killed in their Adelaide home. Who would commit such a heinous crime - and why? The only clue is her grandfather Karl's missing signet ring. This is the debut novel from Sonya, one of our amazing graduates at…
 
Meet Jennifer Niven, author of 'Breathless'. We discuss achieving your essential writing goals for 2021. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'What's it Like to be Chased by a Cassowary?' by Felicity Lewis to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Cartographer's Secret by Tea Cooper. Follow Letitia Rawlings on her quest in 1911's Hunter Valley to heal a family rift. An intricately illustrated map offers a clue to the fate of her long-lost aunt. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of …
 
Meet Benjamin Stevenson, author of 'Either Side of Midnight'. Valerie and Allison take a look at the words of the year! Plus, there are 10x double passes to 'The Dry' to win, courtesy of Roadshow Films. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com |…
 
Meet Ewa Ramsey, author of The Morbids, a gorgeous story of friendship, love and what it means to truly live when, sometimes, it may seem easier not to. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for p…
 
Meet Nathan Makaryk, author of 'Lionhearts'. Discover the 7 tips you need to know about writing historical fiction and last-minute gift ideas for the writers in your life. Plus, we are giving away a massive 10-book pack to one lucky winner. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Wr…
 
This ‘inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor. Set in 1893, The Grandest Bookshop in the World follows the adventures of Pearl and Vally, who live with their father in Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne. We bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter o…
 
Meet Lian Tanner, author of 'A Clue for Clara'. Plus we share 10 writing tips you can use today. Discover your chance to be published with Penguin Random House Australia. And we have a huge 10-book pack giveaway in time for the holidays. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Write…
 
And this is IT! Our final episode of Season Three! There are favourites, laughs, wisdom and news from our amazing Agony Aunt, Charlotte Wood, and relief that we now get to look forward to Season 4 in 2021! Our final cracker interview for the season is with writer and all round literary superstar, Maxine Beneba Clarke. We talk being a poet laureate,…
 
Meet Esther Krogdahl, author of the gorgeous Grumbelina. Hear how Esther drew inspiration for the book from her daughter's "terrible threes" and learn about her fascinating career writing for children's virtual reality games. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com…
 
Meet Meg Keneally, author of 'The Wreck'. Learn how to edit your second draft. Discover the reasons why publishers might reject good writing. Do you have niblings? Plus, we have 3 copies of '2020 Dictionary' by Dominic Knight to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Wri…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Charleston Scandal by Pamela Hart. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the prologue and first chapter of this exuberant story. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Faceboo…
 
Meet Sue Brierley, author of 'Lioness'. Discover how long it takes to write a first draft and 6 mistakes to voice when writing a guest blog post. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Charleston Scandal' by Pamela Hart – our amazing AWC presenter and director of creative writing – to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listene…
 
We argue about pronunciation, lament a SA lockdown that is already outdated and consider our Writing Year That Was. Then Kate speaks with novelist Karen Wyld about her path to publication, diversity in publishing and her debut novel WHERE THE FRUIT FALLS. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in tou…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring Hideout by Jack Heath. Hideout is a bloody, twisted roller-coaster of dark action and suspense and we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this thriller. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on…
 
Meet Monica McInerney, author of 'The Godmothers'. Is it ever too late to write a novel? Discover what percentage of you are plotters and what percentage are pantsers. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Word for Today' by Roly Sussex up for grabs. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Wri…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Champagne War by Fiona McIntosh. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the prologue of this heart-stopping adventure. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Wri…
 
This episode is a collaboration with Darebin's FUSE festival. Our guest is writer and author of The Whippet newsletter, McKinley Valentine. For information on this five-part FUSE series and the FUSE festival check out Darebin FUSE Spring 2020. Show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Inst…
 
Meet Chris Hammer, author of the crime thriller 'Trust'. Discover what you need to know about traditional publishing and 8 signs you'd be a great freelance/content writer. Catch up on the Your Kid's Next Read author talk with Jacqueline Harvey. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Life After Truth' by Ceridwen Dovey to give away. Read the show notes Connect …
 
