Newman and Mittelmark take the daring approach of teaching you how to write a bad novel. The book is divided into sections on plot, character, setting and style. Each section diagnoses a series of common tropes, clichés or otherwise poor stylistic or narrative choices, and demonstrates their ‘bad’-ness through humorous example paragraphs. Then, more seriously,…

My dad won the fishing competition. He caught the longest Murray cod and won $1,000. This gave me considerable prestige at school. The tuckshop gave me extra tomato sauce on my meat pie, Mr Taylor, the PE teacher acknowledged me with a slight nod, and Miss Jones didn’t give me detention when I forgot my…

“I haven’t seen flies that big since…” Mum’s voice startles me. I wait to hear the rest. Since? I will her to continue. My sister stills. “Since?” she asks, her voice too loud, too needy. But mum’s eyes wander to the window and the curtain that hangs limp and unmoving on this airless afternoon. We…

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards: Fiction: Ryan O’Neill for Their Brilliant Careers (Black Inc) Non-fiction: Nicolas Rothwell for Quicksilver (Text Publishing) Australian History: Elizabeth Tynan for Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story (NewSouth Publishing) Poetry: Anthony Lawrence for Headwaters (Pitt Street Poetry) Young Adult: Cath Crowley for Words in Deep Blue (Pan Macmillan Australia) Children’s: JOINT WINNERS… Bob Graham…

Australian independent booksellers have announced their long list for the Indie Book Awards 2018. Established in 2008, Australian independent booksellers nominate their best titles for the year; select the long list; judge the short list and vote for the Category and Book of the Year winners. The Awards recognise and celebrate the indie booksellers as…

A Dymocks-commissioned OmniPoll survey of more than 1200 adults has found more than half of all Australians say they’re likely to give someone a book this Christmas, including about 62% of women. Women (64%) were also more likely than men (55%) to hope to receive a book for Christmas. Two-thirds of parents said they’d put…

Damen O’Brien‘s poem ‘The Cole Porter Effect’ was published in Issue 22: The Jazz Issue of Rabbit, a journal for nonfiction poetry.

Edwina Shaw‘s screenplay ‘Dear Madman’, based on her novel project of the same name, has been awarded support through the Screen Queensland Talent Development Fund.

The other day I read a blog over at writerunboxed.com—a truly worthwhile site if you are looking for both guidance and inspiration—about planning and pantsing that stopped me in my tracks and gave me a jolt. Basically, it restored some much-needed self-confidence, but to explain why, I must backtrack. A few months ago I finished…

Neville Mills has released his fifth book Fifty Funnies from Mervyn Mudal, a collection of short stories illustrated by cartoonist Roy Bisson. More information is available at Neville’s website.

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