The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Clare Rankine speaks to Enza Gandolfo about Enza's new novel 'The Bridge'.

It’s one of those Melbourne days where it rains so hard the street floods and you feel like you’re swimming. A swirl of red and yellow autumn leaves stick to the ankle and it’s a relief to take down your umbrella, be inside and warm. It’s on this day that I meet writer Enza Gandolfo at The Moat, where we sit tucked cosily away in the back, to talk over a coffee.

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 longlist for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. Among the longlist are:

  • Lia Hills, tutor and member, for ‘The Crying Place’.
  • Wayne Macauley, tutor, for ‘Some Tests’.
  • Jane Rawson for ‘From the Wreck’.

 

This is the new element in White’s achievement: to trace for the first time, to be among the earliest to express, in the English language, the migrant’s story. 

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The closing date for this year's Write-ability Fellowship applications has been extended until 6 June. Following is an article by Nicole Pope, published in the Disability Support Guide and republished here with permission. 

Writers Victoria’s 2018 Write-ability Fellowships will see five lucky recipients participate in workshops, mentors and writing assessments with the help of hand-picked industry experts.

Coloured pencils

Thanks to a donation, Writers Victoria is running a series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women this year.

The program aims to reduce barriers and increase publication and professional development opportunities for women of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Victoria.

It will include paid commissions, bursaries to attend a range of Writers Victoria courses, and a free training session for established writers on how to run writing workshops.

Writers Victoria talks with Heidi Everett, a member of Schizy Week Incorporated about their upcoming Mojo Film Festival, part of Schizophrenia Week, May 2018.

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How do you make your story stand out from the crowd in a writing competition? Ahead of her Writers on Wednesday workshop on Entering Writing Competitions, we spoke to Vikki Petraitis about what judges are looking for in a winning competition entry.

Winter School season is almost here!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a ticket to a writing workshop of your choice! Want to go in the draw to win? All you have to do is post a picture of your favourite “winter read” on Instagram with the hashtag #WVwinter.

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Older characters in literature can build on ageist assumptions in society, says Melanie Joosten. Ahead of her workshop on Writing Older Characters, we spoke to Melanie about how to go beyond cliches to write older characters well.

A portrait if Chelsea Cassio

Writing for the screen involves revealing character while moving the plot forward, says Chelsea Cassio. Find out how she crafts narratives for television and film ahead of her Screenwriting Bootcamp.