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Writers Victoria offers courses run by Victorian, interstate and international tutors. Get to know them here. 

Andrew Nette

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Summer School: Crime

Andrew Nette is the author of two crime novels, 'Ghost Money' and 'Gunshine State'. 'Ghost Money' was shortlisted in the 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards in the category of Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer. His short fiction has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including the anthologies 'Crime Scenes' and 'The Obama Conspiracy: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir', out via Three Rooms Press later in 2017. His online home...

Andy and Jill Griffiths

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A Night With Andy and Jill Griffiths

Over the last twenty years Andy and Jill Griffiths have evolved a unique writing and editing partnership. Jill was working for a children’s publisher in 1996 when she was assigned to edit Andy’s first book, 'Just Tricking!' They have been living and working together ever since and, in conjunction with long-time illustrator Terry Denton, have collaborated on more than thirty books.

Andy Jackson

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Andy Jackson is a poet who has featured at literary events in Australia, India, the USA and Ireland. He was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Poetry for ‘Among the Regulars’ (Papertiger 2010), and won the 2013 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for ‘The Thin Bridge’. His latest collection, ‘Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold’ (Hunter Publishers 2017), consists of portrait poems of other people with Marfan Syndrome. Andy is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide.

A.S. Patric

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The Perfect Form of Prose Fiction: Novella Intensive

A.S. Patric’s debut novel ‘Black Rock White City’ is the winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. His second novel ‘Atlantic Black’ was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. He is a winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize, and is the author of‘Las Vegas for Vegans’, a story collection shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards. He is also the author of ‘The Rattler and Other Stories’ and ‘Bruno Kramzer’. ‘The...

Astrid Edwards

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Astrid started blogging about her experience being diagnosed with MS in 2013 at LadywithMS, and is a National Advocate for MS Australia. She founded literary podcast The Garret (supported by the State Library of Victoria, the Australian Society of Authors and Swinburne University) in 2016. She adores literature, and has served on the judging panel of the Aurealis Awards since 2016. Astrid is also Deputy Chair of Writers Victoria, a Director at independent content creation company Bad Producer Productions and a teacher of professional writing at RMIT...

Bella Li

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Summer School: Ekphrasis: The art of writing from art

Bella Li is the author of 'Maps, Cargo' (Vagabond Press, 2013), shortlisted for the 2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize, and 'Argosy' (Vagabond Press, 2017)—a book of poetry, photography and collage—commended in the 2017 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and shortlisted for the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. She is a managing co-editor at Five Islands Press...

Beth Atkinson-Quinton

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Writing for the Ear: Scripting Your First Podcast

Beth Atkinson-Quinton is a broadcaster, producer and educator based in Narrm (Melbourne). Her audio stories have been featured on multiple broadcasts and podcasts including ABC Radio National, Triple R and ‘All The Best’. She has produced podcasts with The Arts Centre, The Australian Red Cross, Dancehouse and Footscray Community Arts Centre. She is currently a freelance producer and presents ‘The Breakfast Spread’ on PBS 106.7 FM. Passionate...

Carmel Bird

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Writers on Wednesdays: E-Publishing

Carmel Bird won the Patrick White Literary Award in 2016. She has hands-on experience of publishing two ebooks, and has published over thirty books on paper, including ‘Dear Writer Revisited’ and ‘Writing the Story of Your Life’. She is a popular speaker and workshop leader.

Charlotte Wood

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The Garret Series: Building Narrative Urgency

Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. ‘The Natural Way of Things’ won the 2016 Stella Prize and Indie Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. 

Chelsea Cassio

Screenwriting Bootcamp

Soon after selling her short film 'Imaginary Friend' to the ABC, Chelsea worked as scriptwriter on 'Home & Away', 'Neighbours' and 'The Doctor Blake Mysteries'. Chelsea's scripts have awarded her spots at the Los Angeles’ Scriptapalooza TV Pilot Competition, Tropfest Film Festival and The Hope Awards amongst others. Her original TV concept 'Dolls' was optioned by Hoodlum Entertainment and her show ‘Rink' was recently optioned by Seven Studios. 

Ellie Marney

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Summer School: Going Indie - Successful Self-Publishing

Ellie Marney is a teacher and YA author of the Every series, contributor to 'Begin End Begin', a #LoveOzYA advocate, and a Stella Ambassador. Her first independent title, 'No Limits', made No1 in Amazon category bestseller lists on its first day of release. Find out more at www.elliemarney.com(link is...

