The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

My manuscript is a little boat.

When asked how she is, my mother-in-law is fond of replying that any day she wakes up and can get vertical is a good one. I wish I could say the same about writing. That any day I get up and still know how to use words and create sentences, well, that’s a good day and therefore, a successful one. But it’s not true. Just because you can use words and out of them make sentences, doesn’t mean you’re a good writer or, at best, a successful one. The notions of ‘good’ and ‘successful’ are always up for grabs anyway… aren’t they?

A photograph of Shivaun Plozza

Nothing is off-limits in young adult literature as long as it’s handled well, says Shivaun Plozza. Ahead of her Writing YA workshop, Shivaun talks about diversity and reader reactions.

We are thrilled to announce the winner of our #wordsintheworld Instagram competition.

Congratulations to @sandracarmel_author for her poignant post 'Souls Mended & Keys Cut'. Sandra wins a books pack and a golden ticket to our Writers on Wednesdays series.

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.

Emily Bitto seated

We turn to reading to learn all kinds of things, but what about reading to learn to write? Ahead of her workshop, we caught up with author and tutor Emily Bitto to find out why close reading is an essential part of learning the writer's craft.

Surf Coast arts trail logo

Writers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the inaugural Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail project.

Running alongside the popular Arts Trail on 12-13 August, the new initiative will provide writers with a unique opportunity to actively engage with local artists and use their work as a source of inspiration for creative writing.

Kat Clay

Welcome to our new monthly feature looking at one of our members, their writing and writing practices. This month we feature member Kat Clay, cross-genre writer of horror/sci fi/noir.

Coloured pencils

Thanks to a recent donation, Writers Victoria will be running a series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women over the next year.

The program aims to reduce barriers and increase publication and professional development opportunities for women of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Victoria.

It will include paid commissions, bursaries to attend a range of Writers Victoria courses, and a free training session for established writers on how to run writing workshops.

Applications are now open for the inaugural Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

The new national professional development opportunity for Australian literary professionals has been made possible by the generous support of The Myer Foundation.

Named in honour of writer Neilma Sidney (1922-2015), the travel fund recognises the unique value of travel in the development of new writing and literary careers.