The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Josefina Huq is a woman of colour, a creative writer and a PhD candidate based in Melbourne. She is interested in crafting short stories about place, home, memory, nostalgia, and anything else that might make you upset. Her research attempts to justify this as a good thing.

Michael Morell is a writer and teacher living in Footscray.

Andrea Rowe is the president of the not-for-profit organisation, Peninsula Writers’ Club, a 60-member strong fellowship of writers on the Mornington Peninsula.

Lucinda Bain is a creative non-fiction writer based in Eltham, Melbourne, inspired largely by community and place. She writes about motherhood, the suburban environment, nature and the complexities of modern life.

The Writers Victoria team is thrilled to be launching our 2021 Season 1 Program. Members are due to receive print copies of the program with their December – February edition of 'The Victorian Writer', and you can download a PDF copy here. All of the workshops and events for 2021 Season 1 are now listed on our events calendar. Read on for a message from our Program Manager, Kate Cuthbert.

Sally Holdsworth is a Melbourne-based editor, proofreader and emerging non-fiction writer. She completed the RMIT associate degree in professional writing and editing in 2018, and now works as a freelance business writer and editor.

Michael Metzger writes memoir, essays, commentary and historical fiction. His published work includes ‘Towards the Light – Growing Through Grief’. His recently completed novel ‘Under A Different Star’ is awaiting a publisher. With qualifications in literature and journalism, his interests lie in philosophy and travel writing. He has created and delivered numerous writing workshops and is a member of Yackandandah Writers. 

Composite image of the 2020 Prize shortlisted writers

On Thursday 26 November, 7pm to 7.45pm (AEDT), the 2020 Deborah Cass Prize winner will be announced at an online Award Ceremony featuring guest speaker Philippe Sands. Philippe Sands is a lawyer and Baille Gifford prize-winning writer. His current book is 'The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive'.

The event, hosted by Elly Varrenti, writer, broadcaster and columnist, will include contributions from writer Rafeif Ismail, 2017 Deborah Cass Prize winner, and writer and judge Lee Kofman, who will present this year’s winner.

Author Tobias McCorkell spent the first 25 years of his life in Coburg, Melbourne. He has taught creative writing at the University of Melbourne and has authored works of non-fiction. In 2018 he appeared at the Melbourne Emerging Writer’s Festival. He is the recipient of a 2019 Varuna Residency Fellowship. ‘Everything in its Right Place’ is his first novel.

Chris Flynn is the author of ‘The Glass Kingdom’ and ‘A Tiger in Eden’, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Age, The Australian, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, Smith Journal, The Big Issue, Monster Children, McSweeney’s and many other publications. He has conducted interviews for The Paris Review and is a regular presenter at literary festivals across Australia.