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Write-ability Fellowships announced

Five writers with disability will receive six hours of free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts through the inaugural Write-ability Fellowships announced this week. The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, have been awarded to Heidi Everett (with mentor Lyndel Caffrey), Robbie O’Brien (with mentor Matthew Hooper), Jack Waghorn […]

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25 Years of WV: Interview with Isolde Lueckenhausen

The six years that Isolde Lueckenhausen spent on the Writers Victoria Committee of Management involved a series of transitions for the organisation. She was consecutively the Secretary, Deputy Chair and then Chair of the organisation. Isolde worked alongside three successive Directors (Joel Becker, Roderick Poole and Kate Larsen), “each with their own vision and strengths.”

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25 Years of WV: interview with Chris McKenzie

When Chris McKenzie took on the role of Director of Writers Victoria (then called the Victorian Writers’ Centre), the organisation was based in the Broom Factory in George Street, Fitzroy. Chris arrived in the mid-90s during the first push by state funding agencies to increase the professionalism of member organisations. ‘Arts management’ was becoming a

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Writing Fellows and competition winners announced

The recipients of the annual Glenfern Fellowships and emerging writers’ competition have been announced. Glenfern Fellowships The 2014 Glenfern Fellowships for Mid-Career and Established Writers (supported by the Readings Foundation) were awarded to Jennifer Down, Lee Kofman and Christian Ryan. The 2014 Glenfern Fellowships for Emerging Writers (supported by the Grace Marion Wilson Trust) were

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Regional writing winners announced

We are excited to be publishing three pieces selected from the Regional Members’ Writing Competition in the August edition of ‘The Victorian Writer’. Lyn Chatham’s poem ‘Codrington’, which placed third, is published in this festival edition, along with highly commended members Mark Smith and Lucy Bowler. They are also rubbing shoulders with Kate Holden, Emily

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25 Years of WV: Interview with Bev Roberts

Bev Roberts was the very first Coordinator of the Victorian Writers Centre. In celebration of the organisation’s 25th anniversary, Bev tells how the exciting story, “filled with drama, blood, sweat and tears”, all began. Many of the members of Writers Victoria may be surprised to know that the organisation had quite radical beginnings in community

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