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

Words in the world 2017 / Season 1

For nearly three decades Writers Victoria has been a leading provider of information, resources and skills development for our members and the broader writing community. With almost 3,500 members, we are the state’s largest organisation supporting Victorian writers.

As another writing year begins, we share our vision for the year to come with this extract from our 2017 Business Plan.

A new year has begun, and that means a new range of writing courses. Writers Victoria is pleased to announce our Business Writing lineup for the first half of 2017.

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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.

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As we leap feet-first into a brand new year, we asked WV Director Kate Larsen for her thoughts and predictions for the writing and publishing sector in 2017.

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Seven Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship worth $15,000.  

The 2017 Fellowship has attracted a strong field of high-quality proposals and includes a broad range of subjects and topics.

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The mercury is rising at Writers Victoria.  

Summer School kicks off this week with a series of workshops and seminars on writing about one of the most burning issues of our time: climate change and its impact on the environment. 

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Let’s face it. Most writers aren't in it for the money. But despite popular mythology (or the worst fears of your parents) choosing a life as a writer doesn’t need to involve financial sacrifice.

From copywriting and online marketing to freelancing and landing a publisher, there are plenty of ways to build a stable career as a writer. And Writers Victoria’s Season 1 2017 program can help you get there.

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Each of us has a story to tell, but it can be hard to know where to start (or how to finish).

That’s why Writers Vic’s Season 1 workshop program includes a full range of life-writing workshops to help aspiring writers identify what their stories are, how they can get them down and how to craft them so they sparkle (and so their family members still speak to them afterwards).

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The Writers Vic team would like to wish all our members, writers, partners and friends a very happy new year.

We'll be taking a break from Friday 23 December to Monday 9 January, but you can still join or renew your membership or check out our Season 1 workshop program on our website.

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A story by Syrian-born actor and writer Jean Bachoura is the winner of the 2016 Deborah Cass Writing Prize.

'Night Falls', an extract from a larger work in progress, tells a gripping story of a young Syrian-Australian, Eyad, returning to war-destroyed Damascus to meet his mother and revisit his childhood home.

The runners up were Edita Mujkic for her story about leaving Sarajevo under bombardment, ‘From There to Here’, Linda Judge’s Latvian journey ‘Mother...