Happy New Year! I’m so thrilled to kick off the new year with some exciting news. It’s been two years in the making but I can finally announce that the wonderfully talented and experienced David Leser is joining the team at the Australian Writers’ Centre.
David will be teaching Profile Writing – drawing on his many years as an acclaimed interviewer and writer for magazines like Good Weekend, Australian Women’s Weekly and Vanity Fair. He has written profiles on everyone ranging from Justin Bieber and Shane Warne to Carla Bruni and Collette Dinnigan.
If you are an emerging or experienced feature writer, this course is a must – and it’s almost sold out already!
It runs for three hours on Saturday 28 February, during which you will learn:
How to write a compelling profile in the right voice
Pacing of your story and the best lead to grab your reader
Using quotes, metaphors and similes
When to ask the tough questions, and the essentials to research
Checking sources and MORE!
Let’s make 2015 amazing. New year, new you!
Start 2015 with some wicked skills!
The new year is barely hours old and we’re already excited about our courses launching next week! It really is the perfect time to smash those newly minted 2015 resolutions. Take your pick:
Q: Happy New Year AWC! A: Thanks, and you too. May 2015 be filled with many more questions and answers. Q: Absolutely! And on the subject of New Year’s – do I write it like that, with the apostrophe, as in “what did you do for New Year’s”? A: Yeah, you do, because it’s been shortened from “New Year’s Eve” or “New Year’s Day” presumably. To say “New Years” implies a plural and makes no sense. If you WERE talking about multiple ones, we’d recommend “for the past three New Year’s Days, I’ve seen the sunrise”… Q: And is it in caps? A: Any time you are referring in some way to the day/eve/transition itself as a title, then yes you would capitalise New Year. But you wouldn’t when just speaking generically, such as “we’ll discuss your pay rise in the new year” or “it’s a new year and I’m feeling a little hungover”. Q: What about New Year’s resolutions? Or is it New Year resolutions? A: Good to see you dropped the capital R off “resolutions” – although it can be okay in headlines. It’s usually the first one, “New Year’s resolutions”, as they belong to the “New Year”… although we wouldn’t bat many eyelids at the second one. Just don’t use “New Years resolutions” – that’s fifty shades of wrong. Speaking of which, do you have any resolutions? Q: I’m going to be nicer to apostrophes in 2015. A: A lovely gesture. They have a rough time. Q: You? A: Well, good question. And brilliant segue. Read below to see exactly what our resolutions are…
Australian Writers’ Centre resolutions for 2015
Valerie I’m going to improve my photography skills so I can take even more cute photos of my pets, improve my fitness and co-write a book everyone will want to read with the awesome Dean Koorey (yes, it’s already in the works, so stay tuned!).
Liz I’m going to convince my landlord I need another cat, then convince Train – my current cat – that we need another cat.
Rah I’m going to ride on the roller coaster at Luna Park in my lunch break at least once a month!
Tracy My New Year’s resolution is to run more often and faster (I will cut out those extra 38 seconds that shouldn’t have been there when I ran the City to Surf!).
Nicole I’m aiming to finish two drafts of my novel in 2015!
Dean I will try to remember to use ‘fewer’ instead of ‘less’. I will get up from my desk more. I will swim in that pool below the Harbour Bridge. I will read more. I will sleep more. I will paint more. I will weigh less. I will say less. I will have less items at the express checkout. Damn, I meant fewer.
Rambo Woof. My plan for world domination is almost complete. Just a few more months and my K9-1000 mind controlling device will be operational. And then all this will be mine. Mine, I tell you. MINE! Mwah hahahahahaha. Woof.
MISHEARD SONG LYRICS COMPETITION! Who hasn’t misheard a lyric and made up their own words, right? And there’s a name for it: Mondegreens.
They are created by a person listening to a poem or a song usually and being not sure of the lyric, so makes up something that sounds similar.
“Mondegreen” itself is one: from a mishearing of “and laid him on the green” as “and Lady Mondegreen”.
Other famous ones include “excuse me while I kiss this guy” (kiss the sky) from Jimi Hendrix or “I’ve got shoes, they’re made of plywood” from Grease!
Over the holidays, if you think of a great mondegreen (existing or invented by you), drop us a line. We’d love to hear some from well-known recent songs! And the one we like the best will win a copy of of The Prophecy of Beesby R.S. Pateman. Reply to this email with SONG as the subject title and you’ve got all the way through until 11.44pm on Monday 5 January to enter.
Did You Know?
You’ll either know this one or you’ll realise you’ve been wrong all these years (possibly thanks to retail advertising and talk shows like Ellen), but the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS actually start on Christmas Day (or Boxing Day). They are NOT before Christmas. So today, we’re at around the seven swans-a-swimming stage.
Traditionally, when the 12 days are up, that’s when you take down your tree.
Webpick: Best books of 2014
Here’s the definitive list of books you should have read in 2014 – compiled from taking an aggregate of all the ‘best’ lists each appeared on! (It’s like counting gold stickers on wine bottles.) How many have you read your way through?
Tell us: what was the best book YOU read last year?
Reply to this email with “BOOK” as your subject then let us know. Any genre, any book! No judgement. Do it right this second – it’ll take you all of 10 seconds and we’d love to know what our community are loving! 🙂
The final word:
Upcoming course dates
Online course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman Week beginning Monday 5 January 2015 for five weeks
Online course: Travel Writing with Sue White Week beginning Monday 5 January 2015 for five weeks
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