The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

A myriad of impulses start a biography on its journey.

In my case, it was reading an autobiography by renowned scientist Julian Huxley. In it he reminisces about his grandmother, Julia Sorell, who gained notoriety in the family for her actions on the day her husband converted to Catholicism.

Writers Victoria is pleased to support the Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Writer Award again in 2013.

Want to know what the participants of the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds, have been working on? Here’s a sneak preview from Hoa Pham…

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With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Clare has plenty of advice to help us break down the art of the dreaded synopsis.

In Part 1 of this interview, Clare gave us her top tips on how to get your synopsis right. For Part 2, she shares her thoughts on the sort of things you should try to avoid when writing your synopsis. What are the key mistakes authors make when writing a synopsis?

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Writers Victoria sat down with Clare Allan-Kamil to get her take on the art of synopsis writing.

As the synopsis is the first example of your writing an agent, editor or publisher sees, it’s vital to get it right – if they don’t like your synopsis they might not bother to read your sample chapters. As daunting as it seems, there are tricks and tools you can use to make your synopsis stand out.

A preview of the work of Hariklia Heristanidis, a participant in the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds.

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A preview of the work of Fatima Sehbai, a participant in the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Earlier this year we ran a few surveys to find out how we can better serve the Victorian writing community. We heard back from 118 members, 90 non-members and 87 former members.

Of our members, two thirds live in Melbourne and the remaining third lives in regional Victoria. 16% identified as writers with a disability and 7% write in a language other than English, including Italian, Thai, Chinese, Greek and Dutch.

The survey highlighted what’s important to our members.

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My husband, a doctor, jokes that whenever his patients say “Can I be honest with you?” he wonders what was the point of their visit in the first place if they didn’t intend to be honest. The same applies to writers, you’d think. What can be the point of writing without honesty?

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A preview of the work of Beverly Almeida, a participant in the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds.