Sunday, May 31, 2009

Short story Radio.A slice of Life

this is a great opportunity to get something more from the written word.

Enter if you dare!!

Short story radio says,

We are excited to announce our latest competition, which is a short story competition with a difference.

The winner will have their story recorded by a professional actor and broadcast via our website and will also receive a free critique from best-selling writer Sophie King of the first 4,000 words of a short story or novel.

The theme of the competition is "A Slice of Life". We would like you to take us into the world of a female protagonist and show us something of her life. It could be a moment, a day or a particular event. Your protagonist can be any age, from any period in time and of any nationality (although the story must be written in English).

We are now accepting submissions and further details can be found at
Best wishes,
Ian SkillicornProducer
Short Story Radio

Friday, May 29, 2009

THE SHACK:29/05/09

What is Phase Plotting? and how can you use it to construct your outline

Notes on narrative: one of the best pieces on the craft that I have come across online

A great essay on Mr. McCarthy and his titles so far

Books that changed authors' lives

Nikesh Murali
The BookDepository

The authors for the literary dinner

this is the link to Random House and the Trout opera by Matthew Condon. This is a short piece on Belinda Jeffrey and her new book Brown skin blue.
and last but not least is Gregory Rogers His book,
The boy, the bear, the barron and the Bard will be featured.

the Biggest little short story.

The Eastern Writers Group is a non-profit community organisation that has been active in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne (currently Box Hill South) since 1938. Our Biggest Little Short Story Competition is on once again in 2009.

closing date30/9/09

Biggest Little Short Story Competition Open theme to 500 words. Prizes: 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50.

Entry fee $5. Entry forms and rules are available from Eastern Writers Group website , by emailing or phoning 03 9434 3491

If we can do little else we can support other writers, groups, and flexing your writing muscles with short stories is a good way to do it.
Go for it.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

THE SHACK:24/05/09

For the uninitiated, the previous recommendations from yours truly (all 273 of them) can be found here: and was an integral part of

That being said, The Shack is happy to be moving into its new home. So tune in every Sunday for -

Interviews you must listen and view, many times over

Nikesh Murali
The BookDepository

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sharpen your pencils and mark the diary

Developing your Writing PracticeAdair JonesSaturday 20 June

Hemingway wrote 1,000 words a day (never more) in his pursuit of one true sentence. Writing in her journal, Helen Garner makes a daily practice of sharpening the tools of her craft. Haruki Murakami likens writing a novel to running: as the body strengthens it’s possible to go longer and longer distances. During this workshop, Adair Jones (The Tower of Forgetting) will cover the discipline of daily writing, touching on different approaches, ways to get started and methods for going the distance.

Introduction to PoetryJulie BeveridgeSaturday 14 November

There are so many genres of poetry, often it’s difficult to know where to begin. Join Julie Beveridge (Home is Where the Heartache is) as she takes you through some fundamental exercises and techniques to get your poetic tongues wagging. Whether you would like to write poetry for recreation or publication, this introduction will set you up with the basics you need to get started


Townsville workshops are held at the Aitkenvale Library, Meeting Room, 4 Petunia Street, Aitkenvale.To book, visit the shop.

If you are a member of QWC, make sure you log in to receive your membership discount.

Friday, May 1, 2009

QWC and a step in the right direction.

QWC/ Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program for Fiction Writers Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) and Hachette Australia are proud to announce an exciting new national program for fiction writers.

This program has been created for emerging Australian authors of fiction who are either unpublished or have no more than one significant work commercially published.

Up to 10 emerging fiction writers will work with publishers from Hachette Australia to develop high-quality fiction manuscripts. The program is open to applicants Australia-wide who are Australian citizens or permanently reside in Australia.

There is a $50 application fee per submission. Download full guidelines and application forms at

DeadlinesApplications open in May 2009.The deadline for submission is last post 24 July 2009.The manuscript development retreat will run in southeast Queensland from 20-25 November 2009.