The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Íñigo woke close to midday with the sun in his eyes and the sheet wrapped round his neck like a noose. As he swung his legs over the side of the bed he felt his guts turn. Bent double he stared at the black hairs on his toes, waiting for the nausea to pass. Halfway down the hall he found an upturned washing basket and figured Águeda must be trying to break his neck. “Keep trying, mammasita, keep trying,” he said, stepping over the basket.

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Writers Victoria interviews Kate Richards about her life as a writer.

With the following lines from her poem ‘Psalm’, Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska takes us to the heart of the terrible state of the displaced person – a deeply disquieting and very present concern for those of us involved with human rights: 

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The process of writing for me began through the simple gift of a diary from my father when I was around seven or eight. The significance of the dates and months that marked each page was beyond my child’s comprehension for I had no accumulating appointments to jot down, but that did not impede the medium itself from becoming a confidante. It was something I could resort to when I wanted to remember an incident that impacted me in some way.

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Emma Valente’s THE RABBLE is performing Frankenstein at the Malthouse Theatre from March to April.

She spoke with John Back about the process of devised theatre-making and drawing all the pieces together for the stage.

The City of Melbourne is calling for feedback on its new Melbourne Arts Strategy. Writers Victoria share their thoughts on the draft strategy and encourages Melbourne’s writers and literary organisations to respond

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In 2014, Writers Victoria produced a series of postcards and memes of some of our Write-ability Fellows. This week, we profile the work of Kate Hood…

Writing is at the very heart of my creative world

Write-ability aims to support writers with disability wishing to develop their skills and writing careers. For more information, visit the Writers with Disability page of our website.

Jane enters the bleak high-rise, goes up to the 17th floor and walks along a windswept corridor to number 174. She knocks and waits. There are a few, furtive flurries from the far side of the door, followed by it opening an inch. A weary face peaks out.

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Two years into struggling to write some coherent chapters for my memoir ‘The Dangerous Bride’, and feeling overwhelmed by all the thinking and research, I took several months’ break to reconsider whether I could actually do this.

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Nine years ago I was awarded my first writing residency in Australia. At that time I was living at a crazy pace, juggling several jobs, studying for my MA and trying to write a novel. Oh, and I also had a husband to attend to. But here I was offered an oasis of two weeks amidst all my busyness – two weeks at Varuna, set in the gorgeous misty Blue Mountains with their spiderwebs and flowers, with no daily hassles (and no husband), just me and my novel.