The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Jane Harrison and Jannali Jones

Jannali Jones is a Krowathunkoolong woman of the Gunai nation. She is the author of ‘My Father’s Shadow’, published by Magabala Books. Jannali holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney. She was the winner of the 2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship and in 2013 was an inaugural recipient of Magabala’s Australian Indigenous Creator Scholarship. Her short stories and poetry have been published in Australia and overseas, including in ‘Overland’, ‘Southerly’, ‘The Review of Australian Fiction’ and ‘Westerly’.

It's a particularly tough time for writers who have had new books released, with the cancellation of book launches, author tours, and other appearances such as writers festivals. Writers Victoria is helping to get the word out about books published by our members during this time with our #WVMemberBooks initiative – we're posting these books on our social media channels and here with information about the books and links through to where you can buy them to support the author.

At Writers Victoria, October means our annual Subscriberthon!

2021 Hazel Rowley Fellowship opens

 

Applications are now open for the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Now in its tenth year, the Fellowship established to commemorate the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) will award $15,000 to an Australian writer to support the research and development of a new biographical work.

From May to August 2020, Writers Victoria in partnership with VALID, posted regular writing prompt for writers with disability. With so many of us isolated at home, this was a chance for us to reflect on our experiences and share them with others through our writing.

Stories From Home  aims to encourage, recognise, share and showcase the stories, writing and experiences of people with disability in a time when Covid-19 has halted or reduced our normal work, social activities and support services.

In August, Writers Victoria in collaboration with VALID sought stories from writers with disability for our ongoing project, Stories from Home. Here's how writer Laura Pettenuzzo responded to the prompt, "I look out my window".

 

You are my first real friend. A friendship based on mutual admiration and not on simple vicinity and lack of other options. You had moved here from Swan Hill because of your Dad’s work.

 I remember living with my grandmother so I could go to this particular school with all the subjects that I wanted but couldn’t get at my old school.

I remember being so lost and overwhelmed at the size of this new school and crying in a stairwell on my first day.

I remember seeing you in art class and after a few days we end up sitting together and talking about books. 

Write-ability will be Storming the City in 2021-2022, thanks to City of Melbourne funding.  

We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Lucy Hamilton as Writers Victoria’s new CEO.

Lucy comes to Writers Victoria from Express Media, where she has been the General Manager and CEO for the past three years. Prior to this, she was the Partnerships Coordinator at Regional Arts Victoria.

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We were shocked to hear the news that our friends and collaborators at Writing NSW are set to lose their ongoing state government funding at the end of this year, as part of a decision by Create NSW to grant just 5% of long-term arts funding to literature. This decision leaves Writing NSW at risk of being unable to continue their work past the end of this year, when their current contract expires.