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WV tutor Jane Godwin quotes American writer Barbara Bader: "A picture book is text, illustrations, total design; an item of manufacture and a commercial product; a social, cultural, historical document; and, foremost, an experience for a child."

Jane is a publisher and highly acclaimed author of over twenty books for children. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations. Jane writes her own books but much of her time is spent in encouraging and supporting authors with whom she works. 

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"Develop a daily writing practice that keeps you aware of your creative principles, says WV tutor AS Patric, "no matter how things fluctuate from day to day."

AS Patric’s debut novel ‘Black Rock White City’ won the 2016 Miles Franklin Award.

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"Writing for kids is not about presending to 'be a kid'," says WV tutor Archie Fusillo, "but remembering what it was like to have been one."

Archie is an award-winning children’s and young adult author.

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"Writing feels hard because it is hard," says WV tutor Maria Tumarkin, "diabolically so at times."

Maria writes books (three to date, fourth on the way), reviews, essays (included in ‘Best Australian Essays’ 2011, 2012 and 2015), and pieces for performance and radio. She teaches and translates, and collaborates with visual artists, psychologists and public historians. Her work has been published, performed, carved into dockside tiles, and set to music.

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"If you want an interviewee to tell you amazing stories, you have to treat them like an amazing storyteller," says WV tutor Tom Doig, "Give them your undivided attention. Listen enthusiastically, without interrupting; let them know how interesting their words are."

Tom is a journalist, oral historian and academic. He is the author of ‘Mörön to Mörön: two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure’ (Allen & Unwin, 2013) and ‘The Coal Face’ (Penguin, 2015), about the catastrophic 2014 Hazelwood Mine fire. 'The Coal Face' was joint winner of the 2015 Oral History Victoria Education...

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"A poem tells you when it is complete. You feel it like the click of a Porsche door," says WV tutor Jordie Albiston, "This is a thing you experience within, a thing you can learn."

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"Love your narrator," says WV tutor Sofie Laguna, "find a way."

Sofie is an award-winning author of over twenty books for children. Her books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. Sofie’s first novel for adults, ‘One Foot Wrong’, was published throughout Europe, the US and the UK, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award.

All about business writing

WV chairperson and Fundamentals of Business Writing tutor Nicolas Brasch shares his 10 commandments of corporate writing.

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"I'm not saying you have to accept every correction your beta readers and critique partners give you," says WV tutor Emily Craven. "Hey, it's your novel."

Emily is the CEO and editor of Story City, a social publishing enterprise and interactive choose your adventure app. She mentors local writers in creating digital experiences in cities across Australia.

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"There are days when words pour out of you, when engagement is total, and that's a lovely thing," says WV tutor Lucy Treloar, "but be wary of the pursuit of that perfect experience."