The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

It’s 8.45 on a Monday morning, and I’m in the car stopped at traffic lights. All around me people are on their way to work - walking, riding, driving. I notice a feeling creeping up on me, a sadness, like I’m missing something. The light turns green and I turn right, pulling into the carpark of the rehabilitation unit. I put my disability permit on the dashboard and get my walker from the back of the car. Slowly I make my way inside to reception. As I wait, my feeling of longing grows. Then it occurs to me: I miss Monday mornings and the start of the working week. 

Emily Bitto seated

Writers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the second annual Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail project, with a program of events featuring a workshop with award-winning writer Emily Bitto and a reading event curated by local award-winning authors Favel Parrett, Jock Serong and Mark Smith.

Sally Rippin headshot

Sally Rippin is a prolific author, with the highly popular Billie B Brown series and several novels to her name. In celebration of her upcoming workshop, we're re-publishing some of the insights she shared with Sharona Lin about children’s writing.

Eliza Henry Jones sitting in front of a window, smiling

Author and tutor Eliza Henry-Jones believes that writing about loss and grief can help us find meaning in overwhelming circumstances. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we caught up with Eliza to find out what motivates writers to explore this difficult, yet necessary, terrain.

A portrait of Anna Krien

Literary journalism is fast finding its feet in the online era, with audiences hungry for nuanced, beautifully crafted non-fiction. Ahead of her workshop, Writing Long-Form Journalism, we talked to Anna Krien about her creative process, the importance of deep research and how to give new life to over-exposed subjects.

Photo of Jo Case

Editor and ‘Boomer and Me’ author Jo Case shared her thoughts on the memoir genre with Writers Victoria.

Since 2007, Writers Victoria has offered writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months, thanks to the support of the Readings Foundation (from 2007 to 2014) and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust (since 2009).

The Fellowships give authors the time and space to write, as well as the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant community of writers in the historic surroundings of the Glenfern mansion in St Kilda East.

Have you ever felt like there was a deeper dimension to your writing but you are not sure how to access it? Writing can serve many functions, one of which is the sharing of philosophical, ethical or political messages, either overtly or subtly. We chatted to Lia Hills ahead of her Winter School workshop, The Novel of Ideas, about how she approaches her writing processes and some ways she effectively brings depth to her writing.

Writers Victoria is thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2018 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competitions.

It can be a challenge to develop your own voice and balance the different voices of characters in your story. But it is crucial to push through and achieve clarity so that your reader can easily distinguish between the voices of your narrator and various characters, and connect with your story. Robert Gott’s Winter School workshop, Voice and Point of View, is approaching and in the lead up we chatted to him about all things voice.