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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 Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now.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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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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Sophia Cai on curating and writing about art

Sophia Cai is a curator and arts writer based in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. She currently teaches at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne and Monash Art Design & Architecture, Monash University, while also maintaining an independent curating and writing practice.  Ahead of her workshop Writing About Art, Sophia spoke with Marketing and Communications Officer Sarah Giles

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Anna Kate Blair on writing, architecture and The Modern

Gabriella Munoz, our Acting Membership Officer, sat down with our very own Program and Partnerships Manager, Anna Kate Blair, to talk about her debut novel, The Modern, and all things writing. Anna is a writer, arts worker and cultural historian from Aotearoa. Before starting at Writers Victoria in 2022, she worked at arts and educational

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Kelly Gardiner on public speaking and writing through experience

Writer, editor and educator Kelly Gardiner creates works of historical fiction and fantasy for readers of all ages. Her latest series is The Firewatcher Chronicles. Her other books include 1917: Australia’s Great War; Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes, both shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; and Goddess, a novel based on the life of the sword-fighting opera star, Mademoiselle

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Koraly Dimitriadis on self-care and writing fearlessly

Poet, writer and performer Koraly Dimitriadis is the author of the poetry collections Just Give Me the Pills and Love and F*ck Poems. Koraly’s theatre show I Say the Wrong Things All the Time premiered at La Mama in 2016. She was awarded the UNESCO City of Literature Residency in Krakow for her debut fiction

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