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Ask an ALAA Agent – Get a Grip on Life

Some of Australia’s most remarkable and inspiring stories stem from true life. Told in voices plain, ornate, and everything in between, first-person accounts serve many purposes and begin from diverse places. A great number of successful books are sparked by the writer’s curiosity about a detail of family, which has always been puzzling or unspoken: …

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Ask an ALAA Agent – Selling Rights

I begin every talk I ever give – no matter what the subject – by telling people they need to have something worth selling. It applies to agents, publishers, and authors. The best description of something worth selling is: a good story, well told. This applies to fiction, narrative non-fiction and children’s books.

Ask an Agent – How to Make a Submission

Do you have a manuscript in your ‘bottom drawer’? One that you promised yourself that you would finish, polish, and get out to agents and/or publishers this year? Now it’s October. . . The year is almost over and you’re keen to make good on that New Year’s resolution and get it onto someone’s desk …

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Plotter vs Pantser

The classic plotter vs pantser debate continues, as Graeme Simsion and Paddy O’Reilly speak to Program Intern Kate Steele about plotting and flying by the seat of your pants. The Plotter – Graeme Simsion You wrote your first novel ‘The Rosie Project’ in a unique way, having started it as a screenplay, then adapting it …

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Writing Fellows and competition winners announced

The recipients of the annual Glenfern Fellowships and emerging writers’ competition have been announced. Glenfern Fellowships The 2014 Glenfern Fellowships for Mid-Career and Established Writers (supported by the Readings Foundation) were awarded to Jennifer Down, Lee Kofman and Christian Ryan. The 2014 Glenfern Fellowships for Emerging Writers (supported by the Grace Marion Wilson Trust) were …

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On blogging and advocacy

WV interviewed award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay in the lead-up to her Writeability advocacy writing workshops at this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival. When did you first start your blog and how has it developed you as a writer? I started this blog in 2009, while I was at university studying my masters …

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