On Writing

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

Eliza Henry Jones sitting in front of a window, smiling

Author and tutor Eliza Henry-Jones believes that writing about loss and grief can help us find meaning in overwhelming circumstances. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we caught up with Eliza to find out what motivates writers to explore this difficult, yet necessary, terrain.

A portrait of Kate Cuthbert, smiling

Commercial and literary fiction can feel like disparate worlds. Not so, says tutor Kate Cuthbert, whose workshop in July will explore the lessons writers can learn by taking a closer look at the mechanics behind popular fiction narratives.

It's a misconception that Young Adult writing is a watered-down version of literary fiction. We spoke to author Eli Glasman ahead of his Winter School workshop to find out why he loves YA and what adult fiction has to learn from its younger counterpart.

Arnold Zable on letting a story take you where it wants you to go.


Story is an ancient art form. They stood by the campfire, the early storytellers, and gave shape to their experiences, and in doing this, they gave voice to the collective. The storyteller acquired their art through practice. Their tales took shape as they worked at them. They found the best ways to tell their stories by standing in front of an audience and seeing what worked through trial and error.

An introduction to apps and software for writers by Cory Zanoni.


Is something missing in your writing life?

Are you sick of looking at Microsoft Word? Fortunately, we live in a world of software and apps and there’s one for writing that’s just perfect for you. But with so many options available it can be hard to find the kind of writing software you need.

A few of our favourite writers share their go-to writing exercises.

Sandi Wallace has advice for aspiring series writers on wrangling character, continuity – and URST.


The desire to bring writers and readers together is what drives Australian independent publishing, says Transit Lounge co-founder, Barry Scott.

Judith Rodriguez reports from the International Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee.


I’ve just attended the PEN International conference of its International Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, held in India with its 27 official languages.

A survivor’s guide to writing historical fiction when you can’t afford a research trip by Wendy J Dunn.


Let me begin by telling you a story.