Emily Bitto

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Writing Exquisite Sentences

Emily Bitto’s debut novel 'The Strays', was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize, and has been published in the UK, the US, and Canada. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. She has been a sessional lecturer, tutor and supervisor in literary studies and creative writing since 2007. Emily also co-owns...

Carly Findlay

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Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Carly has the rare, severe skin condition called Ichthyosis. She writes on disability issues for publications including ABC, Daily Life and SBS. She was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC's 'You Can't Ask That' and 'Cyber Hate' with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. Carly is currently writing her first book - a memoir - to be published by HarperCollins in 2018....

CS Pacat

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Summer School: World Building

Online: Digital Fantasy Novel Intensive

C.S. Pacat is the author of the bestselling fantasy series ‘Captive Prince’. She has lived in a number of cities, including Tokyo and Perugia. Her first series began as an online serial, which attracted viral attention before being acquired by Penguin USA. The ‘Captive Prince’ trilogy went on to become a USA Today bestseller after being...

Demet Divaroren

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The Elements of Story

Demet Divaroren is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and creative writing teacher. Her writing has appeared in Griffith REVIEW, Island magazine, The Age Epicure, The Big Issue and From the Outer. She is the author of ‘Living on Hope Street’ (Allen & Unwin, 2017) and the co-editor of the ‘Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia’ anthology, which was shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of...

Eli Glasman

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Winter School: How to Write Your Perfect YA Novel


Eli Glasman is a Melbourne-based author. His debut novel, 'The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew' (Sleepers Publishing), concerns a homosexual boy in the Melbourne orthodox Jewish community. His short fiction has appeared in 'Voiceworks' and 'Sleepers Almanac' and in 2013 he was placed second in the Josephine...

Erina Reddan

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Writers on Wednesdays: Before You Pitch

Erina Reddan is a former Walkley Award winner who uses her media skills to work with creatives and executives of Australia’s top organisations to distil information to its essence and communicate it.  A published author of both fiction and non-fiction, Erina teaches at Latrobe University and coaches and mentors writers from inspiration to signing the deal and beyond.

George Ivanoff

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Summer School: Writing for the Education Market

George Ivanoff is a Melbourne children’s author with more than 100 titles under his belt. Although best known for his ‘You Choose’ series and ‘RFDS Adventures’, he has written intensively for the education market. He’s won a few awards, including a YABBA, and has books on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists.

Izzy Roberts-Orr

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Izzy Roberts-Orr is a writer, editor and radio producer based in Melbourne working with Express Media, Voiceworks and the Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival. Her work has been published widely, including in 'Voiceworks', 'Seizure', 'Visible Ink' and 'Feminartsy'. In 2015, Izzy was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship recipient, a Melbourne Fringe 'Uncommon Places' artist, and shortlisted in both poetry and narrative non-fiction categories of the Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards.

Jane Godwin

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Writing for Children – Intro to Picture Books

Jane Godwin is a publisher, and also the highly acclaimed author of over twenty books for children, across all styles and ages. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations. As a publisher, Jane has worked with many picture book creators, including Alison Lester, Graeme Base, Terry Denton, Margaret Wild, Marc Martin, Freya Blackwood and Anna Walker. Jane is dedicated to pursuing quality and enriching reading and writing...

Jo Case

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Online: Digital Memoir Intensive

Jo Case is the author of 'Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood and Asperger’s', which was shortlisted for the Russell Prize for Humour Writing in 2015. Her personal essays have been published in the anthologies 'Rebellious Daughters' (2016) and 'Mothermorphosis' (2015) and in The Age, and her fiction has been published in Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue....

Laura Jean McKay

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Online: Beginners Short Story Clinic

Laura Jean McKay is the author of ‘Holiday in Cambodia’ (2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia, including the Asher Award in 2015. Her work has appeared in ‘The Best Australian Stories’, ‘Award-Winning Australian Writing’ and The North American Review, and she won the Alan Marshall Short Story Award in 2011. Laura is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Laurie Steed

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Online: Advanced Short Story Clinic

Laurie Steed is an author of award-winning literary fiction from Perth. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in ‘Best Australian Stories’, ‘The Age’, ‘Meanjin’, ‘Westerly’, ‘Island’, ‘The Sleepers Almanac’ and elsewhere. He won the 2012 Patricia Hackett Prize for Fiction and is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from The University of Iowa, The Sozopol Fiction Seminars and Varuna.

