Writing Tips and Tools

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

A photo of Karen Andrews

"Finding the form is one of the most exciting and critical parts of writing," says Write-ability tutor Karen Andrews. "I liken the act to opening a toolbox and having a good rummage through as I consider which one will function best for my purpose."

A portrait of Emily Bitto

"Work out what conditions you write best in", says Emily Bitto "say, early in the morning when no-one is emailing you, or in a noisy cafe in the middle of the day. You will save a lot of time and angst if you stop trying to work in conditions that aren't right for you".

 

Photo of Laura Jean McKay

"What you record in your notebook, no matter how trivial, doesn't sit alone," says WV tutor Laura Jean McKay. "It is part of the political, social and emotional world around you."

A portrait of Lorna Hendry

"When you are writing a memoir, don't feel you have to tell the reader everything", says Lorna Hendry. "Allow them to make links, draw their own conclusions and interpret events in a way that is meaningful to them."

A portrait of Roselina Press

"A good story about human rights won't always say what is popular", says Roselina Press. "But it should make popular what needs to be said"

 

Omar Musa headshot

"To paraphrase Junot Diaz, it is ok to feel lost," says tutor Omar Musa.

Screenshot of Kate's webinar

In this webinar, former Writers Victoria director Kate Larsen answers all your burning questions about the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. It's the perfect resource for those wanting to apply.

A photograph of Shivaun Plozza

"To write for teens you need to have respect – for their passion, intelligence, complexities and diversity," says YA author and Write-ability tutor Shivaun Plozza. "Be across what your audience wants and never forget that you write for teens, not simply about them."

A photograph of Jax Jacki Brown

"People with disabilities have interesting and valuable things to say," says disability activist, writer and performer Jax Jacki Brown. "Ninety percent of people will acquire a disability at some point in their lives. People with disabilities have important things to teach and important perspectives to share which are relevant to everyone."

A screenshot of Jessica Walton during the webinar

Writers have explored their bodies through words in a variety of ways. 

In this recording of a webinar held in July 2017 as part of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program, children's book author Jessica Walton takes us through different examples of text and description and discusses how different approaches to writing about the body.