Author Archives: Karen Whitelaw

Speech Recognition Software

Over the past year I’ve noticed that my hands and wrists are becoming sore from typing. Not just the soreness from overuse but there’s been some nerve pain too. So I started looking up speech recognition software on the Internet, … Continue reading

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THE NWF/JOANNE BURNS AWARD 2016

It’s time again for the Microlit Award jointly-sponsored by the Newcastle Writers Festival and Spineless Wonders. Finalists in 2015 saw their work made into visual presentations. Very exciting! Check out my winning story under ‘videos’ here. In 2016 finalists will be considered for … Continue reading

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In Defense of Procrastination

Some writers think procrastination is the same as being blocked. Some call procrastination thinking. I’ve just watched a Ted Talk by Adam Grant called ‘Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers.’ He conducted a study which makes a strong case for the procrastination-as-thinking camp. Grant is … Continue reading

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Sydney Writers’ Festival here we come

Well, dear Reader, I won the Microlit competition! The video presentations of each story were amazing! For me they opened up a whole new range of possibilities for text in multimedia. The words were part of a bigger work of art … Continue reading

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Microlit

Only 4 days to go until I see my 200 word Microlit story up in lights at the Newcastle Writers Festival! 4 finalists were chosen in the Festival’s inaugural Microlit competition  in partnership with publisher Spineless Wonders. My story is … Continue reading

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ABC Open 500 Word Project

ABC Open publishes and broadcasts stories created by regional Australians. I’ve read some wonderful stories online. All contributions feature on the website, and selected stories also appear across ABC TV, Radio and Online. Each month a new topic is chosen for … Continue reading

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Newcastle Writers Festival 2016

Keep the weekend April 1 -3  free for the 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival. It’s an exciting line-up this year. Check out the program . If you want to spruce up your writing there are Masterclasses by Carmel Bird  and Claire Scobie, and sessions on Self-publishing … Continue reading

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The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

In 2010 the Australian Book Review formed the annual ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. It was created to honour a highly respected Australian short story writer and has become one of our leading short story awards. Entries are now open to … Continue reading

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Fiction & Compassion

  In a large regional town like any other large regional town in Australia lives a woman in her 60s. One of those battlers – you know them, the people who life has kicked around a bit but they get … Continue reading

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The Joy of Writing

A writer friend who is also doing the challenge of observing and writing down the details every day sent me this email, ‘It is quite  incredible the wandering paths my mind has taken just by writing in the moment like this.Today … Continue reading

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