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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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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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Amal Awad on Romance, Women’s Fiction and Writing Complex Characters

Amal Awad is a journalist, screenwriter, author and performer. She is the author of ‘Courting Samira’, ‘This Is How You Get Better’ and ‘The Things We See in the Light’ as well as the non-fiction books ‘The Incidental Muslim’, ‘Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women’, ‘Fridays with My Folks: Stories on Ageing’, ‘Illness and Life’, and

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Expert Advice

While my theatre career hangs out to dry like washing on a line in a gusty Melbourne wind, I look to my lockdown to-do list. First: get the jab. Mass vaccination hubs are opening up for my age group, so I book in for Friday. A week away. What to do until then? Luckily, the

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