A busy business…

You’ve probably heard already: we’ve started on the production schedule for the next print edition of The Australian Writer’s Marketplace 2011/12. But don’t worry, your copy of AWM 2009/10 is still good! The eleventh edition of AWM won’t be out until late next year. It just means that anyone who has a listing in AWMonline … Continue reading »

Blogosphere re-entry imminent…

Why is it that the more time passes between blogging, the harder it is to publish that new post? To paraphrase writing genius Aaron Sorkin, let’s overlook that I came late to the party, and celebrate the fact  that I turned up at all… Time to catch up on recent events in the blogosphere: They’ve started announcing the Book Bloggers … Continue reading »

The First Cut …

Crime fiction writers and readers in Australia have a lot to thank the Scarlet Stiletto Awards for – they have launched many of our favourite authors. In 1991, convenor Carmel Shute set up Sisters in Crime, the organisation respnsible for finding and promoting so much new talent in Australian women’s crime fiction. I caught up … Continue reading »

Clickeasy…

The Brisbane Writers Festival Committee has announced their former Youth Coordinator Jane O’Hara as the new Artistic Director. We’re excited because she knows how the festival works, and she has vision for regional Queensland … hurrah! And here’s Friday’s links for your clicking pleasure: Writing Raw literary sharing website Eureka Street writers Awards Victoria has … Continue reading »

Fun and games

There are a few writing courses available online, but not many of them are free. Small wonder the free taster of new QWC Online Writing Workshops filled up fast. A few places are still available for anyone interested in Year of the Novel Online with Kim Wilkins, or Introduction to Creative Writing with Kate Eltham. It will … Continue reading »

Yoof

     Back to school today, and I write this with a heart torn between joy and grief at the thought of my youngest starting Grade 1… So, to mark the occasion for younger writers, and for those of us who juggle writing with parenting (and working, and everything else), let’s look at what’s happening for … Continue reading »

And the winner is…

     … Speculative fiction! Everyone is gearing up for the Aurealis Awards tomorrow night. I caught a sneak peak of the program yesterday, and it is lush. If you can’t make it down to Judy in person, get your live updates at the Aurealis Awards website, or just listen for the tweets. And best of luck … Continue reading »

Awkward Awards for Children's Literature…

     The CBCA has been criticised by Agnes Nieuwenhuizen, former Manager of the Centre for Youth Literature with the State Library of Victoria, for issues ranging from amateurism to award categories. The structure of the CBCA is shared around the Australian states, but that doesn’t necessarily undermine their professionalism – some (à la Shirky) would argue … Continue reading »