The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Since 2007, Writers Victoria has offered writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months, thanks to the support of the Readings Foundation (from 2007 to 2014) and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust (since 2009).

The Fellowships give authors the time and space to write, as well as the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant community of writers in the historic surroundings of the Glenfern mansion in St Kilda East.

Have you ever felt like there was a deeper dimension to your writing but you are not sure how to access it? Writing can serve many functions, one of which is the sharing of philosophical, ethical or political messages, either overtly or subtly. We chatted to Lia Hills ahead of her Winter School workshop, The Novel of Ideas, about how she approaches her writing processes and some ways she effectively brings depth to her writing.

Writers Victoria is thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2018 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competitions.

It can be a challenge to develop your own voice and balance the different voices of characters in your story. But it is crucial to push through and achieve clarity so that your reader can easily distinguish between the voices of your narrator and various characters, and connect with your story. Robert Gott’s Winter School workshop, Voice and Point of View, is approaching and in the lead up we chatted to him about all things voice.

Portrait of A.S. Patric

There are many considerations to make when you are writing a story, one of them being what literary form to engage. Is your story feeling the confines of the short story genre or becoming too diluted while reaching for a novel? We interviewed A.S. Patric in the lead up to his workshop, The Perfect Form of Prose Fiction: Novella Intensive, to find out more about the often difficult to define and ever-evolving genre of novellas.

Laura Jean McKay headshot

There's no time for small talk in short story writing, says Laura Jean McKay. Ahead of her upcoming online Beginner Short Story Clinic, we talk to Laura about what draws her to the short story form.

Paul McVeigh headshot

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

A portrait of Jackey Coyle

So, you want to start your freelance practice? When Jackey Coyle was starting out as a freelancer, she didn’t have information or resources available to her; she has essentially written her own freelancer handbook. You, on the other hand, can turn to established freelancers, like Jackey, and draw on their years of fine-tuning, growth, mistakes, systems and innovations. We chatted to Jackey ahead of her upcoming Writers on Wednesdays workshop, The Freelance Marketplace, where she will be...

PHoto of Laurie Steed

Just because they’re short, doesn’t mean short stories are easy to write. Award-winning short story author Laurie Steed is runs short story courses for those seeking to improve their mastery of the form.

Ahead of his upcoming online Intermediate Short Story clinic, Laurie shared some of the short story knowledge he has developed over the years with Sharona Lin.

Volunteer badge photo

The first time I donned my ‘Volunteer’ badge for a Writers Victoria workshop, I was so excited that I posted a photo on my social media. The people I met at Sally Rippin’s Writing for Children course that day, almost a year ago, have become not only my writing group, but also good friends and a fabulous support network for my writing journey. The lesson: You never know where volunteering for Writers Victoria will lead you.