10 Things I Wish I Knew at the Beginning of My Author Journey

By Emily S. Smith  You want to be an author? Fantastic! You are in great company: Jane Austen, Stephen King, J.K Rowling … all talented writers. But they all had to begin somewhere, right?  I’m Emily S. Smith. I’ve self-published two picture books, had two picture books published by a traditional publisher (Larrikin House), and I have another picture book due for release

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Auslan Story Readings

Hunter Writers Centre is proud to release readings of 6 children's books written by Hunter region authors who are also long term members of Hunter Writers Centre. These stories are
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Self-Publishing Workshop with Graham Davidson

The Self-Publishing workshop was held recently and well attended by members. Graham Davidson taught us various tips when publishing our work, such as to use Ingram Spark (digital printing) for words, but offset printing for photos, and to use cream paper as white paper is a give-away that the work

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Feedback from our Grieve anthologies

The Grieve competition is currently open for the 9th year and we are thrilled our sponsors have returned. We receive entries from all over Australia and we are always pleased to receive feedback from entrants who read the anthologies or have their work published in them… Here’s what they have

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The Story Hunters – Spec Fic Writers

Here are the accomplishments by the HWC Speculative Writers (HWC Story Hunters) in 2020: J.A.Haigh’s short story ’Trace a Circle’ was published in Midnight Echo Magazine #15 – She was also interviewed on Lee Murray’s blog for the author showcase. Suzy Shearer Parkes had two books published (both contemporary romances)

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Poets of HWC

Here are the accomplishments by the poets of Hunter Writers Centre in 2020: Gillian Telford’s poetry accomplishments in 2020: Her poem ‘Ars Gratia Artis’ was published in I Protest, Poems of Dissent, Ginninderra Press; ‘More than a Thousand Pieces’ in Grieve 2020 anthology. Her ‘pocket’ collection Midnight Lexicon, Selected Poems 2016-2020,

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Prose Writers of HWC

Here are the accomplishments by the prose writers of HWC in 2020: Bronwyn MacRitchie published her memoir, Pixie Dust, in May and was a recent finalist in the Newcastle Herald Short Story Competition. In January, Phil Williams won a Very Highly Commended award for his short story in the Port

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Writing For Children

Here are the accomplishments of writers of children’s books in 2020: Katrina McKelvey’s fourth and fifth picture books were released this year. She has also been editing her four education titles due out in 2021 with Macmillan Education UK.  Sharon Boyce’s debut picture book ‘There’s a Shark in the Loo’

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More Great Achievements by our members

Graham Davidson founded and directed the inaugural IF Maitland Writers Festival in 2020 featuring 47 events across 6 venues. Nigel George published his computer textbook ‘Mastering Django’. Kate Griffith won the Affirm Press Mentorship Award, including a week at Varuna writing with their team. 

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2020 Newcastle Poetry Prize

The 2020 Newcastle Poetry Prize is now open for entries Judges are Mike Ladd and Judith Beveridge Sponsored by the University of Newcastle there is a $25,000 prize pool and
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Writing for Children Part 1

Writing for children is easy—right? Wrong! by Katrina McKelvey Writing for children is complex. After all, the readership is complex. To put it simply: kids are smart! Children deserve stories
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Writing for Children Part 2

What are the different ways I can write for children? by Katrina McKelvey Becoming a children’s author can happen in many ways. I’ve heard loads of unique stories which included
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Writing for Children Part 3

I’ve just written a picture book.  What do I do next?  How can I learn more about writing for children? by Katrina McKelvey Inspiration can hit anyone at any time.
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Writing for Children Part 4

How do I find an illustrator? How do I find a publisher? How do I submit my manuscript to a publisher? by Katrina McKelvey I get asked these questions all
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Australian Literature Part 1

Pages of Us - Introduction  - blog article by Susan Francis Australian Literature. Does such a thing exist? That was the response from my Head Teacher at the UK school
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Australian Literature Part 2

Something Novel - Australian Novelists - blog by Susan Francis In my mid-twenties I formed an attachment to an extremely astute young man: a poet who would invite me ice
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Australian Literature Part 3

Reality Rhymes - blog by Susan Francis Who’s your favourite Australian poet? This one’s easy! Because I think the ideas explored in Australian poetry, post colonisation, are more unconventional than
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Australian Literature Part 4

Different Voices: new and emerging writers – blog by Susan Francis My relationship with Newcastle, the city of my birth, was always problematic. Years were spent away from the place. And now? Well, I have to admit, hand over my heart, I’m in love with it. I discover myself residing in

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Spec Fic Writing Pt 1

Take Us To Your Reader by Michael Tippett Let’s address the oliphaunt in the room, shall we? Speculative fiction is finally getting the respect it deserves. Not too long ago
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Spec Fic Writing Pt 2

Putting the characters in the driver's seat by Graham Davidson Why be a control freak when you can let your characters drive the story for you?  Put a group of
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Spec Fic Writing Pt 3

