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What happens when a YA fiction writer and a poet get together to write a genre fiction novel, where they're both working on the same character and no one is designated driver? In this conversation, held at Daffodil Cottage, they discuss their "experimental" approach to collaboration.WestWords による
 
This fortnight we feature a conversation with publisher and editor from Tyle&Bateson Publishing, Leonie Tyle. She speaks with James Roy about the publishing prospects of new writers now, compared with thirty or more years ago, and the shift in thinking that may be required to claim your spot in the world of the published writer.…
 
Corporate coach, networking expert and media commentator Amanda Rose (amandarose.com.au and @theamandarose) shares her expert insights into how anyone trying to make a go of it in the business and/or creative world can make the most of the social media and networking tools, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. She discusses th…
 
Award-winning children's and young adult writer and previous WestWords presenter, Wai Chim, recently appeared in Australian Survivor: Brains vs Brawn, which saw two teams of competitors face off in the Australian outback. Wai and made it through 44 of the 48 days in punishing conditions, to be in the final five out of 24, which was an incredible ef…
 
Fiona Murphy is an award-winning Deaf poet and author. Her work has been appeared in The Guardian, ABC, The Age, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Big Issue, and in many other outlets. Her debut memoir, The Shape of Sound, was released by Text Publishing in 2021. In this conversation with James Roy, Fiona talks …
 
Lifelong educator and champion of public libraries, Paula Kelly Paull, speaks with James about the journey of libraries, from public spaces to hallowed halls of learning, and all the way back to public spaces. Listen to the end for some tips on the role libraries can continue to play in a time of COVID.…
 
Erica Wagner is a thirty-plus year veteran of the Australian publishing industry, and has worked at Penguin and Allen and Unwin, amongst others. In this conversation with James she discusses what publishers are looking for, how best to pitch your work, and even pitches her own idea about a boy with memory loss who becomes a frog.…
 
It's Groundhog Day... I mean, Lockdown 2.0! What a time to be alive! But seriously, what better time to start - or continue - that creative project? And if that's the case, we have all the encouragement and resources you need. Plus opportunities for poets and writers of all stripes. And last but not least, James reveals his desert island album in Q…
 
Writer and former journalist - and current WestWords-Whitlam Institute Female Orphan School Writer-in-Residence Laura Greaves speaks with James Roy about some of the necessary ethical considerations one must make when writing historical fiction.WestWords による
 
Writer, journalist and WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writing Fellow Emma O'Neill-Sandham speaks with James about looking for the unusual "monkey-fish" moments in people's stories and memories, and offers some useful tips for effectively and productively interviewing subjects.WestWords による
 
James Knight recently prepared the text for the WestWords-MECA Refugee Week postcard project, and in this mini-masterclass he talks about the method he used to identify the threads of a bigger story so he could create short pieces that still had an impact.WestWords による
 
Zainab came to Australia from Iraq as a refugee, and found a calling as a yoga teacher. This is her story. This podcast series is a collaboration between WestWords, the Western Sydney literature development organisation, and MECA (Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency). Interviews were conducted by James Knight. Editing and production by James Roy…
 
From being jailed as a persecuted ethnic minority to Pride of Australia medal winner, it's been quite the refugee journey for Abulla. This podcast series is a collaboration between WestWords, the Western Sydney literature development organisation, and MECA (Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency). Interviews were conducted by James Knight. Editing …
 
Gina came to Australia from Syria with Arabic and French, but no English at all. Now she is fluent. And the identity of her English teacher? You'll never guess... oink... This podcast series is a collaboration between WestWords, the Western Sydney literature development organisation, and MECA (Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency). Interviews wer…
 
Imagine going to work one day, and running for your life the next, with no idea where you'll end up. This is a story of patience and courage. TThis podcast series is a collaboration between WestWords, the Western Sydney literature development organisation, and MECA (Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency). Interviews were conducted by James Knight.…
 
How do you go from a Kenyan refugee to Australian Local Hero of the Year? Let Rosemarie tell you. This podcast series is a collaboration between WestWords, the Western Sydney literature development organisation, and MECA (Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency). Interviews were conducted by James Knight. Editing and production by James Roy. © Copyr…
 
At its most basic, writing really only needs two tools - something to write with and something to write on. But with so many digital options available, which word processor is right for you? Author of 35 books with 25 years experience, James Roy, discusses some of the choices available out there for the discerning wordsmith.…
 
We are so grateful to James and Ashley from the James & Ashley Stay At Home podcast (https://jamesandashley.libsyn.com/) for allowing us to present their recent conversation with Kavita Bedford, WestWords-WSU Writer-in-Residence and author of Shapes & Dark Shapes (Text Publishing), in which they talk about (amongst much more) Kavita's writing proce…
 
Bestselling children's author Tim Harris (Toffle Towers; Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables) talks about finding discipline in your writing life, and discusses the various challenges and strategies. This podcast is taken from a seminar Tim presented to the 2020 WestWords Academy.WestWords による
 
Deborah Abela is one of the busiest and most sought-after presenters in the children's book industry, and in this second of two parts, she talks about some of the tips and tricks that are key to maximising one of the most important parts of being a professional writer – presenting your work.WestWords による
 
Deborah Abela is one of the busiest and most sought-after presenters in the children's book industry, and in the first of two parts, she talks about some of the tips and tricks that are key to maximising one of the most important parts of being a professional writer – presenting your work.WestWords による
 
Adam Turner is a prolific and award-winning freelance biz-tech and consumer-tech writer and podcaster. In this mini-masterclass he speaks with James about how to secure this kind of work, how to decide what to write about, and some of the pitfalls to avoid in a growing and competitive market. The WestWords Mini-Masterclasses are supported by the Cu…
 
Isobelle Carmody is a shining light in the global fantasy world. In this talk, recorded as part of WestWords' monthly Kitten Cub event, she discusses writing fantasy as a means to understand the traumatic events of real life. The WestWords Mini-Masterclasses are supported by the Cultural Fund Copyright Agency.…
 
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