The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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Now that the year is coming to a close, I am at work on my writing plans for 2014. I always need lots of plans to produce a little something. Making plans is one of my favourite activities. Plans make me feel secure and happy for that long period that I am drawing them, before the actual writing begins.

Tom Reed has been announced as the winner of the inaugural RMIT–Writers Victoria Crime Writing Competition.

Writers Victoria has been privileged to have the support of a long-standing community of members, partners and donors over the last 25 years.

This week we are particularly grateful for the support of one member who has chosen to remember Writers Victoria in her will.

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In 1892 “criminal of the century” Frederick Deeming arrived at the gates of Old Melbourne Gaol. His steamship journey from Western Australia to prison had been followed closely by the media and was met at various points by flotillas of boats and sensation-hungry crowds. Once he had been settled into his cell, the serial killer commenced writing an autobiography stating that it would “contain revelations which would shock the world”.

My arrival at Old Melbourne Gaol receiveThe Victorian Writerd a lot less public interest, (I think an...

Young adult writer Darrell Pitt reveals how digital self-publishing worked for him and eventually led to an 8-book contract with a traditional publisher.

Five writers with disability will receive six hours of free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts through the second annual Write-ability Fellowships announced this week.

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For years I’ve been participating in, and facilitating, writing workshops. I’ve been doing this as a member of writers’ groups, a student and a teacher of writing. These experiences serve as the basis for this guide, which I hope will help you improve your ability to give unhelpful feedback. Mastering this skill is very useful in promoting your own career by impeding those of your fellow writers.

In this guide, I offer a variety of strategies illustrated with examples borrowed from experts in the field. Note that you’re likely to encounter here several types of feedback you’re...

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Want to know what the participants of the 2013 Writers Victoria mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds, have been working on? Here’s a sneak preview from Lian Low…

"In August 1991, I turned fourteen in Kuala Lumpur, and a few months after, my life would change forever when I stepped off at Tullamarine airport. Since the day before I was born, our family faced Australia: Australia as our future, our salvation from a country that favoured the Malays over the Chinese, Indians and other ethnic minorities from equitable positions.

A myriad of impulses start a biography on its journey.

In my case, it was reading an autobiography by renowned scientist Julian Huxley. In it he reminisces about his grandmother, Julia Sorell, who gained notoriety in the family for her actions on the day her husband converted to Catholicism.

Writers Victoria is pleased to support the Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Writer Award again in 2013.