Writing Tips and Tools

Get tips, tricks and tools on the craft of writing.

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“Writing is all about perseverance', says WV tutor Robert Gott.

Robert has been a professional writer for more than 25 years and has written 90 books.

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“Go deep into your fears, desires and curiosities when writing,” says WV tutor Angela Meyer, “but bookend your work with comfort.”

Angela is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and literary journalist.

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“Half the fun of writing non-fiction is in the research,” says WV tutor David Day, “which can become addictive.” The trick (or one of them) is in knowing when to stop.

David has taught in universities in England, Australia, Ireland and Japan. He has written nearly twenty histories and biographies, and won several literary prizes.

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“Writing place and landscape, whether in fiction or non-fiction, is a vital component to any piece of writing,” says WV tutor Tony Birch.

Tony is the author of Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day (2009) and Blood (2011), which was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin award.

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In the fourth month of her 2014 Online Short Story Clinic, WV tutor Laura Jean McKay shares her tips for writing about the passing of time in short stories...

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“Write like someone is watching,” suggests WV tutor and disability advocate Carly Findlay. “Use your blog to prove to an editor why you should and can write for their publication.”

Carly is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist – she shares what it’s like to live with a visible difference.

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“Every poem is a love song,” says WV tutor Mark Tredinnick.

Mark is a celebrated poet, nature writer, essayist, and writing teacher.

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“There’s no point in writing without taking risks,” says WV tutor Jo Case, “but they need to be risks you can live with.”

Jo’s first book, Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s, is published by Hardie Grant in Australia and the UK.

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“Cover your screen or write in invisible ink,” suggests WV tutor Paddy O'Reilly. Who knows what will happen?

Paddy O’Reilly has published two novels and a short story collection.

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WV tutor PD Martin shares her thoughts on writing corporate communications.

Phillipa is the author of five crime fiction novels. Prior to becoming an author she worked in the field of corporate writing and editing for over 15 years, writing award-winning copy for brochures, newsletters, websites, training CD-ROMs, flyers, ads, media releases and magazines. Some of her clients and employers include BHP Billiton, AXA, Genesys/Garrisons and the University of Melbourne.