The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Write-ability

Writers with disability will benefit from a new program announced by Writers Victoria at the Having a Say Conference in Geelong last week.

Write-ability Goes Regional and Online is a three-year program for aspiring writers with disability living in regional Victoria. The project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

When I first joined Writers Victoria and started attending events, there was very little in the way of genre fiction covered. But over the years, the organisation has steadily increased its offerings. 

Given that there are so many topics and genres out there, I don't envy WV the job of trying to cater to such diversity! Especially those genres that aren't as popular or mainstream as others. To be serious, and honest, I think the team at WV does an excellent job with what they put together each year, and the vast range of topics and genres they cover.

A portrait of Michael Pryor in a top hat

With the pace of technological, political and social change rapidly increasing, it's little wonder more writers are exploring forms of speculative fiction. We talked to Michael Pryor ahead of his upcoming Science Fiction and Steampunk workshop about Sci Fi's turn towards history, and what he looks for in new speculative fiction stories.

Myfanwy Jones at a desk

Why not lock yourself away in an atmospheric writing studio at the Old Melbourne Gaol?

Trophy

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

A portrait of Koraly Dimitriadis by Kaliopi Malamas

According to Koraly Dimitriadis, writers need to be bold in reflecting their own experiences. But plenty of writers struggle when it comes to writing with conviction about love and sex. In the lead-up to her pre-Valentine's Day workshop on Love and F**k Poetry, we asked Koraly for her tips on shedding societal expectations and writing about two of our most fundamental instincts.

A new year has begun, and that means a new range of writing courses. Writers Victoria is pleased to announce our Business Writing lineup for the first half of 2017.

Photo of George Ivanoff in front of a bookcase

Remember what it’s like being at primary school? The readers you got to take home to help you practice? The books you read together as a class? The comprehension cards with a short piece of writing on one side and questions on the other? The non-fiction books that helped you with your unit of enquiry?

People often forget about all these books when they’ve grown up. Everyone focuses on the trade books you buy in bookstores – the big hits, the bestsellers, the ones you go and buy as presents for the young people in your life. 

Picture of a trophy

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

Spiri Tsintziras

Creating annual reports can be daunting. The process can be derailed by challenging timelines, editing various writing styles to get a consistent voice, and the number of decision makers involved in sign off.

In the leadup to her Business Writing workshop on Annual Reports, communications specialist Spiri Tsintziras shares five tips on how to make project managing, writing and editing your organisation’s annual report as painless as possible.