On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

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When writing a picture book, "The idea doesn’t have to be original, but the author's way of treating it does," says tutor Jane Godwin. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Jane about how picture book writing isn't as simple as it seems.

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"In a short story everything has to be working towards exploring and illuminating your central idea with the minimum words and maximum intensity," says tutor Wayne Macauley. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to Wayne about what makes a short story great.

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Done well, crime fiction can be one of the most effective genres for talking about social issues and the problems of society, says tutor Andrew Nette. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to Andrew about what makes crime fiction so thrilling.

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When choosing to self-publish, "People often assume that you can slap something together and hit Publish," says tutor Ellie Marney. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Ellie about the importance of being organised, doing the research, and most importantly, writing a book that readers will love.

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"What connects an intellectual understanding of story to the ability to construct one," says tutor Shivaun Plozza, "is tied up in soliciting and digesting quality feedback." Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Shivaun about how to give an receive feedback effectively, and the role it can play in fine-tuning your writing.

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Writing for the education market, says tutor George Ivanoff, has lead to a career filled with variety and ongoing learning. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to George about following briefs, meeting deadlines, and comparing boats to blue whales!

People networking

Sarah Vincent hasn't always been a natural networker, but now she loves the opportunity to meet interesting people in the writing and publishing world. Ahead of How to... Network, a free workshop for Writers Victoria members, Sarah talks about her experiences (good and bad), proving that even wallflowers can learn to (net)work it, baby!

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Carly Findlay began her writing career as a blogger and is now in the process of finishing her first book. We spoke to Carly ahead of her upcoming Pathways to Publication webinar about her own road to publication, which has included television appearances, a high social media profile, and fighting discrimination against disabled people.

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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.

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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.