The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Maria Vouis is an emerging writer with CALD origins. She hopes her poems voice animals, migrants and the ‘other’. Publications include 'Canberra Times', Newcastle Poetry Prize, 'Friendly Street Poets', 'NewPoets 19' and 'SCUM Magazine'.

Steve Evans writes and teaches fiction, poetry and nonfiction. He has published 13 books (seven of poetry), most recently 'Easy Money' in 2019. 'Animal Instincts' is set for 2021 release.

Emilie Collyer writes between poetry, plays and prose, mining the intersections of the personal and socio-political. Her writing has appeared most recently in ‘TEXT', ‘Rabbit', 'Witness Performance' and ‘Cordite'.

Lyn Yeowart's first novel, ‘The Silent Listener’, a literary suspense thriller set in the heart of gothic Australia, was published by Penguin Random House in February 2021. Lyn is running a course in our 2021 Writers Victoria program where she’ll be sharing her knowledge about how writers can get the most out of MS Word.

Donna Ward established the micro-press Inkerman & Blunt, and ‘Indigo Journal of Western Australian Writing’. Her prose has appeared nationally and internationally, and her memoir is ‘She I Dare Not Name: A Spinster’s Meditations on Life’ (Allen & Unwin 2020). For more visit

Marisa Wikramanayake is a freelance journalist, editor and writer currently based on Kulin land in Victoria. You can read her crime fiction at

Kirsten Tranter’s most recent novel is ‘Hold’ (2016), longlisted for the Miles Franklin and Voss literary awards. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Writers Victoria community,

As you are no doubt aware, the Victorian Government has announced new coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and we are committed to safe practices for our staff, members and wider community.

The restrictions have been introduced after a Hotel Quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Hotel tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Hazel Rowley Literary Committee and Writers Victoria are pleased to announce seven writers have been shortlisted for the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, worth $15,000.

“The shortlist reflects an exciting and diverse range of subjects both contemporary and historic, including artists, filmmakers, actors and writers,” said Della Rowley, Hazel’s sister. “This year, more than any other, it is vital to support writers. Given the impact of COVID-19, priority has been given to writers researching and writing within Australia.