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.

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’

A photo of Astrid Edwards

A search for stories of others diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) led Astrid Edwards to blog about her own experience. Ahead of the Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum in Moe, Astrid spoke to Writers Victoria about her own work and that of others.

You began blogging at LadywithMS.com after being diagnosed in 2013. What role has writing about MS played for you?

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.

ALAA Agent Jeanne Ryckmans of Cameron’s Management speaks to WV's Emma Cayley about her love of storytelling and how this has shaped her career.

 

Loving writing is complicated. Toni Jordan channels Marcus Aurelius (and Miley Cyrus) and learns to embrace the obstacles.

Madeleine Dore turns to the broken-hearted to understand how heartbreak can lead to new expressions of ourselves.