On Writing

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

When I clicked ‘publish’, I had no idea what I’d got myself into.

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Understanding the way the imagination fills gaps in your memories can be a productive tool in memoir writing, says Dr. Sian Prior. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Sian about embracing the blur between memory and imagination.

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Writing a memoir is a journey of discovery that involves acknowledging every spectacular defeat and minute victory along the way, says tutor Josiane Behmoiras. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Josiane about how the house, in memoir, becomes a container for dreams and aspirations.

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To ensure well-rounded and non-stereotypical Indigenous characters, says tutor Jane Harrison, the writer must continually question their motives and their writing. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Jane about the changing depictions of Indigenous people and stories.

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When working with industry professionals, be patient, be polite, but don't be a pushover, says Sam Cooney. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to Sam about how getting published in literary journals can be a great springboard in a writer's journey.

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Your memoir needs to have a reason for being, says Jo Case. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Jo about why it is important for a memoir to have a central theme.

Marie Alafaci

Author and writing specialist Marie Alafaci talks snobbery, workplace communication, and reference guides. 

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Each person has a particular insight and way of seeing the world, says Write-ability tutor Andy Jackson, and all people – particularly non-disabled – need to listen carefully. Andy will present ‘Myths, Realities and Elephants’ to the Write-ability Writers Group in Bendigo, and spoke to us about some of the myths and challenges facing writers with disability.

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Writing is often loosely divided into fiction and non-fiction, but the reality is far more complicated. Karen Andrews discusses some of the key challenges ahead of her Write-ability: Finding the Form workshop.

There is a great deal of work to be done before a memoir is ready to be written. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talk to Lorna Hendry about the risks and rewards of research and interviews.