The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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Maxine Beneba Clarke was announced as the winner of the 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship at the Writers Victoria Salon last night.

Clarke will use the $10,000 fellowship to work on Part Two of her proposed autobiography, ‘The Hate Race’ – a memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.

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Heidi Everett was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Writeability Fellowship in 2013.

Tom Reed has been announced as the winner of the inaugural RMIT–Writers Victoria Crime Writing Competition.

Five writers with disability will receive six hours of free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts through the second annual Write-ability Fellowships announced this week.

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With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Clare has plenty of advice to help us break down the art of the dreaded synopsis.

In Part 1 of this interview, Clare gave us her top tips on how to get your synopsis right. For Part 2, she shares her thoughts on the sort of things you should try to avoid when writing your synopsis. What are the key mistakes authors make when writing a synopsis?

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Writers Victoria sat down with Clare Allan-Kamil to get her take on the art of synopsis writing.

As the synopsis is the first example of your writing an agent, editor or publisher sees, it’s vital to get it right – if they don’t like your synopsis they might not bother to read your sample chapters. As daunting as it seems, there are tricks and tools you can use to make your synopsis stand out.

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In 2013 Writers Victoria launched a mentorship program for writers from non-English speaking backgrounds. The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Mentorship Program was established to support and promote the diversity that forms the fabric of our writing and our broader community.

The five recipients of our 2013 CALD Mentorship Program were Beverly Almeida, Lian Low, Fatima Sehbai, Hariklia Heristanidis and Hoa Pham – representing both metropolitan and regional Victoria, and emerging and established positions on the writing spectrum.

The 2012 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was awarded to Stephany Steggall last night at Adelaide Writers' Week.

Steggall will use the $10,000 prize to write a biography of Thomas Keneally, Booker Prize winner for Schindler’s Ark.

The announcement was made at a lecture commemorating the life and work of biographer Hazel Rowley, where special guest lecturer Alex Miller reflected on his friendship with the late Rowley.

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We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship: Ann-Marie Priest, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen O'Neill, John Murphy, Lisa Milner, Sheridan Palmer and Stephany Steggall.

The judges for the fellowship are Alex Miller (acclaimed writer and close friend of Hazel’s), Jim Davidson (acclaimed biographer), Lynn Buchanan (close friend of Hazel’s) and Della Rowley (Hazel’s sister).

In 2012, the Grace Marion Wilson Trust supported a Playwrights' Fellowship to assist emerging Victorian playwrights.

This inaugural fellowship will be overseen by internationally acclaimed Melbourne playwright, Raimondo Cortese.

Six successful fellows were chosen. They are Andrew Frederik Harmsen, Carly Beth Nugent, Diane Stubbings, Didem Caia, Kieran Carroll and Simon Godfrey.