How Grammar Works Tips Roslyn Petelin

QWC interviewed Australia’s grammar guru, Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin, on the importance of grammar for writers … First of all: what is good writing? Writing that fulfils the reader’s needs and is appropriate for its genre and its context. Writing that’s coherent and compelling; writing that’s free of clichés, gobbledygook, redundancy, verbosity, and rambling sentence structure….

In mid-2014 I quit what I thought would be my ‘dream’ job to commit to my freelance arts practice. I wanted to write every day, finish that novel, start a podcast, work in my pyjamas, and of course, I wanted to turn into an over-night entrepreneurial success and have Julia Roberts play me in a…

Friends who had lived in the Far North once told me, ‘when you live there and then leave again, your heart never really leaves the place.’ That’s just what I found when working on a collection of poetry, Magic Fish Dreaming. What I didn’t realise was that this collection was going to be especially for children…

Literary translation is an important part of the local book industry, whether it’s Australian writers being translated for overseas audiences, or Australian readers discovering exciting stories from around the world. Translated works bring a diversity of voices and subjects to a publisher’s list, and some books really take off with local audiences, as has recently…

Kathy George talks to KIM LOCK, author of Like I Can Love, published by Pan Macmillan in March. Kim was a participant of QWC’s 2013 Hachette Manuscript Development Program and went on to sign a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan Australia, with rights also sold to the UK and Germany.   How did you research Like…

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