The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Winter School season is almost here!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a ticket to a writing workshop of your choice! Want to go in the draw to win? All you have to do is post a picture of your favourite “winter read” on Instagram with the hashtag #WVwinter.

a portrait of melanie joosten

Older characters in literature can build on ageist assumptions in society, says Melanie Joosten. Ahead of her workshop on Writing Older Characters, we spoke to Melanie about how to go beyond cliches to write older characters well.

a portrait of vikki petraitis

How do you make your story stand out from the crowd in a writing competition? Ahead of her Writers on Wednesday workshop on Entering Writing Competitions, we spoke to Vikki Petraitis about what judges are looking for in a winning competition entry.

A portrait if Chelsea Cassio

Writing for the screen involves revealing character while moving the plot forward, says Chelsea Cassio. Find out how she crafts narratives for television and film ahead of her Screenwriting Bootcamp.

Emily O’Grady has won the 2018 Vogel Literary Award for her captivating first novel 'The Yellow House'. Each year, the prize of $20,000 and a publishing contract with Allen & Unwin is awarded to the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian writer under 35.

Beth Atkinson-Quinton

Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing storytelling mediums. Ahead of her workshop on writing for the ear, we spoke to Beth Atkinson-Quinton about how writing for audio can create intimate moments of honesty and vulnerability.

Writers Vic: Participants in your upcoming screenwriting bootcamp will learn how to create characters and stories that have longevity over a full season. Do you ever use observations and experiences from your own life when developing characters?

Regional writing groups and organisations in Victoria are able to apply for grants of $880 to subsidise literary activities in their area, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

Applicants must be current regional members of Writers Victoria (in the non-profit organisation or regional writers’ group membership category), or Regional Ambassadors, and based in one of the 48 Local Government Authorities in Regional Victoria as listed on the Creative Victoria website.

an autumn leaf in the snow

What does winter conjure for you? Perhaps it’s seeing your breath come out in clouds on cold mornings, or wrestling with an umbrella in the wind. Or perhaps it’s wrestling with your own words – getting them down, polishing them up, making them sing.

This July, Winter School is back, with fourteen writing workshops to keep your creative fires burning.

Round 2 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund received 124 applications, requesting a total of $643,642 in grant money.

This round's judges were Rachel Bin Salleh from Maga Bala Books, Angela Meyer from Echo Publishing and writer Emily Bitto. They were thrilled with the quality of the applications and argued long and hard over the recipients. They awarded $49,230 to 13 applicants.