The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Tim Williams

Tim Williams was a 2020 Writeability Fellow, and worked from Melbourne with mentor Tim Hobart in New South Wales on his screenplay ‘Splint’. Fulfilling fellowships remotely was a particular challenge for our fellows, who took part in workshops and received manuscript assessments, as well as working with mentors on their projects. In this Q&A with both Tims, we explore the mentorship from both of their perspectives.



Mentor: Tim Hobart


Virtual Writer in Residence

This November we are welcoming ten writers from across the UNESCO City of Literature network to Melbourne! From poets to playwrights, this program, run by the Melbourne City of Literature office, will introduce Melbourne’s vibrant and varied literary community to writers across the world.

The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing

The Deborah Cass Prize and Writers Victoria are pleased to announce that nine writers have been shortlisted for the seventh annual Deborah Cass Prize. The prize is focussed on development and provides $3,000 and a mentorship to an unpublished writer, who has either migrated to Australia or has a parent who migrated here.

A photo of Heidi Everett sitting in front of Australian landscape - a lake or small body of water, gum trees, small brush are in the background. Heidi is to the left of the picture, wearing a short-sleeved geen top, with her blonde hair tied back in a ponytail and a fringe. She is giving a small smile and looking directly at the camera.

Heidi Everett is an artist, creative workshop facilitator, mental health recovery advocate, social impact facilitator, and projects and events innovator in Melbourne, Australia. ‘My Friend Fox’ is her first book. 

Heidi spoke with our Interim Writeability Program Manager, Jess Obersby, about her incredible new debut ‘My Friend Fox’ and all things writing neurodiversity.


I know you’ve been asked this question in many other interviews, but what drew you to write a book? 

The 2021 Grace Marion Wilson Writeability Fellowships

Writers Victoria is excited to announce our 2021 Writeability Fellows. Since 2013, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, we have recognised outstanding writers with disability annually as part of the Writeability Fellowship Program. In 2021 we are grateful to the Grace Marion Wilson Trust and an anonymous donor for their contributions, allowing us to continue our important work with the Writeability Fellowships.

Amal Award

Amal Awad is a journalist, screenwriter, author and performer. She is the author of 'Courting Samira', 'This Is How You Get Better' and 'The Things We See in the Light' as well as the non-fiction books 'The Incidental Muslim', 'Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women', 'Fridays with My Folks: Stories on Ageing', 'Illness and Life', and 'In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra'. She has also contributed to the anthologies 'Growing Up Muslim in Australia: Coming of Age' and 'Some Girls Do… (My Life as a Teenager)'.

Alice Pung

The State of the (Writing) Nation is Writers Victoria’s annual address from a prominent Australian writer. It's a chance to reflect on what's happening and where we're heading in Australian literature and publishing. Award-winning novelist, memoirist and editor Alice Pung will give the 2021 address.

Writers Victoria's Subscriberthon

At Writers Victoria, October means Subscriberthon!

It's that time of year again – Subscriberthon is on all of October, and you can win one of our excellent bookish prizes by simply becoming a member or renewing your membership!

Maribel Steel

They say, when one door closes, another one opens. It’s true! My application to be selected as a mentor for a regional writing group with Writeability earlier this year was not successful but instead, I was invited to apply to the Storming the City program.

To say I was excited to read the words ‘successful application’ in the email sent by Lyndel Caffrey, Writeability Program Manager, is an understatement. After doing a merry jig around our lounge room with my guide dog, I swung into action – and did a reconnoitre on the internet to check out the cohort list in the email.