Daily Archives: April 2, 2015

Playwrights Foundation- Interview with a Playwright: Lauren Yee – Rough Reading April 20 & 21, 2015

Playwrights Foundation- Interview with a Playwright: Lauren Yee – Rough Reading April 20 & 21, 2015

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Make Way for Books- Join us on April 7th, 2015

Make Way for Books–  Join us on April 7th, 2015


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Australian Writers’ Centre April 2015- How to Write About Murder & The Future of Media & Many Writing Courses

Australian Writers’ Centre April 2015- How to Write About Murder & The Future of Media & Many Writing Courses
The Easter long weekend is upon us – which hopefully means an extra chunk of time to yourself. While for many that means hitting the garden, grabbing the tent or embarking on a 43-hour boxed-set marathon (complete with director’s commentary), we’d like to offer up an alternative – our self-paced collection.

Our self-paced courses are “on-demand”, allowing you to sit down and nibble your way through content like some would a giant chocolate hollow egg or “binge” yourself like the rest of us would with that giant egg – to reach a kind of information indigestion nirvana state. (Easter is, after all, the weekend of indulging!)

Allow me to preview a few of our titles that you’d comfortably be able to get through over Easter. First, it’s our brand new self-paced course, Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder. Presented by crime writer Candice Fox, this one even SOUNDS like a boxed-set drama! Freelance writers will love ourThe Business of Freelancing course, exploring how to run your writing as a viable enterprise (tax, GST, invoices and time management, anyone?).

For fiction writers, 2 Hours to Scrivener Power will have you mastering the world’s best writing software in no time at all. And our two blogging courses,Blogging for Beginners and How to Get More Blog Readers – well their names say it all!

There are even more to choose from – simply select the “online and on demand” tab from our home page. And because you have access for a whole year, they’ll be ready and waiting when you want to refresh your skills.

But the best part? Each course contains zero calories. Easter binges never had it so good.

Have a great weekend!



Industry news: Free event – The Future of Media: How Tech is Disrupting Journalism, 29 April, Sydney
General Assembly


Australian Writers’ Centre and General Assembly have teamed up to bring you The Future of Media: How Tech is Disrupting JournalismWednesday 29 April, 6-8pm, 387 George Street, Sydney.

As the world moves online, the way we report and consume media is changing. Join us for an event discussing the future of journalism and its disruption in today’s digital world.

General Assembly has assembled a line-up of expert individuals from within the industry, including Mashable’s Jenni Ryall and our own Valerie Khoo to discuss:

  • new approaches to journalism and providing content
  • current trends and opportunities
  • how to prepare for this ongoing disruption
  • what the future looks like for both journalists and consumers
  • plus more!

Learn about the trends emerging in this fast-evolving industry and everything you need to know as a journalist, content provider and consumer to keep up with what’s next!

Stick around afterwards for drinks and mingling – the drinks are on us!


Free event


General Assembly is a global tech school – teaching the most relevant skills of the 21st century across technology, design, marketing and business.


Autumn at Australian Writers’ Centre
Doing writing courses with us is inspiring and pain-free. If you experience any pain while completing one of our courses, please see your doctor immediately.
I want to… write amazing picture books
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And who wouldn’t, right? Actually, that can be part of the challenge with picture books – in that you really have to create something truly special to really STAND OUT from the crowd (unless you’re a celebrity, then you just write any old thing!). The way to navigate this cutest of genres is with our Writing Picture Bookscourse, with children’s book expert Cathie Tasker – five Thursday evenings beginning 23 April 2015. Book today!

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The AWC “moist hated words in Australia”
MoistThanks to all who sent in their picks for their most hated word (that could not include MOIST, the honorary list member). We had some great ones, and for all sorts of reasons. Some were a little inappropriate to print.

Here are some of the words which made our shortlist:

Got is a greedy word: used to describe a grabbing for excesses in all things. The word is never needed. The alternatives to it are numerous and sound or read as decent English. Why state: “We’ve GOT more”, when we can say, with grace: “We have more”.
– Cate S

Why? BECAUSE IT IS NOT A WORD. Sorry for yelling.  Every time I hear someone say, “Are we all in agreeance?” I want to shout, “There is no such thing.” The word is agreement, folks.
– Sharon H

It even sounds bloated and guilty.
– Melanie Z

And congratulations our three winners:

Because it sounds like what it is and that’s revolting!
– Kylie O

I blame reality TV mainly. People talk about their intense, emotional journeys so much these days that it’s become a bit awkward! Especially when they are talking about fighting for love with 20 other women, or cooking a croquembouche.
– Lisa H

When “segue” weaselled its way into the vernacular, I developed a twitch that made me want to hurt the person (usually an office worker) from whose lips it oozed. It sounds like a strange two-wheeled motorised contraption usually populated by Queensland policemen. It’s a lazy excuse for not using a better word in a sentence. It makes me cringe! It is truly a weasel word. I am left with the impression that the user is trying to be clever. This one word sends chills down my spine and makes me want to segue under the meeting room table and press my hands over my ears. Let me know when it’s safe to come out?  La-la-la-la-la.

