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Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – 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.
 
Leading celebrity and portrait photographer Gina Milicia discusses how to get the most out of your photography, including all the gear and gadgets you need. She chats to photography enthusiast Valerie Khoo on how to pose people, scout the best locations, and more. Useful tips, practical advice – and even some gossip – to help you get ahead, behind the lens!
 
The Sydney Writers' Centre 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. Founder of the Sydney Writers' Centre, Valerie Khoo, interviews successful writers on how they approach the writing process and what goes into creating a remarkable piece of work. www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au
 
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Ingrid Thompson simplifies how we build a business.

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Business has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it. In this podcast, we hear stories from business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders who think big and who take action to create their own business success. As we delve into their lessons learned we offer easy business life-hacks and debunk common business myths giving you tangible and tactical tools, tips and tricks to revolutionise how you build your own business. I’m your host Ingrid Thompson – renowned business educator & mentor with ...
 
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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A.L. Tait is better known as co-host of this very podcast, Allison Tait. The Wolf's Howl is book two in her Maven and Reeve series, and it's another cracking middle grade adventure. This is such a great book and – although you can enjoy it on its own – I highly encourage you to read the first book in the series as well. In this Story Session, Allis…
 
"Whatever it is you are waiting for - is keeping you in a state of limbo!" That's Michelle Okwudiafor and she adds "Put all the excuses aside because you are capable" Michelle is an advocate for visibility and inclusion and in this conversation she speaks about how she has grown this business while working a full time job - and that point where she…
 
Meet Wai Chim, author of 'The Surprising Power Of A Good Dumpling'. Learn what nobody tells you about the publishing industry. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The One Impossible Labyrinth' by Matthew Reilly – the internationally bestselling author of the Scarecrow series, the Jack West series and numerous standalone novels. Read the show notes Connect w…
 
Many people will know Marion as a former journalist and political speechwriter, but this is her debut novel - and it is stunning. The subject matter is tough, it deals with terrorism and PTSD and trauma, but Marion has written a compassionate and moving story about friendship. In this Story Session, Marion talks about her writing process and reads …
 
Stacey Hylen is my guest today and she started her first business when she was in third grade and then an even more successful business when she was 11 years old. Stacey says: "Many people feel they are getting paid well, just not enough to reflect their brilliance at what they do and the kind of results and support they create for their clients. I…
 
You'll meet Kyle Perry, author of 'The Deep'. Don't forget to check out our sister podcast, 'So you want to be a copywriter'. Romance is the biggest selling genre in fiction, so learn more about our upcoming course, Romance Writing. Congrats to AWC grad Veronica Lando who has just been announced as winner of 2021 Banjo Prize with HarperCollins. Plu…
 
This is a special 'betweenisode' because today we’re bringing you an industry insight episode with author Jack Heath. In this chat with Valerie Khoo, Jack goes into the nuts and bolts of his experience in one of the latest developments in the publishing industry – a novel specifically written for audio. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, All…
 
Suzanne is a mindset coach for music-preneurs and creatives and she says it is time to #RedesigntheHustle! Combining her 18+ years in the music industry with a Master's in Psychology she now helps creatives reach their goals. This is more than time management solutions – this is growth mindset meets getting clarity on the next steps. There’s a reas…
 
Meet Sofie Laguna, author of 'The Song of Lewis Carmichael'. Discover how to prep for NaNoWriMo. Congratulations to AWC graduate Fiona Murphy on becoming a published author with her debut memoir 'The Shape of Sound'. Plus, we have 3 copies of '2 Sisters Detective Agency' by James Patterson and Candice Fox to give away. Read the show notes Connect w…
 
Now, this is so exciting as this is Sarah’s fourth published novel, and her first standalone book outside of her very popular Gemma Woodstock crime series. In this novel, we’re introduced to a new protagonist – investigative journalist Olive Groves. In this Story Session, Sarah talks about her writing process and reads the first chapter of The Hous…
 
