Be brutally honest

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Sam Cooney
25 August 2017
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Sam Cooney

"Don't lie to yourself about your own writing - keep the lies for the writing," says tutor Sam Cooney. "Be brutally honest with yourself: about what is genuinely important for you to focus on, and about how you are going to find time to write long and write deep."

Sam Cooney runs the not-for-profit publishing organisation The Lifted Brow, which produces a quarterly literary magazine (also titled The Lifted Brow), publishes books, posts commentary and criticism online every week, stages events, awards writing prizes, and more. He is publisher-inresidence at RMIT University, teaches sessionally at RMIT and University of Melbourne, is a freelance writer and book reviewer. He also judges literary prizes, sits on a couple of advisory boards, chairs events, and in 2017 is taking part in the Small Press Network mentorship program and the Australia Councils ‘Future Leaders’ professional development program.

Sam will be teaching a workshop on Getting Published in Literary Journals in September 2017.

Sam's writing tip

A photo of Sam Cooney with the text "Don’t lie to yourself about your own writing – keep the lies for the writing. Be brutally honest with yourself: about what is genuinely important for you to focus your writing on, and about how you are going to find time to write long and write deep."

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