The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Maribel Steel

They say, when one door closes, another one opens. It’s true! My application to be selected as a mentor for a regional writing group with Writeability earlier this year was not successful but instead, I was invited to apply to the Storming the City program.

To say I was excited to read the words ‘successful application’ in the email sent by Lyndel Caffrey, Writeability Program Manager, is an understatement. After doing a merry jig around our lounge room with my guide dog, I swung into action – and did a reconnoitre on the internet to check out the cohort list in the email.

Lisette Drew

While my theatre career hangs out to dry like washing on a line in a gusty Melbourne wind, I look to my lockdown to-do list.

First: get the jab. Mass vaccination hubs are opening up for my age group, so I book in for Friday. A week away. What to do until then?

Luckily, the Melbourne City of Literature office in collaboration with Writers Victoria announce their Experts in Residence series; industry expert talks every day for five days. I zoom onto Zoom. Knowledge is power after all, and feeding my brain is essential work in lockdown.

Andrea Rowe

None of us have met before, or know each other’s writing styles.

But each saw something in the Writeability call out that enticed us to sign up.

And now we’re finding something in our own voices, and exploring how we can each use the energy of our experiences with disability to inform our writing.

The Mornington Peninsula Writeability program launched in June 2021 in partnership with Writers Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers’ Club.

Simon Rowell

I’ll start at the beginning, but will not linger there long. When I was around fourteen, buoyed by a sense of grandiosity fed by a healthy dose of hormones, I decided I wanted to be a writer. A beret-wearing, hipster-before-there-were-hipsters type of writer. What genre or style I couldn’t say, which should tell you that my ambition was more about image than substance. I was a reader, which was a start, with a bookshelf filled with Hemingway and Brontë.

Ingrid Laguna

Ingrid Laguna is the Education Advisor for the Melbourne Writers Festival and the author of four books – a memoir and three novels for young readers. ‘Songbird’ was given Notable recognition by the CBCA and shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year Award. ‘Bailey Finch Takes a Stand’ is her latest release.

The Neilma Sidney Travel Fund, Round 6

Writers Victoria, with the support of The Myer Foundation, is delighted to announce the recipients of Round 6 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

This round’s judges were author and bookseller Jaclyn Crupi, writer Jeanine Leane, and editor Renée Otmar. The judges were impressed with the overall quality of the applications in what was a competitive round, awarding a total of $58,687 to the 12 recipients.

Congratulations to:

Writers Victoria is very excited to finally be sharing our 2021 Season 2 Program with our community! We're so proud of the program we've put together, spanning July – December of this year.

We have a large offering of events, online feedback clinics, and are again offering an extensive mix of online and in-person workshops.

Jessica Healy Walton leads a Writeablity forum

Writers Victoria, in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers Club, is delighted to announce the resumption of Writeability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula following a 12 month delay due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This exciting new writing program for writers with disability is funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Writers Victoria is proud to partner with LIMINAL and Pantera Press for the LIMINAL & Pantera Press Nonfiction Prize. Read on for a full media release from Pantera Press, or read over on the Pantera Press website:


Want the chance to meet other writers in the Writers Victoria community?

To have a say in who runs your peak body?

Go in the draw for a free book?

Whatever your motivation, Writers Victoria is delighted to welcome members to our Annual General Meeting for the 2020 Calendar Year, to be held on Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 6pm (via Zoom).


Meeting Agenda