Destini Copp says "You may feel like no-one is watching, no-one is seeing what you are doing. Keep on going, keep moving forward. People are watching. People are seeing what you are doing. You are building your future. Believe in what you are doing and keep going." When Destini started her business, she started big and was looking to scale and grow…
 
Meet Susannah Hardy, author of 'Loving Lizzie March'. Discover why you should not show off your research skills and why indie publishing could be right for you. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Sweet Jimmy' by Bryan Brown to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre…
 
This is the fourth novel from Sandie and it is bound to be as fabulously popular as her previous three. Longtime listeners may remember we spoke to Sandie back in episode 323 when The Banksia Bay Beach Shack had just come out, which was her third novel, and before that she published The Cottage at Rosella Cove and The Kookaburra Creek Cafe. In this…
 
Top photographers reveal their tips that could change the way you shoot. We chat with: Sean Tucker about selecting authentic subject matter that is meaningful to the photographer and why seeking honest critiques and ignoring social media praise is a game-changer. Also street photographer Julia Coddington on how to get close to people in street phot…
 
Brooke Lively says that she came to realise that most business owners are a little intimidated by their numbers, they don’t know what they're saying and they don’t know how to use them. "People start a business from a point of passion" she says "and they don't have the training and so they feel stressed and frustrated. That's why my business is her…
 
Meet Amy Suiter Clarke, author of 'Girl, 11'. Discover how to join in on 'Australia Reads'. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Cat Who Saved Books' by Sosuke Natsukawa to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKhoo.com See omny…
 
If you haven’t read any of Tony’s books before, you are in for a treat. His bestselling novels are set in Africa and they are full of action, adventure and thrills - and this one is no exception. As you’ll hear in his intro, Blood Trail is Tony’s 19th novel! So if you love this, then there are plenty more amazing Tony Park books you can sink your t…
 
Discover the biggest ‘a-ha’ moments from masters of photography. We hear from photographer and New York Times bestseller Nick Boothman shares the best way for portrait photographers to connect with the people they photograph and get authentic reactions. He also shares the best smile tip ever! You’ll discover Nat Geo photographer Ami Vitale’s advice…
 
Allison Jackson Fitness originally started out as FitMomsofNJ.com in 2010 when she began to realize how many of her mom-friends were either struggling to lose weight, looking for ways to incorporate exercise into their busy lives or trying to figure out how to prioritize their health while caring for their family. Fitness is absolutely her passion.…
 
Meet Matt Murphy, author of Rum: a Distilled History of Colonial Australia, and why you should 'relocate your darlings' instead of killing them. Congrats to AWC alumna Anika Molesworth who shares her powerful story with her debut book, Our Sunburnt Country. Plus, we have 3 copies of Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty to giveaway. Read the show not…
 
This is the latest YA novel from Gabrielle, whose previous bestselling books include My Life as a Hashtag, Beatle Meets Destiny, The Reluctant Hallelujah and The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex. This is a fresh take on the body-swapping/soul-swapping theme and it’s going to be another hit. In this Story Session, Gabrielle talks about her writi…
 
Meet photographer Brenda Petrella who took a leap of faith when she left her cushy job as a cancer researcher for a tree change and life as a landscape photographer. She is a Vermont-based landscape and nature photographer, the founder of Outdoor Photography School , and the host of the Outdoor Photography Podcast. We chat about how it feels to mak…
 
Meet Karen Wyld, author of 'Heroes, Rebels and Innovators: Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history'. Discover the story behind 'The Bondi to Manly Walk Guidebook' by Tara Wells. Learn how AWC graduate Sandhya Parappukkaran followed her creative curiosity to become a published picture book author. Plus, we have 3 copies o…
 
Rebekah Campbell is a serial entrepreneur who has played a lead role in the disruption of two industries. She's best known as the Co-Founder of Hey You, Australia's number 1 order ahead platform used by 900 000+ Aussies in cafes and quick service restaurants (QSR) Hey You grew out of the combination of Rebekah's Posse.com and another business calle…
 
