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Writers Victoria farewells CEO Lucy Hamilton

Writers Victoria CEO Lucy Hamilton will step down from the organisation after three-and-a-half years.  “I’m proud of my time at Writers Victoria, and the work the team has delivered in that time,” said Lucy. “We’ve forged exciting new partnerships, attracted new funding streams, and continued to develop our programs in ways that best serve our participants. […]

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McKinley Valentine on Building Your Newsletter 

McKinley Valentine grew up in a tiny copper-mining town on the edge of the Australian desert, and has established herself as a pioneering voice in what’s been called the ‘golden age of newsletters’. She is the writer of a cult-hit newsletter, The Whippet, and produces newsletters for design studio Paper Giant and board game company Jellybean

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Sam van Zweden on Story and Intuition in Creative Non-Fiction  

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has been published by the Saturday Paper, The Guardian, ABC Life, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, the Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now.   Ahead of

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Water As Lover

EN  The whole thing is of a colour I can’t identify. Yet it’s not the colour but the texture that first surprises me. Once I am able to assess the weightiness, I reckon with its power. There is, of course, the force with which I am moved, pulling in a brusque straight line. There is also

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Anna Snoekstra on Mystery, Horror and Suspense 

Anna Snoekstra is an award-winning author and screenwriter. She is the author of Only Daughter, Little Secrets and The Spite Game. Her novels have been published in over twenty countries and sixteen languages. She has written for Meanjin, KYD, Lindsay, SMH, LitHub, The Griffith Review and is a profile writer for The Saturday Paper. Her most recent novel is Out of

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Laura Elizabeth Woollett on Method and Minutiae 

Laura Elizabeth Woollett is the author of a short story collection, The Love of a Bad Man (Scribe, 2016), and three novels, Beautiful Revolutionary (Scribe, 2018), The Newcomer (Scribe, 2021) and West Girls (Scribe, 2023). The Love of a Bad Man was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Ned Kelly

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2024 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship shortlist announced

Nine Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2024 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, worth $20,000. ‘It is exciting to see the varied approaches to biography among this year’s proposals, with submissions from both emerging and established writers,’ said Della Rowley, Hazel’s sister. ‘Ranging from spy mistresses, choreographers, composers, writers and a First Nations nursing pioneer

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Writeability Fellowships

Winners of 2023 Writeability Fellowships Writers Victoria is excited to announce our 2023 Writeability Fellows. Since 2013, we have recognised outstanding writers with disability annually as part of the Writeability Fellowship Program.  This year, due to funding restraints, we planned for two writers with disability to receive tailored support for their writing project in the form of

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An introduction to the 2024 Season 1 Program

As an introduction to our 2024 program of events, Writers Victoria’s Program and Partnerships Manager, Anna Kate Blair, writes below about our 2024 theme: TWILIGHT. oh! that the time comes when hearts are aflame – Arthur Rimbaud, borrowed as an epigraph by Éric Rohmer, and now by me In summer, twilight comes late. I’m impatient

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A Letter from Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell is codirector of CONTOURS and director of the poetry collection at Éditions du Quartz. Her practice in the literary arts has enabled her to perform in the Americas, Europe and Scandinavia and has been supported by several artistic residencies. She is the author of the poetry collections De rivières (2019, La Peuplade) and MONUMENTS (2022, Le Noroît),

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