Books!– Annie H

Congrats again to these three people – you’ve won one of these books (we’ll be randomly selecting them). See this week’s competition below.

New competition: O Caption, My Caption!
Send in your best caption for this eggcellent Easter-themed picture. The one we like the best will win a copy of Ransacking Paris by Patti Miller – who we interviewed in this week’s podcast. Patti’s wonderful memoir is out now. 

To enter, simply reply to this email and change the subject line to CAPTION. Supply your entry, your postal address (so we can send you your prize!) and get it to us before 11.48pm on Monday 6 April. GOOD LUCK!

Q&A: Me, myself and I


Q: Happy Easter! I myself am very excited about it.
A: We can see that. You’ve even dressed up as the Easter Bunny!
Q: Absolutely. But, now a question.
A: We’re “all ears”…
Q: Hilarious. My question is via alert reader Catherine, and she’s getting tired of seeing “myself” incorrectly used in place of “me” or “I”. Can you clear it up?
A: Ah, good one. Sure thing.
Q: Well hop to it then.
A: Nice. Let’s start with “subject pronouns” and “object pronouns” in a sentence. When we are referring to ourselves, the subject is “I” and the object is “me”. The subject does the stuff in a sentence and the object has the stuff done to it. So we’d say “I am eating this 2kg chocolate egg” or “This egg that you bought for mecontains 32,000kJ”…
Q: Seems pretty straightforward.
A: We know, right? And to be fair, most people get that. The problem comes in situations where there are multiple subjects or objects. Suddenly people get an inferiority complex about the words “I” or “me” and think they’re not grand enough. You’ll see things like “For any queries, see Emily, Sam or myself” – which is wrong; it should’ve been “me”.
Q: That’s exactly what I said when George Clooney got married…
A: The same happens with “I”: “Emily, Sam and myself will be your guides for today” is wrong. It should be “Emily, Sam and I will be your guides for today”. The easy trick is to imagine the sentence with just you in it – take Emily and Sam out of the equation.
Q: I know a guy who can do that. He needs cash upfront though…
A: Doing this you will see straight away if it should be “me” or “I”. “Any queries, see me” and “I will be your guide for today”.
Q: But what happens if I clear out BOTH the subject and object and it’s just me left in the room?
A: Besides resembling a Quentin Tarantino film, that’s where “myself” comes into play. Just like “me”, “myself” operates as an object, and is known as a “reflexive pronoun”.
Q: A pronoun you can see in the dark! Very handy.
A: No, not reflective – reflexive. A reflexive pronoun replaces the object pronoun (“me” in this case). Other reflexive pronouns include himself, herself, yourself and itself.
Q: Like one big selfie stick.
A: Actually that’s a great way to think about it for this example – because reflexive pronouns ONLY kick in when the subject and the object relate to the SAME thing – “I” and “myself” in this case. You’re the only one in the room. So it’s like “I” am holding out the selfie stick and looking at a picture of “myself”.
Q: Crazy tourist. Any examples?
A: “I can really see myself writing a bestseller one day” or “I’m going to buy myself a vintage typewriter”. Note the link between “I/I’m” and “myself”. If the subject was someone else, you would have gone with “me”. (“He can really see me writing a bestseller” or “She’s going to buy me a vintage typewriter”.)
Q: Okay, but I’m sure I’ve seen “myself” used in other ways than just that.
A: True. It also gets wheeled out for extra impact or to intensify the subject pronoun. It’s known as an “intensive/emphatic pronoun” when this happens. A perfect example is in your very first line today.
Q: Hang on, just scrolling back up to check…
A: Got it?
Q: Nope, scrolled too far. Reading those winning competition entries again. Ah, okay, yep, I see.
A: You could have just said “I am excited about Easter” but the extra word added more “oomph”. We also see it with a sentence like “I wrote this book myself”. Just helps to shine the spotlight on the subject of the sentence a little more.
Q: Final recap? But make it quick – this bunny suit is giving me a rash.
A: “I” is a subject pronoun. Both “me” and “myself” are types of object pronouns. You’d use “me” when the subject is someone or something else and “myself” when the subject is also you, or to add extra emphasis to show that it’s really really you.
Q: Great! Okay, I’m off to buy a selfie stick. And some carrots…

Got a grammar gripe or punctuation puzzle that you’d like our Q&A to explore? Email it to us today!