Lee Kofman

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Summer School: Mastering the Personal Essay

Lee Kofman(link is external) is an author of four books, including the memoir 'The Dangerous Bride' (Melbourne University Press),...

Luke Ryan

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Memoir in a Year: Character and Dialogue

Luke Ryan is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and comedian. He is the editor of the Best Australian Comedy Writing series and author of ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo’, a comedy memoir about having had cancer a couple of times. His work has appeared in numerous publications including ‘Best Australian Essays’, the ‘Guardian’, ‘Quartz’, ‘Smith Journal' and many more.

Marie Alafaci

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Business Writing: Grammar Essentials

Memoir in a Year: Synopsis and Pitch

Marie Alafaci has publications in biography, environmental science and speculative fiction; taught Professional Writing & Editing at Holmesglen TAFE; worked for the Australian Society of Authors; reviewed books; written features and run a manuscript assessment service. A business writing trainer, she has written and edited scores of...

Marija Pericic

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Summer School: Writing Conflict in Literary Fiction

Marija Peričić is a writer based in Melbourne. Her first novel, 'The Lost Pages', won The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2017. Her work has also appeared in 'Going Down Swinging' and the 'Southerly' blog. Marija was born in Perth, Western Australia.  She studied English Literature at The University of Western Australia and The University of Melbourne and teaches English Language at Deakin University.

Meelee Soorkia

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Summer School: Pitching Memoir and Non-Fiction

Meelee Soorkia has been working as a writer and editor for more than a decade. Most recently she was Senior Development Editor at Hardie Grant Books, where she specialised in narrative non-fiction and memoir. She has worked on several bestselling and award-winning titles, including ‘The Undesirables’ by Mark Isaacs, ‘The Long Goodbye’ by PJ Parker and ‘Good Muslim Boy’...

Melanie Joosten

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Writing Older Characters

Melanie Joosten works in social policy and is the author of the essay collection ‘A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age’. She is also the author of the novels ‘Berlin Syndrome’ and ‘Gravity Well’ and has been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist.

Micheline Lee

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Micheline Lee’s novel 'The Healing Party' was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award; longlisted for the Voss Literary Prize; and is currently longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award. Her essay 'The Art of Dependency', which was selected for 'The Best Australian Essays 2017', speaks of her experience living with a disability.

Micheline will present Finding the Centre of Your Story as the Guest Tutor for the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online Inner Gippsland Writing Group in Moe in July.

Myfanwy Jones

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Meet with a Mentor

Myfanwy Jones has worked as a freelance writer and editor for 20 years, and has mentored emerging writers through the past decade. She is author of 'The Rainy Season', shortlisted for the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature, and co-author of 'Parlour Games of Modern Families', winner of the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 2010. Her second novel, 'LEAP', was long-listed for the 2016 Voss Literary Prize and short-listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Nicolas Di Tempora

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Business Writing: Editing Workplace Documents

Nicolas Di Tempora is a professional copywriter and editor and a qualified educator, who works with a diverse range of commercial, government, academic, social, and not-for-profit organisations.

He divides his commitments between freelance writing, editing and designing, and delivering professional development courses to professional communicators.

His qualifications include BA (English Literature and History), Monash University; Dip...

Paddy O'Reilly

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Summer School: Editing Your Novel

Paddy O’Reilly is the author of three novels and two short story collections. Her work has won awards and been published in Australia, the UK and the USA.

Patrick Lenton

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Digital Marketing Fundamentals

Advanced Digital Marketing

Patrick Lenton is an author and digital marketing professional. He is the author of the short story collection ‘A Man Made Entirely of Bats’. He runs Town Crier, a digital marketing and social media consultancy for authors, and has worked at Momentum, the digital-...

Patti Miller

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Memoir or Fiction? The Dangerous Borderlands

Telling the Truth

Patti Miller is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction. She has published widely in literary and commercial magazines and papers including 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 'The Age', 'The Australian', 'Good Reading Magazine',  SMH’s Good Weekend, Spectrum and Travel lift-outs, 'The...

Penni Russon

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Summer School: New Year, New Novel

Penni Russon is an award-winning writer for young people, fascinated by the way that language, the body, philosophy, politics and culture operate in those intense final years of adolescence. She combines writing with study, teaching, parenting and a day job in youth mental health. Her novel, 'The Endsister', will be published in March 2018.

