Our history

Writers Victoria (formerly the Victorian Writers’ Centre) was created in 1989 by a group of writers who saw the need for a professional organisation to support the Victorian writing community.

Writers Victoria has had many homes among Melbourne’s literary community. VWC’s first offices were in Tasma Terrace, the National Trust (Victoria) building in Parliament Place, Melbourne. In the early 1990s, VWC relocated to the Broom Factory in George Street, Fitzroy, and remained there until the end of 2001 when we found temporary accommodation at the Meat Market Arts Centre in North Melbourne before moving to the heart of Melbourne at the Nicholas Building in Swanston Street in 2003.

In August 2008, Melbourne was named the second UNESCO City of Literature. Now one of only seven Cities of Literature in the world, Melbourne is the only city in the Southern Hemisphere to receive this recognition.

In 2009, VWC became an integral part of The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, which houses a group of Victorian literary organisatons in a wing of the State Library of Victoria. The organisation was renamed Writers Victoria in 2011.