This 'inbetweenisode' is part of our Story Sessions series and features 'All the Murmuring Bones' by Australian Writers' Centre presenter A.G. Slatter (Angela Slatter). This is a gripping dark novel from Angela, who is well known for her supernatural crime novels 'Vigil', 'Corpselight' and 'Restoration'. We just love Angela’s stories - she creates …
 
It’s never too late to start a photography business. Meet photographer Rebecca Martin. Not only is she a mother of eight, she’s grandmother to 11 kids! Rebecca picked up a camera to start recording her babies, and now runs a successful wedding and portrait business. She’s started working with her daughter Lena as a second shooter and talks about th…
 
Kenzi Wood is a full-stack marketer turned content writer, writing for businesses. She took her side hustle and made it a full time viable business. Kenzi has helped more than 150 agencies and entrepreneurs. She's written more than 1 000 pieces of content - one thousand! for more than 300 000 readers! You know how much I, Ingrid. love data and stat…
 
Meet Gabriel Bergmoser, author of 'The Inheritance'. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'Dinosaur Dads' by award-winning author and AWC presenter Lesley Gibbes to give away. It's her 10th picture book! Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | AllisonTait.com | ValerieKh…
 
Kelli Komondor was our guest on episode 158 and in that episode she explained imposter syndrome in a way I’ve not heard previously. Imposter syndrome affects so many people which is why I want to bring you this episode with: Kelli's explanation of imposter syndrome how she found that she could start to overcome imposter syndrome the activity I work…
 
Meet photographer Anna Hornby, who does fine art lifestyle, virtual and family photography. Anna walks us through a virtual shoot and discuss: shooting on an iphone and getting over the tech cringe, directing and posing and find great light virtually, her influences, finding inspiration everywhere, growing a new business, editing and shooting with …
 
Katie Chonacas is a multi disciplinary artist who utilises her voice to inspire change and transformation in people who want to make an impact on the world Katie Chonacas is the first NFT artist to release a poem on love on blockchain. "A Lover’s Fairytale" was released on World Poetry Day and is available on Amazon. Katie Chonacas writes for Huff …
 
Meet Rebekah Campbell, author of '138 Dates: The true story of one woman's search for everything'. Discover how to harness community to build book sales. Have you listened to the Your Kid's Next Read podcast? Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Disappearing Act' by Catherine Steadman to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and li…
 
How do you build your photography skills and career when you are flat out busy, constantly on the road and have limited time? This week’s guest Danni Banchi does just that, combining her busy life driving trucks across the US with her love of photography. Find out more about she makes it work in this week’s episode. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy …
 
Money scares many people. But it doesn’t scare Ean Price Murphy. She doesn’t want business owners to have to worry about their “crazy” finances anymore! People who are nervous or confused about money work with Ean to become confident, comfortable and knowledgeable around money. She wasn’t born a bookkeeper. She learned it slowly. Ean graduated with…
 
Meet Tim Ayliffe, author of 'The Enemy Within'. Congrats to AWC presenter Lesley Gibbes on publishing her 10th picture book, 'Dinosaur Dads'. Plus, we have 3 copies of 'The Wolf's Howl' by A.L. Tait to give away. Read the show notes Connect with Valerie, Allison and listeners in the podcast community on Facebook Visit WritersCentre.com.au | Allison…
 
"Business is a Roller Coaster" says Nicki Krawczyk who we met recently in episode number 156 This is one of our short sharp standout episodes - 10 minutes! Nicky says: "By its very nature Entrepreneurship is scary And you have to be willing to Get outside your comfort zone" Nicky tells us how she deals with the role coaster and describes being an e…
 
How do you take your photography to the next level? You may be surprised to know that it’s not about a specific technical skill or a particular piece of equipment. There are 5 strategies you need to consider if you truly want to excel and make it as a photographer. Discover them in this week’s episode. Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast. S…
 
Myrtle and Maude creates natural wellbeing products for pregnancy. Julia d'Albert Pusey is the Co-Founder and a super smart business woman. This episode is packed with about as much as can be packed into 40+ minutes. I think Julia is probably one of THE most prepared guests I've ever had on the show. Julia says: "Don’t be scared of failing – just d…
 
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