On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

If you love reading, chances are you've thought about reviewing books, too. Ahead of her Writers on Wednesday workshop on Book Reviewing, James Cayley asked The Big Issue books editor, Thuy On, what it takes to make it as a professional reviewer.

Sonya Voumard discusses her latest work, 'Skin in the Game', a funny, personal and deep look at the dynamics of the interview.  
a portrait of Ryan O'Neill

Ryan O'Neill's latest book, about the lives of imaginary Australian writers, has been described as "a trick, a sham, a gorgeous lie." Ahead of his Short Story masterclass, James Cayley caught up with Ryan to find out why he's drawn short story, why parody works, and why literary writers should have a go at breaking the rules.

Mick McCoy discusses writing his new novel ‘What the Light Reveals’

Beginning writing can be overwhelming. But Demet Divaroren believes that it's all about trusting yourself. Following her Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her new YA book ‘Living on Hope Street’, we spoke to Demet about teaching writing, raising your voice, and keeping your creative flame burning.


A photo of Jess Walton

Awareness of disabled and marginalised writers in the publishing industry is increasing, but there’s still a long way to go, says Jessica Walton. Ahead of her Write-ability – Opportunities for Writers webinar, Jess talked to Writers Victoria about seeking out opportunities and the impact they can have on writing.

Writers with disability are hugely underrepresented in the industry. What can be done – from the grassroots level up – to help address this?

I am very grateful for the Women Writers of Colour Bursary provided by Writers Victoria, which enabled me to attend The Art of Criticism: Giving and Receiving Feedback workshop hosted by YA novelist, professional editor and manuscript assessor Shivaun Plozza in January.

Spiri Tsintziras

Creating annual reports is daunting. The process can be derailed by challenging timelines, editing various writing styles to get a consistent voice, and the number of decision makers involved in sign off.

In the leadup to her Business Writing workshop on Annual Reports, communications specialist Spiri Tsintziras shares five tips on how to make project managing, writing and editing your organisation’s annual report as painless as possible.

A photo of A. S. Patrić by Bleddyn Butcher

A. S. Patrić is the author of two short story collections, 'Las Vegas for Vegans' and 'The Rattler and Other Stories'. His debut novel 'Black Rock White Cit'y was published to critical acclaim in 2015 and won the Miles Franklin Award in 2016.​ He talks to Writers Victoria about writing his recent novel 'Atlantic Black'.

Photo of Alli Sinclair

“A romantic story is boring if the potential couple are a perfect match straight away,” says tutor Alli Sinclair. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Alli about what appeals in romance writing and how to write compelling, memorable romance characters.