Writing mythic spec fic: 6 tips You’re setting off on an epic quest. You plan to slash through jungles, slay monsters, summon storms, and conquer civilisations. But how do you
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Spec Fic Writing Pt 4

SpecFic for Fun and Profit I’ve never bought into the genre writing vs. literary writing argument, because it doesn’t take too much research to find out which side makes most of the money. You can’t eat accolades after all. If you want to make a living from your writing, you

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Writing History Part 1

Carriage 'B' of the northbound CountryLink at 1.50pm Writing Historical Non-Fiction with Christine Bramble I’ve spent most of my working life writing – but for someone else!  Study notes, exhibition
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Writing History Part 2

'You can’t change the date of the Battle of Waterloo' Writing Historical Non-Fiction with Christine Bramble Some years ago I attended a workshop on Creative Non-Fiction.  When I mentioned this
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Writing History Part 3

Thomas Keaneally's Error In my last post I referred to the writerly error of “changing the date of the Battle of Waterloo”, i.e., getting the facts wrong in relation to
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True Crime Writing Part 1

True Crime by Ted Bassingthwaighte See It, Touch It, Smell It, Taste It True crime was my passion and occupation for 22 years. I joined the NSW Police Force on
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True Crime Writing Part 2

Why Do We Love True Crime? Mark Lawson in this article in The Guardian  said, "Humans are fascinated by evil,” says bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin. “We wonder where it
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True Crime Writing Part 3

True Crime by Ted Bassingthwaighte The whole crime scene! So, you are ‘standing at the shoulder of monsters’ and what do you expect to see or hear or feel? Are
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True Crime Writing Part 4

True Crime by Ted Bassingthwaighte The best . . . Now that you are prepared for it let’s talk about what’s good. I am passionate about stories in book form
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Poetry Writing Part 1

Professor Christopher (Kit) Kelen is a resident of Bulahdelah and he has travelled extensively around the world. He is a poet, painter and academic who has published a dozen full
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Poetry Writing Part 2

a cheerio call from inside of the poem in its making here I am back again happening to be in a Norway summer high above the Arctic Circle no chance
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Poetry Writing Part 3

Poetry process by Professor Christopher (Kit) Kelen    and what a week it’s been, poetry process enthusiasts… there we were, up above the Arctic Circle, experiencing the midnight sun …
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Poetry Writing Part 4

Poetry Process by Professor Christopher (Kit) Kelen I want to write a poem about the different modes of process I encounter in drafting poems. I started these posts with what
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Poetry Writing Part 5

the last post   in my last blog entry I listed a number of ‘modes’ for the composition of a poem the peripatetic, the here-and-now view, the political – the
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June 2019 Newsletter

Live Readings   New time, new space Cash Prizes - $50, $100 We are thrilled to present our monthly live readings from July to November at Newcastle Art Gallery Join
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Grieve Live Reading – video

August is Grief Awareness month in Australia. Hunter Writers Centre holds an annual writing competition in honour of this month. The print and e-anthology (click to purchase) features over 100 works but here are the 22 prizewinning pieces read with captions. Choose to watch individual pieces read with captions here

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Writing About Significant Loss

Sometimes writing about the loss of a close family member can feel too hard because the enormity of all you have lost might stop you even starting. You may feel
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2018 Newcastle Short Story Award finalists announced

  We are thrilled to announce the authors selected to be published in the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award anthology. Join us at the prize ceremony to find out which of these authors (listed below) will win the prize pool valued at over $7000. Hear the judge, author Ryan O’Neill,

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HWC Poetry Group

Hunter Writers Centre funded the publication of the HWC poetry group’s series of poems that pay tribute to Margaret Olley. Olley was an iconic figure in Australian art whose main focus on landscapes and interiors turned everyday objects and scenes into bursts of colour. As the model for one of

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Willy Wonka’s widow

Our Grieve writing competition (open now) receives many stories and poems about dementia, Alzheimer's and other memory loss conditions.  The fabulous actor, Gene Wilder, suffered Alzheimer's and his widow wrote
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Grieve Writing Competition Opens Valentine’s Day

The Grieve writing competition opens every year on Valentine’s Day – you know the measure of your love by the weight of your loss. Grief is the human response to change and loss in our lives, such as the death of someone we love. It is a natural and normal

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Member News – Graham Davidson

Wish Upon a Southern Star is an anthology of re-told fairy tales for a YA audience. The work of 21 authors from Australia and New Zealand was chosen, including HWC member Graham Davidson’s 10,000 word story, The Tale of Krinkle-myst, Cinderella and the Prince: The True Cinderella Story. The re-telling

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Newcastle Short Story Award Prize Night 6th April

Mark your diaries for Friday 6th April at 5.30pm – the eve of the Newcastle Writers Festival – to hear competition judge, Ryan O’Neill, discuss short story writing and his experience judging the competition. Following this live chat, we will announce the prizes: $3000 – first prize (University of Newcastle);

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