The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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Our new home at the State Library has had a name change to: The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing, Ideas.

The centre is named after Melbourne-based Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler.

Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said that the Wheeler’s story is a “spectacular publishing success story … unquestionably, a story of books, writing and ideas.” She added, “I can think of no more appropriate name for this exciting new institution.”

Announced on Tuesday 1 September, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards celebrate and support creative writing and publishing in Victoria and Australia.

Photo of Grace Marion Wilson

We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition.

Winning entries will be published in a special insert to be included in May’s Victorian Writer.

Iowa City of Literature logo

Iowa City became the third UNESCO City of Literature.

It joined Edinburgh and Melbourne as the only UNESCO Cities of Literature, part of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network.

Congratulations to Melbourne writer and journalist, Helen Garner, whose latest novel, The Spare Room was awarded the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction in the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Melbourne City of Literature logo

Melbourne has joined Edinburgh as one of only two UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world.

UNESCO Cities of Literature work together to build strong global partnerships: encouraging literary exchanges, creating cross-cultural initiatives and developing local, national and international literary links. Each city is also dedicated to pursuing excellence in literature on a local level, engaging citizens in a dynamic culture of words.

Chris McKenzie of PEN Melbourne calls on all writers to read Behrouz Boochani’s fiercely urgent new work.

TM: You’ve written across a range of formats - novels, non-fiction, short stories, essays and children’s books. What’s the most satisfying for you?

About a decade ago, Writers Victoria held a little competition: ‘Send us two-hundred words of non-fiction and we’ll give the winner a book.’ At the time I’d been tootling around with a non-fiction project for a couple of years. I had young children and a day job, but every now and then, in the cracks of my life, I’d do some research, do some writing, then do some more research.

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.

Collective Celebrations

 

The shortlists for the 2018 Kibble and Dobbie Awards have been announced. Among the shortlisted titles for established Australian female author is: