The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Edita, Tony, Jean and Katerina at the announcement

A story by Syrian-born actor and writer Jean Bachoura is the winner of the 2016 Deborah Cass Writing Prize.

'Night Falls', an extract from a larger work in progress, tells a gripping story of a young Syrian-Australian, Eyad, returning to war-destroyed Damascus to meet his mother and revisit his childhood home.

The runners up were Edita Mujkic for her story about leaving Sarajevo under bombardment, ‘From There to Here’, Linda Judge’s Latvian journey ‘...

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Five aspiring writers from migrant backgrounds have been shortlisted for the 2016 Deborah Cass Prize.

Now in its second year, the prize was established in the memory of Melbourne writer Deborah Cass and aims to support unpublished authors from a migrant background to find a voice and to encourage them to finish and publish their work.

Australian Literary Management was established in 1980 by Caroline Lurie. I joined the company some ten years later and in 1993 became the sole owner. The mainstay of the agency was Australian literary fiction. We also represented a few children’s authors, biography authors, historians and academics. As far as popular fiction went, it mainly consisted of a couple of crime authors.

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Writers Victoria is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2016 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition.

‘The Government supports the removal of parallel import restrictions on books.’ –The Australian Government response to the (Harper) Competition Policy Review


When the Turnbull Government published this statement in late 2015, it rendered hollow all its claims about being proinnovation. Indeed, it signed the death warrant of a globally envied local publishing industry and of new Australian writing.

Five writers with disability will receive professional development opportunities at Writers Victoria through the fourth annual Write-ability Fellowships announced this week. 

Fellowships were awarded to writers working in a range of styles and genres, including creative fiction, memoir, non-fiction and creative non-fiction.

The five fellowships have been awarded to Vincent Silk, Jessica Knight, Daniel Kraus, Kate Barry and regional writer Andrew Westle.

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Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Here Susan Mackenzie challenges the perception that 'Young People Don't Get Sick'.

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Over the last year, our Write-ability Goes Regional project has included a remit to uncover and showcase the work of some of Victoria's regional writers with disability.

Enjoy this extract from Christian's story, 'Three little ducks'...

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WVs Write-ability program was highly commended at the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards ceremony yesterday for excellence in cultural and social access.

Over the last four years, Write-ability has provided accessible literary activities, opportunities and commissions for people with disability in Melbourne and ...