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Established Author Forum: Balancing Writing with Life with Melanie Cheng



Melanie Cheng




Unless you’re a bestselling author, chances are you need to squeeze writing in around your day job. How can it be done? Melanie Cheng discusses how to write and maintain creativity while earning a living.


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Part creative development, part networking, part writing group, the Established Author Forum features in-depth lectures at a high level from prominent writers on the topics they know best, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about their work and your own. After each lecture, writers share wins, frustrations, opportunities and industry developments within a social setting.  

Eligibility: The Writers Victoria Established Author Forum is for those who have authored at least one traditionally-published book, screenplay or play. If you are contracted to publish your first book this year, work in the industry or have an equivalent track record of short-form publications, you are also welcome to attend. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please email [email protected].

About the Tutor:

Melanie Cheng is an author and doctor based in Melbourne, Australia. Her short story collection, Australia Day, was awarded the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her novel, Room for a Stranger, was shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and longlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Australian and The Big Issue, among many others. Her new novel, The Burrow, will be published in September 2024.

Covid-19 restrictions:

You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

Not a Member?

Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Established Author Forum: Balancing Writing with Life with Melanie Cheng

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