On Writing

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

In the first PEN Melbourne column for 2018, we have good news concerning talented young award-winning Iranian cartoonist Ali Durani, better known under the pseudonym Eaten Fish.

Fan-fiction is a way of engaging with stories and characters you love, but for Jes Layton it has also provided a lesson in living. (Warning: sexual language and themes).

What happens when you put it all on the line to do what you love? Mark Brandi lives to tell the tale.

I did a random Google search today on ‘life after writing your first book’. Succinct and self-explanatory; it’s exactly where I’m at right now.

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'.

The Writers Victoria Disadvantaged Writers Fund aims to increase opportunities for writers who experience financial and social barriers to developing their writing skills and connecting with the writing and publishing community.

Donations to the Fund will help provide free or heavily subsidised professional development opportunities for emerging writers throughout the state of Victoria experiencing difficulties arising from financial hardship.

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.

Luke Ryan headshot

In writing memoir, "we can escape the messiness of 'real' dialogue," says tutor Luke Ryan. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to Luke about why rich character development and dialogue are essential in memoir.

Marija Peričić Headshot

"With writing internal conflict," says tutor Marija Peričić, "observing myself, others and the world, either through reading, or just through life, and reflecting upon that is a very important source of inspiration for me." Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Marija about how to plan and write compelling conflict.