Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

Writing a weekly newspaper column is at once the most joyful and the most challenging gig your average scribbler can hope for.

Joyful, because it comes with a readership and, let’s face it, every writer wants to be read. Short of being a bestselling author, there are few more privileged positions than being given a blank page each week and paid to fill it.

Jack Waghorn was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Write-ability Fellowship in 2013.

The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, enabled Jack to work with mentor Bethanie Blanchard.

Writers Victoria was thrilled to work with Scope on the 2013 Telescope Awards for writers with disability from across Victoria.

I grew up in the goldfields of central Victoria and for all my childhood years my family lived in a miner’s cottage. The metre-thick walls were stone and mud brick and the kitchen and wash-house were detached. We had open fires in the bedrooms, a chip-heater to warm the bathwater and a long-drop toilet outside.

My paternal grandparents lived in the same street – also in a miner’s cottage, a weatherboard with small rooms, tiny window panes, shiny brass doorknobs, a glassed-in verandah at the back that served as “the sleepout” and a two-roomed cellar underneath. There were many...

headshot of Clovis Mwamba

Clovis Mwamba writes about the refugee experience.

Hugh Kiernan's very successful mentoring experience made possible by the Grace Marion Wilson Mentoring Project (Non-fiction).

"I know a fair bit about my own writing. I have published books and stories. I read with the aim of building my knowledge. I read a lot. I feel I have to write certain things because then they might come true. I write a lot. And I have these surprising urges to tell the truth. The problem is: I still can’t see the back of my own head. Damn it.

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

Collective celebrations

 

The winners of the 2017 Aurealis Awards for the best Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing published in 2017 have been announced.

Best science-fiction novel:

  • Jane Rawson for 'From the Wreck'

Best horror novel:

Upcoming Spirit of Punk open mic event for all genres, all standards.

Thu 26 April, 6.30 pm
Buck Mulligans Whiskey Bar
217 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Spirit of Punk is an open mic event without pressure, expectations or judgement.

If you have always wanted to read out your work but have been too afraid – then Spirit of Punk is for you.

'When an American accountant approaches Melbourne woman Kimberly Leamy out of the blue and tells her he believes she is Sammy Went, a child who was abducted as a two-year old from her home in Manson, Kentucky, Kim believes this is a case of mistaken identity. But as she investigates her family, questions arise and she travels to Kentucky to find answers.'

About a decade ago, Writers Victoria held a little competition: ‘Send us two-hundred words of non-fiction and we’ll give the winner a book.’ At the time I’d been tootling around with a non-fiction project for a couple of years. I had young children and a day job, but every now and then, in the cracks of my life, I’d do some research, do some writing, then do some more research.