It’s been a while since the last recap. So this is more like “the last two months in a minute”!
Lunch with Candace Bushnell
It was great to see so many familiar faces at the Business Chicks lunch featuring S#x and the City author Candace Bushnell. I had the opportunity to interview Candace earlier this year and I loved how down to earth she is. We compared notes about living between a house in the country and an apartment in the city (although I’m sure her New York pad is probably more than a bit fancier than my apartment in Sydney!)
I hosted a table at the Melbourne lunch with Candace. Pictured here with Australian Writers’ Centre presenter Karen Andrews, and marketing manager Leona D’vaz.
There were plenty of Margaritas and Cosmopolitans. Naturally.
Then I did the whole thing again with an awesome groups of women in Sydney. Pictured here with author, blogger and TV panellist Kerri Sackville.
Awesome group of students
I loved teaching the Australian Writers’ Centre weekend Melbourne course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing. It’s inspiring being with so many enthusiastic students and watching their talent unfold over the weekend as they learn how to put their new skills into practice.
Here’s what student Anna Hickey said about the last course. If you’re in Melbourne the next on is 5 to 6 October. See you there!
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We launched a magazine!
I’m so excited about the Australian Writers’ Centre magazine, which we launched last month. I hope you like it!
You can browse it here:
You can find out more about the magazine here.
Two awesome days at Problogger Conference
I spent two wonderful days on the Gold Coast as I was privileged to speak at the Problogger Conference. It was great to be immersed in all things blogging. In one session, I shared the stage with talented Australian Writers’ Centre graduate Kelly Exeter to talk about “How to become a freelance writer”.
The next day, I co-presented with the PR Warrior himself, Trevor Young, in a session on “How to use your blog to build your brand”.
It was fantastic to catch up with some of the Australia’s leading and emerging bloggers.
WIth Clint Greagan, the wonderful blogger behind ReservoirDad.com and winner of the Best Australian Blogs Competition 2013 (Personal/Parenting category)
We celebrated our 8th birthday!
I can’t believe that it’s been eight years since the Australian Writers’ Centre opened its doors (well, way back then we were the Sydney Writers’ Centre). I never expected that we would expand nationally, and that so many students would end up being published and finding the job of their dreams. It’s been a wonderful ride so far. I’m surrounded by a great team and inspiring teachers, authors and writers. And our students amaze us each day with their successes and achievements.
Happy birthday to us!
With thriller author L.A. Larkin (left) and picture book expert Cathie Tasker (right).
We drove up to Sydney with four of our five furry babies. (Yes, this is quite an eventful journey complete with poops, chucks and sibling fights in the car). The fifth one went to doggie dude ranch. It was great to come back for a Sydney fix of some of my fave places.
No trip is complete without having a degustation experience for the fur kids at Chew Chew Pet Restaurant in Wollstonecraft.
There’s no food for humans. Only pets.
There are even designer bowls for your pooch to munch from.
Hanging out at The Boathouse at Balmoral Beach.
Appreciating the inspiring view from the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Sydney campus.
And shopping up a storm at my fave Sydney boutique Zulu Lulu at McMahons Point. (Instagram video, press play)
It was a flying visit (well, except that we drove). And I can’t wait for the next one. Meanwhile, it’s back to Victoria and an exciting couple of months ahead!