The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Details are now available for the 29th Annual General Meeting of Writers Victoria Incorporated (ABN 18 268 487 576) for the 2017 Calendar Year.

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A search for stories of others diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) led Astrid Edwards to blog about her own experience. Ahead of the Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum in Moe, Astrid spoke to Writers Victoria about her own work and that of others.

You began blogging at LadywithMS.com after being diagnosed in 2013. What role has writing about MS played for you?

Writers Victoria is thrilled to announce that Victorian-based writer Gabriella Munoz has been selected as the inaugural Digital Writer in Residence.

Gabriella Munoz is a Mexican-Australian writer and editor. She has published feature articles and essays in English and Spanish on a wide variety of topics ranging from film and the music industry, to celebrity culture and women’s health. Her literary work focuses on motherhood, exile and the mysteries of blood and origin. 

Beginning writing can be overwhelming. But Demet Divaroren believes that it's all about trusting yourself. Following her Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her new YA book ‘Living on Hope Street’, we spoke to Demet about teaching writing, raising your voice, and keeping your creative flame burning.

 

In his recently released book, ‘Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia’, Clive Hamilton made a couple of references to Writers Victoria. These references were in relation to our co-hosting the Chinese Writers Festival held in Melbourne in 2016.

Legend has it that rain is on the way when black cockatoos are in flight. However, in Harriet McKnight’s debut novel, ‘Rain Birds’, the cockies don’t so much signify rain as they do an almighty shit storm.

Sarah Vincent reflects on her experience of the HARDCOPY program run by the ACT Writers Centre.

Every year at this time I bang on about a manuscript development program called HARDCOPY run by the ACT Writers centre. I was lucky enough to be accepted into the program in 2015 and it led directly to my memoir being picked up by an agent and published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Applications for HARDCOPY 2018 are now open and close on March 16. Pass me my drum – it’s banging time.

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.

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Awareness of disabled and marginalised writers in the publishing industry is increasing, but there’s still a long way to go, says Jessica Walton. Ahead of her Write-ability – Opportunities for Writers webinar, Jess talked to Writers Victoria about seeking out opportunities and the impact they can have on writing.

I am very grateful for the Women Writers of Colour Bursary provided by Writers Victoria, which enabled me to attend The Art of Criticism: Giving and Receiving Feedback workshop hosted by YA novelist, professional editor and manuscript assessor Shivaun Plozza in January.