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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

A banner that says Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications for Round 6 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will open on 1 April 2021.

Mandy Sayer

On Wednesday 3 March, in front of a large audience at Adelaide Writers’ Week, Mandy Sayer was announced as winner of the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Mandy Sayer was awarded $15,000 for her proposed biography of Australian silent filmmakers the McDonagh sisters, Paulette, Isabelle, and Phyllis. Between 1926 and 1933 the three sisters wrote, produced and directed the films, while one of them acted in the main roles.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Writers Victoria community,

As you are no doubt aware, the Victorian Government has announced new coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and we are committed to safe practices for our staff, members and wider community.

The restrictions have been introduced after a Hotel Quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Hotel tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Hazel Rowley Literary Committee and Writers Victoria are pleased to announce seven writers have been shortlisted for the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, worth $15,000.

“The shortlist reflects an exciting and diverse range of subjects both contemporary and historic, including artists, filmmakers, actors and writers,” said Della Rowley, Hazel’s sister. “This year, more than any other, it is vital to support writers. Given the impact of COVID-19, priority has been given to writers researching and writing within Australia.

The 2020 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing has been awarded to 27 year-old Anith Mukherjee for his story ‘I Am Full Of Love’.

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2020, we've partnered with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) in delivering an online program showcasing the diverse talents and abilities of people with disability in the community. Creative Control is an accessible online program of events featuring visual art, writing, theatre and film experiences over one week from 3-10 December.

 

Seven Days of Writing

The Writers Victoria team is thrilled to be launching our 2021 Season 1 Program. Members are due to receive print copies of the program with their December – February edition of 'The Victorian Writer', and you can download a PDF copy here. All of the workshops and events for 2021 Season 1 are now listed on our events calendar.

Composite image of the 2020 Prize shortlisted writers

On Thursday 26 November, 7pm to 7.45pm (AEDT), the 2020 Deborah Cass Prize winner will be announced at an online Award Ceremony featuring guest speaker Philippe Sands. Philippe Sands is a lawyer and Baille Gifford prize-winning writer. His current book is 'The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive'.

The event, hosted by Elly Varrenti, writer, broadcaster and columnist, will include contributions from writer Rafeif Ismail, 2017 Deborah Cass Prize winner, and writer and judge Lee Kofman, who will present this year’s winner.

Maria Tumarkin

The State of the (Writing) Nation is an annual address from a prominent Australian writer. It's a chance to reflect on what's happening, and where we're heading, in Australian literature and publishing. 

This year, Maria Tumarkin will give the address. Tumarkin is the author of four books, including the multi-award-winning creative non-fiction work, 'Axiomatic', and is a recipient of the prestigious 2020 Windham Campbell Prize.