The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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Sally Rippin is a prolific author, with the highly popular Billie B Brown series and several novels to her name. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, she shared some of the things she’s learned about children’s writing with Sharona Lin.

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Fiction, creative non-fiction - whatever it is you write, once you've found your unique voice, there'll be no holding you back. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, Lee Kofman, author of memoir ‘The Dangerous Bride’ spoke with Writers Victoria intern, Michelle McLaren about getting in touch with your voice as a writer.

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Writing poetry involves a balance of the visceral and cerebral, content and style, says tutor Omar Musa. Ahead of his upcoming workshops, we talked to Omar about what he has learned from ten years of performing poetry.

Earlier this year, Tania Cañas, Arts Director at RISE Refugee in Melbourne, wrote an article 'Diversity is a White Word’ that subsequently exploded on social media, igniting discussion across the arts and in literary journals (Koubaroulis, 2017; Aranjuez, 2017; Iyer, 2017).

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Applications are now open for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Now in its seventh year, the Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work.

The Fellowship encourages writers to immerse themselves in their subject’s lives and culture.

Hazel’s own career received a boost when receiving a fellowship enabled her to travel to the USA while researching ‘Richard Wright: The Life and Times.’

Jock Serong's latest book follows the tourist-laden vessel Java Ridge as it encounters the asylum seeker boat Takalar off the coast of Indonesia. As part of our Subscriber-thon series, we talked to Jock about his writing process.

'Australia Day' is Melanie Cheng's engrossing short story collection that won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016. The book charters the experiences of everyday citizens and the circumstances that can make them feel stuck, stagnant or alone. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Melanie about her writing process.

Alice Pung's new book for Black Inc.’s ‘Writers on Writers’ series explores the life and influence of Australia’s literary treasure, John Marsden.  As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Alice about her writing process.

Erik Jensen

 Erik Jensen's new book for Black Inc.’s ‘Writers on Writers' series explores the life and influence of the Australian writer, Kate Jennings. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Erik about his writing process.

'Wish You Were Here' is Sheridan Jobbins' memoir of a broken heart and a crazy dash across America in a red spotty dress and a shiny red sports car. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Sheridan about her writing process.