The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

ALAA agent Jacinta di Mase answers some common questions about literary agents.

What does a literary agent do?

A literary agent is a writer’s representative in the commercial world: their manager, their business representative, protector of their copyright, the one who weighs in on the side of the author/illustrator in all dealings. 

Success is powerful: this isn’t a new concept. We know this. Success can change how others see us and how we see ourselves. And when perceptions changes, we change. For what are we if not subjective human constructions?

Words in the world 2017 / Season 2

Writers Vic members get a first look at our Season 2 program this week and an opportunity to win a $200 gift voucher from our friends at Embiggen Books.

Our 2017 program has been designed to celebrate the value that our words have in the world. It’s been inspired by the social, cultural, environmental and political impact that our literary community can make. And it looks at the value of writing for writers themselves, both creatively and professionally.

Our membership is constantly evolving and growing. Knowing about our members and their interests helps us develop our programs, plan our workshops and make decisions about our enews and magazine content. Statistics about our members also really help us when we are applying for funding.

We rely on the information you choose to share with us to build this picture of our member demographics. So to encourage you, we’ve got a prize on offer ...

All members who update some or all of their profile fields by Wednesday the 31st May 2017 will go in the draw to win the following prize pack of six brand new books!

'The Birdman's Wife' by Melissa Ashley, shortlisted for the 2017 Indie Awards.

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.

Story is an ancient art form. They stood by the campfire, the early storytellers, and gave shape to their experiences, and in doing this, they gave voice to the collective. The storyteller acquired their art through practice. Their tales took shape as they worked at them. They found the best ways to tell their stories by standing in front of an audience, and seeing what worked, through trial and error.

Does gender still matter?

A portrait of Liz Conor

Writing historical non-fiction is daunting, but also thrilling, says Dr Liz Conor. Ahead of her workshop, part of our Having a Voice: Writing Women series, Liz gave WV an insight into her writing process, uncovering untold stories, and the pleasures of the archive

Balancing research with personal experience is often tricky for non-fiction writers. Ahead of her Writing Women's History workshop, part of our Having a Voice series, WV intern Nicola Wetzel caught up with Iola Mathews to find out how she researches and writes about women's stories.