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Everything you’ve always wanted to know about succeeding in the world of writing and publishing. Learn practical writing techniques, go behind-the-scenes and discover how real-life authors got their big break. Uncover the creative processes of writers who have made it. Your host is Valerie Khoo – author, journalist, creative and CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre.
 
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A podcast about the first time you...publish a book. One part reality show, one part writers’ master class. Debut novelists Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall get practical advice from Australian writers on all the firsts: agents, editors, social media, reviews and if you need to get your nails done to match your book cover. And Kate makes Katherine spill the beans on all her feels in the lead up to the September launch of Katherine’s debut novel, The Helpline. The First Time podcast is ...
 
A podcast on writers and writing features interviews with best-selling and acclaimed writers in a wide range of genres including literary fiction, fantasy, children's books, non-fiction, business and much more. Valerie Khoo interviews successful writers on how they approach the writing process and what goes into creating a remarkable piece of work. www.writerscentre.com.au
 
The Aussie Writers Literary Podcast serves up interviews with writers, readers, publishers, librarians, bookshop owners, and other professionals in the Australian writing landscape. Our listeners are writers and readers who are interested in high-quality books by Australian authors. We are extra keen to promote newly emerging Australian writing talent, along with well-known, established Australian authors. Aussie Writers is a not-for-profit service for writers to share their writing with the ...
 
Next Wave’s BREAKFAST CLUB is your early morning shot of artistic and intellectual insight and for the first time ever it’s available as a Podcast series! We’ll be tackling big issues from new perspectives. Feminism, family, the shifting media landscape and imaginary worlds – explored through a series of provocations from Australian artists, writers and creative thinkers.
 
Creative Conversations is brought to you by the China Australia Writing Centre, a partnership between Fudan University, Shanghai, and Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. CAWC is a research and creative partnership that focuses on Australian writing in China, and Chinese writing in Australia. Creative Conversations features writers, academics and artists discussing writing across cultures. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and the development of cross-cultural understa ...
 
Welcome to Murder and Mayhem – the podcast where we explore the dark and mysterious side of writing. It’s a world filled with more evil and crime than you can shake a sharpened stick at – where people save the world from certain destruction, where spies, terrorists and thugs abound, and where the killer could be someone in your very own home. It's also a world often filled with flawed heroes and likeable villains. But above all, it’s a place where we explore the authors who tell these very s ...
 
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In our eleventh episode of our Summer Series, Katherine speaks with multi-award winning author Kim Scott about history, identity, culture and language, particularly of his ancestors the Noongar people. Kim Scott grew up on the south coast of Western Australia. As a descendant of those who first created human society along that edge of ocean, he is …
 
Meet Luke Rutledge, author of A Man and His Pride. Does visualising your book goal actually work? What’s an oronym? And win Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inform…
 
In the tenth episode of our Summer Series, Kate speaks with Australian Fiction Queen, Liane Moriarty in a wide ranging conversation about her career, writing process and dealing with Hollywood. Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of nine internationally bestselling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s L…
 
New York Times bestselling author of 20 books, Lisa Unger on Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six. Having a multi-passionate career and how to use diacritical writing marks! And win Why We Sing by Julia Hollander. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnyst…
 
In our sixth episode of our Summer Series, Katherine speaks with Australian Children's Laureate (22-23) Gabrielle Wang. Gabrielle Wang is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 20 novels and picture books for children and young adults. She was born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. As a result, Gabrielle’s books are a blend of both Au…
 
In the eighth episode of our Summer Series, Kate and Katherine get schooled by Kate's talented friend, marketing/social media expert Shay Gardner on ALL things social media. This episode was so popular and birthed the phrase 'bring the salad'. Check out this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirstti…
 
Two writing apps to help develop your story. And meet AWC alumna Penelope Janu, who has just released her eighth novel! And win Bret Easton Ellis’s latest novel The Shards. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy …
 
In the seventh episode of our Summer Series, Kate speaks with internationally bestselling author, Sarah Winman. Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Weber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. Her first novel, When God Was a Rabbit was an international bestseller, her …
 
In our sixth episode of our Summer Series, Katherine speaks with bestselling Australian author, Natasha Lester Natasha Lester is the internationally bestselling author of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, Her Mother's Secret, The Paris Seamstress, The French Photographer, The Paris Secret and The Riviera House, and a former marketing executive for L'Oreal…
 
You asked some pretty personal and deep questions - and Valerie went there! She's answered them here. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By Australian Writers' Centre
 
In our fifth episode of our Summer Series, Kate talks to much loved Australian literary legend, Tony Birch. Tony Birch is a novelist, short story writer, poet and academic. He is the author of three novels: Ghost River, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award…
 
In our fourth episode of our Summer Series we revisit our most popular ep ever! Kate speaks to Literary Queen, Helen Garner. Helen Garner’s first book, Monkey Grip, was published in 1977. She is well known for her novels, short stories, journalism and essays, and for several influential works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbo…
 
