The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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You can't understand the present without thinking about the past, says tutor Sophie Cunnningham. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Sophie about finding points of connection with the present, to inform writing about history.

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Finding time to write is a choice, says tutor Amanda Apthorpe. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Amanda about how to take control of our writing lives.

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You only have one debut novel, says tutor Paul McVeigh. Ahead of his upcoming workshops, we talked to Paul about how to take the pressure off and be prepared for its release.

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Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to tutor Kate J Armstrong about her travels and how she's captured them in writing.

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Sally Rippin is a prolific author, with the highly popular Billie B Brown series and several novels to her name. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, she shared some of the things she’s learned about children’s writing with Sharona Lin.

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Fiction, creative non-fiction - whatever it is you write, once you've found your unique voice, there'll be no holding you back. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, Lee Kofman, author of memoir ‘The Dangerous Bride’ spoke with Writers Victoria intern, Michelle McLaren about getting in touch with your voice as a writer.

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Writing poetry involves a balance of the visceral and cerebral, content and style, says tutor Omar Musa. Ahead of his upcoming workshops, we talked to Omar about what he has learned from ten years of performing poetry.

Earlier this year, Tania Cañas, Arts Director at RISE Refugee in Melbourne, wrote an article 'Diversity is a White Word’ that subsequently exploded on social media, igniting discussion across the arts and in literary journals (Koubaroulis, 2017; Aranjuez, 2017; Iyer, 2017).

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Applications are now open for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Now in its seventh year, the Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work.

The Fellowship encourages writers to immerse themselves in their subject’s lives and culture.

Hazel’s own career received a boost when receiving a fellowship enabled her to travel to the USA while researching ‘Richard Wright: The Life and Times.’

Jock Serong's latest book follows the tourist-laden vessel Java Ridge as it encounters the asylum seeker boat Takalar off the coast of Indonesia. As part of our Subscriber-thon series, we talked to Jock about his writing process.