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A strong sense of place transports readers, adding to the pleasure and excitement of reading. The challenge for writers is to describe place in such a way that it adds to the story, rather than distracting from it.

Writers Victoria Director Angela Savage hosts this webinar, recorded in September 2018, as part of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program.

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Photo of Jax Jacki Brown. She has short red hair, is using a wheelchair, and wearing a dark pink short and jeans. Photo: Breeana Dunbar.

"For those of us who have been disadvantaged or ‘othered’, telling our story and writing it down can be an immensely powerful act," says writer and disability activist Jax Jacki Brown. "It can nurture our resilience and pride in ourselves and connect us to others."

A podcast about the first time you... publish a book. One part reality show, one part writers’ master class. Debut novelists Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall get practical advice from Australian writers on all the firsts: agents, editors, social media, reviews, and if you need to get your nails done to match your book cover. 

2018

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“When writing, it’s essential to distil every sentence to its shortest, purest form,” says WV tutor Laurie Steed.

Laurie is an author of award-winning literary fiction from Perth. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere.

Write-ability Project Officer Harriet Gaffney hosts this webinar containing all you need to know about applying for Writers Victoria's Write-ability Fellowships. Recorded 31 May 2018. Visit our Write-ability Fellowships page to keep up-to-date on when the program is open for submissions. 

 

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In this webinar recorded in May 2018, Sarah Mayor Cox explores the relevance of mentor texts to your development as an early or emerging writer. 

Mentor texts are exemplars of some aspect, element or device of writing that you may be trying to wrangle in your own work. Using specific examples from a range of mentor texts, Sarah will show you how to learn from the best.

This webinar was recorded as part of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program.

 

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"There has to be something that you’re burning to say; or an image or moment that touches and mystifies you," says Write-ability Guest Tutor Micheline Lee. "This is what powers the story."

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"Hard is not bad," says tutor Sarah Mayor Cox. "It’s just hard."

Sarah is hosting the Learning from the best – using mentor texts webinar as part ofour Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program on Wednesday 16 May.

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Emerging writers are sometimes so busy 'emerging' they don’t know about the opportunities that can help kickstart projects and careers. When you do start looking at what’s out there, it can seem overwhelming or intimidating.

In this recording of a webinar in March 2018 as part of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online program, Jessica Walton outlines some of the opportunities available to Victorian writers, with a focus on emerging disabled writers. Jess explores grants, fellowships and competitions, including when to apply. 

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"Compelling personal essayists are not those whose worldview the reader agrees with," says Lee Kofman, "but those whose voice and worldview the reader is interested in enough to follow."