The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

There is a space

With an absence of love.

If love is there, that space is filled.

I am very grateful for the Women Writers of Colour Bursary provided by Writers Victoria, which enabled me to attend The Art of Criticism: Giving and Receiving Feedback workshop hosted by YA novelist, professional editor and manuscript assessor Shivaun Plozza in January.

I nod hello to the barista and settle into my usual seat. I’m about to pull out my book when I see two people signing. They are sitting two tables over. I can’t help but really look at them. Their hands are flying up and down, touching cheeks, chins, ears, elbows. They are conversing rapidly; they are exchanging smiles. 

I keep my hands under the table; they thrash about like freshly hooked fish. They can’t speak. I dig my nails into my palms to punish them. 

On January 26, the offices of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Express Media, Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria will be open. 

Individual staff members at these organisations have chosen to work on January 26, and as a result the organisations will remain open. The organisations support their employees’ decisions to express solidarity with First Nations peoples in this way.

Spiri Tsintziras

Creating annual reports is daunting. The process can be derailed by challenging timelines, editing various writing styles to get a consistent voice, and the number of decision makers involved in sign off.

In the leadup to her Business Writing workshop on Annual Reports, communications specialist Spiri Tsintziras shares five tips on how to make project managing, writing and editing your organisation’s annual report as painless as possible.

Hazel Rowley

Eight Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship worth $15,000. 

“It’s exciting to see such a wide range of writing proposals coming to us from around Australia, said Della Rowley, sister of biographer Hazel Rowley. “This year we reached a record number of applications and the quality and calibre of proposals has been outstanding”.

Thanks to a recent donation, Writers Victoria is running a series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The initiative includes paid commissions in 'The Victorian Writer' and bursaries to attend select workshops in 2018. The second round of commissions and bursaries has been awarded to four applicants.

Commissions

Paid commissions have been offered to two writers, for pieces to be published in upcoming issues of 'The Victorian Write'r.

The Oxford definition of access is ‘the means or opportunity to approach or enter a place'.

A definition that breeds triviality. A meaning that surpasses physicality. It is more than sizing up a space. A restricted movement from place to place. It is a negotiation. A validation of a way through. Ears that can hear and make improvement. Minds that can recognise and cause change. Hearts that will accept unconditionally.

Access for me is a dream of weightlessness. An easy way from one place to the next.

The Oxford definition of ‘access’ is ‘the means or opportunity to approach or enter a place’.

A definition that breeds triviality. A meaning that surpasses physicality. It is more than sizing up a space. A restricted movement from place to place. It is a negotiation. A validation of a way through. Ears that can hear and make improvement. Minds that can recognise and cause change. Hearts that will accept unconditionally. 

Access for me is a dream of weightlessness. An easy way from one place to the next.

A photo of a trophy

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.