On Writing

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

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, has been a UNESCO City of Literature since August 2011. Not only is Reykjavik a literary city with deep roots in the art of the word, dating back to the country‘s settlement in the ninth century, but it’s also a cultural city in general, with a year-round calendar of festivals and events in all the arts. Reykjavik is known internationally for its vibrant music scene and design has also been on the rise as a new and exciting part of the creative industries. 

In January this year I conducted writing workshops with Cambodian writers in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The project, a joint venture between PEN Melbourne and PEN Cambodia was initiated in January 2013, with a three-day workshop held in Phnom Penh. Eighty participants attended.

He woke in the middle of the night to the sound of his name. “Caleb, Caleb.” A gentle whisper as though someone was bent over his ear. It nudged him from his dreams but, when he opened his eyes, the room was empty.

Portrait of Phillipa Martin

Corporate writer Phillipa Martin (PD Martin to readers of her crime writing) shares some insights into working in corporate communications.

Phillipa (also known as PD Martin) is the author of five crime fiction novels. Prior to becoming an author she worked in the field of corporate writing and editing for over 15 years, writing award-winning copy for brochures, newsletters, websites, training CD-ROMs, flyers, ads, media releases and magazines. Some of her clients and employers include BHP Billiton, AXA, Genesys/Garrisons and the University of Melbourne.

headshot of Carly Findlay

WV interviewed award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay in the lead-up to her Write-ability advocacy writing workshops at this year’s Emerging Writers' Festival.

headshot of Lee Kofman

The writer Annie Dillard likens the process of writing to taming. She writes in her now-seminal book, ‘On Writing’:

"A work in progress quickly becomes feral… it is a lion growing in strength. You must visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. If you skip a day, you are, quite rightly, afraid to open the door to its room."

headshot of Kate Richards

Writers Victoria interviews Kate Richards about her life as a writer.

Writers Victoria theatre intern John Back interviews Caleb Lewis about playwriting.

Foong Ling Kong

Our first book together was at Hardie Grant more than a decade ago, on a compendium of 140 years of Wisden in Australia called ‘Endless Summer’. When I joined Hardie Grant, I’d jokingly said I’d do so on the condition that I’d never have to work on the annual ‘Wisden’.

I spent the year after I finished university writing my magnum opus. It wasn’t very good but I was 20 and suffering from a bad case of young-person-whothinks- they’re-a-literary-genius-itis.