The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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The summer we found the boat, Jake turned thirteen.

“Jake’s the head of the family now,” Mum announced.

Then she turned to me. “You have to do what he says.”

I couldn’t see how it made any difference. Jake had been bossing me around since the day I was born.

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December for me has always been the month of retrospection, soul-searching, summaries. This year has been my first year of living the tricky life of a writer-mother.

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We asked WV tutor Kelly Gardiner about her writing rituals and the books that make her cry.

Kelly is a writer, journalist and editor. Her books include the young adult novels 'Act of Faith' and 'The Sultan’s Eyes'; a picture book, 'Billabong Bill’s Bushfire Christma's; and the Swashbuckler historical adventure trilogy for young readers.

Melbourne short story writer Michelle Wright will travel to Sri Lanka this week as the first writer-in-residence at Galle’s historic Templeberg Villa.

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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.