Writing Tips and Tools

Get tips, tricks and tools on the craft of writing.

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“When writing, it’s essential to distil every sentence to its shortest, purest form,” says WV tutor Laurie Steed.

Laurie is an author of award-winning literary fiction from Perth. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere.

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In this webinar recorded in May 2018, Sarah Mayor Cox explores the relevance of mentor texts to your development as an early or emerging writer. 

Mentor texts are exemplars of some aspect, element or device of writing that you may be trying to wrangle in your own work. Using specific examples from a range of mentor texts, Sarah will show you how to learn from the best.

This webinar was recorded as part of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program.

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"There has to be something that you’re burning to say; or an image or moment that touches and mystifies you," says Write-ability Guest Tutor Micheline Lee. "This is what powers the story."

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"Hard is not bad," says tutor Sarah Mayor Cox. "It’s just hard."

Sarah is hosting the Learning from the best – using mentor texts webinar as part ofour Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program on Wednesday 16 May.

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Emerging writers are sometimes so busy 'emerging' they don’t know about the opportunities that can help kickstart projects and careers. When you do start looking at what’s out there, it can seem overwhelming or intimidating.

In this recording of a webinar in March 2018 as part of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program, Jessica Walton outlines some of the opportunities available to Victorian writers, with a focus on emerging disabled writers. Jess explores grants, fellowships and competitions, including when to apply. 

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"Compelling personal essayists are not those whose worldview the reader agrees with," says Lee Kofman, "but those whose voice and worldview the reader is interested in enough to follow."

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"The first draft is just that: a first draft," says writer and disability advocate Astrid Edwards. "It is not a judgement on your skill or ability, it simply means you have started to write your story.

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"Don’t just read the work of other writers, get to know them. Go to their launches, celebrate successes, whinge about writer’s block together on Twitter. You might like to write alone, but being a writer alone is no fun."

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"When it comes to memoir the most important character to understand is yourself," says tutor Luke Ryan. "You are not a blank observer, but an active participant and your own characterisation will drive how you write every other part of the story."

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"Never stop reading, but read actively," says tutor Marija Peričić. "Pay attention to the mechanics of the novels you read, and the way they are put together."