The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Photo of Joel Becker in front of a bookshelf

In April 2010, Joel Becker will be leaving the Victorian Writers’ Centre after eight years at its helm. Under his direction, the VWC has grown to be the largest writers’ centre in Australia, with more than 200 workshops, seminars and events each year, a membership of more than 2,700.

As well as playing a key role in what eventually became the Wheeler Centre, Becker worked with stakeholders to develop writers’ spaces in the National Trust (Vic) property, Glenfern, and a residential fellowship program at Mary Delahunty’s country property,

The Wheeler Centre logo

Our new home at the State Library has had a name change to: The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing, Ideas.

The centre is named after Melbourne-based Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler.

Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said that the Wheeler’s story is a “spectacular publishing success story … unquestionably, a story of books, writing and ideas.” She added, “I can think of no more appropriate name for this exciting new institution.”

Announced on Tuesday 1 September, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards celebrate and support creative writing and publishing in Victoria and Australia.

Photo of Grace Marion Wilson

We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition.

Winning entries will be published in a special insert to be included in May’s Victorian Writer.

Iowa City of Literature logo

Iowa City became the third UNESCO City of Literature.

It joined Edinburgh and Melbourne as the only UNESCO Cities of Literature, part of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network.

Congratulations to Melbourne writer and journalist, Helen Garner, whose latest novel, The Spare Room was awarded the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction in the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Melbourne City of Literature logo

Melbourne has joined Edinburgh as one of only two UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world.

UNESCO Cities of Literature work together to build strong global partnerships: encouraging literary exchanges, creating cross-cultural initiatives and developing local, national and international literary links. Each city is also dedicated to pursuing excellence in literature on a local level, engaging citizens in a dynamic culture of words.

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 the 2017 Aurealis Awards for the best Australian science-fiction, fantasy and horror writing published in 2017 have been announced.

Best science-fiction novel:

  • Jane Rawson for 'From the Wreck'

Best horror novel:

Check out the book packs in each of our weekly Subscriber-thon prize draws...

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.