The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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:

Check out the book packs in each of our weekly Subscriber-thon prize draws...

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.

Congratulations to WV tutor AS Patric for winning the 2016 Miles Franklin Award for his novel 'Black Rock White City', announced last week at the opening of Melbourne Writers Festival.

The book is set in the 1990s and follows the life of a couple, a former poet and academic, who escape war-torn Yugoslavia and end up living in Melbourne as cleaners.

Jean Flynn tackles the many misconceptions about romance writing.

You should have received the 'The Victorian Writer' Oct-Nov issue in the post by now, but we are aware that some of you are still waiting on your copies to arrive.

If you still haven't received your copy yet, please let us know and we'll get one to you as soon as we can. Email or call 03 9094 7841.


A photo of Astrid Edwards

A search for stories of others diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) led Astrid Edwards to blog about her own experience. Ahead of the Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum in Moe, Astrid spoke to Writers Victoria about her own work and that of others.

You began blogging at after being diagnosed in 2013. What role has writing about MS played for you?

Xia Cui shares her thoughts on the Chinese Writers Festival

Xia Cui has written for 'Peril' about her experiences at the recent Chinese Writers Festival.