Nikki Crutchley on her novel In Her Blood and how self-publishing led to her agent and book deal, old dictionaries, how John Steinbeck write his books and much more. And win copies of Blurb Your Enthusiasm by Louise Wilder. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | Valer…
 
In our third episode of our Summer Series, we revisit Kate's conversation with Madeleine Dore which was a hugely popular ep to kick off 2022. We hope you can apply her energy to your 2023 new year! Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer, interviewer and founder of Extraordinary Routines. Since 2014, Dore has been asking creative thinkers how they nav…
 
In our second episode of our Summer Series, we revisit Katherine's conversation with Benjamin Law. Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law, Gaysia, the Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101 and editor of Growing up Queer in Australia. He created and co-wrote three seasons of the award winning SBS TV series The Family Law and wrote the sold-out MTC …
 
Katie McMahon on her novel The Accident and combining writing with her work as a medical doctor. Claiming your author page on Goodreads even before your book is published, silient letters, how language evolved and much more. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | Vale…
 
Welcome to our Summer Series! First off we take you back to our very first ever episode in 2018 where we discuss just what The First Time Podcast is all about (or at least what we planned back then!). Then we chat to Claire G Coleman. Claire G Coleman is a Noongar woman whose family belong to the south coast of Western Australia. She writes fiction…
 
Jo Riccioni on her young adult novel, The Branded and why she loves mentoring teenagers. Useful apps for freelance writers. And much more. Also win copies of What Writers Read by Pandora Sykes. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/…
 
We are thrilled to bring you this special episode with Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer, filmmaker and refugee advocate Behrouz Boochani. The episode includes conversations Kate had with Behrouz in Aotearoa at Verb Wellington and in Naarm, Melbourne ahead of his sold out event at The Wheeler Centre. At Behrouz's request, Kate also spoke to his tr…
 
Children's author Belinda Murrell on her latest novel 'The Silver Sea' and a career spanning more than 35 books. Where did collective nouns originate and techniques on how to make your character drive the story forward when writing fiction. Also, win copies of 'Wish You Were Here' by Karly Lane. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listener…
 
It's the last episode of a pretty epic season! Kate and Katherine talk the year that was for both of them, plus what they've been reading, watching and listening to. It's not a 'best of' list but it's a great list. Things that get mentioned include: The First Time interview with Kim Scott The First Time interview with Chloe Hooper Lessons in Chemis…
 
Award-winning young adult author turned crime writer Kate McCaffrey on her first novel for adults, Double Lives. How to get the most of our “morning pages” and what “crutch words” do you use? And win The Tilt by Chris Hammer. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | Val…
 
A very special, final Master Series episode for Season 5! Kate was THRILLED to have the opportunity to speak to literary legend George Saunders. They discuss his early writing life, his model for revising, advice to writers, why he loves teaching and his Story Club community and his latest collection Liberation Day. George Saunders is the author of…
 
Meet Ben Bravery. His memoir is The Patient Doctor, a fascinating story on how his cancer diagnosis led to him becoming a doctor. How songs are created and the origin of the word ‘bogus’. And win The Brothers by S. D. Hinton. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | Val…
 
This episode Katherine speaks to poet and writer Allen C. Jones about basketball, poetry, metaphor mapping and his debut novel, Her Death Was Also Water. Allen C. Jones is an award-winning writer from California. He has lived and taught in Spain, Mexico, Korea, China, and presently serves as associate professor of literature in Norway. He earned an…
 
Meet Bronwyn Hall, author of Gone to Ground. And discover the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue! And win Back On Country: Welcome to Our Country by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnyst…
 
Our final Master Series of S5! And it's a LIVE one! Recorded at Readings Hawthorn with the fabulous Australian novelist and nature writer, Inga Simpson. We discuss her writing career, how to fall back in love with your craft, love of trees and Inga's latest book - 'the great Australian cricket novel - Willowman (Hachette Australia). Inga Simpson is…
 
Meet Sean Williams, author of Honour Among Ghosts (and six Star Wars novels)! And win 'Superspy Science' by Kathryn Harkup, all about the science and tech in the world of James Bond. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener fo…
 
Kate is home and insufferably glowy after her residency, handing in her MS and the fabulous Verb Wellington festival. Katherine is 'very happy for her.' Lots of mentions this ep, including: Verb Wellington Bad Diaries Salon Meeting Behrouz Boochani - author of No Friend but the Mountains and his new book Freedom, Only Freedom Esther Perel in Where …
 
Meet Allie Reynolds, author of The Bay. And Grace Chan, author of Every Version of You talks about how she got her big break. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Meet Julie Fison, author of the compelling novel One Punch. What is the origin of the phrase "steal your thunder"? Plus win your very own copy of the latest Phyrne Fisher adventure, Murder in Williamstown by Kerry Greenwood. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | Vale…
 
