Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

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In 2014 I was nominated in Writers Victoria’s Personal Patrons Program. It seemed like such an old-fashioned and lovely notion – the kind of thing that artists dream of.

Even better was an email informing me that a Patron was interested in supporting my work and had offered to provide me with a one month residency in one of the Writers Victoria studios at Old Melbourne Gaol.

Photo of Carly Finday and Stella Young with a glass of wine

The thoughts of the Writers Victoria team are with the family of WV tutor, digital writer in residence and friend Stella Young, who passed away earlier this week.

Her fellow Write-ability tutor Carly Findlay wrote this tribute…

"I found out about Stella’s death just after 10.00 am on Monday – my birthday. I called out to my colleagues “Stella Young has died.” As a colleague consoled me, I told her what a great year Stella has had.

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Former Hazel Rowley fellow Maxine Beneba Clarke shares her advice for writers considering applying for this year's Hazel Rowley Fellowship.

"Four months before my first fiction book, 'Foreign Soil', was due to come out, snowed under with copy edits, I saw a call-out for applications for the 2014 Hazel Rowley Fellowship. The Fellowship, I read, was closing for applications in a few days, and would go to support travel and research for a significant Australian work of biography.

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Five writers with disability will receive six hours of free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts through the inaugural Write-ability Fellowships announced this week.

The Fellowships, a joint initiative of Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria, have been awarded to Heidi Everett (with mentor Lyndel Caffrey), Robbie O’Brien (with mentor Matthew Hooper), Jack Waghorn (with mentor Bethanie Blanchard), Kate Hood from regional Victoria (with mentor Antoinette Eklund) and Carly Findlay (with mentor Sam Twyford-Moore).

Many thanks to everyone who completed our annual member surveys earlier this year.

We use the surveys to support and improve the work that we do, develop new project ideas, and make sure our program is responding to the needs of our members and writing community.

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Patricia Tobin is an emerging theatre, film and arts reviewer based in Melbourne. She spoke with Writers Victoria intern John about her love of the critique and how to get started as an arts reviewer.

On top of contributing theatre and film reviews to ArtsHub and The Essential, Patricia is also the Social Media Manager at Writers Bloc. She tweets at @havesomepatty.

Emma Buckley is an emerging writer and director for theatre, based in Melbourne. She spoke with Writers Victoria intern John about the need for truth in good writing and the shift between filmed and live performance.

"I actually have a background in filmmaking. I spent a few years as a freelance filmmaker and educator, teaching filmmaking to kids in rural and indigenous communities all over Australia. In 2011, I started exploring other storytelling art forms in Melbourne and worked as a puppeteer. I started to love live performance. This led to writing and directing my first play in...

portrait of Robert O'Brien and his wife on their wedding day

Robert O’Brien was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Write-ability Fellowship in 2013.

Robert and his wife Jean were the first couple with cerebal palsy to be married in Victoria. At a time when even romance was frowned on for people in their situation, their commitment and determination paved the way for other couples in their community.

In this extract from Robert’s memoir, A Boot Full of Piss, he describes how they met and fell in love.

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In 2014, Writers Victoria produced a series of postcards and memes of some of our Write-ability Fellows. This week, we profile the work of Kate Morell…

Write-ability aims to support writers with disability wishing to develop their skills and writing careers. For more information, visit the Writers with Disability page of our website.

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Katy Warner is an emerging playwright and theatremaker based in Melbourne. She spoke with Writers Victoria intern John about the power of the stage and drawing on her everyday life to find inspiration.

Katy is a Melbourne-based emerging playwright. Her play Dropped was recently performed with La Mama Theatre. She also wrote and performed in These are the isolate in 2010. Katy is planning a trip to the UK in the near future. S