On Writing

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

A portrait of Koraly Dimitriadis by Kaliopi Malamas

According to Koraly Dimitriadis, writers need to be bold in reflecting their own experiences. But plenty of writers struggle when it comes to writing with conviction about love and sex. In the lead-up to her pre-Valentine's Day workshop on Love and F**k Poetry, we asked Koraly for her tips on shedding societal expectations and writing about two of our most fundamental instincts.

Photo of George Ivanoff in front of a bookcase

Remember what it’s like being at primary school? The readers you got to take home to help you practice? The books you read together as a class? The comprehension cards with a short piece of writing on one side and questions on the other? The non-fiction books that helped you with your unit of enquiry?

People often forget about all these books when they’ve grown up. Everyone focuses on the trade books you buy in bookstores – the big hits, the bestsellers, the ones you go and buy as presents for the young people in your life. 

Spiri Tsintziras

Creating annual reports can be 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.

Penny Johnson

Penny Johnson says there's more to editing than meets the eye. WV Intern Cath James caught up with Penny in the lead up to her Summer School workshop about her editing process and the new opportunities opening up for digital editors.

Photo of Lee Kofman

It’s been three years since I’ve worked on a book-long manuscript of my own. Lately my itch to write a new book has intensified. By nature, I am not a short-form writer, even though I’ve published many short fiction and creative non-fiction works. But there is something leisurely and expansive about the long form that I prefer. I find such writing more conducive to deep thinking. When I work at this length, I am less likely to cut corners while exploring life’s complexities. Plus, I have more space to digress away from the main theme, to strive for a richer, stranger writing.

Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon says children want to explore dark places and hidden worlds. WV Intern Cath James caught up with her in the lead up to her Summer School course on writing children's books with a social conscience about how she approaches writing for younger audiences.

AS Patric

Deciding on which form you should use to best capture your story can be one of the most difficult decisions to make as a writer. AS Patric shares some of his insights ahead of his Summer School course on Fictive Expressions about form and his writing process.

Lyndel Caffrey and Kat Clarke

When I think back through the journey of my Personal Patron mentorship, I think it’s funny how fast the months flew by. I never thought I’d even get the chance to have such an amazing opportunity like this. I had written so many unpolished short articles and stories, not to mention isolated myself from the outside world. I needed this mentorship to help keep me on track of my writing aspirations and it was about time I got a fresh opinion.

Jacinta Cubis looking up

In the leadup to her Business Writing workshop on Writing for Change: Persuasive Writing, expert facilitator Jacinta Cubis shares her top tips on writing to persuade.

Royalties* are very important. They are, after all, the primary source of an author’s income. Royalties compensate you, the author, for your work. Good royalties, proper royalties, will increase your income.