Rebecca Starford

Memoir in a Year: Legal Issues and Ethics

Rebecca Starford is the author of ‘Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School’. She is the co-founder and publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. She is also an editor of Text Publishing. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Age and Weekend Australian. She regularly runs workshops on fiction and non-fiction.

Roselina Press

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Writers on Wednesdays: Storytelling for Social Change

Roselina Press is the editor-in-chief of Right Now, an Australian human rights media organisation. She is a writer, editor and communications specialist, and currently works at Oxfam Australia. She has a Master of International Relations and has written for Reuters, The Guardian and the United Nations Department of Public Information.

Sarah Vincent

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Start Writing!

Memoir in a Year: Showing, Not Telling

Sarah Vincent works at Writers Victoria as their Membership Officer. She is a graduate of the scriptwriting course at The Victorian College of the Arts and of The Professional Writing and Editing program at RMIT. Her memoir, 'Death By Dim Sim' was published by Penguin Random House in March 2017.

Sian Prior

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Writing and Anxiety

Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for 25 years. She presents arts and music programs for ABC radio and is a regular columnist for Fairfax. Her essays have been published in Meanjin, TEXT journal, Grieve anthology and the first Women of Letters anthology. Her first book, ‘Shy: A Memoir’, was published by Text in 2014. Sian teaches non-fiction at RMIT University, where she gained her PhD...

Shivaun Plozza

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Summer School: The Art of Criticism - Giving and Receiving Feedback

Shivaun Plozza is the author of ‘Frankie’, a darkly funny novel about a troubled teen willing to defy her friends, family and the law to find her missing brother. Her second novel, ‘Tin Heart’, is due for release early in 2018. Other works have appeared in anthologies and journals including ‘Where the Shoreline Used to Be’, ‘ELLE Australia...

Spiri Tsintziras

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Business Writing - Annual Reports

Memoir in a Year: Protecting Yourself

Spiri Tsintziras has written several books including ‘Afternoons in Ithaka’, a memoir of self-discovery, family, connection and the power of a tomato. Spiri’s writings have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. Spiri blogs at www.tribaltomato.com and runs the communications...

Steven Amsterdam

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Online: Intermediate Short Story Clinic

Steven Amsterdam is the author of ‘Things We Didn’t See Coming’ (Winner, The Age Book of the Year), ‘What the Family Needed’ (shortlist, Encore Prize), and most recently, ‘The Easy Way Out’, which was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Age, The Guardian, The Monthly, Heat, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Overland, Salon, and Virginia Quarterly Review....

Terry Jaensch

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Online: Poetry Clinic

Terry Jaensch is an Australian poet, director and monologist. His first book of poetry, ‘Buoy’, was shortlisted for the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Anne Elder Award. He has worked as a Writer-in-Community, Poetry Editor of ‘Cordite’, Artist-in-Residence, dramaturge, Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and more. His latest volume of poetry is ‘Shark’.

Thuy On

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Writers on Wednesdays: Book Reviewing

Thuy On is the books editor of The Big Issue. She is also a freelance critic, (arts) writer and editorial Jill-of-all-trades. She has written for a number of publications including The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Book Review, Books + Publishing, Overland, Westerly, Meanjin and Australian Short Stories. Thuy mostly concentrates on book criticism and journalism but she has also reviewed theatre, film and comedy. 

Toni Jordan

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Refine Your Novel

Toni Jordan is the author of the international best-seller 'Addition', longlisted for the Miles Franklin award, 'Fall Girl' and 'Nine Days', which was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review's Top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is 'Our Tiny Useless Hearts'.

Vikki Petraitis

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Writers on Wednesdays: Entering Competitions

Vikki Petraitis is a bestselling author, has judged writing competitions for many years and shares an insider’s point of view on what helps entries to stand out from the crowd. Vikki has written 13 books, mostly in the true crime genre, and is working on her PhD in Creative Writing.

Wayne Macauley

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Summer School: Short Story

Wayne Macauley is a Melbourne writer who has had numerous works of short fiction published in a variety of magazines and journals. He is a former winner of The Age Short Story Competition and has appeared in the 'Best Australian Stories' and 'New Australian Stories' anthologies. His short fiction collection, 'Other Stories', was published in 2010. He has also published five novels: 'Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe', 'Caravan Story', 'The Cook', 'Demons' and, most...