Catch up on the latest news from Writers Victoria and the literary sector

Clare Rankine talks with Writers Victoria member Justine Sless, stand-up comedian, comedy writer, award-winning short story writer and founder of the Jewish Comedy Festival.

The weather is warming up and our 2017 projects are winding down. We're happily stashing our winter coats back in the cupboard and enjoying the first juicy mangoes of the season. That's right – summer is in the air, and summer for us means Summer School!

In January, we're bringing you a host of Summer School workshops to kickstart your 2018 writing year. From novel writing to romance, pitching to picture books, we hope you'll find something to energise your writing life in the new year.

Novel writing

Applications are now open for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Now in its seventh year, the Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work.

The Fellowship encourages writers to immerse themselves in their subject’s lives and culture.

Hazel’s own career received a boost when receiving a fellowship enabled her to travel to the USA while researching ‘Richard Wright: The Life and Times.’

Pip Smith's debut novel, 'Half Wild', is based on the real life of Eugenia Falleni, a transgender person who captivated Sydney in 1920 when, living as Harry Crawford, he was arrested for the murder of Annie Birkett, his wife.

Photo of Shastro Deo

Shastra Deo's debut poetry collection 'The Agonist' won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize last year and has been described as ‘full of the beautiful music of fracture and repair’. As part of our Subscriber-thon series, we talked to Shastro about her writing process.

'Soon' is the story of the death of a haunted town, and the plight of the people who either won’t or simply can’t abandon all they have ever had. You spent six years driving around Australia in a homemade 4WD truck, writing letters home about the people you met along the way. Did any of these people inspire characters in your debut novel ‘Soon’?

Your much-loved and award-winning novel 'The Bone Sparrow' was about a child in a refugee camp. 'The Ones That Disappeared' is about three trafficked children searching for freedom and hope. When you get an idea for a book, what come first – the issue or the characters?

'Her' begins in 1909 and spans ten years. The book explores a dark side of history, especially women and girls battling poverty and violence. What drew you to write this tale?

'You Be Mother' is Meg Mason's debut novel after the success of her memoir 'Say It Again In A Nice Voice'. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Meg about her writing process.

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.