On Writing

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

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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,

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Award-winning author Archie Fusillo will be leading Writing for Children - Intro to Chapter Books workshop at Writers Victoria in October 2016. He spoke to WV’s membership intern, Helen Krionas, about understanding this burgeoning market.

Some years ago, the bicycle that I use for getting about every day was stolen. I was very annoyed, which quickly turned into becoming cross with myself for not having locked it, as I usually do. The machine was an old one, these days sometimes called a clunker. 

Two years ago, I was given the key to my new writing studio, one of nine writers’ rooms nestled inside a Gothic Victorian house in Melbourne. Glenfern, built in 1857, was once the home of Captain Theodore and Lucy Boyd and their ten children in the late 1800s. Their third son, Arthur, married Minnie á Beckett and this painting couple were the grandparents of Arthur Boyd – one of several famous artistic and literary Boyds. 

Since my short story collection ‘Foreign Soil’ hit the shelves this May, many of the questions I’ve faced from readers have been around the research process for the book: how I was able to access the varied geographical locations, and tap into the local vernacular of a country, or region, or town. I myself am by no means a well-travelled person.