The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Emily O’Grady has won the 2018 Vogel Literary Award for her captivating first novel 'The Yellow House'. Each year, the prize of $20,000 and a publishing contract with Allen & Unwin is awarded to the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian writer under 35.

Beth Atkinson-Quinton

Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing storytelling mediums. Ahead of her workshop on writing for the ear, we spoke to Beth Atkinson-Quinton about how writing for audio can create intimate moments of honesty and vulnerability.

Writers Vic: Participants in your upcoming screenwriting bootcamp will learn how to create characters and stories that have longevity over a full season. Do you ever use observations and experiences from your own life when developing characters?

Regional writing groups and organisations in Victoria are able to apply for grants of $880 to subsidise literary activities in their area, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

Applicants must be current regional members of Writers Victoria (in the non-profit organisation or regional writers’ group membership category), or Regional Ambassadors, and based in one of the 48 Local Government Authorities in Regional Victoria as listed on the Creative Victoria website.

an autumn leaf in the snow

What does winter conjure for you? Perhaps it’s seeing your breath come out in clouds on cold mornings, or wrestling with an umbrella in the wind. Or perhaps it’s wrestling with your own words – getting them down, polishing them up, making them sing.

This July, Winter School is back, with fourteen writing workshops to keep your creative fires burning.

Round 2 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund received 124 applications, requesting a total of $643,642 in grant money.

This round's judges were Rachel Bin Salleh from Maga Bala Books, Angela Meyer from Echo Publishing and writer Emily Bitto. They were thrilled with the quality of the applications and argued long and hard over the recipients. They awarded $49,230 to 13 applicants.

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Writers Victoria intern Ellen O'Brien talks to Jay Kristoff on writing 'LIFEL1K3'

Nic Brasch (Chair) awards Joel Becker life membership

Many thanks to all of the Writers Victoria members who joined us for the 29th Annual General Meeting last week.

At the meeting Nicolas Brasch, Chair of the Committee of Management, outlined some of the key governance activities for 2017, including:

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.

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Writers Victoria member Robert Lukins discusses the writing of his debut novel ‘The Everlasting Sunday’.