Writing Tips and Tools

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

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“The most essential task for the writer,” says WV tutor Arnold Zable, “is to be fully present to the scenes and characters being depicted.”

Arnold is an award-winning author whose work has ranged across many genres.

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Virginia Woolf said that a person must have money and a room of one’s own. But if this is not possible, “just use a corner of your kitchen table,” says WV tutor Lisa Jacobson.

Lisa is an award-winning poet and fiction writer.

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WV tutor Kate Richards encourages writers to read widely and to read books that challenge them.

Kate is an award-winning writer of narrative non-fiction, fiction and poetry.

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“Write only about what feels urgent and what makes you blush” says WV tutor and blogger-in-residence Lee Kofman.

Lee is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books.

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“For me, writing for the theatre has to involve the body,” says WV tutor Emma Valente.

Emma is the Co Artistic Director of one of Melbourne’s most renowned independent theatre companies: THE RABBLE. She works as an author, director and designer.

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In the third month of her 2014 Online Short Story Clinic, WV tutor Laura Jean McKay shares her tips for writing about conflict within short stories...

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“Read widely,” suggests WV tutor Benjamin Law.

Benjamin is the author of two books: the black comedy memoir The Family Law and the travel adventure Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, both of which were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards.

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Poetry may be a daily necessity, but it must “do up its own laces”, quotes WV tutor Peter Rose.

Peter is the author of the award-winning family memoir Rose Boys (2001), just reissued as a Text Classic.

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

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Funnyman and WV tutor Simon Taylor’s staged a feisty heist for his two-day Comedy Writing intensive at Writers Victoria in March 2014.

Simon is a Melbourne/LA based comedian and writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.