Podcast: Episode 54


You can listen to the podcast here or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here. And remember to enter this week’s caption competition to with a copy of Patti’s new book.

Webpick: April Fools’ Day story
In case you missed it, here’s our April Fools’ Day story from yesterday! And if you look close enough, you’ll see a link to the clever webpage it was created on!
The final word:
The final word


(One for all the “pantsers” out there! If you’d like to at least plan ahead with your writing courses, read on – these are all the ones on the horizon…)

Upcoming course dates


Online courses

Online course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman – NEW DATE
Week beginning Monday 6 April 2015 for five weeks

Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White – NEW DATE

Week beginning Monday 6 April 2015 for five weeks


Online course: Copywriting Essentials with Bernadette Schwerdt

Week beginning Monday 13 April 2015 for five weeks

Online course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 2 with Valerie Khoo – NEW COURSE
Week beginning Monday 20 April 2015 for five weeks
Online course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman

Week beginning Monday 20 April 2015 for five weeks

Online course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
Week beginning Monday 27 April 2015 for five weeks


Online course: Travel Writing with Sue White

Week beginning Monday 27 April 2015 for five weeks

Online course: Write Your Novel with Cathie Taser

Week beginning Monday 4 May 2015 for six months


Online course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Cathie Tasker

Week beginning Monday 4 May 2015 for five weeks




Sydney courses

Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller – FULL 

Saturday 11 April and Saturday 18 April 2015 (2 consecutive Saturdays)


Course: Profile Writing with David Leser

Saturday 18 April 2015 (half-day course)


Course: Professional Business Writing with Kate Hennessy

Tuesday 21 April 2015 (one-day course)


Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Alexandra Spring
Starting Tuesday 21 April 2015 for five weeks


Course: Writing for the Web with Grant Doyle

Wednesday 22 April 2015 (one-day course)


Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman

Starts Wednesday 22 April 2015 for six weeks


Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge

Starts Thursday 23 April 2015 for five weeks


Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker

Starts Thursday 23 April 2015 for five weeks


Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Kate Forsyth

Starts Monday 27 April 2015 for five weeks


Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
Tuesday 28 April 2015 (two-hour evening seminar)


Weekend course: Food Writing with Carli Ratcliff

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2015 (2 consecutive days)


Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth – FULL

Saturday 2 May 2015 (one-day course)


Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett

Wednesday 6 May and Wednesday 13 May 2015


Weekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Claire Scobie

Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May 2015 (2 consecutive days)


Weekend course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with
Sue White

Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May 2015 (2 consecutive days)


Course: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle

Tuesday 12 May 2015 (one-day course)


Course: Advanced Fiction Writing Techniques with Jeni Mawter

Starting Tuesday 12 May 2015 for five weeks


Course: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy

Wednesday 13 May 2015 (one-day course)


Weekend course: Travel Writing with Sue White
Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015 (2 consecutive days)


Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
Starting Tuesday 26 May 2015 for five weeks


Course: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle

Tuesday 26 May 2015 (one-day course)


Course: How to Create and Sell Your Ebook with Anna Anna Maguire

Monday 1 June 2015 (two-hour evening seminar)


Course: Crime and Thriller Writing with L.A. LarkinStarting Thursday 11 June 2015 for five weeks


Course: Life Writing with Patti Miller

Starting Thursday 11 June 2015 for six weeks


Course: Writing Australian History with Pamela Freeman

Saturday 13 June 2015 (one-day course)


Course: Popular Women’s Fiction with Lisa Heidke

Saturday 13 June and Sunday 14 June 2015 (2 consecutive days)


Course: What Publishers Want with Bernadette Foley

Saturday 20 June 2015 (half-day course)


Course: Life Writing Masterclass with Patti Miller
Starting Friday 24 July 2015 for eight weeks


Course: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman
Starts Wednesday 29 July 2015 (6 month program)


Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
Starting Monday 31 August 2015 for five weeks


Weekend course: Fantasy, Science Fiction and More with Pamela Freeman

Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October 2015 (2 consecutive days)



On-demand courses available online

Start and finish in your own time. All you need is an internet connection.


Course: The Business of Freelancing


Course: Book Covers That Sell


Course: Anatomy of a Crime: How to Write About Murder


Course: How to Get More Blog Readers


Course: Blogging for Beginners


Course: Reinvent Yourself


Course: 2 Hours to Scrivener Power


Overseas writing tours – 2015

Writing in Oxford with Kate Forsyth

When: Sunday 21 June to Monday 28 June 2015

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Thursday 22 October to Saturday 7 November 2015

Best wishes,
Valerie Khoo
National Director


Australian Writers’ Centre

Sydney and Online: (02) 9929 0088
Melbourne: (03) 9005 6737
Perth: (08) 9468 0177

Australian Writers’ Centre | National office: Suite 3, 55 Lavender Street Milsons Point, New South Wales 2061 Australia 02 9929 0088

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University of Arizona Poetry Center- April 2015 Events

April events at the University of Arizona Poetry Center
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April at the Poetry Center

All events take place at the Poetry Center and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

April 2, 7:00 pm

Poet and writer Natalie Diaz reads as part of the Poetics and Politics of Water series. Natalie Diaz’s first book, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She has received many awards including a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and Residency, a Holmes National Poetry Prize, and most recently, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University.

