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The Writing Life
Understanding the way the imagination fills gaps in your memories can be a productive tool in memoir writing, says Dr. Sian Prior. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Sian about embracing the blur between memory and imagination.
Many thanks to everyone who completed our annual member surveys earlier this year.
We use the surveys to support and improve the work that we do, develop new project ideas, and make sure our program is responding to the needs of our members and writing community.
Does the idea of sharing your poetry with an audience fill you with a mixture of excitement and dread? As part of the annual Writers Victoria Subscriber-thon, The Salon will be hosting an evening of poetry. The reading is free and open to all to enter, providing a perfect foray into performance for writers hesitant to take to the stage.
Randa Abdel-Fattah has a very impressive CV. She is a lawyer, a human rights advocate, a community volunteer, and a researcher – she has a PhD in sociology. And of course, she is a writer. Randa studies Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia.
As part of The Garret Podcast, Nic Brasch interviewed Randa at the State Library of Victoria, and started by talking about her earliest experiences with books.
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 over the next year. The first round of bursaries and commissions have been awarded to six applicants.
Writing a memoir is a journey of discovery that involves acknowledging every spectacular defeat and minute victory along the way, says tutor Josiane Behmoiras. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Josiane about how the house, in memoir, becomes a container for dreams and aspirations.
To ensure well-rounded and non-stereotypical Indigenous characters, says tutor Jane Harrison, the writer must continually question their motives and their writing. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Jane about the changing depictions of Indigenous people and stories.
When working with industry professionals, be patient, be polite, but don't be a pushover, says Sam Cooney. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to Sam about how getting published in literary journals can be a great springboard in a writer's journey.