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Anna Spargo-Ryan on Memory and Memoir

Anna Spargo-Ryan is the award-winning author of A Kind of Magic, The Gulf and The Paper House, and a winner of the Horne Prize. Her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Island, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, Good Weekend, the Guardian, and many other places. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Deakin University, …

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2022 Grace Marion Wilson Glenfern Fellows Announced

Since 2007, Writers Victoria has offered writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months, thanks to the support of the Readings Foundation (from 2007 to 2014) and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust (since 2009). The Fellowships give authors the time and space to write, as well as the opportunity …

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Declan Fry on Digression, Transience and the Desire to Know and Be Known

Declan Fry is a writer and essayist. Born on Wongatha Country in Kalgoorlie, he has been awarded a Peter Blazey Fellowship and the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award, shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and nominated for the Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism. Following the publication of Another Australia, Writers Victoria Membership Officer Lou …

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Ellie Marney on Codegirls, Thrillers and Keeping your Detective a Step Behind

Ellie Marney is a New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning crime author, who has gone behind the scenes at the Westminster Mortuary in London and interviewed forensic and technical specialists around the world in pursuit of just the right details for her brand of pulse-pounding thrillers. Her titles include The Killing Code, None Shall Sleep, the Every trilogy, No Limits, White …

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Adriane Howell on Writing Aesthetics and Design

Adriane Howell is a Melbourne-based arts worker and writer who has lived in Paris and Johannesburg. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing. She is co-founder of the literary journal Gargouille. Hydra is her debut novel. Following Hydra’s release, our Program Manager, Anna Kate Blair, spoke …

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Grace Chan on Mind-Uploading, Virtual Space and Speculative Tech

Grace Chan is a speculative fiction writer and doctor. Her writing explores brains, minds, technology, space, and narrative identity. Her short fiction can be found in Clarkesworld, Going Down Swinging, Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, and many other places. She has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards, the Norma K Hemming Award, and Viva la Novella. …

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Lee Kofman on Idiosyncrasy and Writing Complex Emotion

Lee Kofman is the author of six books, including Imperfect (2019, Affirm Press), which was shortlisted for Nib Literary Award 2019, and The Dangerous Bride (2014, MUP); editor of Split (Ventura, 2019), which was longlisted for ABIA Awards 2020, and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (Ventura, 2016). Her short works have been widely published and her …

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Timmah Ball on Western Time, Literary Silence and Zine Making

Timmah Ball is a writer, researcher and creative practitioner of Ballardong Noongar heritage. She is the editor for First Nations writing at Westerly Magazine and Arts House Makeshift Publics artist for 2021 where she developed the publication Do Planners Dream of Electric Trees? In 2016, she won the Patricia Hackett Prize for her essay “In …

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Sarah Walker on Prizes, Process and Prepping for the End of the World

Sarah Walker is a Djilang/Geelong-based writer, artist and photographer. Her writing is primarily creative nonfiction, considering issues of anxiety, control and intimacy. She was runner-up in the 2019 Calibre Essay Prize and received the 2020 ABR Victorian Rising Star award. She was shortlisted for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize; a finalist in the 2020 Walkley awards and the …

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The Winners of the 2022 Emerging Writers Competition

Writers Victoria is delighted to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2022 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Now in its thirteenth year, the prize supports emerging Victorian writers. Winners of the fiction and non-fiction categories will receive a $1000 cash prize, with second prizes of $250 awarded to a runner-up in each category. …

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