The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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Australian literary professionals will be able to follow their storylines around the country and overseas following the announcement of a new travel fund.

Opening for applications in July 2017, the inaugural Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will provide inspiration and practical support to emerging, midcareer and established writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers and other literary professionals.

Some days it’s hard to take yourself seriously as a writer. Or even to just take yourself seriously. And perhaps it’s okay to need that permission from the universe. That’s how earning a place at the Glenfern Writers Studio as part of the Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship for emerging writers made me feel – I can call myself a Writer now (yes, even with a capital W).

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Author and tutor Eliza Henry-Jones believes that writing about loss and grief can help us find meaning in overwhelming circumstances. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we caught up with Eliza to find out what motivates writers to explore this difficult, yet necessary, terrain.

School's back and we’re serving you a winter’s feast of writing fare. From craft to creativity, science writing to science fiction, performance to perfect YA, there is something for every writer.

In the words of Winter School tutor Kate Cuthbert, “writers can learn from what other writers do well”. Take one class, or take them all. Pick and mix from our day-long courses on creativity, place and voice; tackle those thorny subjects with workshops on ethics and advocacy, grief and trauma; tell your story, develop your brand...

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Commercial and literary fiction can feel like disparate worlds. Not so, says tutor Kate Cuthbert, whose workshop in July will explore the lessons writers can learn by taking a closer look at the mechanics behind popular fiction narratives.

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The end of financial year is nearly upon us. So in the lead-up to tax time, here’s a couple of different ways that you can save money while making a difference.

We are thrilled to announce our all-new Instagram competition to celebrate our 'Words in the World ­– Season 2' workshop program launch! 

We want your creative interpretation of our theme. Words you stumble across as you go about your day, weird signage, odd syntax, pretty words, ugly words, funny words, unexpected words … even your own words, books, poems in the world. (Do keep it clean, though).

Post your pics of wordly wonders, tag them #wordsintheworld, and you could win a bunch of writerly prizes!

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.

It's a misconception that Young Adult writing is a watered-down version of literary fiction. We spoke to author Eli Glasman ahead of his Winter School workshop to find out why he loves YA and what adult fiction has to learn from its younger counterpart.

Forget all that literary terminology, Alex Fairhill has created a glossary for the street-smart writer.

advance A sum of money that may be offered to an author signing a contract with a publisher. Yes – ‘may’. Advances are not always offered and the author must earn more than that amount from sales before earning royalties.