Friday Fry-Up

YA author Diana Peterfreund posted a glib-but-accurate list post about the difference between Revising and Rewriting earlier this week, but even more interesting was the follow-up post about the way the process changes once you’re a writer under contract. In keeping with the YA theme, Malinda Lo has a great post on Writing about Kissing. It’s a great … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

Apologies for posting this a little later than usual on a Friday – it’s been a busy week here at the AWM offices with the announcement of GenreCon and the work going on behind the scenes for the next Australian Writer’s Marketplace print edition. But we’re sneaking this in under the wire, and there’s plenty … Continue reading »

Helene Young: Giving your characters an emotional boost

Last night author Helene Young braved the stormy North Queensland weather to join us at the Writing Races. Helene gave us some great insights into how she creates characters with punch. Creating characters with emotional oomph In stories with a romance, it’s important for readers to connect emotionally with the characters. Readers know there will … Continue reading »

Gary Kemble: The process of writing

Last night at the Writing Races speculative fiction author Gary Kemble shared his approach to writing and some tips about what to do when the story stops flowing. Planning I used to be very much seat of the pants but I generally like to have an idea of how the story ends these days. I … Continue reading »

Peter M. Ball: Working past writing road blocks

At last night’s Writing Race, speculative fiction author Peter M. Ball gave us some great insights into his writing process and some tips for getting past those pesky writing road blocks. Author Peter M. Ball with Spokesbear Finding inspiration I usually find inspiration at the intersection of two or three ideas that don’t really seem … Continue reading »

Kim Falconer: Tips for planning your next story

Hi, I’m Perry, the new AWM intern, and last week was my first ever Writing Race. Writing Races are totally back with a bang for Season 2. Last night we welcomed special guest, fantasy author Kim Falconer, who gave us some great insights into how she plans her writing and how to get the best … Continue reading »

Tonight’s Writing Race: Katherine Howell

At tonight’s Writing Race, we will welcome crime fiction writer Katherine Howell, the author of Violent Exposure and Cold Justice. To find out more about Katherine, visit To have some fun and gain feedback from Katherine on your own writing, feel free to join us at at 8pm. All welcome!

James Moloney: writing Young Adult fiction

During last night’s (3 May) Writing Race, our special guest author, James Moloney, shared some fascinating insights into how he engages with his young adult readers.   Here are some of James’s experiences and tips:   Writing for teenage boys ‘I was a teacher librarian and that was where I got a lot of the … Continue reading »