This episode our featured book is brought to you by Allen and Unwin and we are delighted to be talking to Heather Rose about her memoir of loss and discovery, NOTHING BAD EVER HAPPENS HERE. Heather Rose is the Australian author of eight novels, writing for both adults and children. Her books have been shortlisted, long-listed or won awards for lite…
 
Meet New York Times bestselling author Ellie Marney on her latest novel The Killing Code. And debut author Grace Chan talks about how she got her book deal. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Our first international recording! Kate is logging on from the Michael King writers centre (i.e. her New Zealand residency) and has been walking up volcanos, writing in her journal and doing *some* work on her forthcoming book. Meanwhile Katherine is Melbourne and it is wet. It has been wet forever. Lots of great things to read / watch / listen to …
 
Author Oliver Phommavanh talks about his middle grade novel What About Thao? How to get over your fears - and more. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Meet memoirist Lee Kofman, author of The Writer Laid Bare. And how to repurpose the research for your novel so it doesn't go to waste. And win The Whitewash by Siang Lu. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inf…
 
In this episode Katherine speaks to Dervla McTiernan how her writing life began, the importance of setting in crime writing, good vs bad, and all the stuff -- from Plottr to Scrivener and Goodnotes -- she uses to write. Enjoy! Award-winning, number one bestseller Dervla McTiernan has established herself as one of the biggest names in crime fiction.…
 
Dani Vee talks about her journey to publication of her picture book My EXTRAordinary Mum. And our special book/movie giveaway of Mrs Harris Goes to Paris. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Sulari Gentill on her murder mystery The Woman in the Library and her unique way of writing. Wait till you hear this! Also, how to free up your novel writing by putting on a playwright's hat. And do you say "by accident" or "on accident"? Plus win your very own copy of Runt by Craig Silvey. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in …
 
Kate is about to head off to NZ for a long awaited residency (via Varuna the Writers House) and Katherine is making comics -- check out her 100 day challenge via Insta). The hosts talk data, creativity and what the best selling book of all time is (it might surprise you!). Lots of mentions this ep, including: 'Writing and the Fluidity of Creative P…
 
Reece Carter on how his debut novel A Girl Called Corpse started an international bidding war. The essential element of a good opening to a story. And what are 'ghost words'? And win A Kind of Magic, a memoir from Anna Spargo-Ryan. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au…
 
In this episode Kate speaks with best selling and award winning Australian author and television presenter, Holly Ringland, about her creative process, writing through fear and grief, the road to publication for her debut novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart and the writing of her new novel The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding. Holly Ringland is the a…
 
Minnie Darke on her latest novel With Love From Wish & Co and why she also write under the names Danielle Wood and Angelica Banks. Plus: the rise and rise of rom com books. And our new segment: My Big Break. Here, children's author Carla Fitzgerald talks about what she did to get published. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in …
 
This special bonus episode was recorded with Ben Hunter from Booktopia's 'Tell Me What to Read' podcast. Ben, Kate and Katherine review and recommend some of their favourite debut reads from this year. (It's by no means a definitive list!) Books mentioned include: Son of Sin by Omar Sakr | Only a Monster by Vanessa Len | Sunbathing by Isobel Beech …
 
Petronella McGovern on building a successful career writing psychological suspense. Her third novel, The Liars, is out now. We also talk about tips for self-editing and more! And win copies of The Book of Phobias and Manias by Kate Summerscale. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit Writers…
 
Kate and Katherine catch up -- It's school holidays which means no writing is getting done but there's lots of reading and listening and general book talk. Katherine's obsessed with life coaches, maybe Kate will be too soon? The hosts talk academics and serendipity and The Artists Way gets mentioned for oh about the hundredth time. Enjoy! Today our…
 
Comedian and TV presenter James O'Loghlin on his first novel for adults, Criminals. Author Carla Fitzgerald talks about how she got her big break. And more! Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | ValerieKhoo.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
A.G Slatter (Angela Slatter) talks to Valerie Khoo on how she developed her author career and her latest novel The Path of Thorns. Publishers who accept unsolicited submissions – and how to make sure your manuscript is ready! Plus we have 3 copies of The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners …
 
In this episode Kate speaks with internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan about her writing career in which she has written a formidable number of award winning titles spanning children's lit, YA, fantasy, realism and speculative fiction and including the short story collection Black Juice, the novel Tender Morsels and the NYT bes…
 
In this week's episode: Ruth Ware, author of The IT Girl, on how she has hit the New York Times bestseller list 7 times! And join our celebration with a mystery guest you all know and love! Plus we have copies of Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson to give away! Read the show notes Connect with Valerie and listeners in the podcast community on Faceb…
 
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