We are out of lockdown!! (You'll note we recorded this one week before we are now even LESS locked down!) We talk about what we did first, how Katherine is coping with Book Two edits and how Kate blundered through an Instagram takeover. Our Agony Aunt Charlotte Wood responds to a question from a writer who is feeling resentful of other writers gett…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood. Kerry continues the adventures of Phryne Fisher in this mystery and we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first three chapters of this book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast …
 
Meet Lili Wilkinson, author of 'The Erasure Initiative'. Discover the one thing you need to improve your writing. Vote in our poll on whether you're a PLOTTER or a PANTSER. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'China Blonde' by AWC alumna Nicole Webb up for grabs. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Face…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this wonderful book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on…
 
This episode is a collaboration with Darebin's FUSE festival. Our guest is author of young adult and children's fiction, Leanne Hall. For information on this five-part FUSE series and the FUSE festival check out Darebin FUSE Spring 2020. Show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram …
 
Are you a morning writer? Meet Malcolm Knox, author of 'Bluebird'. Learn how dogs are helping kids to read. Discover how to get motivated for NaNoWriMo. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'What Cats Want' by Dr Yuki Hattori up for grabs. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.…
 
It seems fitting that in this our 100th (!!) episode, we do a deep dive into author and co-host Kate Mildenhall’s second novel #theMotherFault. A warning: This one's riddles with spoilers so if you haven’t read the book yet, then a) what is wrong with you and b) I hope you don’t mind knowing Nick dies on the last page. OR DOES HE? Check out show no…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Firestar: A Maven & Reeve Mystery by A.L. Tait. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this exciting book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook …
 
Meet Rose Carlyle, author of 'The Girl in the Mirror'. Learn about the rise and rise of 'stealth help' books. We congratulate the Ned Kelly award winners! Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Windsor Diaries' by Alathea Fitzalan Howard to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Good Teacher by Petronella McGovern. Narrated by the author herself, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this gripping book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Write…
 
This episode is a collaboration with Darebin's FUSE festival. Our guest is feminist writer, broadcaster and public speaker Clementine Ford. For information on this five-part FUSE series and the FUSE festival check out Darebin FUSE Spring 2020. Show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Inst…
 
This episode the hosts do some podcast-related housekeeping (really the only kind they're into), and mark the end of #ConversationsWithFriends with a 'Best of'. It's like picking between your children! Our Agony Aunt, Charlotte Wood, answers a question on author head shots and then Kate speaks with award winning, best selling author Trent Dalton ab…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall. Narrated by veteran Australian actor Claudia Karvan, we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Vis…
 
Meet Craig Silvey, author of 'Honeybee'. Learn about a cool opportunity to become a bookseller in the Maldives. Enter The Horne Prize for your chance to win $15,000. Alison Rushby shares her tips on how to make writing fun again. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Just Like You' by Nick Hornby to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series featuring The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah. Sophie continues the adventures of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot in this mystery and we bring bookshop browsing to you in this episode with the first chapter of this book. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and li…
 
This episode is a collaboration with Darebin's FUSE festival. Our guest is award-winning writer, historian and podcaster Dr Yves Rees. For information on this five-part FUSE series and the FUSE festival (so much great stuff and it's all online this year!) check out Darebin FUSE Spring 2020. Show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttim…
 
Meet Penguin Random House publisher Laura Harris. Do bookshops make your bowels move? Discover how to enter the Spark prize for narrative non-fiction. And congrats to Dinuka McKenzie for winning The Banjo Prize! Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Nala's World' by Dean Nicholson to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners i…
 
Kate's book has been out for three weeks and Katherine asks how it's going. The answer is, it's a rollercoaster. They also exchange interesting things that have piqued their interest this week. Our Agony Aunt, Charlotte Wood, answers a question on puffing and endorsements and then Kate speaks with debut novelist, Sam Coley about his Richell Prize w…
 
Meet Christie Nieman, author of 'Where We Begin'. Discover what you can learn from being an author-entrepreneur. Plus, we have 5 double passes to 'The Translators' to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omny…
 
This episode is a collaboration with Darebin's FUSE festival. Our guest is award-winning writer, stand-up comedian and actor Kate McLennan. Yes, that Kate McLennan!! Her work includes The Katering Show and Get Krack!n... For information on this five-part FUSE series and the FUSE festival (so much great stuff and it's all online this year!) check ou…
 
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