The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Portrait of A.S. Patric

There are many considerations to make when you are writing a story, one of them being what literary form to engage. Is your story feeling the confines of the short story genre or becoming too diluted while reaching for a novel? We interviewed A.S. Patric in the lead up to his workshop, The Perfect Form of Prose Fiction: Novella Intensive, to find out more about the often difficult to define and ever-evolving genre of novellas.

Laura Jean McKay headshot

There's no time for small talk in short story writing, says Laura Jean McKay. Ahead of her upcoming online Beginner Short Story Clinic, we talk to Laura about what draws her to the short story form.

Paul McVeigh headshot

You only have one debut novel, says tutor Paul McVeigh. Ahead of his upcoming clinic, we talked to Paul about how to take the pressure off and be prepared for its release.

A portrait of Jackey Coyle

So, you want to start your freelance practice? When Jackey Coyle was starting out as a freelancer, she didn’t have information or resources available to her; she has essentially written her own freelancer handbook. You, on the other hand, can turn to established freelancers, like Jackey, and draw on their years of fine-tuning, growth, mistakes, systems and innovations. We chatted to Jackey ahead of her upcoming Writers on Wednesdays workshop, The Freelance Marketplace, where she will be...

PHoto of Laurie Steed

Just because they’re short, doesn’t mean short stories are easy to write. Award-winning short story author Laurie Steed is runs short story courses for those seeking to improve their mastery of the form.

Ahead of his upcoming online Intermediate Short Story clinic, Laurie shared some of the short story knowledge he has developed over the years with Sharona Lin.

Volunteer badge photo

The first time I donned my ‘Volunteer’ badge for a Writers Victoria workshop, I was so excited that I posted a photo on my social media. The people I met at Sally Rippin’s Writing for Children course that day, almost a year ago, have become not only my writing group, but also good friends and a fabulous support network for my writing journey. The lesson: You never know where volunteering for Writers Victoria will lead you.

What judges think when judging competitions

There is so much to say about writing competitions. If you are an emerging writer, winning or being shortlisted for a competition means a great deal. It means recognition. It means validation. It means hope. And sometimes, it means a prize.

We all know the benefits. Entering competition gets you comfortable sharing your work. It gives you practice following submission guidelines (always important). And if nothing else, it represent publishing practice.

Pencilled In logo

Thanks to a donation from Pencilled In journal, Writers Victoria is offering commissioned pieces in The Victorian Writer, and bursaries to attend writing workshops in our Season 2 program for Asian Australian writers.

A portarit of Jo Case

So, you want to write a memoir. Why? Jo Case lets us in on five things she's learned from writing memoir ahead of her Digital Memoir Intensive, a five month intensive online course for memoir and life writers.

Our Looking Out, Looking In program continues in Season 2 with a special focus on place.