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My interview with the Australian Writers Centre

My interview with the Australian Writers Centre


Recently the Australian Writers’ Centre interviewed me about my travel memoir, Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds. I am so excited to share the interview where I talk about the book, self-publishing and why I chose to do it, my book launch team, and how I became a best seller on Amazon.

Read the interview with the Australian Writers’ Centre below:

Lisa Fleetwood on self-publishing and dachshunds

Writing Workshop with Garth Nix at the #ASA

Writing Workshop with Garth Nix at the #ASA


Were we excited? Yes! It’s Garth Nix people! The man’s bio is impressive to say the least, (check out his books here and bio here) and as an author, former editor, literary agent, bookseller and all round nice guy he had plenty of knowledge to share with us. One thing I didn’t realise until Garth said it, is that he doesn’t normally teach writing courses, so this opportunity to learn from him was special indeed!

We, that is Helen, Robin, Maureen and I were very much looking forward to learning from one of the greats about this writing thing we are all trying to do. And learn we did! I’ll reveal a little of what Garth taught us at the course, but the rest I’m going to clutch to my chest and back into a corner – it’s mine I tells ya, MINE! But, next time a course comes along with Garth Nix – go to it! And you know what – another good thing about courses is the people you meet! We are all there for the same reason –  to learn (except some who think going to a course is to ramble constantly and take up valuable time) but generally we are passionate about our writing and are looking for ways to improve it. But when it also leads to great long-lasting friendships then that is a wonderful bonus.

It was definitely one of the best writing courses I’ve done as not only did Garth teach us about the CRAFT and BUSINESS of writing in great detail (his advice on submitting work, especially for the Speculative Fiction genre was invaluable), but he also taught us about what comes first – the ART of writing.

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