The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Kat Clay

Welcome to our new monthly feature looking at one of our members, their writing and writing practices. This month we feature member Kat Clay, cross-genre writer of horror/sci fi/noir.

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Thanks to a recent donation, Writers Victoria will be running a series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women over the next year.

The program aims to reduce barriers and increase publication and professional development opportunities for women of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Victoria.

It will include paid commissions, bursaries to attend a range of Writers Victoria courses, and a free training session for established writers on how to run writing workshops.

Applications are now open for the inaugural Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

The new national professional development opportunity for Australian literary professionals has been made possible by the generous support of The Myer Foundation.

Named in honour of writer Neilma Sidney (1922-2015), the travel fund recognises the unique value of travel in the development of new writing and literary careers.

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Jax Jacki Brown grew up in a regional area and understands the importance of community. Ahead of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum in Bendigo, Jax talks about stereotypes, community and the importance of representing those with disability as nuanced, whole people.

Justin Heazlewood standing with the sky at sunset

If your biggest critic is yourself, chances are you are not alone. Ahead of his workshop on self-care for writers, author and performer Justin Heazlewood (also known as the Bedroom Philosopher) gave us his insights into surviving the creative life.

Michael Green standing outside

With the pace of journalism increasing, it can be tempting to rush the writing process. But for tutor Michael Green, the most compelling stories come from taking a careful, considered approach to interviewing and writing, empowering your subjects and putting ethics at the heart of your work. We caught up with Michael ahead of his Winter School workshop to find out more.

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

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Writers Victoria's annual program is developed in response to the needs of nearly 3,500 members from across the state (and beyond).

What do you want? What do you love? What do you think could be improved? This 15-minute survey is a great way to have your say.

A close-up photo of Jessica Walton in front on a white brick wall

Reading books with queer and disabled characters had a huge impact on Jessica Walton and the way she saw herself. Ahead of her Our bodies, our stories webinar for the Write-ability program, Jess explains the importance - and positive impact - including marginalised characters in literature can have on readers from all backgrounds and marginalised groups.

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Australian literary professionals will be able to follow their storylines around the country and overseas following the announcement of a new travel fund.

Opening for applications in July 2017, the inaugural Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will provide inspiration and practical support to emerging, midcareer and established writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers and other literary professionals.