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Q&A with Katelin Farnsworth

Katelin Farnsworth is a writer whose work has been published in various newspapers and magazines and won her an award mentorship with the Australian Society of Authors. In 2020, her novel Found Again was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize, and she was shortlisted again in this year’s prize for her novel Helen Hope. Bianca …

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Maryanne Plazzer on Country Living, Felt Sense, and Showing Up for Community

Maryanne Plazzer is an audio producer, writer and creative collaborator. The co-founder of SquareSound, she works with authors and actors to bring stories to life. Maryanne’s work is forthcoming in Black Inc.’s exciting new anthology, Growing Up In Country Australia.
Writers Victoria Writeability Program Manager, Jess Obersby, spoke with Maryanne about her creative practice, how community informs her writing and audio work, and what we can expect from her in future.

David Hunt on ‘Girt Nation’, Diving Deep into History and Finding the Present in the Past

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own biographical notes. He is the author of the bestselling Girt and True Girt, as well as two books for children. David is also a television presenter and podcaster, and has a birthmark that looks like Tasmania, only smaller and not as far south. Writers …

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Eugen Bacon on Speculative Fiction, Contemporary Themes and her Writing Process

Eugen Bacon is an African Australian writer specialising in Speculative Fiction, Dystopia, Dark Fantasy and Afrofuturism whose work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted and commended in numerous awards. Eugen has just released her new collection of stories ‘Danged Black Thing‘ (Transit Lounge Publishing), and has several books being published in the new year: ‘Mage of …

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Emily Riches: On Being a Managing Editor and Multitasker

Emily Riches is a writer and editor from Mullumbimby. She now lives and works in Sydney, on unceded Gadigal land. She founded Aniko Press in 2020 to support emerging writers. Her own work has appeared in a range of Australian journals and publications including Meniscus, Visible Ink, Verge, Southerly and Spineless Wonders.  Writers Victoria intern …

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To Zoom or not to Zoom?

When Covid-19 arrived, the writing community searched for an alternative to in-person events. This led to widespread use of video conferencing, opening up the literary world to a much wider audience. As we move forward with Covid-19 and the writing community increasingly returns to in-person activities, are we in danger of losing a crucial insight? …

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Fiona Murphy on Structure and Memoir: A Writer’s Process

Fiona Murphy is an award-winning deaf poet and essayist based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Age, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Big Issue, among many other publications. Her debut memoir, ‘The Shape of Sound’, was released by Text Publishing in March 2021. …

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Emily Bitto on ‘Wild Abandon’

Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, ‘The Strays’, was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction has appeared in various publications, and she has been teaching creative writing for over a decade. Her second novel ‘Wild Abandon’ was published to acclaim in …

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The Good, the Bad and the Surprising: Reflections on Mentoring in a Writability Fellowship

Tim Williams was a 2020 Writeability Fellow, and worked from Melbourne with mentor Tim Hobart in New South Wales on his screenplay ‘Splint’. Fulfilling fellowships remotely was a particular challenge for our fellows, who took part in workshops and received manuscript assessments, as well as working with mentors on their projects. In this Q&A with …

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Heidi Everett on Own Voices, Rewriting ‘Normal’ and ‘My Friend Fox’

Heidi Everett is an artist, creative workshop facilitator, mental health recovery advocate, social impact facilitator, and projects and events innovator in Melbourne, Australia. ‘My Friend Fox’ is her first book.  Heidi spoke with our Interim Writeability Program Manager, Jess Obersby, about her incredible new debut ‘My Friend Fox’ and all things writing neurodiversity.   I know you’ve …

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