The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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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 interviewed by the Garret

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Marie Alafaci

Author and writing specialist Marie Alafaci talks snobbery, workplace communication, and reference guides. 

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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.

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Your memoir needs to have a reason for being, says Jo Case. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Jo about why it is important for a memoir to have a central theme.

I am pleased to announce that Angela Savage has been appointed the new Director of Writers Victoria.

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Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.