The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

What judges think when judging competitions

There is so much to say about writing competitions. If you are an emerging writer, winning or being shortlisted for a competition means a great deal. It means recognition. It means validation. It means hope. And sometimes, it means a prize.

We all know the benefits. Entering competition gets you comfortable sharing your work. It gives you practice following submission guidelines (always important). And if nothing else, it represent publishing practice.

Pencilled In logo

Thanks to a donation from Pencilled In journal, Writers Victoria is offering commissioned pieces in The Victorian Writer, and bursaries to attend writing workshops in our Season 2 program for Asian Australian writers.

A portarit of Jo Case

So, you want to write a memoir. Why? Jo Case lets us in on five things she's learned from writing memoir ahead of her Digital Memoir Intensive, a five month intensive online course for memoir and life writers.

Our Looking Out, Looking In program continues in Season 2 with a special focus on place. And current members who book into any course before Tuesday 19 June have the chance to WIN a $200 voucher from Embiggen Books!

Clare Rankine speaks to Enza Gandolfo about Enza's new novel 'The Bridge'.

It’s one of those Melbourne days where it rains so hard the street floods and you feel like you’re swimming. A swirl of red and yellow autumn leaves stick to the ankle and it’s a relief to take down your umbrella, be inside and warm. It’s on this day that I meet writer Enza Gandolfo at The Moat, where we sit tucked cosily away in the back, to talk over a coffee.

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

Collective Celebrations

 

The longlist for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. Among the longlist are:

  • Lia Hills, tutor and member, for ‘The Crying Place’.
  • Wayne Macauley, tutor, for ‘Some Tests’.
  • Jane Rawson for ‘From the Wreck’.

 

This is the new element in White’s achievement: to trace for the first time, to be among the earliest to express, in the English language, the migrant’s story. 

The Write-ability logo on a navy blue background

The closing date for this year's Write-ability Fellowship applications has been extended until 6 June. Following is an article by Nicole Pope, published in the Disability Support Guide and republished here with permission. 

Writers Victoria’s 2018 Write-ability Fellowships will see five lucky recipients participate in workshops, mentors and writing assessments with the help of hand-picked industry experts.

Coloured pencils

Thanks to a donation, Writers Victoria is running a series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women this year.

The program aims to reduce barriers and increase publication and professional development opportunities for women of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Victoria.

It will include paid commissions, bursaries to attend a range of Writers Victoria courses, and a free training session for established writers on how to run writing workshops.

Writers Victoria talks with Heidi Everett, a member of Schizy Week Incorporated about their upcoming Mojo Film Festival, part of Schizophrenia Week, May 2018.