The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Dr. Angela Savage

Writers Victoria would like to express our heartfelt congratulations and support to our CEO Dr Angela Savage, who has today been announced as the inaugural CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.

Angela has been a strong and steadfast advocate for writers in Victoria, demonstrating commitment to the craft of writing, and supporting writers at all stages of their writing careers and journeys. Her clear vision, development, and delivery of Writers Victoria’s varied offerings over the past three years have created a thriving community.

Writers Victoria is excited to announce our 2020 Write-ability Fellows. Since 2013, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, we have recognised five outstanding writers with disability annually as part of the Write-ability Fellowship Program

This year, for the first time, we are awarding seven Write-ability Fellowships.

Black-and-white photo of Grace Marion Wilson

Writers Victoria is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Now in its twelfth year, the prize supports emerging Victorian writers.

The cover of Shane Tindal's book, 'Just Like a Son'

I commenced writing 'Just Like A Son', a military romance adventure in 1996, after I finished my first novel 'Fur On The Inside'. I wrote 'Fur On The Inside', a legal romantic thriller, while I was living in Sale VIC, on leave without pay from my position as a civilian lawyer in the Department of Defence, Canberra. Prior to that I had been a military lawyer in the RAAF from 1980 to 1989. As a lawyer I preferred writing legal briefs and affidavits to court work.

Writers Victoria hopes that the following resources help our community navigate the difficult and urgent situation unfolding in the USA, as well as aid in educating and informing ourselves of the persistent racial discrimination occuring in Australia.

 

In my upcoming workshop, Surrealism, Magic Realism, and Fabulism, we’ll be discussing a bunch of wonderful non-realist texts. There are so many we could talk about, but I’ve included some of my favourites – and ones we’ll look at in the workshop to break down how they work, why they work, and how you can make your own non-realist, symbolic, stories work.

 

One day I go walking at dusk. 

I hear the birds whistling and cold wind blowing.

Walking into the distance I follow the track.

Sometimes I leave the track for a place I can call my own

A peaceful place where I can do and say whatever I like.

No one gets in my way or tells me what to do.

 

Suddenly I see the lights in the sky, crystal clear,

Stars starting to appear: they sparkle in my eyes.

It’s the time when nature’s spirits are calling me,

Like a hug from Mother Nature.

Connecting and contacting me,

Raphael Kaleb in a red and white shirt, smiling broadly.

Over 12 years Raphael Kaleb has proved he is a man for all disciplines, and his article reflects this.

The Land of Opportunity

Right now is the Land of Opportunity for Creatives. I can hear laughter. Everything is cancelled. We can’t go out. We are in Lockdown. That is precisely the point. Because people are at home, that means they are looking for more entertainment online. It’s the perfect time for writers.

Sonya Voumard reflects on her writing life in a corporate cathedral designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler.

 

Thanks to a recent generous donation, Writers Victoria is offering a Woman of Colour based in Victoria a paid commission for a new piece of work to be published in The Victorian Writer magazine (to the value of $200).
 
Submissions must align with one of our upcoming themes, which are:
  • October-November: Chrysalis – emerging writers, emerging from the margins, transformative reading/writing