The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Chris McKenzie of PEN Melbourne calls on all writers to read Behrouz Boochani’s fiercely urgent new work.

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 shortlists for the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Awards have been announced. Among the shortlisted titles for established Australian female author is:

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

Frances Terrett of Writers Victoria spoke to Miles Franklin finalist, Philip Salom, about his latest novel 'The Returns'.

You started your writing career in poetry. What compels you to dip into the novel format?

Melbourne 31 July, 5-8pm

The inaugural Indie Publishing Forums are coming soon to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. The forums will provide an unmissable evening of advice and insider knowledge from a range of publishing industry experts.

The forums are presented by the Small Press Network, Ingram Spark, Thorpe-Bowker and the Australian Society of Authors; and are supported by the Australian Booksellers Association, Queensland Writers Centre, Writers Victoria and Writers NSW.

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.

Nina Killham

Finishing Your Novel

CC: Your novels have been described as “rollicking” and “wickedly funny.” Being funny on the page is one of the most difficult elements of a writer’s craft. To what do you attribute your success?

In 2018 Banksy collaborated with street artist Borf on a 21-metre mural. The New York protest piece was hatched with evenly-spaced tally marks on a plain background, a pattern disrupted just once by a woman’s face and hands. ‘Free Zehra Doğan’ was painted in the bottom right corner. With this the lines were given context; became prison bars and a record of the number of days spent by Doğan in a Turkish jail.

Nic Brasch with 2018 Life Member recipient Joel Becker
WV members are invited to attend the 28th Annual General Meeting of Writers Victoria for the 2016 calendar year and cast their vote for four new Committee of Management members.
The meeting will be held at The Wheeler Centre (176 Little Lonsdale Street) on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 6pm.


Meeting Agenda

1. Welcome and apologies

2. Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting

3. Incorporation update

4. 2018 Reports

Writers Victoria's Tara Mitchell talked to Amra Pajalić about her upcoming memoir 'Things Nobody Knows but Me'.

'When she is four years old Amra Pajalić realises that her mother is different. Fatima is loving but sometimes hears strange voices that tell her to do bizarre things. She is frequently sent to hospital and Amra and her brother are passed around to family friends and foster homes, and for a time live with their grandparents in Bosnia.'