April 4, 10:00 am

Poetry Center docents lead a poetry discussion at Tucson Botanical Gardens, located at 2150 North Alvernon Way. This month we’re reading and discussing poems related to travel. Come on the road with us! Free with admission to the Gardens.

Poetry Center at AWP
April 9 – 11

We’re heading to Minneapolis to participate in the 2015 AWP conference. Come find us in the Book Fair at table #1618, where we’ll be giving out poetry postcards and sharing a visual display of poets who have read at the Poetry Center since our founding in 1960. Executive Director Tyler Meier participates in the Digital Strategy as Mission Statement: Three Models panel, and Marketing Director Annie Guthrie participates in the Literary Production and the Gift Economy panel.

April 15, 7:00 pm

As True As Rain to the Sea is a conversation on the poetics and politics of water, and is the final event in the series of the same name, sponsored by American Indian Studies and the Department of English. Held in honor of Vine Deloria, Jr., the roundtable discussion will feature James Anaya, Jim Enote, and Charles Wilkinson, and will be moderated by Robert Hershey.

April 16, 8:00 pm at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress
Claudia Rankine reads as part of this year’s fantastic Tucson Festival of Books schedule. Claudia’s visit is sponsored by the Tucson Festival of Books and POG and is co-sponsored by the Poetry Center. This event is free and open to the public.

PERSONA Issue Release Reading
April 16, 7:00 pm

Established in 1978, Persona is the University of Arizona’s undergraduate literary journal.Contributors read from their work at this celebration of the new issue.

April 18, 2:00 pm

Silent Anatomies: Cultural Silences and the Body is an event that begins with a multidisciplinary reading and talk by Monica Ong on cultural silences of the body. This will be followed by a panel presentation to be held in conversation with the Open Embodiments: Bringing Somatechnics to Tucson conference.

POETIC VOICES at Oro Valley Public Library
April 23, 2:00 pm

This month’s free poetry discussion group at Oro Valley Public Library is titled The Interior Voice: Emily Dickinson. You’re invited to come and share your knowledge or just listen and learn. No prior knowledge of Dickinson’s poetry is needed. Poetry Center docents will provide reading materials and moderate the discussion.

April 25, 10:00 am

For the past fifteen years, the Poetry Center has hosted an annual corrido contest for Arizona high-school students. This year we bring the contest to a conclusion, although we will continue to support the teaching of the corrido through online resources. In this final awards event for the contest, musical renditions of winning corridos will be performed in a showcase of youth talent, local musicians, and border culture. A reception follows.

SHOP TALK: The Work of Emily Dickinson as Seen by Jen Bervin
April 28, 6:00 pm

Poet and UA Creative Writing MFA candidate Brianna Sheaffer leads a Shop Talk discussion on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and its interpretation by poet and visual artist Jen Bervin, who reads for the Poetry Center in Tucson on April 30 and at the Phoenix Art Museum on May 1. Free and open to the public.

At the Poetry Center on April 30, 7:00 pm
At the Phoenix Art Museum on  May 1, 7:00 pm

Jen Bervin works in hybrid forms that blend language, writing, and the visual arts. Her works are held in more than thirty collections including the Walker Art Center and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Her recent book, Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings, was selected as a Best Book of the Year by Times Literary Supplement, Hyperallergic, and the New Yorker. She talks about her practice at the Poetry Center on April 30 and at the Phoenix Art Museum on May 1.

SHAME EVERY ROSE: Images from Afghanistan
On exhibit through May 22

Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan is an exhibit illuminating the landay, a clandestine oral folk poetry practiced by the Pashtun women who live near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The exhibit features photographs by Seamus Murphy illustrating life in Afghanistan and landays by Pashtun women. Presented in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation.

We are pleased to announce the winners of our annual spring University of Arizona student poetry and broadside contests! Congratulations to the winning poets Nick Greer, Sally McCallum, Matthew Schmidt, Brianna Sheaffer, and Liam Swanson. And congratulations to the winning broadside artists Katherine Killian, Travis Boswell, Jiasi He, Jared Pinon, and Andrew Shuta. There will be a reception and exhibit of the broadsides resulting from these contests on May 7 in the library, directly after the second of our two Creative Writing MFA graduate student readings.

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