The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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.

TM: Your second novel, ‘The Bee and the Orange Tree’, tells the tale of Marie Catherine and her battle for French women’s’ equality in 1699. How did you come across Marie Catherine and what inspired you to tell her story?

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.

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.

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.'


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

Jean Flynn tackles the many misconceptions about romance writing.

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 this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The winning titles in each of the categories are:

Older Readers (winner): 

– Winner of the 2018 Grace Marion Wilson Prize for Fiction –

The sex did not bother Jane as much as the poppy seeds pooling in the cracks between the floorboards. She crushed them underfoot on her way to the bathroom, and they released their oil and penetrated the untreated oak, leaving small, sticky reminders of that other business, his business, the pink-haired, pierced impetus behind his sudden interest in baked goods.