The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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A love poem to Writers Victoria from outgoing Director Kate Larsen...

Here are the 22 recent-release books by Austrlain authors - some are exciting new debuts and some are from award-winning and very well known writers!

Five people will win a set of all 22 books as part of our 2017 Subscriber-thon. They are great mix of literary fiction, non-fiction, short stories, memoir and poetry. To read our Q&A with the author click on the author's name. To read more about the book, click on the book's title.

 

Today, on one of those wonderful winter summer days, I make my way to meet writer Melanie Cheng at her local library Bargoonga Nganjin in Fitzroy North.

I’m a little early so, after I nab one of the heavily coveted study rooms, I flick through my copy of Melanie’s newly released book, 'Australia Day'.

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Each person has a particular insight and way of seeing the world, says Write-ability tutor Andy Jackson, and all people – particularly non-disabled – need to listen carefully. Andy will present ‘Myths, Realities and Elephants’ to the Write-ability Writers Group in Bendigo, and spoke to us about some of the myths and challenges facing writers with disability.

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There's no time for small talk in short story writing, says Laura Jean McKay. Ahead of her upcoming online Beginner Short Story Clinic, we talk to Laura about what draws her to the short story form.

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Writing is often loosely divided into fiction and non-fiction, but the reality is far more complicated. Karen Andrews discusses some of the key challenges ahead of her Write-ability: Finding the Form workshop.

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At the Writers Victoria fundraiser in December 2016, spoken word poet Tariro Mavondo performed her poem 'Black Girl'.

Tariro is a Melbourne-based artist of Zimbabwean descent. She is dedicated and committed to working with the creative industry, corporate sector and community and health services to provide professional pathways and mentoring programs for young Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Visibly Different artists.

There is a great deal of work to be done before a memoir is ready to be written. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talk to Lorna Hendry about the risks and rewards of research and interviews.

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If you're looking to change entrenched beliefs, using emotion can be more persuasive than facts, says Roselina Press. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talk to Roselina about using storytelling to bring about social change.

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Memoir, poetry, spoken word and young adult fiction are among the works to earn their authors 2017 Write-ability Fellowships.