The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Clare Rankine talks with Writers Victoria member Justine Sless, stand-up comedian, comedy writer, award-winning short story writer and founder of the Jewish Comedy Festival.

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"Being able to plan, whether in detail or just an outline, is a critical skill to have," says tutor Eli Glasman. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to Eli about how mapping out your plot can help you recognise traps in your writing, before you become stuck in them.

The weather is warming up and our 2017 projects are winding down. We're happily stashing our winter coats back in the cupboard and enjoying the first juicy mangoes of the season. That's right – summer is in the air, and summer for us means Summer School!

In January, we're bringing you a host of Summer School workshops to kickstart your 2018 writing year. From novel writing to romance, pitching to picture books, we hope you'll find something to energise your writing life in the new year.

Novel writing

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You can't understand the present without thinking about the past, says tutor Sophie Cunnningham. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Sophie about finding points of connection with the present, to inform writing about history.

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Finding time to write is a choice, says tutor Amanda Apthorpe. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Amanda about how to take control of our writing lives.

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You only have one debut novel, says tutor Paul McVeigh. Ahead of his upcoming workshops, we talked to Paul about how to take the pressure off and be prepared for its release.

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Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to tutor Kate J Armstrong about her travels and how she's captured them in writing.

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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.