The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Sonya Voumard reflects on her writing life in a corporate cathedral designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler.


One day I go walking at dusk. 

I hear the birds whistling and cold wind blowing.

Walking into the distance I follow the track.

Sometimes I leave the track for a place I can call my own

A peaceful place where I can do and say whatever I like.

No one gets in my way or tells me what to do.


Suddenly I see the lights in the sky, crystal clear,

Stars starting to appear: they sparkle in my eyes.

It’s the time when nature’s spirits are calling me,

Like a hug from Mother Nature.

Connecting and contacting me,

Raphael Kaleb in a red and white shirt, smiling broadly.

Over 12 years Raphael Kaleb has proved he is a man for all disciplines, and his article reflects this.

The Land of Opportunity

Right now is the Land of Opportunity for Creatives. I can hear laughter. Everything is cancelled. We can’t go out. We are in Lockdown. That is precisely the point. Because people are at home, that means they are looking for more entertainment online. It’s the perfect time for writers.

Thanks to a recent generous donation, Writers Victoria is offering a Woman of Colour based in Victoria a paid commission for a new piece of work to be published in The Victorian Writer magazine (to the value of $200).
Submissions must align with one of our upcoming themes, which are:
  • October-November: Chrysalis – emerging writers, emerging from the margins, transformative reading/writing

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the twelfth Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Short story or creative non-fiction submissions of between 2,000 and 3,000 words are being accepted from emerging Victorian writers who have no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine, or journal.

While COVID-19 brought our timeline forward, Writers Victoria has been exploring how best to incorporate online learning into our professional development and creative practice programming to continue to support all our members, including those who are unable to attend our in-person workshops or who prefer to learn remotely at their own pace. With self-isolation providing a perfect testing ground, we should all expect to see online workshops more fully incorporated into our programming going forward.

Michelle Vasiliu is a 2018 Write-ability Fellow. She has been a teacher and youth-worker, among many roles working with children. She is now an award-winning children’s and YA author who writes sensitive, serious and sometimes sad stuff. She likes to help her young readers understand and make sense of their world.

Bangarra Dance Theatre's 'Knowledge Ground'

'If our government wants cultural life to return, it must act now'

Along with almost 100 arts groups and organisations, Writers Victoria has signed its name to an open letter from Australia's arts industry, issuing a clarion call to minister Paul Fletcher.

The letter and its signatories are presented here in full, and can also be viewed on The Guardian.



We are thrilled to have our 2020 Season Two program out in the world, with bookings open now – make sure to book in early so you don't miss out!

As a response to the global coronavirus pandemic we have shifted our program online, allowing attendance from wherever you may be, nationwide. We're here to support you while learning online, and if you have any queries about how our courses will work online, you can visit out FAQ page here.



30 days. 30 prompts. 30 Words.


Writers Victoria decided to run Flash Fiction again in 2020, after it was so successful when run in celebration of our 30th year in 2019.