Writing Tips and Tools

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

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“When writing about food, consider the five senses,” says WV tutor Richard Cornish.

Richard is an award-winning food writer whose love of the land leads him to explore issues around food, where it comes from, how it gets to us and why some foods taste better than others.

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Words of wisdom about writing memoir from WV tutor and writer Vanessa Russell…

Vanessa Russell is the author of the novel Holy Bible and the memoir Loosestrife: Love and Losing it (due out in May 2014). She has taught creative writing and writing for the media at the University of Melbourne and has a PhD in Creative Writing.

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“Make the audience the world,” says WV tutor, poet and writer Maxine Beneba Clarke…

Maxine is a slam poetry champion and author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs Fixing.

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WV tutor Graeme Orr shares some favourite words of wisdom from English intellectual, literary critic and writer Cyril Connolly…

Graeme is an international freelance journalist who has been published in almost 1,100 publications in 41 countries and 13 languages. Graeme lectured in freelance writing at Deakin University and has taught seminars at writing centres and universities in Australia and overseas.

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Words of wisdom from WV tutor, member and writer Laura Jean McKay about getting on with the act of writing.

Laura is the author of Holiday in Cambodia, a short story collection that explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet. Her writing has been published in The Best Australian Stories, The Big Issue, Women of Letters, Going Down Swinging and The Lifted Brow.

Amy Thomas from Penguin Group Australia provides a Top Tip for Children’s and YA writers.

The National Writers' Centre Network is Australia's largest network of writers. The network supports and connects writers in all the States and Territories of Australia.

Together, we represent more than 10,000 members and a much broader constituency of early career, emerging and established authors – across all genres, all styles and all parts of Australia.

In 2009, Writers Victoria moved into 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.

Here are few good tips to help you develop your writing.

Every experienced writer reads widely. Professional writers always recommend reading as a way for writers to learn their craft. Reading widely can enhance your writing technique, broaden your scope, multiply your ideas and deepen your understanding of literary form in all its variety.

The following organisations offer information, support and services including editing, contracts and legal advice to writers and those interested in writing.