The French Perfumer – February 2017

by Amanda on November 21, 2016

thefrenchperfumer_frontcover1Am very excited to reveal the cover of my new novel ‘The French Perfumer’ which will be released by Penguin Random House Australia in February 2017.

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The French Perfumer – A Novel

by Amanda on September 26, 2016

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Normally these pages are dedicated to the many aspiring writers who have come to my workshops or joined my 12 Chapters in 12 Months programme. Now I’m walking the talk and announcing that my new novel ‘The French Perfumer’ is being released by Penguin Books in early 2017 which I am extremely thrilled about.

Early in 2015 I went to London and the South of France on a research trip. I rented an apartment in Antibes for a month and then went to London had a wonderful time talking to perfume experts. This pic was taken at Roja Parfums which is located in the  exclusive top level of Harrods – oh la la! You can read my research journal for the trip HERE

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Memoir Made Simple Workshop 2017

by Amanda on September 26, 2016

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MEMOIR MADE SIMPLE

NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle.

 6 week workshop starts Sunday March 5th 2017 – 10am to 1pm

Enquiries: workshops@nswwc.org.au

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The Wind’s Story – Anne B. Udy

by Amanda on April 12, 2016

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It is always a thrill for me to receive a book by one of my students or mentorees and this one is super special. Anne joined my 12in12 Programme a couple of years ago to write a novel she had been dreaming about for some time; a romantic fable set in the distant past.

Not having met her, I hadn’t speculated about her age, so when she was struggling with a particular aspect of the writing and losing heart, she finally revealed that she was 87 years old – I was blown away. She had kept this quiet intentionally because she didn’t want any concessions made for her age.

So, without special concessions, she took all feedback on board and completed her delightful tale now published by Xlibris.

Find out more HERE

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Meet the family!

by Amanda on April 11, 2016

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Thought it was about time I made a record of the growing family of books published by my students over the past few years. This isn’t the full collection as some were published via Amazon and went straight to e-book. There are also a number of other completed manuscripts currently seeking publishers.

All of these books (apart from Greg’s thriller ‘The Swap’) were completed with the help of my 12 Chapter in 12 Months programme. And all of them have been self-published.

Self-publishing has never been easier and it’s getting cheaper and more simple every year. There was once a stigma around self-publishing – last century it was called vanity publishing but that has all changed. [click to continue…]

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Mostly Bulldust by Frank Jordan

April 7, 2016

Frank Jordan attended my workshop at the NSW Writers’ Centre in 2011 and signed up to my 12 Chapters in 12 Months programme the next year to complete his novel. Somewhere down the track on that project, he realised that he could also utilise the mentoring process to get the collection of short stories he’d […]

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Free memoir workshop coming up!

March 6, 2016

Warringah Council have invited me to give a 3 hour memoir writing workshop on April 19th 2016 as part of Seniors week. Sponsored by Council, it is free – and includes refreshments! All the details HERE

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The Swap – Greg Moriarty

October 27, 2015

This is a guest blog from Greg Moriarty who attended my fiction workshop in 2011 and recently self-published his crime novel. You can find out more about his book HERE Writing & Publishing my crime novel – The Swap Developing the idea The idea for my novel had just come to me when I took […]

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Magda in Mona Vale

August 14, 2015

I’m thrilled to have been invited by the lovely Gillian May, Manager of Berkelouw Books Mona Vale, to engage Magda Szubanski ‘In Conversation’ to promote her soon to be released book ‘Reckoning’ in early October 2015 . Sounds very intriguing – look forward to reading it! We have also scheduled the final 2015 Memoir Made […]

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Can creative writing be taught?

July 19, 2015

Excellent article in The Australian by Tegan Bennett Daylight about creative writing workshops. It really encapsulates my own teaching philosophy of opening up the craft of the subject – without getting bogged down in technicalities – to help each aspiring author to improve and grow in their own way. When it comes to completing a […]

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Jane King – Book Launch

July 16, 2015

I was very thrilled last night to attend the launch of Jane King’s beautiful memoir ‘Is it Tomorrow Today?’ Jane attended my memoir workshop at the NSW Writers’ Centre more than three years ago and was absolutely determined to embark on and complete this book. She joined my 12in12 mentoring programme and completed the first […]

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Extreme Writing! Workshop

July 2, 2015

Just finished a two-day ‘Extreme Writing!’ school holiday workshop for budding young writers – always a heap of fun – and have another running in Avalon next week. I’m always blown away by the imagination and enthusiasm of young writers, although it saddens me how often they ask if they are ‘allowed’ to do something […]

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