The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Write-ability will be Storming the City in 2021-2022, thanks to City of Melbourne funding.  

You are my first real friend. A friendship based on mutual admiration and not on simple vicinity and lack of other options. You had moved here from Swan Hill because of your Dad’s work.

 I remember living with my grandmother so I could go to this particular school with all the subjects that I wanted but couldn’t get at my old school.

I remember being so lost and overwhelmed at the size of this new school and crying in a stairwell on my first day.

I remember seeing you in art class and after a few days we end up sitting together and talking about books. 

We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Lucy Hamilton as Writers Victoria’s new CEO.

Lucy comes to Writers Victoria from Express Media, where she has been the General Manager and CEO for the past three years. Prior to this, she was the Partnerships Coordinator at Regional Arts Victoria.

Writing NSW Logo

We were shocked to hear the news that our friends and collaborators at Writing NSW are set to lose their ongoing state government funding at the end of this year, as part of a decision by Create NSW to grant just 5% of long-term arts funding to literature. This decision leaves Writing NSW at risk of being unable to continue their work past the end of this year, when their current contract expires.

A portrait of David Maney. An image of a man with dark curly hair with the sun on his face laughing.

2020 Write-ability Fellow David Maney is a performer and arts facilitator, with a focus on inclusive practice. He's currently writing '​Into the Fog', a mystery novella/podcast set in rural Australia. He lives in West Brunswick, land of the Woi wurrung people, with three housemates, two dogs and a socially distant cat.

With stage four restrictions underway, and so many of us isolated at home for the second time, this is another chance to reflect on our experiences and share our stories. Let’s get creative again with our August Stories from Home writing challenge.

Following the success of Stories from Home in May and June, Writers Victoria in partnership with VALID, is asking writers with disability to respond to the prompt 'I look out my window'.

With the recent news that current director of Writers Victoria Angela Savage will be taking up the position of CEO at Public Libraries Victoria (read more here), we are excited to open applications for the role of CEO of Writers Victoria.

Dr. Angela Savage

Writers Victoria would like to express our heartfelt congratulations and support to our CEO Dr Angela Savage, who has today been announced as the inaugural CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.

Angela has been a strong and steadfast advocate for writers in Victoria, demonstrating commitment to the craft of writing, and supporting writers at all stages of their writing careers and journeys. Her clear vision, development, and delivery of Writers Victoria’s varied offerings over the past three years have created a thriving community.

Writers Victoria is excited to announce our 2020 Write-ability Fellows. Since 2013, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, we have recognised five outstanding writers with disability annually as part of the Write-ability Fellowship Program

This year, for the first time, we are awarding seven Write-ability Fellowships.

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Writers Victoria is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Now in its twelfth year, the prize supports emerging Victorian writers.