The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Mother Nature Breathes, art by Glenys Ratcliffe

When I am painting I am on my own, but I do not feel lonely.  My brain and my mind are full of pleasure and are at one with the creation on canvas I reveal at the end of my brushes.  The colours of the paints make me feel relaxed and filled with joy.  All of the past and present are only in this moment of me.

All of my past dimensions of hurt and pain are in that moment put aside. I cannot hear the voices of torment whilst I am amidst all this colour and each stroke of paint. 

Nic Brasch with 2018 Life Member recipient Joel Becker
WV members are invited to attend the 28th Annual General Meeting of Writers Victoria for the 2016 calendar year and cast their vote for four new Committee of Management members.
 
The meeting will be held at The Wheeler Centre (176 Little Lonsdale Street) on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 6pm.

 

Meeting Agenda

1. Welcome and apologies

2. Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting

3. Incorporation update

4. 2018 Reports

Writers Victoria's Tara Mitchell talked to Amra Pajalić about her upcoming memoir 'Things Nobody Knows but Me'.

'When she is four years old Amra Pajalić realises that her mother is different. Fatima is loving but sometimes hears strange voices that tell her to do bizarre things. She is frequently sent to hospital and Amra and her brother are passed around to family friends and foster homes, and for a time live with their grandparents in Bosnia.'

 

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.

Collective Celebrations

 

The winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The winning titles in each of the categories are:

Older Readers (winner): 

Jean Flynn tackles the many misconceptions about romance writing.

Congratulations to WV tutor AS Patric for winning the 2016 Miles Franklin Award for his novel 'Black Rock White City', announced last week at the opening of Melbourne Writers Festival.

The book is set in the 1990s and follows the life of a couple, a former poet and academic, who escape war-torn Yugoslavia and end up living in Melbourne as cleaners.

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.

Collective Celebrations

 

The shortlists for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) have been announced.

Among the shortlisted titles in each category are:

Children’s:

  • Jane Godwin, tutor, for ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’

Young Adult: 

See below for opportunities to enter writing competitions and prizes in 2020. We have made particular effort to collate a comprehensive list of prizes and competitions, as we know many of our members and supporters have experienced significant changes to employment and lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are looking for writing opportunities. If you would like to contribute to this list, please contact us.

– Winner of the 2018 Grace Marion Wilson Prize for Fiction –

The sex did not bother Jane as much as the poppy seeds pooling in the cracks between the floorboards. She crushed them underfoot on her way to the bathroom, and they released their oil and penetrated the untreated oak, leaving small, sticky reminders of that other business, his business, the pink-haired, pierced impetus behind his sudden interest in baked goods.

Emma Cayley asks Affirm's Ruby Ashby-Orr about the submission process.