Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

In August, Writers Victoria in collaboration with VALID sought stories from writers with disability for our ongoing project, Stories from Home. Here's how writer Laura Pettenuzzo responded to the prompt, "I look out my window".

 

You are my first real friend. A friendship based on mutual admiration and not on simple vicinity and lack of other options. You had moved here from Swan Hill because of your Dad’s work.

 I remember living with my grandmother so I could go to this particular school with all the subjects that I wanted but couldn’t get at my old school.

I remember being so lost and overwhelmed at the size of this new school and crying in a stairwell on my first day.

I remember seeing you in art class and after a few days we end up sitting together and talking about books. 

It's a particularly tough time for writers who have had new books released, with the cancellation of book launches, author tours, and other appearances such as writers festivals. Writers Victoria is helping to get the word out about books published by our members during this time with our #WVMemberBooks initiative – we're posting these books on our social media channels and here with information about the books and links through to where you can buy them to support the author.

A portrait of David Maney. An image of a man with dark curly hair with the sun on his face laughing.

2020 Write-ability Fellow David Maney is a performer and arts facilitator, with a focus on inclusive practice. He's currently writing '​Into the Fog', a mystery novella/podcast set in rural Australia. He lives in West Brunswick, land of the Woi wurrung people, with three housemates, two dogs and a socially distant cat.

The cover of Shane Tindal's book, 'Just Like a Son'

I commenced writing 'Just Like A Son', a military romance adventure in 1996, after I finished my first novel 'Fur On The Inside'. I wrote 'Fur On The Inside', a legal romantic thriller, while I was living in Sale VIC, on leave without pay from my position as a civilian lawyer in the Department of Defence, Canberra. Prior to that I had been a military lawyer in the RAAF from 1980 to 1989. As a lawyer I preferred writing legal briefs and affidavits to court work.

In my upcoming workshop, Surrealism, Magic Realism, and Fabulism, we’ll be discussing a bunch of wonderful non-realist texts. There are so many we could talk about, but I’ve included some of my favourites – and ones we’ll look at in the workshop to break down how they work, why they work, and how you can make your own non-realist, symbolic, stories work.

 

Sonya Voumard reflects on her writing life in a corporate cathedral designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler.

 

One day I go walking at dusk. 

I hear the birds whistling and cold wind blowing.

Walking into the distance I follow the track.

Sometimes I leave the track for a place I can call my own

A peaceful place where I can do and say whatever I like.

No one gets in my way or tells me what to do.

 

Suddenly I see the lights in the sky, crystal clear,

Stars starting to appear: they sparkle in my eyes.

It’s the time when nature’s spirits are calling me,

Like a hug from Mother Nature.

Connecting and contacting me,

Raphael Kaleb in a red and white shirt, smiling broadly.

Over 12 years Raphael Kaleb has proved he is a man for all disciplines, and his article reflects this.

The Land of Opportunity

Right now is the Land of Opportunity for Creatives. I can hear laughter. Everything is cancelled. We can’t go out. We are in Lockdown. That is precisely the point. Because people are at home, that means they are looking for more entertainment online. It’s the perfect time for writers.

Michelle Vasiliu is a 2018 Write-ability Fellow. She has been a teacher and youth-worker, among many roles working with children. She is now an award-winning children’s and YA author who writes sensitive, serious and sometimes sad stuff. She likes to help her young readers understand and make sense of their world.