On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

Something has happened to Young Adult (YA) fiction in the last ten years: it has been genre-fied.

Though I try to be an open-minded reader, I continually find myself drawn to YA. I love its potential for uncertainty, for angst and listlessness, for fleeting joy and realisation. 

Running alongside Tom-William wasn’t easy. At a moment’s notice he could pull ahead of me with minimal effort. He was the older brother and the fastest by far. Not because he was taller or his legs were stronger, but because he was determined. He wouldn’t leave a game up to chance. He had to beat me.

Christine lunges onto the footpath; a taxi pulls away from the curb and onto the street almost striking her down. She leaps into the next car at the front of the rank, blood pounding in her head. Sweat pours over her skin as she gives the driver the address. The taxi makes a tight U-turn before surging forward; she asks the driver to hurry. Ten minutes later the car stops then drives off, leaving her alone outside Damien and Jenna’s house. 

“Do you write ‘Mummy-Porn’?”

The words fell from my anaesthetist’s curvaceous lips as I gazed into his vivid, violet eyes. “My goodness, he’s handsome,” the thought stumbled through my stupid, sedated mind. Even bleary with drugs, I still sensed the mocking tone. Internally I struggled, knowing I was incapable of intelligently defending myself. 

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Feature writer and TV critic turned novelist Melinda Houston shares her thoughts on articles, research and the state of the television industry with Brendan Paholski.

Melinda has been a feature writer and critic for 20 years, and is currently the TV critic for ‘The Sunday Age’ and the ‘Sun Herald’. She taught magazine writing at RMIT for five years and has just published her first novel, ‘Kat Jumps The Shark’.

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Narrelle Harris is a multi-published erotica writer who dabbles in print and online writing across numerous genres. She spoke with Writers Victoria intern John about the inherent connections between all stories and the importance of relationships in her writing.

Narrelle is published as NM Harris with Clan Destine Press. She has also written novels in crime, science fiction and fantasy as Narrelle Harris. Narrelle maintains a general writing blog as well as the romance writing blog,...

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Laurent Boulanger is a screenwriter, director, short story writer, novelist and interviewer. He spoke to Brendan Paholski in the lead-up to his Scriptwriting workshop at Writers Victoria.

Laurent has been teaching scriptwriting at Swinburne University since 2004. His feature screenplay Six Lovers, which he also directed, was produced by Intermedia Arts in 2010. His feature screenplay Dirty Little Secrets is in pre-production for a 2014 shoot, and his French-language feature screenplay La Souffrance is currently in development.

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Rose Michael will be facilitating Writers Victoria’s inaugural book club for established writers. She spoke to us about the need for peer learning and discussion, and how The Writers' Book Club will provide a place for that one evening a month over five months.

Rose is commissioning editor at Hardie Grant Books. She co-founded Arcade Publications in 2007 to publish unconventional – in form and format – histories. She established the Postgraduate Publishing and Communications internships program at the University of Melbourne, has been editor of the ‘Weekly Book Newsletter’, and her...

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Author and educator Myke Bartlett spoke to WV’s membership intern, Helen Krionas, about rethinking high school essay writing.

Myke is a journalist and novelist based in Melbourne. His debut YA novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize. A former teacher, Myke writes extensively on film, music and cultural matters, with his work regularly appearing in The Weekly Review, Dumbo Feather, Screen Education and many other publications.

Playwriting Australia is the national organisation working with playwrights and theatre artists from all backgrounds and at all levels of their careers. Writers Victoria intern John spoke with Amanda and Alice about National Play Festival,